Archive for March, 2013

Who says blogging is dead? 50 ideas to inspire great content

Who says blogging is dead? 50 ideas to inspire great content

March 29, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Well-written, company specific content can be a great way to build brand-awareness and search engine ranking for your company website. One of the best ways to incorporate content into your website is with a business blog. I know what you are thinking: every report out there states that “blogging is dead.” After all, everyone loves glamorous success stories about new platforms generating leads, increasing sales, and driving traffic. But rather than jumping the bandwagon ask yourself: “What is right for my business?” The answer will depend very much on your industry, customer base, and business model. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer, but

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BlackBerry Subscriber Exodus Accelerates

March 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Financially BlackBerry is back in the black, but when it comes to subscribers, the company is still bleeding red. As encouraging as the smartphone maker’s surprise fourth-quarter profit might be, it’s clear that it faces some still-formidable challenges — particularly in shoring up its eroding subscriber base. BlackBerry lost another three million subscribers in its latest quarter, with its customer base falling to 76 million subscribers. Until the third quarter, BlackBerry had posted subscriber increases fairly consistently. So the fact that it just posted a second consecutive decline and one that was larger than expected is cause for concern indeed. Returning BlackBerry to its former glory is already a daunting task; pulling that off while subscriber numbers are declining only makes it more so. Obviously BlackBerry subscribers are the most likely buyers of the company’s new BlackBerry 10 handsets, so an accelerating decline in their membership is troubling. “The subscriber decline is actually slightly worse than it seems since it includes BlackBerry 10 subs that do not generate service revenue,” Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt told AllThingsD . “Blackberry is losing subscribers at a more rapid rate in emerging markets, which up until a year ago was still a source of rapid growth. That’s concerning as well” Morgan Stanley analyst Ehud Gelblum took a more pragmatic view of the decline, suggesting it was inevitable and, perhaps, not quite so worrisome. “We’ve all known that sub number was going to start coming down,” Gelblum said. “The positive part that we only know now is that the subs they’re losing are mostly low-end prepaid subs who weren’t contributing much to the service revenue line and probably weren’t likely candidates to buy a Z10 in the first place.” Appearing on CNBC on Thursday, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins downplayed recent declines in subscriber numbers, saying that services revenue per subscriber is the more important metric and the one that the company is striving to increase. “The decline in the subscriber numbers is really associated [with] the former BlackBerry OS system, so we expect this to gradually continue with [a] single digit [drop], probably, in the next quarter,” Heins said. “What we’re really working on, and what we’re looking toward, is new services based on BlackBerry 10, and then we will be looking at the monetary value of those services, rather than pure subscriber numbers.” In other words, this is all part of BlackBerry’s transition to its new platform. A fair point, I suppose, though it would certainly be more reassuring if the number of departures weren’t quite so large. Down three million subs in a single quarter is sharp erosion, and doesn’t bode well for a company that’s struggling to reverse its market-share loss.

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Demand Surges for Supercomputers

March 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Demand is suddenly surging for the largest scientific computers, driven by technology changes seen in two powerful systems unveiled this week. The supercomputers, installed in Illinois and Texas — each requiring about the space of a basketball court — use new combinations of semiconductor chips to tackle complex scientific problems in fields such as climate change, earthquake prediction and medicine. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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The Dark Side of BYOD: Privacy, personal data loss, and more

The Dark Side of BYOD: Privacy, personal data loss, and more

March 29, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Many employees don’t understand the implications of using their personal devices for work. Many companies don’t understand that they are in fact liable for the consequences. This post covers the things you always wanted to know about BYOD but were too afraid to ask. Good News: Your company offers a BYOD program You can finally stop carrying that boring corporate phone and use your own shiny new iPhone for work. Even better, you can now check your corporate email from home while streaming YouTube videos on your Galaxy tablet. Your company picks up part of the bill and even provides enterprise-grade help

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The Daily Mail: Paywall? We don’t need no stinking paywall

The Daily Mail: Paywall? We don’t need no stinking paywall

March 29, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

“Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!” — Gold Hat, Treasure of the Sierra Madre As newspapers around the world rush to erect paywalls to bolster their declining revenue — with Britain’s Telegraph and Sun papers just the latest to join the parade, along with the Washington Post — there are a few holdouts who insist on generating revenue the old-fashioned way: namely, through advertising. One of the most prominent proponents of this model is the Daily Mail, which has become one of the world’s largest news websites.

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How to pitch to Chris Dixon

How to pitch to Chris Dixon

March 29, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Chris Dixon has heard a lot of pitches. He’s cofounded companies that have yielded successful exits, including Hunch, which sold to eBay, and SiteAdvisor, acquired by McAfee. Through his investment company Founder Collective as well as personally, he’s made investments in companies like Pinterest, Kickstarter, Buzzfeed, and — for full disclosure — PandoDaily. Last November, Andreessen Horowitz snagged him from eBay to become a general partner for the firm. Last night at the Founder Showcase in Mountain View, CA, he shared a few gems about pitching. Convey that you know a secret Dixon says that there are “good ideas that look like

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Prana wins auction for Rhythm & Hues

March 29, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

After a see-saw auction that lasted most of two days and nights, a holding company connected to Prana Studios has agreed in principle to acquire bankrupt visual effects studio Rhythm & Hues. Prana is a visual effects and animation studio with offices in Los Angeles and India. It was founded as an American company but does much... Read more

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Hands-On With Ouya, the Tiny Gaming Console With Big Aspirations

March 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Nine months ago, Julie Uhrman had an idea for a gaming console. The goal behind it was twofold: To give consumers an affordable video game system, and to give developers an open platform for building games for the television. Without any notion of whether people actually wanted such a device, she took her idea to the crowdfunding site Kickstarter and within a month she had more than 63,000 backers and $8.5 million in pledges. Today, the first set of consoles started shipping. Uhrman is the founder and CEO of Ouya , a $100 game system built on the Android operating system. It consists of a pint-size console that connects to your TV via HDMI

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Millennium Entertainment, Gravitas Team on Distribution

March 29, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Millennium Entertainment and Gravitas Ventures have formed an alliance on distribution of indie films with Gravitas handling digital distribution and Millennium on home entertainment. The pact covers Sundance comedy “Hell Baby” (pictured above), with Gravitas handling a VOD release in July followed by a theatrical release from Millennium Entertainment. “Hell Baby” is produced and directed by Robert... Read more

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Film Review: ‘So Much Water’

March 29, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A divorced Uruguayan father takes his two kids on a rain-sodden vacation in “So Much Water,” a well-observed first feature from distaff helming duo Ana Guevara Pose and Leticia Jorge Romero. This deceptively ordinary tale has a warmly humanist eye for its characters and the three-way interaction among a firm but loving dad, his rebellious... Read more

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