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More Tech Industry Opinion

  • Opinion: Despite Denial, Apple Dictated E-Book Pricing at iBookstore

    Apple has finally broken its near-silence on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit against it and a half dozen publishers for conspiring to fix-prices on e-books.

  • Opinion: Ultrabooks: trying to catch Apple four years after the MacBook Air

    Intel's promotion of Ultrabooks four years after the launch of the MacBook Air may help to explain why Apple is now a $600bn company.

  • Opinion: Some Publishers Quickly Settle E-book Price-Fixing Lawsuit

    Within hours of an anti-trust lawsuit filed against some of the largest trade book publishers in the United States and Apple for fixing the prices on e-books, three of publishers have settled their involvement in the case with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

  • Opinion: Why Facebook bought Instagram for a billion dollars

    When news broke Monday regarding Facebook's eye-popping $1 billion acquisition of mobile photo sharing network Instagram, I experienced a variety of immediate reactions:

  • Opinion: Using Creative Commons to Find Photos You Can Use

    Photos and the Internet go together like peanut butter and jelly. For as long as there have been web browsers, people have generously posted photos online--which other people have then downloaded and used for their own purposes, whether or not they've actually asked for permission. To make it easier to legally and ethically reuse photos posted online, the Creative Commons license was created. I first mentioned Creative Commons in "Your Photos, Your Rights, and the Law." This week let's learn a little more about Creative Commons--both how you can use it to share your own photos and how to use other peoples' works.

  • Opinion: AOL Patents: What's in it for Microsoft?

    AOL announced that it has closed a deal to sell more than 800 patents to Microsoft. The deal is just north of a billion dollars, and it's easy to see why AOL might want to cash in on the intellectual property. What is less clear is why Microsoft is interested in the patent portfolio, or what Microsoft gains from the deal.

  • Opinion: You're Spending Less on Tech

    Trying to cut tech-related expenses? You're not alone. The average U.S. household spent $961 on consumer electronics over the past 12 months, down more than $200 from last year, according to a new Consumer Electronics Association study.

  • Opinion: 4 Ways to Become a True Social Business

    You and I may be fully participating in popular social media like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, but I'll bet your company isn't -- at least as well as it could be. While these networks have exploded over the last few years for personal use (Facebook with 800 million users, Twitter with 175 million, and LinkedIn with 115 million), most businesses are at a loss for effective ways to engage with customers in this brave new world. And social media growth is showing no signs of slowing; newer networks such as Google+, Pinterest and Instagram have seen incredible growth in a matter of weeks.

  • Opinion: Dell Buys Wyse to Continue Evolution to 'Not Really a PC Company'

    Last month Michael Dell let the world know that Dell is “not really a PC company.” Today, Dell announced that it has reached an agreement with Wyse that extends Dell’s portfolio of products and services even further beyond the traditional PC market.

  • Opinion: iPhone 4 Antenna Settlement: Some Can Collect $15

    There are apparently two kinds of lotteries in the United States: state-owned ones like MegaMillions, and class-action lawsuits. Your chances of big payments from both of them are approximately the same: small.

  • Opinion: How Tech Patent Lawsuits Hurt Real People

    Semantic Compaction Systems is suing a small augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) iPad app company called Speak for Yourself, alleging patent infringement. Another day, another lawsuit--right?

  • Opinion: How to Start a New Business on the Cheap, Part 1

    A million-dollar idea may not cost you anything, but building a business around one definitely isn't free. Heck, it sometimes seems like it takes a million bucks just to develop your idea.

  • Opinion: Million-Dollar Lawsuit for Running Into Apple Store Glass Doors?

    People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones or, evidently, have other people come to visit. According to CBS New York, an 83-year-old woman has sued Apple because she accidentally ran into one of its glass store doors. The total amount is one million, but I suspect she'll be paying more in public ridicule than any amount Apple could provide.

  • Opinion: Portable computing: Welcome to the future

    Tablets, ultrabooks, Windows 8... the portable connected computer of the future is here. And it's brilliant for watching the telly.

  • Opinion: The $8 Billion iPod: Entrepreneur Rob Reid Ridicules Music Piracy Claims

    Rob Reid, co-founder of Listen.com, the company that started music service Rhapsody, delivered one of the most popular talks at the TED conference I attended recently. Launched in the late ‘90s, Rhapsody, along with Napster and other services, revolutionized the music industry. At TED, Reid explained something he called Copyright Math, a way of explaining the sometimes inexplicable numbers cited by both the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America as arguments against piracy.

  • Opinion: Why CFOs and Cloud Computing Have a Love-Hate Relationship

    Cloud computing offers a value proposition that can be both appealing and unsettling to the CFO. However, CIO.com columnist Bernard Golden explains why freeing up capital investment should more than make up for the uncertainty of variable monthly pricing.

  • Opinion: Browser Firm Opera Talks HTML5, Successes, and Challenges

    Norwegian browser maker Opera took me out to dinner last night, and we talked about what the company has been up to. In a nutshell, Opera - the only browser maker located outside the US - says it's doing well.

  • Opinion: Apple's Spaceship-Like Headquarters to be Shrouded by Trees

    Apple likes to cloak its new products in mystery, so it seems fitting that visitors to its new energy-efficient headquarters won't be able to see much of the building from the road.

  • Opinion: Giving the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Some Teeth

    President Obama unveiled a blueprint for a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. The initiative is long overdue, and has been received favorably, but protecting consumer privacy may take more than a framework of principles for companies to voluntarily follow.

  • Opinion: When Is a Cybercrime an Act of Cyberwar?

    There is growing talk of cyberwar, as opposed to run-of-the-mill cybercrime. There are also terms that lies somewhere in the middle called cyber espionage, and cyber hacktivism--which is sort of like cyber terrorism for good guys. At the heart of the debate is an attempt to define the scope of an appropriate response to each type of threat.



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