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On the day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 12,000 for the first time since June 2008, it was impossible not to correlate the eloquence and optimism of President Obama's "State of the Union" speech on Tuesday night with the restoration of a sense of perspective and hope in the USA about the future. Obama grasped the nettle full-on. "We are poised for progress," he declared, adding: "Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing." As one blogger expressed it, though - and he is a former Goldman Sachs trader called Tyler Durden, so he ought to know wheref he speaks: "There was a massive pink elephant in the room called reality though." Durden's gripe is with what he deems to be the unreality of Obama's praising Google and Facebook so highly in an Ameri... (more)

Obama Endorses the Value of U.S. Social Technologies

"We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living." With this one sentence, spoken Tuesday during his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama ushered in once and for all the Age of Sociotechnology, the age that recognizes the importance of the interaction between people and technology in both workplaces and society. Obama recognizes perhaps better than anyone in America the extent to which technology nowadays is socially constructed and society is technically constructed. "We are the nation...of Google and Facebook" - those eight words may well go on to become the most significant President Obama has ever uttered to date. For better or for worse, it would seem that the destiny of the U.S.... (more)

Apple Reportedly Interested in Buying The Fancy

Apple is in talks to acquire Pinterest rival, The Fancy, according to Business Insider. The fast-growing social e-commerce site is backed by Twitter creator and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes. The 20-man start-up calls itself "part store, blog, magazine, and wishlist" and actually has things for sale. Business Insider says it is "much farther along in linking its users to transactions" than Pinterest and takes 10% of any purchases. Apple CEO Tim Cook, who's not the type, started using the site after meeting its CEO Joe Einhorn at the Allen & Co Sun Valley conference earlier this year. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also taken a fancy to it, so to speak. The Fancy raised $10 million on a reported $100 million valuation last fall on top of the $8.7 million it previously got. Business Insider thinks The Fancy could help Apple build ... (more)

Top 50 Bloggers on Cloud Computing

Ever since I first published here my tentative list of Top Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem - now expanded to a list of 250 and growing daily thanks to community feedback via my Twitter account (@jg21) and a very kind mention by ReadWriteWeb - there have been suggestions that another prism through which to view cloud computing might be that of people rather than companies. Now Michael Sheehan has encouraged me to Just Do It, so let me get started...as per the previous Top Cloud Players list, this list will a work-in-progress and is totally porous, so don't hesitate to ping or tweet me if there are folks I have missed. In particular if you are a journalist whose "beat" is Cloud Computing, please let's be hearing from you, and we can maybe widen this list from Cloud Bloggers to Cloud Commentators. For now though let's get started. In alphabetical order - to av... (more)

Digital Solutions in a Digital World

Recession or not, there has never been a better time for technology to come to the fore and prove its worth within the retail environment. Attitudes towards technology are changing in that the hard times may come and go, but consumer expectations do not. And retail technologists now have the perfect opportunity to help shape a better retail experience for the future. Marketing via a mobile device was hardly seen as popular a year ago but it has seen increasing popularity this year and many retailers use mobile phone s to send the throng of Christmas shopper's special offers and the customer in turn is using their phone to search for product information and deals. Social Media and mobile apps are also helping retailers to generate sales; it is the latest arm in the battle to close the gap between the retailer and the consumer. But how do we capitalize on this? The fir... (more)

The CIO’s Next Imperatives: Social, Mobile and Touch

The cloud is a commercial vehicle. This undeniable truth must now be accepted as a deeply entrenched truism by CIOs who are looking to manage the forward-looking growth of their technology architectures. We can actually refine this statement further. The cloud is a commercial vehicle designed to facilitate customer engagement, sales and therefore profits. These are not inconvenient truths, but it is an undeniable truth if you believe the proclamations being made by some of the new change-makers driving cloud computing from the Platform-as-a-Service level. This commercialization of the cloud is facilitated by the way users are interacting with cloud services. Although that may sound like stating the obvious, what we mean by this use of the term "interacting" is now increasingly impacted by social applications. Analyst firm McKinsey estimates that there is $1.3 billi... (more)

Skyera Gets Better than $51M in Funding

Skyera has gotten $51.6 million in series B financing led by Dell Ventures and a syndicate of other strategic investors to accelerate its next-generation enterprise solid-state storage solutions. Skyera is supposed to be positioned at the forefront of the hyper-growth solid-state storage sector and is supposed to enable a large class of applications with "extraordinarily fast performance, exceptionally lower power consumption, high density and cost effectiveness relative to existing enterprise storage systems." Naturally it supports the cloud, Big Data, increased mobility and social networking. The general availability of Skyera's skyHawk series of enterprise solid-state storage systems is supposed to mark the first time that the new-generation 19/20nm solid-state technology can be used to replace the traditional hard disk-based system, at a system price of less t... (more)

Kevin's Mobility News Weekly - July 8, 2010

Kevin's Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter that is made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week. I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article. I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around enterprise mobility. You can read archived newsletters here - http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/p/kevins-mobility-news-weekly.html You may also find Kevin’s M2M News Weekly on the subjects of M2M (machine-to-machine) and the mobile embedded device market of interest. http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/p/m2m.html ******** Microsoft discontinued its Kin cell phone effort just weeks after launching a pair of Kin-branded gadgets with Verizon Wireless. "We have made the decision to focus exclusively... (more)

HP Offers Products & Services to Deal with Mobile Computing & Social Media

HP this week announced a suite of products and services aimed at overcoming the challenges presented by the convergence of some of today's hottest business trends, mobile computing and social media. The four software products and three services are designed to help enterprises leverage traditional systems of record, while creating an improved and extended presence and engaging better with customers, partners, and even employees. IT-driven systems of record, while they serve up useful information, are usually commodities and in themselves don't create business differentiation. The new offerings, however, provide systems of engagement, which change the way enterprises interact with those people now using tablets and smartphones in increasing numbers, as well as through social media. [Disclosure: HP is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.] "Unless we worry about a syst... (more)

The Fundamental Flaw with LinkedIn Connections

Assumption A first-degree direct LinkedIn connection implies that the two parties know each well. Problem Using this assumption, two unconnected LinkedIn users attempt to connect via an intermediary. What often happens is that the first degree connections are in fact very weak connections, and thus of no use to the third party attempting to connect via the intermediary. Example I log into LinkedIn and would like an introduction to Brent. I view Brent's profile and notice that his first degree connection, Brian, is also a first degree connection with me. So I ask Brian for an introduction to Brent. Brian responds: "I met Brent few years ago, at a conference, we exchanged business cards and connected on LinkedIn. I don't know him well at all. He probably does not remember me. Sorry, don't think the introduction would be of any use." Solution I suggest that LinkedIn mo... (more)

Facebook IPO Likely at $38 a Share: WSJ

Facebook decision makers and their bankers were reportedly closeted together shortly before the markets closed in New York Thursday trying to decide whether to price Facebook's IPO at $38 or $39 a share, according to the Wall Street Journal, which evidently had a glass - in the way of a source - pressed to the conference room door. Although nothing is definite yet, evidently the $39 price might break the camel's back. They reportedly tried it on investors and got told no. At $38 Facebook would be valued at a record $104 billion for an IPO and raise $18.4 billion. It would take $41 a share for the social networking site to best Visa's record-setting IPO in 2008. Of course Visa had a proven business model. Facebook doesn't. Facebook won't actually set the price until after the stock markets close and it files papers with the SEC. Actually the IPO price isn't even rea... (more)