Monthly Archives: February 2012
Just as a few massive chain stores eventually came to dominate the traditional printed book market in North America, the e-book marketplace is a kind of oligopoly involving a few major players — primarily Amazon(s amzn), Apple(s aapl) and Barnes & Noble(s bks). And while bookstore owners of all kinds are free to decide which books they wish to put on their shelves, these new giants have far more control over whose e-books see the light of day because they also own the major e-reading platforms, and they are making decisions based not on what they think consumers want to read but on their own competitive interests. That is turning the e-book landscape into even more of a walled garden.
Author and digital-marketing maven Seth Godin highlighted this issue in a recent blog post, in which he described how his new book was turned down by Apple because it…
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Another electric car startup, which waited years for a Department of Energy loan, plans to call it quits. According to local media in Indiana (and Green Car Reports) Bright Automotive, which was a spinoff from the not-for-profit think tank Rocky Mountain Institute, and which had been developing a plug-in hybrid car called the IDEA for commercial fleets, plans to close shop.
Despite that Bright Automotive was the first official investment from General Motor’s venture arm, the company had been developing its business around getting a DOE advanced technology vehicle manufacturing loan of $450 million. According to a letter sent to the media, Bright Automotive slams the DOE for leading it down a road where it spent three years and $15 million on pursuing a loan that never was delivered.
Bright Automotive isn’t the only electric automaker that felt confident it had a DOE loan in the bag…
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Today’s Note is about an HBR.com blog post, titled “Do Social Deal Sites Really Work?” This post is an interesting fictionalized case study about social coupon sites. It is an interesting and amusing read.
The post also appears with this interesting note from the editors (italics preserved from the post):
Editor’s Note: This fictionalized case study will appear in a forthcoming issue of Harvard Business Review, along with commentary from experts and readers. If you’d like your comment to be considered for publication, please be sure to include your full name, company or university affiliation, and email address.
After a long period of development, Raspberry Pi, the low-cost computing initiative out of Cambridge, U.K. that’s aiming to improve computer education, has finally gone on general sale.
Following a pilot run at the end of last year, the £22 ($35) device went on sale Wednesday morning at the Raspberry Pi website. It’s already proving so popular that the site has struggled to take the load.
If you can’t get to the site, then perhaps you can amuse yourself with this: a video from the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones, who runs through the details with Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton.