I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date! I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!

I knew writing the book wouldn’t allow me to have a serious foresight on this blog, but i didn’t expect this. I have a backlog of 100+ links to treat and, you’ll understand I’m sure, I focus on the book. I’ve created a new model (DIRT), oriented towards Business Models and am busy with a methodology for using both DICoDE and DIRT in an innovation context. I’ve also updated this morning the whole structure of the book. I’ll blog about all this in due time…

I keep the foresight links to treat, maybe i’ll have more time in a few weeks. Thanks for your patience and understanding, and don’t hesitate to contact me or comment! Cheers!

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Light Foresight Part V

Again many interesting stories that could be DiCoDEd. I’ll log them here, in a light foresight entry, in order to come back later if this book leaves me some time. Hope you enjoy it too!

[Facebook, Data, Google, Aggregation, advertising, email, privacy, e-commerce, f-commerce, AdWords] http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/11/google-fears-facebook/ and http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/is-facebook-worth-twice-what-yahoo-is-worth and http://techcrunch.com/2010/10/02/facebook-bigger-google/ and http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/09/give-us-our-data-facebook/ and http://www.fastcompany.com/1701119/adwords-is-dying-and-google-knows-it-and-they-are-doing-something-about-it #afterkillingportalsfacebookwillkillsearchandemails

[OS, Hardware, Software, Smartphone, Mobile, Carrier] http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/08/editorial-should-your-next-mobile-os-update-cost-you/ #whatwilluserspayforandwithwhichcurrency?

[Simplicity, Relevance, Convenience, Design, User XP] http://blogs.gartner.com/brian_prentice/2010/08/24/simplicity-is-not-overrated-its-misunderstood/ #doyoudifferentiateonqualityoronquantity?

[TV, US, Hulu, OPEC] http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/08/hulu-opec/ #liveanddietogether

[Chris Anderson, Media, Wired, Conde Nast] http://www.businessinsider.com/henry-blodget-chris-anderson-wired-2010-11 #ineedtotalkaboutDiCoDEtothisguy

[Mobile, Engagement, advertising, Estee Lauder, Tiffany & Co, Macy’s] http://www.mobilemarketer.com/cms/news/advertising/8101.html

[TV, Android, Youtube, App] http://mashable.com/2010/11/09/youtube-remote/

[Media, Mobile, Metrics, Figures, US] http://www.mobilemarketer.com/cms/news/media/8072.html

[4G, LTE] http://www.juniperresearch.com/reports/4G_LTE_Revenue_Opportunities


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Light Foresight Part IV

Damn, there are a lot of interesting stories (especially the Facebook/Google slap fight) and i don’t take the time to cover them sufficiently. So i’ll just log them here, in a light foresight entry, in order to come back later. Hope you enjoy it too!

I’m keeping a few (strangely coming from TechCrunch) that seem very interesting (and not just because they’re long;o) though!

[TV, HD, US, figures] http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/media_entertainment/hd-tvs-now-the-majority-but-hd-viewing-lags-behind/ #dontbuythefeaturebuythebargain

[Electronics, pollution, waste, US, Recupel] http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/09/story-of-electronics/ #giveback

[BBC, iPlayer, UK, WorldWide, Business Model] http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/09/bbc-iplayer-going-international-next-year-will-be-either-fee-o/ #borderlesscommunication

[Microsoft, GPS, data, crowdsourcing, China] http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/09/microsoft-aims-to-improve-maps-with-gps-data-from-33-000-beijing/ #chinaspeople(IT)revolution

[HG Wells, Futurism, Smartphone, App] http://gizmodo.com/5685445/hg-wells-foretold-in-43-of-a-future-where-wed-get-news-from-our-phones #DocBrown’stimetravelsconsequences

[Social Media, Social Web, Browser, Share] http://mashable.com/2010/11/10/mozilla-f1/ #credentialsbattle

[Facebook, Bon Jovi, e-commerce, f-commerce, Games] http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/09/bon-jovi-uses-crowdstars-facebook-games-to-sell-digital-music/ #idneverthoughtidblogonbonjovi

