Tom Foremski

Tom Foremski reports on the business and culture of Silicon Valley at the intersection of technology and media.

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The secret thoughts of the Internet society

The most compelling content on the Internet this summer is AOL's release of search terms linked to individual users. This is a glimpse into the human condition that goes way beyond anything we have seen, beyond Dostoevsky, Dickens, Balzac, Melville, or anybody else.

August 14, 2006 by


Where is the disruption from the Internet?

My recent conversation with IBM's top strategist, Irving Wladawsky-Berger, about the disruptive effects of PC technologies reminded me of a key insight I had about the Internet, that almost made me faint(!)Two years ago, on a sunny afternoon walking along Geary Street in San Francisco, I was thinking: where was the disruption from the Internet?

August 1, 2006 by


IBM researchers predicted PC disruption

It is the 25 year anniversary of the PC and I have long wondered if the industry standard technologies that resulted from the PC revolution were accidental because the computer industry always favored proprietary technologies.It was good to discuss this subject when I recently met with IBM's top strategist, Irving Wladawsky-Berger.

July 31, 2006 by


Where are the profits in the long tail?

Nicholas Carr over at his blog Rough Type points to a discussion about Chris Anderson's Long Tail theory: In his column in the Wall Street Journal today, Lee Gomes tries to debunk Chris Anderson's Long Tail theory, and on his Long Tail blog today, Anderson tries to debunk Gomes's debunking. One point of contention is Mr Anderson's assertion that sales in the long tail could be as much as 25 percent of sales in the head of the tail.

July 26, 2006 by

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AMD/ATI merger is one of equal problems

Advanced Micro Devices bid to acquire Canadian based ATI Technologies is a risky strategy because both companies are facing the same issue: big, pricey, client-side chips in PCs and other devices are becoming less important, and less profitable than server-side chips.These two companies make very large, complex chips.

July 24, 2006 by