The Flipside Of BitTorrent – Why Many Musicians Still Hate It

The Flipside Of BitTorrent – Why Many Musicians Still Hate It

Last week, I wrote a popular post on the continuing popularity of BitTorrent, and how some artists are now choosing to embrace it as a marketing tool to expose their music to a wider audience. But many activist musicians disagree with the notions that BitTorrent is anything more than outright theft. Singer-songwriter David…

How “Big-Data-as-a-Service” Can Help Smaller Companies Compete

How “Big-Data-as-a-Service” Can Help Smaller Companies Compete

The common perception of how big data is used centers around giant multi-national enterprises spending millions trying to fine tune their business strategies to eke out every last penny from their customers. But in reality, big data is worming its way into businesses large and small, often as a service instead of on-premises software.

Do You Really Want to Subscribe to Microsoft Office? Yes, You Might

Do You Really Want to Subscribe to Microsoft Office? Yes, You Might

For the first time this fall, consumers will have the choice between subscribing to Microsoft Office as a service – Office 365 – or buying a traditional license for the productivity software. The decision isn’t simple: you’ll pay less upfront for a subscription, but you may be allowing Microsoft’s hand in your pocket for the rest of your days.

Pharma Goes Farmville: PR Through Social Gaming

Pharma Goes Farmville: PR Through Social Gaming

If you’ve ever dreamed of running your own pharmaceutical company without the gargantuan research costs and pesky lawsuits, have we got a game for you. German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim is betting that social gaming will raise its profile and brighten its prospects.

BitTorrent Downloads Booming – And Benefitting Musicians

BitTorrent Downloads Booming – And Benefitting Musicians

A new report from UK analytics firm Musicmetric has pegged the U.S. as the world’s leading downloader of music via BitTorrent. It’s the stuff of Recording Industry Association of America nightmares: Despite industry efforts to shut down BitTorrent tracker sites, the frenzy of file sharing continues. And – surprise! – recording artists are embracing…

HP’s Turnaround Effort Fails To Plug Leaks

HP’s Turnaround Effort Fails To Plug Leaks

Has it been only one year since Meg Whitman took the reins at HP? The latest in a daisy chain of top executives, Whitman was charged with turning the company around after years of stagnation. More and more, her efforts look like someone tirelessly bailing water out of a leaky boat. Only the ship keeps taking more water.

eBook Settlement Big Win For Amazon & Consumers

eBook Settlement Big Win For Amazon & Consumers

Consumers should soon be getting a more of a price break on electronic books following approval of a settlement between the US Department of Justice and three publishers who, along with Apple, stand accused of price-fixing eBooks to compete with Amazon.com.

How eBay Turned Around a Dying Business (Secret Word: Mobile)

How eBay Turned Around a Dying Business (Secret Word: Mobile)

As Yahoo plots a new course under CEO Marissa Mayer, it may want to study what’s happened with eBay in recent years. After a long and dicey effort, the online retailer has pulled off a rarity in the Internet industry: It turned around a business that many critics has written off as dying. Here’s how a combination of bold product redesign and mobile…

Amazon Pursues Growth at the Risk of Brand Identity

Amazon Pursues Growth at the Risk of Brand Identity

It’s a fundamental law of tech business: Grow or die. Few online companies are better examples of that maxim than Amazon, which has made a habit of venturing boldly into new markets. But the online retailer’s recent initiatives have brought challenges, including eroding profit margins and entry into markets where it lacks leadership. Has…

Helping Microbusiness Take On Megabusiness

Helping Microbusiness Take On Megabusiness

A new Israeli startup hopes to upend the dominance of mega-companies like Amazon and Wal-Mart over local businesses. The idea has been to give small organizations free, consumer-grade tools to manage themselves and connect with each other. Starting Wednesday, SohoOS’ new App Store will bring third-party paid apps to the mix as well.

Dear Marissa Mayer: Don’t Change Yahoo

Dear Marissa Mayer: Don’t Change Yahoo

I don’t get the big deal about Yahoo’s new CEO, Marissa Mayer. Sure, she’s a woman. Yes, she’s coming to a struggling tech giant from Google. OK, she’s pretty and young. I guess it’s a big deal that she’s pregnant, but to me, pregnancy is like a brief, treatable illness with annoying long-term side effects. My only concern is that Marissa…