I'd say chefs are, in general, unnecessarily getting their aprons in a knot. Sure, some customers are rude. There are always rude patrons. There were rude patrons when I hostessed. And when I bartended, way back before smartphones. We kicked people out all the time and it had nothing to do with photographing their food. There are always ways to deal with rude people, no matter the cause of their rudeness, just as there are ways to accept that people photograph their meals because they're enjoying them and want to share them with friends. It's a tempest in a teapot (or on a salad plate).
Facebook's Graph Search may face some profound challenges and risks, first, because Facebook users haven't been thinking of their posts as product reviews; and second, because Facebook will now have to contend with the social-network equivalent of SEO "gaming" of results.
The new UltraViolet online DRM model has people upset, but the question we should ask ourselves is whether we want a flexible model to harmonize content owner and content consumer rights, or a one-takes-all model that probably results in less online content.
Marissa Mayer at Yahoo has come out with her strategy on turning the company around: culture, company, calibration, and compensation. But Yahoo needs to have a technical approach to the mobile cloud opportunity, not a management theory lesson.
Netflix seemed to be a threat to all of TV, but with the current quarterly earnings report, it sure doesn't look as if that's true now. Netflix really proves that even Internet viewing of video isn't immune to profit and other business issues. This is a lesson we need to learn if we want a viable online video model.
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