[Facebook, Google, Data, Gmail] http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/09/googles-response-to-facebooks-response-to-googles-facebook-api-ban/ and http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/09/give-us-our-data-facebook/ and http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/09/facebook-slaps-google-openness-doesnt-mean-being-open-when-its-convenient/ #SiliconValleysDynasty

[Ask, Ask Jeeves, Search Engine, Natural Language] http://mashable.com/2010/11/09/ask-com-shut-down/ #Jeevesyourefired

[Movies, Video, Radbox, Watch Later] http://mashable.com/2010/11/09/radbox/ #lateristhenewnow

[NaaS, SMS, Voice, Service, API, Twilio] http://mashable.com/2010/11/09/twilio-raises-12-million/ #NaaSiscarriersfutureandtheydontknowit

[HTML5, tablet, experience, flipboard, UI] http://mashable.com/2010/11/10/center-for-public-integrity-html-5/ #itstheexperiencenottheUIstupid

[NUI, XBox, Kinect, Vocal Activation] http://gizmodo.com/5685727/why-you-still-cant-tell-your-xbox-to-shut-down #startrekisscifi

[Symbian, MeeGo] http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/10/nokia-svp-of-symbian-smartphones-talks-portrait-qwerty-symbian/ #whostillcaresaboutSymbianorMeego?

[Microsoft, WP7, Android, fragmentation, Mobile, Smartphone] http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/10/windows-phone-android-fragmentation/ #wellseein5years

[Google TV, TV, PS3, Sony] http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/11/09/a-quick-chat-with-google-tvs-lead-dev-about-the-network-blockade-apps-and-google-tv-hitting-the-ps3/ #GoogleTvsnotdeadbutwhataboutSony?

[Square, Bank 2.0, m-commerce] http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/09/square-now-processing-millions-of-dollars-in-mobile-transactions-every-week/ #battleforthebill

[Search Engine, RockMelt, Google, Browser, Preview] http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/09/google-rockmelt-search-preview/ #lazysurfers


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Light Foresight Part III

Rocking some links before kicking the end of the second chapter (draft); no storytelling lesson today:

[Seesmic, Loic Le Meur, Business Model] http://mashable.com/2010/11/07/seesmic-for-enterprise/ #beagilenotagirouette

[Apple, MacBook, MacBook Air, UI, GUI, NUI, User XP, Mac OS Lion] http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/07/switched-on-the-ipadification-of-mac-os/ #smart(acrossthe)linemanagement

[Microsoft, Kinect, NUI, Vocal Activation] http://kotaku.com/5682793/the-future-of-kinect-how-microsoft-plans-to-put-a-video-game-controller-in-everything #NUIpower

[Hulu, CamCast, Google TV, NBC] http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/08/google-tvs-fancast-com-backdoor-to-hulu-video-closed-syfy-star/ and http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/11/08/now-even-fancast-com-is-blocked-on-google-tv/#SteveJobstoldyou

[HTC, App Store, Android] http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/08/htc-said-to-be-working-on-its-own-app-store-would-make-a-lot-of/ #(notyet)lastbutnot(atall)least

[Ebook, iPad, Kindle] http://mashable.com/2010/11/08/e-book-market-surges-to-1-billion-report/ #whosnext?

[Google, Hyperconnectivity, WiFi] http://mashable.com/2010/11/08/google-free-wi-fi/ #itsnotinourplansbutweworkonitthough

[Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, Management, Forrester] http://blogs.forrester.com/george_colony/10-11-08-perspective_on_zuckerberg #itsnotwhoyouarebutwhatyoudo

[Google, Facebook, Data, Gmail] http://gizmodo.com/5685176/facebook-and-gmails-dispute-over-your-contact-details-has-got-dirtier and http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/08/facebook-finds-a-new-way-to-liberate-your-gmail-contact-data/ #openontheinside

[Facebook, Ads, US, Advertising] http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/08/comscore-facebook-now-accounts-for-nearly-1-in-4-display-ads-in-the-u-s/ #in5yearsbiggerthangoogletoday

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Light Foresight Part II

Being very busy lately on the writing of the book (the drafted structure is fixed, so I need to fill it) and other minor things, I am less able to do an active foresight. That’s why I’ll post interesting links with keywords related (or not) to DiCoDE. If you want to exchange around one of them, don’t hesitate to comment!

