The Morning Briefing: Successes and failures

Summary:"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about successes and failures for the world's biggest brands.

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about successes and failures for some of the world's biggest brands.

Charlie has the day off.

1.) Encouraged by the state of the American auto industry, Italy's Fiat plans to relaunch Alfa Romeo on the shoulders of Chrysler.

2.) Innovation comes in all sizes. In an unstable environment, Africa's most successful entrepreneurs are jacks-of-all-trades.

3.) The capacity to harness emerging technologies for the benefit of a population? The transition from smart city to info-state.

4.) Skeuomorphism: are the derivative designs for Apple's digital interfaces tiresome or tactile?

5.) TED's "The City 2.0" venture is a resounding failure. Too much ambition, or not enough?

Photo: Fiat

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This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation

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Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. He is also the former editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation. He writes about business, technology and design now but used to cover finance, fashion and culture. He was an intern at Money, Men's Vogue, Popular Mechanics and the New York Daily Ne... Full Bio

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