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Amazon goes like Apple (?), Is “Free” possible?

Jul 3rd, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. Amazon Taps Its Inner Apple Jeff Bezos is trying to do to book publishers what Steve Jobs of Apple did to the music industry. With its iPod and iTunes Store, Apple carved out a largely virgin market so fast that it was able to wrest control
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Just say no to aging?

Jun 29th, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. Can We Reverse Aging By Changing How We Think? Langer and her Harvard colleagues have been running similarly inventive experiments for decades, and the accumulated weight of the evidence is convincing. Her theory, argued in her new book, “Counterclockwise,” is that we are all victims of
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Get Smarter…and honest

Jun 26th, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. Get Smarter, by James Cascio Pandemics. Global warming. Food shortages. No more fossil fuels. What are humans to do? The same thing the species has done before: evolve to meet the challenge. But this time we don’t have to rely on natural evolution to make us
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The way Matt Mullenweg works, Beyonce’s empire, the corruption of Britain

Jun 12th, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. The Way I Work: Matt Mullenweg (founder of WordPress) I travel a lot, but when I’m in San Francisco, I usually work from home. Everyone else works from home, too. We’re a virtual company. We recently got an office on Pier 38, a five-minute walk from
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US Innovation, Food trucks

Jun 10th, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. The Failed Promise of Innovation in the U.S., by Michael Mandel During the past decade, innovation has stumbled. And that may help explain America’s economic woes If the reality of innovation was less than the perception, that helps explain why America’s apparent boom was built on
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WalMart CEO is for simplicity, Communication should be unequivocal

May 27th, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. WalMart CEO interview (NYTimes) Q. So you find that people make business more complicated than it is? A. No doubt about it. I think that all of us read far too many business books. I’ve worked 30 years now in management roles, and a number of
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How “fair price” led to less revenue for producers

May 22nd, 2009 | By

Lamb on the spit A “freakonimics” example: It is a tradition in Crete to eat lamb for Easter – preferably lamb roasted on a spit. This year, a consumers co-op that runs a chains of super-markets, intervening to help consumers and producers both get a good deal, created an unpredictable result: lack of lamb for
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In Pursuit of Elegance, Matthew May

May 20th, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. Matthew May interview on TomPeters.com about “In Pursuit of Elegance” Quite frequently, what we tend to do is leap to a solution because we want to control the outcome. Since October, I have read daily in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other
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Scribd arrives, Amazon & Google shudder?

May 19th, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. Scribd turns page from document sharing to selling Scribd’s biggest advantage is a system that will allow any document bought from its store to be read on different gadgets – a personal computer, an electronic book reader like Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle or a sophisticated mobile phone.
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Think, don’t Google

May 17th, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. Has Google killed the riddle? (by Abraham Veghese) Which is why when I offered a new riddle to my students last week while we were rounding, I emphatically added, “Don’t Google!” Nothing at all against Google–we’re proud of Google at Stanford, and indeed my kid brother works there. But
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