Thinking and linking in Berlin

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Kommentar zum Uber-Verbot: Ist Sharing frischer Wind oder eisiger Sturm? - heise online

"Die Leichtigkeit, mit der sich Uber und Airbnb verbreiten, beruht gerade darauf, dass sie in hoffnungslos überregulierte Branchen eingebrochen sind. Diese sollten schleunigst dereguliert werden. Davon würden auch etablierte Anbieter profitieren.

Natürlich darf das nicht zu einem ungehemmten Manchester-Kapitalismus führen. Es ist durchaus eine zivilisatorische Errungenschaft, sich in ein beliebiges Taxi setzen zu können ohne Angst, abgezockt zu werden. Doch es müssen nicht unbedingt Behörden sein, die gewisse Mindeststandards überwachen. Wer dreckige Zimmer vermietet oder fährt wie ein Henker, der wird es in der Crowd nicht weit bringen. Dafür sorgen die Nutzer mit ihren Bewertungen schon selber.”

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Mit dem “Recht auf Vergessen” sind Datenschützer endgültig offen öffentlichkeitsfeindlich geworden.

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Making Sense of Microsoft - newnetland

Making Sense of Microsoft:

"This is how one can really understand why Ballmer – over the objection of Nadella, among others – made the disastrously stupid decision to buy Nokia. We now know for a fact that my speculation at the time that Nokia was about to introduce Android phones was spot-on, and the terms of the deal suggest that Nokia was having financial difficulties as well; if Microsoft would have lost Nokia, they would have lost Windows Phone, and Ballmer saw that as a mortal threat. Never mind that Windows Phone is for all-intents-and-purposes already dead; the thing about culture is that it not only eats strategy, it washes it down with a potent mixture of selective facts and undue optimism."

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Is the PC back?

"The revenue pictures shows that (non-Mac) PCs have been declining for almost four years and into the present quarter and operating margin (“profit”) has shrunk to nearly $1 billion (while being generous with “other” PC vendors).

Incidentally, the Mac is nearly the highest revenue PC brand and by far the most profitable. Indeed, it’s more profitable than all the other vendors put together.”

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Big Blue and Apple’s Soul

"To be clear, while I’ve been writing from Apple’s perspective, this is an even bigger deal for IBM. As I just noted, the total cost of a VAR “solution” is usually multiples greater than the cost of the underlying device or software; fully integrating a device into an enterprise is a messy business, but dealing with messiness is not only worth a lot of money, it also entails building deep and ongoing relationships with the company you are servicing. In other words, when it comes to the sort of enterprise deals that IBM is going to put together, iOS devices are much closer to commodities; it is IBM that will provide the most value from the enterprise’s perspective. This is a risk for Apple: it’s certainly possible to envision a scenario where IBM switches out iOS for another platform, and there will be nothing Apple can really do about that.

I’m sure, though, that Apple is well aware of this and counts it as a price they are willing to pay6 (in addition to the commission they’ll likely pay IBM on each iPhone or iPad, in case it’s not clear who will be the lead in this partnership). Apple is getting access to a massive market that had long been off-limits, and they are doing so without giving up their product-centric soul.”