Silicon Valley’s Disruption Disorder – Harvard Business Review

Silicon Valley’s Disruption Disorder – Harvard Business Review (Umair Haque, Director Havas Media Lab)

“Quick: what would you call a business whose apathetic, listless — and sometimes irate — customers are starting to walk away, whose former blockbuster is becoming today’s lower and lower margin snoozer, whose most promising firebrands would rather eat a pound of plutonium than obey the conventional wisdom, and whose future is openly questioned by its own tribal elders? I’d call it a business for whom the bell of crisis is tolling the zero hour.”


Google Predicts More Social Display Ads – NY Times

Google Predicts More Social Display Ads – NY Times

“Google might be late to the display advertising game, but it wants Madison Avenue to know that it will be ahead of the game in the future. At the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Mixx conference in New York on Tuesday, Google made seven predictions for display advertising that the company thinks will happen by 2015.”


Why Facebook Could Be the Next TV for Advertisers – The Atlantic

Why Facebook Could Be the Next TV for Advertisers – The Atlantic

“With 165 million users in the United States spending almost two hours a week perusing pictures and wall posts, Facebook has an audience larger that last year’s record-breaking Super Bowl and more dedicated than many sit-com fan bases. Maybe that’s why some advertisers are starting to think about the site as a kind of 21st century television audience.”


How Do People Use their Smartphones – NY Times

How Do People Use their Smartphones – NY Times

“Advertisers take note: People who have phones with Android operating systems are more likely to open an advertisement inside an app than are iPhone users. That, at least, is what the Nielsen  Company says in a new report that it released on Monday about how people use mobile apps.”


Facebook’s Virtual Currency Push Hints at Micro-Payments Battle – Wired

Facebook’s Virtual Currency Push Hints at Micro-Payments Battle – Wired

“Facebook is making a play to become the dominant player in virtual currency — the funny money you use to everything from digital magazines to Farmville turnips. It’s already a billion-dollar business in which Facebook, the world’s largest social network, will face stiff competition from other behemoths like Apple, Google and PayPal.”


Print on the iPad: A Smashing Success – The Economist

Print on the iPad: A Smashing Success – The Economist

“THE advertisement for Newsday’s iPad application starts blithely enough. A man in a shirt and tie sits in the kitchen, reading the New York newspaper on his tablet computer. He turns the device on its side and watches the live feed from a traffic camera. Then a fly lands on the table. The man quickly raises the iPad and smashes it down, shattering the glass. The ad implies that the iPad is superior to old-fashioned print in all sorts of ways, just not every way. It is a joke—but also a good summary of how newspaper and magazine outfits have come to feel about Apple’s product in the eight months since it was unveiled.”


Search Takes a Social Turn – NY Times

Search Takes a Social Turn – NY Times

“Now, even on the Internet, it is not what you know but who you know. “