Stop SOPA and PIPA

Internet on strike

I’m not going to rehash what is already getting a tremendous amount of press today, but as of midnight several of the leading Internet services and destinations have “gone on strike” to protest the proposed Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).   Continue reading

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2012: The Year of Facebook

FacebookThere are those who would say that any one of the past several years could be called “The Year of Facebook” although I would argue that none will be larger than 2012.  First of all, the social networking giant will be floating their monster IPO this year which will doubtlessly be met with a tremendous (and perhaps disproportionate) level of rabid enthusiasm.   Continue reading

Samsung’s Smart Window

Wow.  There’s been a lot of press lately about Samsung being the next Apple which is a pretty bold statement in and of itself but when you take a look at the breadth of products Samsung produces – as well as the high attention to user experience, quality, and design – it might be a little easier to imagine.   Continue reading

Class conflict

Occupy Wall Street

66%

The Pew Research Center recently announced the results from a public perception survey focused on the class conflict that is emerging in the U.S. due to the widening gap between the wealthy and the poor.  According to the survey, 66% of the 2,048 adult respondents believe there are “strong” or “very strong” conflicts between America’s top 1% – who saw their incomes rise 275% between 1979 and 2007 – and the remaining 99%.   Continue reading

Tim Cook’s pay package

Tim Cook$378 million ($378,000,000)

What do you give the CEO of the world’s most influential and admired technology company for his partial first year on the job?  Start with a base salary of $900,000, throw in $376 million (yes, million) in restricted stock that vests over ten years, and top it off with the bragging rights as the highest paid U.S. CEO for 2011.   Continue reading

Music milestone

Digital music

50.3%

Nielsen SoundScan have announced their 2011 tally of full year music sales and airplay for the 52-week period 03 January 2011 through 01 January 2012.  With it comes hundreds of interesting data points if the music industry is your thing, the report also included one specific item that has been making headlines the world over: for the first time in history digital music purchases exceeded physical sales, accounting for 50.3% of all purchases.   Continue reading

2011 consumer media usage report

2011 Nielsen consumer media usage report (page 1)

4.9 million (4,900,000)

Yesterday my former colleagues at Nielsen released their “State of the Media: Consumer Usage Report” for 2011 which has a decidedly U.S. focus.  During the first week of November Nielsen released an infographic triptych that in hindsight was an excellent preview for this report.   Continue reading

Technology trends of 2011

Crystal ball

90%

It has been said that history is the best predictor of future events and if that is in fact the case, then 2012 is going to be an incredibly exciting year in technology.  2011 saw the explosion of innovations in mobile and social technology with tremendous growth in group buying, geolocation applications, and tablet computing.   Continue reading

Every 60 seconds on the Internet (part II)

Alice in Wonderland

1,820,000,000,000 (1,820 trillion)

As we discussed in yesterday’s post, dear Alice (of Wonderland) found it difficult to swallow the notion that the White Queen in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass pondered the impossible on a regular basis.  Given the incredible year that was 2011, it is only fitting that we wrap up with the second of two posts about the most amazing things that happen ever 60 seconds on the Internet.   Continue reading