Tom Foremski

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

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Can social networks help sell beer?

I recently met with Gurbaksh Chahal, the CEO of BlueLithium advertising network and top brand management executives from Anheuser Busch, to discuss plans to use online social networks to sell beer.The research group of BlueLithium, the second largest US online advertising network, last year came up with the idea for MingleNow.

March 3, 2007 by


Is search broken?

Search engines say they use complex algorithms to help users find exactly what they want Google's "I'm feeling lucky" button (btw, does anybody use it?), right below the search box implies that very thing.

March 3, 2007 by


Silicon Valley is turning into media valley

Silicon Valley is rapidly turning into Media Valley--and New York, NY should look out--the capital of the media world is shifting about 3,000 miles westwards.Some of Silicon Valley's largest companies are media companies: Google, Yahoo, EBay, for example are media companies--they publish pages of content and advertising around it.

February 25, 2007 by

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Innovation inflation

About 15 miles south of San Jose, down a country lane, and hidden behind one of the scenic rolling hills of "Steinbeck country" is IBM's Silicon Valley research and development labs.It used to be called Santa Teresa Labs, opened in 1977 with about 3,000 square feet, housing about 1300 researchers, mostly working on software projects.

February 21, 2007 by

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Is HP an IT services company?

I popped into HP's launch of its latest HP-UX operating system and new servers Tuesday evening. It was held at 111 Minna Art Gallery in San Francisco rather than Palo Alto, where HP usually does such things.

February 13, 2007 by