Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Catching up is hard to do - the business edition

I couldn't do a lot of blogging here over the last few weeks because of a major project at work. Rather than unleash a ton of separate posts on my reader base, I figured I'd try to cover a number of old topics in this post.

Way back on January 20, Bruce Schneier linked to some discussions of an important issue facing the Supreme Court. If a corporation is classified as a person for legal reasons, and if a person has a right to privacy, does a corporation have a right to privacy?

Speaking of corporations - if a corporation is truly run by its board of directors rather than its CEO, then why did Hewlett Packard's change in its CEO end up resulting in a change in its Board of Directors?

And things aren't better elsewhere. Manny, Moe, and Jack are looking to sell themselves.

But Aol is doing very well, mainly because, in the words of a former executive, "75% of the people who subscribe to AOL’s dial-up service don’t need it."

Back to Bruce Schneier. Apparently, despite my thoughts, people are not sworn under an oath to cyberwar.

Oh, and part of the reason that I had Google, rather than Tibet, on my mind during Groupon's Super Bowl ad was because Google is reportedly launching a Groupon competitor.

Meanwhile, GigaOM reported that only four percent of Internet users had used a location-based service such as Foursquare. I guess that Foursquare's strategy of shutting most phone users out of mayorships didn't give that boost of popularity that was envisioned.

Adam Singer couldn't figure out why Adobe has a legal disclaimer opposing the use of the word "photoshopped." People with an appreciation of trademark history will appreciate my comment at the post:

It’s enough to make you want to take an aspirin, which is what Adobe would do if some no-name company released a software product called Photoshop, and Adobe was unable to stop the other company from doing so.

And you should watch out about bringing meat into Israel - even kosher meat.
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