The whole Amazon.reader debate is a double-stupid. It's stupid to think that there's any e-book buyer who doesn't know Amazon's URL, and it was stupider to let ICANN launch the whole free-form TLD initiative to start with.
If the ICANN system doesn't make sense, it will flesh itself out in the long run. Eventually, the system will be so ineffective that something else will be born out of it. The global impact is staggering as it is today!
I think the big problem with ICANN is that most people don't know what it really does and what its loss or change would really mean. It's also politically institutionalized, so in many ways it has all the advantages of Dewey Decimal but with the added hooks of politics and inertia. I've been an ICANN opponent for a decade or more, but frankly I don't think we'll ever get rid of it until global pressure on the US becomes insurmountable (which, in time, it will).
Wow, Tom! Tell us how you really feel about TLDs! Thanks for the passionate post. It reminded me of how, in simpler days, we had the Dewey Decimal System for categorization of books. I was prompted to search the Dewey Decimal System and found out that Melvil Dewey created the system in 1876. There have been 23 major revisions since then, but essentially, it worked for all of these years!
Do you think the ICANN system is fundamentally flawed, or will it, too, withstand the test of time as Dewey's system has?
YouTube's move to a partial pay-for-view model could help relieve a dearth of good new content but it could also complicate debates in many parts of the world over payment by content providers for delivery of their material to customers.
That's what Larry Page said on Google's earnings call, referring to the conjunction of mobile and the cloud. Well, let's chart it then! We need to be thinking about an Internet where 90% of our traffic goes to 70 destinations within 40 miles of us.
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.
EU operators are considering joining up to create a pan-European network to reduce competitive overbuild and cost. This might lower costs and focus operators on higher-level, more interesting services.
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.
You've heard the expression, "Out of the frying pan, into the fire?" Amazon lives in the fire. The e-tailer wins by keeping things hot for its competitors, employees, and itself, according to a new book.
Edmunds separates customers into segments based on the info it collects on its site and from partners, and uses that to push out custom content, said Brian Baron, director of business analytics for Edmunds.com, at Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit.
The automotive website uses propensity modeling to target ads and customer registration forms, said Brian Baron, director of business analytics for Edmunds.com, at Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit.
The automotive website uses propensity modeling of customer behavior to convert more site visitors into leads, says Brian Baron, director of business analytics, in an interview at the Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit.
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