As I go around Silicon Valley, Facebook is very much a common topic of conversation. If it isn't then I usually make it one.
Tom Foremski: IMHO
Former Financial Times reporter Tom Foremski writes about Silicon Valley business trends and the intersection of technology and media.
Tom Foremski reports on the business and culture of Silicon Valley at the intersection of technology and media.
Silicon Valley is not known for paying much attention to itself. The Computer History Museum aims to change that, and recently it held a fund raiser that also profiled four top technologists.
Last week Google beat financial analyst forecasts and its shares rose. I looked at the third quarter 2007 results, in particular, its traffic acquisition costs (TAC), and noticed something very interesting and something which no one else had written about.
The rise of Facebook has reopened a can of worms - who owns an individuals personal data and their social networks?Obviously, individuals want control over the data generated by their online activities, who their friends and colleagues are, and what they like or don't.
The conventional wisdom, as promoted by aggregators and search engines, is that there is little to no value in news except in the aggregate, as Google News, Digg, etc.That's why these are tough times for newspapers and news organizations, because individual news stories are valued at nearly nothing in terms of what online advertising networks produce.
[Here in Silicon Valley it sometimes feels as if we are canaries in a coal mine...]By Tom ForemskiWith the first phase of the Internet a common issue was one of "information overload.
Microsoft's acquisition late last week of the AdECN advertising exchange is a smart move. I interviewed Bill Urschel, the founder of AdECN earlier this year.
Journalists rely heavily on their contacts to tip them off about news stories. Those contacts take a lot of time to make, and are based on trust, trust that the contacts won't get into trouble.
The CIOs of Google, Hasbro, Levi Strauss, and McKesson, said their IT budgets are up this year and they are investing in more revenue generating IT projects. The CIOs were part of a Churchill Club panel: CIO Agenda moderated by Dave Margulius, an IT analyst at Enterprise Insight.
In this Web 2.0 world where every on-demand service can become a widget, where is the business?