woensdag 31 juli 2002

The Economist

Watch this airspace

Wireless telecoms: Four disruptive technologies are emerging that promise to render not only the next wave of so-called 3G wireless networks irrelevant, but possibly even their 4G successors

vrijdag 19 juli 2002

Business 2.0

A Brave Bluetooth World In which gadgets talk a blue streak to each other wirelessly.

By Chris Taylor, July 2002 Issue

Why name a 20th-century wireless technology after a 10th-century Viking king? It's not as strange as you might think: Just as Harald Bluetooth unified Denmark, Bluetooth chips -- first developed by Ericsson (ERICY) in 1994 -- promise to unite everything electronic. In a Bluetooth world, your computer, cell phone, printer, camera, PDA, TV, stereo, and even your fridge will be able to chat happily with one another at a range of about 30 feet without a single cable in sight.

maandag 15 juli 2002

First Monday

When Internet Companies Morph: Understanding Organizational Strategy Changes in the 'New' New Economy by Robert J. Kauffman, Tim Miller, and Bin Wang

The rapid ascent of the Internet economy funneled almost $US90 billion of venture capital money into Internet startups over a period of four years that roughly ended in mid-2000. An equally rapid bust in the cycle that year abruptly shut off funding and thrust remaining Internet companies into an unprecedented frenzy of adaptive strategic and organizational re-focusing behavior. In this article, we relate the findings of our study of this period of hyper-evolution and give a snapshot of the publicly reported "morphing" activities of 125 Internet companies, based on which we propose a profitability-driven typology of Internet firm repositioning behavior. The study provides academic researchers with an overview of industry strategic mutation patterns and provides executives with a process analysis for identifying and evaluating their own strategies in a way that is essential for success in the highly volatile Internet economy. We also offer our predictions on these strategies' efficacy in light of the current emphasis on business profitability and return on investment (ROI).
Business Week

Chewing the Sashimi with Jeff Bezos

"We're still at the very beginning," says Amazon.com's founder in a wide-ranging interview over lunch. "There's so much more to come"

At the height of the dot-com revolution, Amazon.com founder and Chief Executive Jeffrey P. Bezos was named Time magazine's 1999 person of the year -- at about the same point his company's stock hit a split-adjusted record high of $113 a share. For Bezos and Netrepreneurs everywhere, it seemed like the sky was the limit.
Business Week
Where 3G Is First-Rate
Consumer acceptance of this high-speed wireless service is slow -- except in South Korea, where KT Freetel looks like a winner
In most of the world, the huge financial problems faced by slumping telecommunications companies threaten to delay the rollout of new mobile telecom technology. But in one oasis, things seem to be progressing apace: South Korea.

vrijdag 12 juli 2002

Business 2.0

The Technology Secrets of Cocaine Inc.

Colombian cartels have spent billions of dollars to build one of the world's most sophisticated IT infrastructures. It's helping them smuggle more dope than ever before.

Pricing key to success within wireless MMS

Following the unexpected success of SMS the expectations facing its successor MMS are enormous. Crucial to the future success of MMS is the ability of operators to set the "optimal" price - logical and affordable for the customer as well as profitable for the operator. This is the conclusion of "MMS Pricing Challenge", a new report from Northstream, leading wireless advisor.
Business Week

Meet Microsoft, Home Networker

The Colossus of Redmond's next bold move is into routers that'll let consumers connect their digital devices together and to the Net Microsoft Corp., whose software as come to dominate the workplace, now wants to take over your living room. Last October, the Redmond (Wash.) software giant launched Windows XP, the new operating system that makes it a snap to organize music files and gather digital photos. Microsoft then jumped into the video gaming market, with its Xbox game console. And on July 11, it plans yet another bold foray, this time into home networking.