What Makes The Snap IPO Even More Interesting?

Imagine if the torrent of tweets we have become inured to disappeared after 10 seconds. One can only wonder what the political climate of the United States might be like today… Or, say you were a mega-diva like Madonna and you chose to launch your latest collection of songs with a video that was ephemeral……

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Polls Predictably Wrong… Again

So what was it that made it so hard to predict the recent US election that caught the data scientists; the media; the pollsters; the pundits and the bettors by surprise much like Brexit did in the UK a few short months ago? Could it be as New York Times (who got it dreadfully wrong…

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Resolved: Social Networks Should Fight Terrorism…Or Not…

“Goodwill towards all men”…in the nonsexist, nongender-specific and gluten-free way…before the knee-jerkers call me out for not being PC… “Goodwill” seems to be a reasonable wish and an admirable goal for all of humankind…no? That will be my only point – the rest I leave up to you, dear reader. Here is the question, the…

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Why the Apple Watch Works

I don’t know about you, but I love watches and I own a few…my wife would say more than a few…. Some are simple, like the one I wear during the summer at the beach: waterproof, colorful rubber wristband, colorful face and dials, thick and sturdy – perfect for the task of taking my grandkids…

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My Kind of Pi…With Ice Cream on Top!

It was just 9:26:53 p.m. on March 14, 2015, and I have officially celebrated the second transcendent moment of Pi Day…the first being that same time a.m. this morning…. Some are calling it the Pi Second…although there is a controversy around the p.m. celebration, as the numbers don’t work if you follow a 24-hour clock…….

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The Biggest Game-Changer in Online Commerce…?

Do you know what is driving higher conversion rates on e-commerce sites? Big data, from multiple sources in real time, crunched by powerful programs that ultimately recommend products to you based on where you are, what you have bought in the past, what people like you are buying right now, the weather, your travel plans…

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My One and Only Ever Top Ten List

Full and embarrassing disclosure… Like everyone else, I click on list links… As a public service, I provide some for your entertainment and amusement as well as three core sources for continued and higher education in list learning…. 17 Weird But Endearing Things Couples Do To Annoy Each Other 6 Times Cheaper Foods Win Out…

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Lessons from CES: It’s Always All About People

I have just returned from Las Vegas where I joined tens of thousands of gamblers on their yearly pilgrimage, looking for, praying for, the Big Bet. To give you context, I was attending the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) – an event that I have been attending since 1996; and to give you some more…

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Predictions, Predilections, Prophecies, Punditry…and Future Babble

How do you end one year and begin another without the onslaught of future gazing by the experts who know…. There was a time when looking forward was a function of truly challenging imaginations: Leonardo DaVinci imagining flight – parachutes, airplanes, helicopters, even retractable landing gear; or centuries later, HG Wells writing “Anticipations of the…

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The JetBlue Blues

For 2015: A new concept in customer service and personalized experiences. You go shopping for clothes… You can go basic and buy something that really doesn’t fit, because it’s been cut narrow to save you money, if you don’t mind the tightness; but you can pay more and buy one with the extra material that…

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How Technology Will Not Save the World

The United States is currently tangled up in a racially charged debate around police violence, or maybe better put, excessive and biased use of force against people of color. We have seen riots and demonstrations over the past few weeks, reminiscent of the worst days of the ‘60s and ‘70s, and the inflammatory rhetoric, from…

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Apps for Addictions

Too much of a good thing… We all know that adage. In fact, too much of anything can be bad for you…except maybe love…but then don’t read Gone Girl…. Too much sugar; too many carbs; too much coffee; too many alcoholic drinks; too much sun; too many tanning sessions and on and on – yet…

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Deepak Chopra, Winnie the Pooh, and JFK

Thank you…. Such a small phrase. Yet one fraught with such deep possibilities. Its English origins are rooted in the concept of gratitude…a more meaningful concept I think… And culturally…around the world…while its use and meaning might vary – I think it’s safe to say that the basic concept is the same – we have…

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Alibaba and the IPO Treasure

“OPEN SESAME…” My bet is that you will recognize that phrase…its magic and its origin. And for those who forgot, “OPEN SESAME” are the words that magically opened the hidden cave of the legendary forty thieves, the words that Ali Baba, a poor woodcutter, overheard…and ultimately the words that made him richer than rich…. Alibaba…

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Amazon Goes Hollywood Without the Algorithm

“You have to use judgment as well.” So said Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, to a bunch of TV critics…as reported by The New York Times. Actually the quote began with: “It’s not like you can come in on Tuesday and the computer says: ‘Doot, doot, doot. Here are the shows you are going…

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Is Facebook an Important Source or a Sweet Distraction?

Has Facebook morphed into something new? Has the evolution of those boring slide shows that grandparents used to relish turned into something more…more human, perhaps? Katherine Rosman, an editor of “Sunday Styles” at The New York Times, laments in a worthy article in an aptly named column – “Water Cooler” – that the place where…

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Dichotomy

The Dichotomy. The same technology that allowed Edward Snowden to access, download and share thousands upon thousands of classified documents is the same technology that listens to thousands upon thousands of phone calls and reads thousands upon thousands of messages…which frightened Snowden and catalyzed him to action and so on…. Yet the same people who…

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