Have you ever tried to captivate you teenager’s attention on esoteric notions like global macro-economic issues ? Before giving-up : try this. Gapminder is specialized in animated graphical representation of various data. Not surprisingly the company was acquired by Google last year.
> see a representation of income per capita by country between 1975 and 2004, here. (Look at the tiny country thats falls sharply and bounces back : it is Rwanda).
TV spots, direct mail (the paper one), keywords purchasing, the US presidential election is a bonanza for the American advertising industry. It will account for a third of the meager growth expected this year in ad spending. And without the Olympics, this year would have seen a recession ins the sector.
> the great $2bn vote race, story in The Independent.
In the aggregation business, there is the brute force, math-powered kind, and the more left-brain oriented. Techmeme belongs to the latter. It y aggregates tech news stories from across the web, and displays them in a running stream, with the most popular story of the moment at the top of the page. It provides some interesting context from other sources, way more relevant than the usual blog-barking. Should be considered for general or business news.
> have a look at Techmeme
Who knew about Skyhook Wireless before last week, when Steve Jobs mentioned it at MacWorld ? Very few for sure. Skyhook is a software-only location platform that provides 20 meter positioning accuracy to any Wi-Fi enabled mobile device. Unlike satellite based GPS systems, WPS uses terrestrial based Wi-Fi access points to determine location. Works perfectly (I’ve tried it with an iPod Touch). This kind of technology bears endless potential for applications. Think about ultra-local news delivery (and advertising to finance it), local e-commerce apps and so on.
> read the case studies on Skyhook’s site.
Close cousin to Skyhook is the Geotagging. The next generation of digital camera — even the cheap ones — will soon have such capabilities. This will be another step in the mash-up frenzy : mixing data location and images.
> story in Forbes
> or take a look at Earthmine, that baseline says : “Indexing reality”.
A McKinsey report quoted by Business Week predicts that “Traditional TV advertising will be one-third as effective in 2010 as it was in 1990.” Same, basically, for all kinds of passive advertising : people tend to pay less and less attention to displays, banners, inserts. The big shift is under way. > story in BW
The short answer is yes, but there is little reason to worry. According to a survey by Brodeur (a unit of Omnicom), blogs are usually not considered as “source” (thanks God), but they are useful in helping journalists better understand the context of a story, find an angle or even story idea. 70% check blogs on a regular basis. US reporters are active bloggers : 28% of them have their own (vs. about 0.8% at Le Monde… Oops).
> see article in Marketingcharts.
Rupert Murdoch is planning the launch of an Indian edition of The Wall Street Journal.He’s not alone to look at this gigantic market where print press enjoys a double digit growth. “Last year, all of India’s papers added 12 million new readers, says Raju Narisetti, the editor of the business paper Mint points. That is equivalent to five Wall Street Journals. There are 360 million Indians who can read and write and don’t read a paper”.
> see this great features story in The Independent on Sunday (soon to be available in India))
Microsoft is definitely not happy with its 7% market share on search business, versus 21% for Yahoo and 66% for Google. Hence its $1.2 offer for the Norway’s Fast Search and Transfer. No doubt this industry is on the move. According to analysts, Yahoo’s core value is falling. One of them, quoted by New York Times “Bits” said that the value of the company’s cash and stock holdings exceeds its actual business. This Mozart of Excel is putting a value of €14bn for Yahoo, only 7% of Google’s €200bn !
> story in NYTimes Bits
> about the Fast acquisition, story in The Red Herring
Wired is the first to have been able to pull-out a detailed behind-the-scene story of the genesis of the iPhone. A great tech saga.
> story in Wired > MacWorld starts tomorrow. What’s at stake, in Wired again.
Microlending has the reputation of charging high interest rates to their customers. Why is that ? One of the reason lies in the cost of administrating loans equivalent to a few hundred dollars. Then, several banks in India and Indonesia are turning to smart cards and biometrics to boost their microfinance operations.
> story in business week