The New York Times And Its Faustian Pact With Facebook

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The New York Times And Its Faustian Pact With Facebook

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note:Tom Goodwin is senior vice president of strategy and innovation at Havas Media.

Quality news content providers are between a rock and a hard place. The second-worst decision they could ever make is to give their content for free for Facebook to host, but probably the very worst one is not to.

It all feels a bit like the music in 2006 doing deals with streaming services, it offers them a chance to reach more people, to put music in the hands of people who perhaps would never pay for albums, but at the same time risks devaluing the content, almost intrinsically because access is made more easy.

Newspapers like the New York times are like many legacy companies facing the deeply unfair reality that they tooled up and invested for another age. Like taxi medallion owners, stores like Borders or Blockbusters or manufacturers like Kodak, they’ve…

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Microsoft Picked A Name For The Smartphone-Friendly Build Of Windows 10

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Microsoft Picked A Name For The Smartphone-Friendly Build Of Windows 10

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Microsoft has a grip of Windows 10 versions on tap, it revealed today, most importantly noting that the smartphone-friendly build of the operating system will be called “Windows 10 Mobile.”

The software company has made repeated mentions of the idea that Windows 10 is a single platform, capable of serving any number of device form factors. That’s true, but the company has tuned the operating in a number of ways. (For an early look at Windows 10 Mobile in action, head here.)

Here’ the breakdown:

  • Windows 10 Home: Windows 10 for your parents.
  • Windows 10 Mobile: Windows 10 for your friend who has a Windows Phone.
  • Windows 10 Pro: Windows 10 for business folks.
  • Windows 10 Enterprise: Windows 10 for, ahem, the enterprise.
  • Windows 10 Education: Volume-purchasable build for schools.
  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise: Those enterprise devices aren’t going to manage themselves!
  • Windows 10 IoT Core: Windows 10 for ATMs…

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“THE TRIP THAT CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER”

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Originally posted on Health Education Love People:

August 2007.

Destinations: Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya. HELP_LOGO~2_20140722200920090(1)

Fascinated from the moment that my feet stepped the African floor, the light of the sun, the sky and the smell of the environment, the landscape and the people. All together one day and another one made born in me the roots of a strong tree like a big baobab, the tree of my feelings for be there and share, help the people even with small things. After 31 days I didn’t want to go back to my country but the way to help was having a salary and my job was waiting for me, back from my unforgettable trip. I felt like never before when I was coming back from holidays in different continents and countries… From the first day back in Spain I realized I became addicted; addicted  to the smiles of the children playing around me, to the calmed…

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Is Apple facing extinction in the future?

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Answer on @Quora by @Carniphage to Is Apple facing extinction in the future?

Answer by Glyn Williams:

The mindset of the mainstream tech press is pretty consistent.
Apple makes stuff.  It competes with commodity manufacturers.
Prices inevitably tumble. Therefore Apple MUST FAIL.

And the tech press have been repeating this mantra for ever. Imagine I link to about 100 articles with the "Apple is Doomed" theme. I won't because it is boring.

And for the first time, some of them have noticed that the exact opposite is happening – and they are still puzzled.

In the PC market, the Mac is slowly strengthening while other manufacturers are in decline.  In terms of pure business terms, Apple makes more from the Mac than the top five largest OEMs. 

This is because PC OEMs make around $15 per PC. And Apple might make 20X that.   And with that reality, Apple can afford to be inventive, establish market trends. 

In the smartphone space, something similar is occurring. With the exception of Samsung, all of the Android OEMs are loss-making businesses.  And even Samsung is seeing a collapse in handset profits, leaving Apple with a profit share of about 80%.

And Apple continue to enter new markets with new devices. Leaving the rest of the industry red-faced and flummoxed. 

The interesting part of this is why Apple continues to defy these laws of market dynamics. It's not actually complicated or mysterious.

Apple is capable of selling differentiated valuable items.   It uses both hardware and software to add value and then sells into a market that is happy to pay for the added value.   This creates profit.

It's competitors only assemble parts, and have outsourced their software to third parties. (Microsoft or Google)  By doing so they lose control over their own products, and lose any ability to add value.   So they compete on price. And you get perfect race-to-the-bottom conditions.

Is Apple facing extinction in the future?