Friday, March 26, 2010

That's The Way I Think I "Like It"..Uh Huh

Enormous implications.

The email app "tell your friend" is so 2009.

FaceBook introduces a new application that with just one click, allows ANY website to appear and be linked in front of millions of FaceBook'ers.

Not only does it appear immediately as a "Like It", but it acts as the most"trusted" form of an internet referral to date.

Imagine if you could have your website appear in front of millions with one click...AS A REFERRAL.

Your shopping for a new watch/shirt/movie, click "Like It" and let others see your interests.

Now we know FaceBook traffic is now larger than Google's and that should alarm them.

Here's another reason. The combination of your interests/profile/groups and what you "Like It" will allow FaceBook to more effectively target ads to you and your friends

From TechCrunch FaceBook to release "Like It" button for the whole darn Internet

very good for Facebook as hundreds of thousands of websites will rush to format their content to exactly Facebook’s preference and send over all their data without a second thought.

One way to think of this, says a source with knowledge of the product, is this. Google spends billions of dollars indexing the web for their search engine. Facebook will get the web to index itself, exclusively for Facebook

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Social Security Tipping Point Officially Here

From N.Y. Times Social Security Payout To Exceed Pay In This Year

This year, the system will pay out more in benefits than it receives in payroll taxes, an important threshold it was not expected to cross until at least 2016, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

The problem, he said, is that payments have risen more than expected during the downturn, because jobs disappeared and people applied for benefits sooner than they had planned. At the same time, the program’s revenue has fallen sharply, because there are fewer paychecks to tax.

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Invisitrack..The New GPS?


Invisitrack, the new standard for GPS?

The location based service that works both indoors and outdoors.

Accurate within 3 meters

Can better penetrate through walls and other structures than higher-frequency bands like the 2.4GHz used for WiFi

Needs only 2 units for location to work

Find your car in a parking lot, your child in a mall

From SlashGear Invisitrack launches super accurate GPS alternative

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Public Support For Nuclear At All Time High

From Washington Post Public support for nuclear at all time high

Sixty-two percent of 1,014 U.S. adults, who were surveyed March 4-7 by Gallup, said they favored nuclear energy as one way to meet national electricity needs.

Though a majority of Americans has long supported nuclear power, Gallup said the latest rating is the highest since it began polling on the issue in 1994.

Combine those polling results and this great article and you have the technology that can supply the world with enough electricity to meet all of its requirements in 2025 with an investment of about $25 trillion.

Another way to make money with upcoming digital boom.

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Chinese Stock Market....Major Trend Direction Coming?

If you just watch one indicator in a stock or exchange's chart it would have to be the "Golden Cross" or the "Death Cross". Because large institutional money can't move positions quickly, they view this as a "larger picture" signal and allows them to react.

When the 50 day moving average crosses through the 200 day moving average (Golden= up through, Death= down through), a significant trend change is taking place.

From ClusterStock Chinese Stock Market..Death Cross Forming

Technical analysts are awfully creative in naming their indicators and this one lives up to the hype. The rare seen “death cross” is currently unfolding in Shanghai. As you can see in the following two charts a “death cross” occurs when a short-term moving average crosses over a long-term moving average from top to bottom. It’s generally a sign of a weakening market move. Figure 2 shows the inverse of the “death cross” – the “golden cross”, which usually foreshadows a continuing or new bull market move.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Internet...The New Nielsen Rating?

set top box
Your set top box is getting ready to include millions of new "TV channels" and the advertising industry will once again be turned upside down.

Eric Schmidt spoke at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit and CNN lists his Top 5 Moments From Eric Schmidt.

The paragraph that caught my eye.

Similarly, he suggested that TV producers should soon begin releasing shows online before they appear on TV. Why? Not because the online audience is more lucrative than TV – it’s not – but because the Internet provides a test bed where content creators can find out what will resonate with an audience.

Kind of like fail fast, fail cheap.

Many popular TV shows have already started to do this with "webisodes".

The question I have is this.

What happens when every video capturing device is Internet enabled and bandwidth/Internet access is ubiquitous?

I discussed how Google could become the Dynamic Nielsen Rating Giant.

When Johnny's soccer game can be streamed live on the Net and Grandma can watch it, think of the disruptive effect it will have on advertising.

