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Only Apple

by Ian Rosenwach 9.11.2014

Now I know what “Only Apple” means. After reading more about the Apple Watch late last night 1, it became clear to me that only Apple could launch the products services they can at the scale they can. Below are some of the elements that, when combined, make Apple the only Company that can accomplish what they […]

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Microsoft:Hardware::Apple:Software?

by Ian Rosenwach 3.12.2014

Summary: Apple’s achilles heel is fast becoming it’s software and services layer. If something is not done quickly, Apple is at risk of falling behind in software just like Microsoft did in hardware via it’s OPM partners.  Today Apple is the dominant force in hardware + software integration. But they’re at risk of losing their […]

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Disrupting cable TV will take a team effort

by Ian Rosenwach 2.22.2014

Bottom line: Cable is a huge entrenched industry. Innovation and disruption will take a team effort.  The proposed Comcast Time Warner merger cements the fact that the cable industry is not open to disruptive partnerships. If approved, the company would maintain the status quo by providing consumers with fewer choices; not innovation. See Paul Krugman’s Op-Ed […]

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Who will become the Operating System of Things?

by Ian Rosenwach 2.12.2014

The sprawling web of interconnected products that has resulted now thoroughly dominates our experience of consumer technology: if you own a Google Chromebook, your life will be much easier if you use Android and Chromecast and Google Drive, and much more painful if you try to use Windows Phone, Apple TV, and Dropbox. (Matt Buchanan, […]

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Is the Internet a public utility?

by Ian Rosenwach 2.3.2014

The question is, Has the Internet become so fundamental to our lives that it is, in essence, a utility that should be subject to regulation? (NYT) Nick Bilton poses the above question today on the New York Times’ website. It’s a question that is at the heart of the net neutrality debate. Net neutrality refers […]

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Aereo

by Ian Rosenwach 1.12.2014

Aereo has also gotten legal backing from a Silicon Valley consortium that represents companies including Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Pandora, who have argued that a loss for Aereo could threaten cloud computing in general. (re/code) This past Friday the Supreme Court agreed to consider the legality of online-video service Aereo. This case has far-reaching implications for […]

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Facebook:BroadcastTV::Twitter:Cable.

by Ian Rosenwach 12.17.2013

Facebook and Twitter are public companies hungry for ad dollars. In order to capture a chunk of the $66.4 billion spent on TV ads, they will continue to editorialize their (our?) news feeds. They take different approaches to curating their feed. This plays a role in the types of content we consumer and share, and the attractiveness […]

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Anecdotes from “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon.com”

by Ian Rosenwach 11.7.2013

I just finished reading “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon.com“.  Appropriately, it was the first book I read on the Kindle.  Overall it was a good reading experience, I especially liked the highlighting and popular highlights features. Thanks to highlight, I’m just going to share a few snippets that I highlighted […]

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Book Review: The Year Without Pants, WordPress.com and the future of work

by Ian Rosenwach 10.30.2013

Summary: A good book if you are part of, lead, or want to lead a distributed (remote) development team. Also, if you’re interested in how to prioritize culture as an organization. But don’t expect much insight into the business behind WordPress.  “The Year Without Pants”, by Scott Berkun, chronicles Berkun’s year working at Automattic, the […]

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Exposed file systems in the Post-PC OS. Is it worth it?

by Ian Rosenwach 2.25.2013

Jean-Louis Gassee has an interesting article in his Monday Note about the tradeoffs in exposing file systems in an operations system.  This essentially means giving users access to view, edit, and delete individual files.  We’ve all dealt with the notion of file extensions, file names, folders, having the ability to modify any of these from Windows.  As we […]

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