The Marriage of the Giants…Big Data and Big Box

What does Big Data have in common with Big Box Retailing…besides the bigness? How much does Walmart have in common with Amazon…besides the obvious? Where do you think retail is going…besides mobile? Let’s start back a week… Twitter and Royal Mail go public in a similar time frame, and while nothing about them seems similar…

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Einstein was a Mensch

Digital Death… Thumbs up and thumbs down have become the ubiquitous symbol of like and dislike; good and bad; continuation and end; virtual life and death in our digital world. Sort of a fitting confluence of online and offline – digits to digital if you will…. And of course, as the story goes, the origins…

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The Snail and the Digital Hare

Facebook dies on its initial public offering and the Royal Mail in the UK jumps 38%…. Is it like the Hare and the Tortoise? The old-fashioned dinosaur, the last-century, so-over-it snail mail…beat out the latest and greatest? Sounds almost like one of those unfounded Internet myths that get passed around and around and around until…

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If a Tweet Falls in the Forest

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? What is the sound of one hand clapping? Two philosophical thought experiments that raise questions regarding observation and knowledge of reality. Here is a modern version: What is a tweet without a retweet? Or better…

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