Here we go again:

[Google, Facebook, Data, GMail] http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/04/facebook-google-contacts/ and http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/05/data-protectionism-begins-in-earnest/ and http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/11/google-facebook-data/

[User, Facebook, Psychology, Girls, Social Media] http://jezebel.com/5682488/what-does-facebook-do-to-teenage-girls

[FCC, Open Internet, Net Neutrality, Politics, US, ISP, Carrier] http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/11/gop-landslide-kill-net-neutrality/

[Mobile, Banking, Bank of America, Android, iPhone, Smartphone] http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/11/bank-apps-for-phones/

[4G, LTE, WiMac, Hyperconnectivity, T-Mobile, Verizon, US] http://gizmodo.com/5680755/the-dirty-secret-of-todays-4g-its-not-4g?skyline=true&s=i

[Thoughts on a Smarter Planet, IBM, Analytic, traffic Jam, GPS, RFID, data] http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/11/ibm-thoughts-on-a-smarter-planet-6

[Storify, Social Media, Press, Media, Storytelling, Politics, data] http://mashable.com/2010/11/06/storify-2/

[LBS, Location, User Context, Pew, Foursquare, User XP, Customer XP] http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/11/the-future-of-geo-location-faith-or-science/

[Open Leadership, Control, Business, Management, Social Media, Information Era, Leadership 2.0, User XP, Customer XP, Business Transformation, Social Business, Inspiration, Relationship] http://www.briansolis.com/2010/10/revolution-episode-4-charlene-li-on-open-leadership/ -> I gonna have to come back on this one. Very interesting!

[Brand, Economy, Finance, Aswath Damodaran, Value] http://mashable.com/2010/11/06/value-of-brand-names/

[Open Data, Google, Café Numérique, Data] http://www.cafenumerique.be/2010/11/04/open-data/

[Amazon, Diapers, Quidsi, Process, Business Transformation, Digital Native] http://mashable.com/2010/11/06/amazon-to-acquire-diapers-com-for-540-million/

[Singapore, Hyperconnectivity, Platform, Water, City Planning, Technology] http://www.economist.com/node/17388308?story_id=17388308

As you can see, i’ve browsed back to WIRED! ;o)

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Big cable loses 500,000 subscribers in Q3, we neglect to send flowers

Intro: Last quarter was the first time ever that US pay TV subscription rates were down. Now, according to GigaOM’s calculations, big cable suffered another set back in Q3, waving goodbye to over 500,000 subscribers in total. Comcast was saddled with over half of the carnage and lost 275,000 customers, while Time Warner took a 155,000 subscriber hit. Charter Communications and Cablevision fared slightly better, but still added 63,800 and 24,500 respectively to the industry pit of despair.

Naturally, the blame game for the poor numbers was aimed squarely at the weak economy and increased competition from over-the-top video providers.

My Take: So, not only Comcast is in trouble on US market. Also other players. The time is now for US cable companies, and time to consider things for Europe… and blaming it on the economy, well, music major companies and movie studios also tried denial…

Link: http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/05/big-cable-loses-500-000-subscribers-in-q3-we-neglect-to-send-fl/

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Light Foresight Part I

Being very busy lately on the writing of the book (the drafted structure is fixed, so I need to fill it) and other minor things, I am less able to do an active foresight. That’s why I’ll post interesting links with keywords related (or not) to DiCoDE. If you want to exchange around one of them, don’t hesitate to comment!

Here we go:

[Attention, User, User Currencies] http://www.mediaculture.fr/2010/10/28/comment-la-course-a-l’attention-renforce-la-societe-de-l’ego/

[FCC, US, Regulation, TV, Cable] http://paidcontent.org/article/419-news-corp.-cablevision-reach-deal-in-principle-fox-service-restored/

[Regulation, Copyright, Privacy, Youtube, Video] http://paidcontent.org/article/419-the-dancing-baby-lawsuit-will-shape-future-of-fair-use/

[Location, LBS, Context, Mobile, Advertising, Privacy, Carriers] http://www.mobilemarketer.com/cms/opinion/columns/7954.html

[Press, Media] http://rossdawsonblog.com/weblog/archives/2010/10/launch_of_newsp.html and http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/USA-Lead-Extinction-Newspapers-2017-Followed-UK-Rest-World-Says-Leading-Media-Futurist-1344319.htm

