shared 04 Feb, 2014
In the battle between Netflix and HBO, things are continuing to heat up. In its most recent quarter Netflix pulled way ahead of HBO in terms of its number of US subscribers, and saw shows like House of Cards pick up the kind of awards HBO is used to winning. But Netflix still trails far behind HBO’s more than 100 million global subscribers and doesn’t produce nearly the volume of original content.
Today Netflix formally announced it was planning to raise $400 million in debt to fund European expansion and the creation of new original shows.[read in full]
shared 03 Feb, 2014
Twitter bases the majority of its revenue on advertising in and around its main content river, but a new service from Thomson Reuters points to how it also continues to build up its position as a big-data provider to different vertical sectors. Thomson Reuters is now incorporating sentiment analysis gained from Twitter for its Eikon market analysis and trading platform. The commercial terms of the deal are not being disclosed but to be clear it is not a deal directly with Twitter: a spokesperson confirms that it will be “combining a number of third-party and proprietary Twitter feeds for this service.”
You can think of this as an expansion of the kind of Twitter mining first tried out by Bloomberg last year, in which the company (a rival to Thomson Reuters) incorporated Tweets related to specific companies in a wider data stream.[read in full]
27 Jan, 2014 – 4 comments
I made a $1 bet with my wife that in 20 years, virtual reality as we know it today will have just been a cheap fad. I think instruments like Google Glass and Oculus Rift, which sequester our field of vision and isolate us in first-and-only-person environments are a parlor gag compared to what we can ultimately do with our full environment.
Case in point, I think the IllumiRoom from Microsoft Research is far more interesting than Oculus Rift. Watch a demo here:
Ultimately, I think we’ll plug our brains in if we want a true virtual reality, but we’ll experiment with our environment (‘Holodeck’ environments as my wife eloquently put it) before we get there.
What do you think? Did I make the wrong bet?
23 Jan, 2014 – 2 comments
We used to believe that each of our clients had a unique problem. After hundreds of projects, we realized we were wrong. There is a single root cause slowing down the most capable companies on the planet: they are using an antiquated operating system to confront the speed of the 21st century. Today’s winners and losers are decided based on how responsive they are to culture, to consumers, to competition, and to the other forces of disruption.
With that in mind, every project we do helps to upgrade our client’s operating system to what we call Responsive OS. The end goal is to help legacy organizations compete with the digital upstarts that threaten them.
Responsive OS is made up of five nested domains creating a rich interplay between the why, how, who, and what of the organization:
shared 23 Jan, 2014
Pope Francis today described the internet as a “gift from God,” hailing its ability to foster dialogue among disparate groups, though he acknowledged that the speed of social media can make it difficult for users to engage in self-reflection. Francis made the comments in a statement released Thursday, for the Catholic Church’s World Communications Day.
In the statement, the Argentine-born pope said that “unprecedented advances” in technology and digital media have made it easier to engage with people of different religions, thereby “creating a sense of the unity of the human family.” Using the web to communicate with various groups, he added, could help resolve religious, economic, or political differences.[read in full]