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Remember the 1979 tune, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles? Here’s round two: the smartphone is well on its way to killing the laptop. Everyone’s talking about it, venture capitalists, users, developers. It’s happening. I started noticing the reality of this trend when I saw an iPhone app that I could use to… Continue Reading Laptop being replaced by a younger, thinner model

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CenturyLink post 78 percent lower profit

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Phone company CenturyLink Inc.’s second-quarter profit fell 78 percent as it had to write off more than expected of the value of Qwest, which it bought in April. In another wrinkle to the $12.2 billion acquisition, the company lost more broadband subscribers in the Qwest areas than it gained, something that never happened when Qwest… Continue Reading CenturyLink post 78 percent lower profit

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Spectranetics Corp. recorded revenue of $32.2 million during the second quarter, a 7 percent increase above last year for the same period. “The second quarter results reflect continued progress on our key growth initiatives,” said Jason Hein, senior vice president of sales, marketing and business development. “Laser placements remain strong.” The company’s lead management revene… Continue Reading Spectranetics reports 7 percent revenue increase

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Google launched their new “+1” feature recently, amid a slew of media fanfare. I bet you all are wondering, “What does Google +1 mean for my business.” And I’ll tell you, but in order for it to make sense, let’s take a step back to get some perspective. The “old Google” circa seven days ago,… Continue Reading Tech Talk: What does Google’s ‘+1’ mean for your business?

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Ramtron International, based in Colorado Springs, posted a 58 percent increase in revenue compared to the first quarter of this year. The increase in second-quarter revenue was due to more support from the company’s Texas wafer source, assembly and test subcontractor, which allowed the company to start shipping its products in greater volume. However, the… Continue Reading Ramtron posts second quarter revenue increases

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Spectranetics names new CEO

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Spectranetics Corp. has hired Scott Drake as president and CEO, effective Aug. 10. Drake is leaving DaVita Inc., a provider of kidney care and dialysis, where he held the position of senior vice president of operations. He was responsible for business operations that generated about 20 percent of the company’s $6 billion revenue. He has… Continue Reading Spectranetics names new CEO

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So this week I posted a YouTube video of Nappy Roots on my facebook profile and got immediate rave reviews from my college age nephew. And I started to wonder if he thinks I’m actually cool. Here’s the thing: I’m really a fraud at being cool. I use the Internet as a “cool engine” that… Continue Reading As coolness expands, content companies tremble

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The slippery slope of newspaper paywalls

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In case you haven’t heard, The New York Times launched its paywall system on March 28, 2011. Their paywall is an attempt to monetize the content generated by the news professionals at the Times, and “save the newspaper industry.” Speaking as a Web enthusiast, I’m going to predict that this will be a bumpy road… Continue Reading The slippery slope of newspaper paywalls

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The other day I was stuck in traffic on the way to a meeting, and the delivery van in front of me made me burst out laughing. On the back of the van was the “F” icon for Facebook, the “T” icon for Twitter below their phone number. I think their graphic designer was confused… Continue Reading Tech Talk: Avoid using social media icons for print marketing

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So I was sending out rapid-fire emails yesterday morning like I do every day, and after a few hours I started to wonder why no one was writing back. To my horror, I realized that I was sending out all of my work emails under my aunt’s email account instead of my business email address.… Continue Reading Surrender your identity in one step with Google passwords

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