The Internet will eventually be one massive set top box with millions of new "TV channels".

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A Decade Of Disruption

We are always in search of disruptive technologies.

That is, a technology that will either create a new industry, and or destroy a current one.

As an example. The automobile was disruptive technology by creating a new industry and eliminated the horse and buggy space.

BusinessInsider lists the 21 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade

Disruptive technology made these obsolete.

1. PDAs
2. Email services
3. Dial up
4. Getting film developed
5. Movie rental stores
6. Maps
7. Newspaper classifieds
8. Landline
9. Long distance charges
10. Payphones
11. VCRS
12. fax machines
13. Phone books, dictionaries, encyclopedias
14. Calling 411
15. CDs
16. backing up data on floppies or CDs
17. Getting bills in the mail
18. Buttons
19. Losing touch
20. Boundaries
21. Paper
22. Record stores

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

One Way To Make Money With The Upcoming Digital Content Boom

Skeptical about forecasts for rapid market penetration by new wind, solar, and water technologies, Trends Magazine has a great article on where the next energy growth area will be.

Here are a couple teasers:

The entire world can be supplied with enough electricity to meet all of its requirements in 2025 with an investment of about $25 trillion using this technology.

world demand for electricity will make an expansion of this technology inevitable.

Stay tuned for all publicly traded companies that are involved with this technology.

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Monday, March 08, 2010

Advertising Officially Shifts To Digital From Print

From Yahoo U.S. Advertisers to spend more on digital than print for first time ever.

US companies will spend more this year on digital and online advertising and marketing than on print for the first time ever, according to a study released on Monday.

Outsell, which provides research and advisory services to the publishing and information industries, described the spending shift as "an industry milestone crossover event."

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Friday, March 05, 2010

Things That Make You Go Hmmm...

Headlines for this week.

Weight Watcher's labels McDonald's Chicken McNuggets healthy. Burger King is in talks with Jenny Craig for Whopper labeling.

Microsoft's Ballmer bets it all on this .

The mobile space must be starting to boom because the patents are starting fly. See who is suing who for what.

Apple sues for their "touchy feely" intellectual property.

Sony, a new player in the handheld device space? Will the WalkMan get another life?

Throw away your PC in 3 years.

YouTube launches auto-captions for videos. Expect new words to be added to Webster's.

Palm will be left to die, Microsoft not interested. Pioneer of the smart phone seeks bleak picture.

New service lets you invest in FaceBook, Twitter, before they go public.

For those too lazy to type a phone number, Google extends click to call for all advertisers.

Y2K bug knocks out PlayStation.

FaceBook is secretly planning an Internet wide payment platform. Should PayPal start to worry?

Airport scanners spreading across U.S..

Google unveils disaster recovery feature and replicates data in multiple servers and data centers. Can you say exponential memory?

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Could Apple Trigger The Cloud Computing Boom?

cloud computing
A major transformation took place when computing power moved from the PC/phone to the Internet.

The PC used to be the device that did the work and used the Net to deliver it. Now, the PC, iPod, cellphone are merely connection devices and the Net does the "work".

An example. Your home phone probably has a built in answering machine which jacked up the price for your phone. When the power goes out, so does the time and your recorded message. Your local phone company offers voicemail as a service option. For x amount a month they record and store your messages. Your phone no longer does the "work", your local phone company's server does.

This transformation is called "cloud computing" and it has disrupted the personal computing industry.

Consumers are maxing out their iPods and other digital devices. The next place to store their stuff is in the cloud.

I said a while back that Apple is sitting on a goldmine with iTunes.

iTunes could be a mobile commerce platform

Apple could introduce and iTunes browser.

iTunes represents a killer platform, it's only fitting that they lead the way to consumer cloud computing.

From C/Net Apple to store video in the cloud

By cramming digital songs, videos, and all manner of software applications on computers and handheld devices, there's some indication that consumers are maxing out hard drives, particularly on smaller mobile devices. That has led to speculation among Apple watchers that some consumers might slow their purchasing of new content, if they have nowhere to easily put it.

Now imagine being able to access ALL of your digital content from ANY device, regardless of your location? That is what Apple wants to do. Think of one password protected site that allows you to retrieve and play ANY of your digital content on ANY device....that is iTunes cloud computing.

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