Tom Foremski

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

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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


User interface fatigue - where are the best practices?

There is big risk in the redesign of a popular web site because people are creatures of habit and nobody wants to have to learn a new user interface. Yahoo has come across this as it changes some of the features of Yahoo Finance, one of the largest and oldest web services on the Internet and users voice their displeasure.

July 18, 2006 by


Intel and Microsoft's failure to PC-ize the comms industry

Intel's [Intel is an SVW sponsor] sale of its cell phone and handheld computer chip business to Marvell Technology Group for $600m announced earlier today, represents a change in its strategy to apply the economics of the PC industry to cell phones, smart phones, and communications equipment markets.In the mid to late 1990s, Craig Barrett, the CEO of Intel, led efforts to expand the company's business into the fast growing cell phone and communications equipment markets.

June 27, 2006 by