Profile of Michael Hickins
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Articles by Michael Hickins
posted in May 2009
Palm's last, best gasp may be in fact a lifesaver. The Pre drew early rave reviews, and the news keeps getting better as the device nears launch date.
Time Warner's decision to spin AOL back out as an independent company is the closest thing we'll get to an admission that the marriage between old-world Time Warner and new world order AOL never worked out.
It's hard to see where Microsoft thinks it's going with Zune, part of the Entertainment and Devices Division that continues to tread water as the also-ran of the company's five main divisions.
The economic mess has come home to roost. I mean literally come home, as in vendors are trying to worm their way into every available keyhole and Internet connection to squeeze more dollars out of our kids.
Either Apple has completely lost hold of its senses or it's trying to turn back the clock to Victorian-era America, a time when we led the world in official prudishness.
Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster must be embarrassed by his stunning imitation of a sand castle at the water's edge last week -- I can't think of another reason for Craigslist to sue South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster.
It seems that even Google has fallen sway to the Twitterocalypse that is shattering preconceptions about social activity on the Web. I mean, who knew that people would not only broadcast their every move, but that other people would want to read about it?
Facebook's decision to adopt OpenID has been greeted with a lot of fanfare because of the notion that this is somehow a boon to users of social networks.
Facebook is clearly going to test some form of virtual currency in the next few weeks, in the hopes of finding new ways to monetize its more than 200 million active users.
I saw something Friday night I had never witnessed in person before: an inside the park home run at a major league game. Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees sped around the bases in what seemed like blinding speed. How long did it take him? Thankfully, the Wolfram Alpha computational search engine went live yesterday, two days earlier than planned, which meant my curiosity could be assuaged.
Craigslist caved to pressure from blue-nose attorneys general hoping to score political points by standing up to the most defenseless members of our population, and will shutter its erotic services section. Wonderful.
It must be a product of the times -- Mark Zuckerberg, Biz Stone, Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, all watching giants crumble under the weight of their own complacency, and saying to themselves, "that's never gonna be me." But really guys, change for change sake isn't any more of a successful business strategy than resting on your laurels.
President Obama is trying, once again, to make use of Internet technology to engage the American people in a dialog about important issues. Once again, though, he's failed -- although I'm not sure whether the failure is his or ours.
Craigslist has been under assault from state attorneys general with political agendas, the most recent being from South Carolina, for carrying ads for erotic services.
It's pretty clear that the swine flu had a limited run in the United States in large part thanks to the swift and accurate dissemination of information.
The Kindle won't save newspapers, nor will any other technology save them, as long as they're run by the same people who are now running them (into the ground).
Developers hoping to cash in on the enormous popularity of the iPhone have to hold their collective breaths every time they submit an app to Apple, hoping it will not get rejected for some unknown reason.
I'm attending Service-now.com's user conference in San Diego this week, and was asking Rhett Glauser, the company's spokesman, whether fear of the swine flu had kept anyone away. What I learned was surprising -- the swine flu did keep a few people away, but not for the reason you'd think.
I found myself explaining Twitter to my best friend, an architect in New York City, who despite being worldly, erudite and smart, was completely at a loss as to why he should even care about Twitter, much less incorporate it into his crazily busy life.
Financial services companies have discovered a new angle, which is that it's up to us to straighten out the economic crisis they created.