[Mobile, Apple, iOS, App] http://mashable.com/2010/07/30/apple-itravel-virtual-closet-patents/

[Mobile, Smartphone, Market Share, Figures] http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/mobile-snapshot-smartphones-now-28-of-u-s-cellphone-market/ and http://mashable.com/2010/11/02/iphone-android-nielsen/

[Demand, Economy, Information Era, Industrialization] http://www.inc.com/magazine/20101101/the-demand-economy.html

[Attention, User, User Currencies] http://www.internetactu.net/2010/09/20/pdlt-lattention-une-valeur-culturelle-et-sociale/

[Customer XP] http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/consumer/build-bigger-shopping-baskets/

[Mobile, UI, GUI] http://perishablepress.com/press/2009/08/02/the-5-minute-css-mobile-makeover/


[Update] 2 interesting links by the great Mobile Marketer team from the ad:tech conference in NYChttp://www.mobilemarketer.com/cms/news/media/8001.html and http://www.mobilemarketer.com/cms/news/media/8006.html

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HOW TO: Optimize Your Social Media Marketing Strategy

Intro: There’s nothing like the basics to help bring things back into focus when you feel lost. In “Marketing 101,” the acronym AIDA stands for Awareness, Interest, Desire and Action. This is the most simple and rudimentary of sales and marketing funnels and is still incredibly relevant today when it comes to social media and Internetmarketing strategies.

Key Points:

  • New Additions to the Marketing Funnel: Over the years, the traditional AIDA has evolved and added two extra levels. These levels represent not only a shift in the technology and methods that are used to market, but the people behind it.
    Loyalty and Advocacy!
  • The problem with AIDA: As you can see, the levels of our old friend AIDA can get a bit muddy, especially when it comes to the areas of awareness and interest. This has given birth to dozens, probably even hundreds, of fresh interpretations. The main thing to remember is how the funnels flow and to set your measurement and expectations accordingly.

My Take: Sharing DiCoDE with Clo, she told me considering building such a model which would take traditional funnels and add Social Media specificities. And her conversity.be initiative is fully about this!

DiCoDE is less process-oriented, but also add this “social loop” to a traditional to-down value chain. So now models need to spin and any traditional marketing needs to take this dimension into account!

Link: http://mashable.com/2010/10/27/optimize-social-media-marketing/

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Microsoft Shifts From Silverlight to HTML5

Intro: Adobe isn’t the only company being tempted by the sweet taste of HTML5, Microsoft has a hankering for the stuff too. Despite its past efforts to shape Silverlight into the leading cross-platform runtime for the web and the desktop, Microsoft now says that its strategy and plans for Silverlight “has shifted.”

Key Points:

  • Bob Muglia, the president of Microsoft’s server and tools business said, “HTML is the only true cross platform solution for everything, including (Apple’s) iOS platform.”
  • As a video technology — indeed even as an application technology — Silverlight and WPF are actually pretty nice. I attended a two-day XAML workshop held at Microsoft’s Atlanta offices in 2009 and was very impressed with the capabilities and the toolsets that were possible within Silverlight.
  • Silverlight has had a problem gaining traction across the web. With the exception of the Olympics and a few other live broadcasts, you almost never see Silverlight used on the web.
  • It’s clear that Microsoft — like Adobe, Apple and Google — sees that HTML5 is the technology that will work across the broadest stretch of devices — and more importantly, will work on future devices.
  • Yes, the W3C has stated that the HTML5 spec isn’t yet ready for full use, and in a broad, global sense, this is true.
  • As a technology, Silverlight has a lot of promise and we think it is still interesting. Still, we can’t help but think Microsoft is making a better strategic move to focus on HTML5 as its cross-platform solution going forward.

My Take: I’m also very surprised by this announcement, showing that a new (open and free) standard is rising. Mostly because I think having understood at REMIX 2010 that Silverlight is a cornerstone for developing on several Microsoft platforms.
But this comes from a server and tools business president and not by a business decision maker. Which could explain a CTO’s excitement for technological (un-mature) trends…

Link: http://mashable.com/2010/10/29/microsoft-silverlgiht-html/

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