Total Recall 2014

Help me understand this. BIG DATA is the business buzzword for the accumulation of massive amounts of bits and bytes that are meant to transform enterprises through unprecedented access to intelligence. Problem is that intelligence cuts two ways – one passive, the other active. The passive side of intelligence is in fact BIG DATA –…

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Monetizers & Snoops

But who is protecting us from monetization…? The New York Times ran an article Saturday called “Internet Giants Erect Barriers to Spy Agencies.” I found it fascinating and a little scary. Read it – but the bottom line is that Google, Microsoft, Facebook and the lot…are encrypting all of their – read our – communications…

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Twitter, Schmitter, and Turkey

“Twitter, mwitter,” so said Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to thousands of supporters at a rally in Istanbul last week where he vowed to close down social platforms. As reported by Reuters…further: “We will wipe out all of these,” Erdogan said. “The international community can say this, can say that. I don’t care at all. Everyone…

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2014…Reality Check

Digital is everything…but not everything is digital. My primary theme for 2014. Frankly, it has been the soapbox I have stood on since my first foray into the digital world in the early ‘90s. But frankly I was alone in my own little Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park. No one wanted to hear it –…

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A Shoebox of Memories

My Father passed away last week. He was 87, left an amazing legacy that has touched thousands and died peacefully with great dignity. In preparing to celebrate his life and achievements, my siblings and I combed through files, opened countless drawers, stood on chairs to get to high shelves and basically left no nook or…

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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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CTRL_ALT_DELETE

“Hey, how are you?” “Well…I’ve been to the doctor and I’m waiting on the results…my kid is having trouble with her teacher – can you imagine?…still looking for a job…did I tell you that my wife left me…and oh yeah, the air-conditioning broke down in my car and it’s hot….” Now tell me the truth…

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Reality Bites HARD

Reality bites…hard…very hard. This time, though, Reality is not relative; it’s not decided by cultural or social norms; it’s not linked to social channels or digital magic…. The Boston Marathon Massacre is a Reality defined by death; murder; terrible human destruction; terror; and at its core – hatred…pure and simple. This Reality bit and it…

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“To be, or not to be…”

“To be, or not to be…” What the hell kind of question is that? Poor sentence structure–not clear…to be what?…or not to be what? No one talks that way, Will! Write it over or you will never get anywhere…don’t worry, we will help you develop it the right way…. Imagine that William Shakespeare had to…

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Does Facebook Know it’s Mobile?

Facebook is a mobile company. Already. FULL STOP. In fact, as much or more so than AT&T or Vodafone or Telefonica or whatever local carrier you use in your country or region. In fact, as much as Google or Microsoft or Samsung or Nokia – only different. So I am mystified by the digibabble and…

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Zynga Farms Its Own Future

Remember Zynga? In June of 2009, they launched FarmVille on Facebook, had 10 million+ active users daily in only six weeks, and on that trajectory went public with huge pre-launch hype on December 16, 2011 – opening at $10 a share, hitting a high of $14.50 in March of 2012, and today trading under $3.50…

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Remember Cell Phones?

Do you remember cell phones? We used to use them to make calls…. Today we have smartphones.  We use them to communicate, but also to take pictures, consume content, play games, buy and sell stuff, find our way, store data and get advertised to…. We pontificate on mobile – it’s here! Its time has come!…

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The Oscars – Social Heritage

Did you watch the live broadcast, through any source, of the Academy Awards, known more popularly as the Oscars? Did you watch it time delayed – depending on where you live? Or perhaps just follow it through various postings across a host of channels? Or maybe even just discuss it with a friend to share…

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I Had a Dream

I HAD A DREAM… And then I woke up… Saw the news… Terrorism; hatred; violence… So called “militants” who are really just criminals; so called “militants” who are really just terrorists; so called freedom fighters who don’t really believe in freedom; rights advocates who believe only in their own rights; God being used by many…

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Viral and Values

It went viral. Was talked about – everywhere. Made headlines the world over. Has already generated millions upon millions upon millions of results on Bing and Google. Hundreds of thousands of people “Like” it and more importantly, hundreds of thousands have already shared it. And there are no cute little kittens, goofy dances or dancers,…

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People Still Vote

Is it just me? Am I getting jaded? Fed up? Bored? And no, it’s not life that’s getting to me – that’s just fine, thank you – LOL!!!! It’s the elections in the United States (sorry for being partisan) that I find tiring. But truthfully, as one who loves to follow these things globally, I…

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Castles in the Cloud

Have you been lost more than usual the past week or so? Have you turned right when you should have gone left; found yourself on the wrong side of the road or in general wondered where the hell you were? If so, chances are you have the new Apple iPhone 5 and have used its…

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Martyrdom

Would you “kill” for a good idea? Would you “die” for one? While we tend to throw these metaphors around – as we should – lightly and tongue in cheek – we wouldn’t really kill nor do we really want to die for a good idea – any idea for that matter – certainly not…

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The Deaths of Two Heroes

Armstrong is a name much in the news this week. Neil and Lance. Two heroes. Both dead. One of natural causes at the end of a long and storied life of humility and public service. The other had his reputation killed at the end of a long-drawn-out and sordid scandal. One will be a hero…

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