A Hacker’s Dream


There has been a lot of discussion about social media sites and security lately. To be fair, much of the problem lies with the users. But at the same time, these sites have some fiduciary responsibility to protect data on their network. What differentiates this recent spate of attacks is that they were deliberate, top-shelf black hat stuff. Most social media hacks are much less sophisticated... » read more

Playing With Bubbles


The first is in the social media world, where there simply are too many sites for a fixed population of users. Much has been written about this trend, including in this blog, and the big question is whether there is enough new business in new markets such as the IoT to soften the landing. The IoT has a long way to go, and a long way to grow. That growth will propel everything from the desig... » read more

Trouble Spots And Optimism For 2015


Most top executives in the semiconductor industry are bullish about 2015 and even beyond, particularly as the [getkc id="76" comment="Internet of Things"] begins to drive new markets and market mash-ups, and as more semiconductors find their way into markets such as automotive, health-care and manufacturing. But it's not an entirely rosy picture, and top executives point to potential trouble sp... » read more

Why Social Media Matters To You


There is a growing consensus among VCs and top executives that some sort of shakeout is coming in the social media world. There are simply too many companies fighting for a fixed number of advertising dollars and too little money coming in the door in the short term. A report by IAB showed online advertising revenue in the United States was $42.78 billion in 2013, up from $36.56 billion in 2012... » read more

Design By Consensus


By Cheryl Ajluni On Monday, October 12, the National Association of Business Economists (NABE) announced the results of a survey of professional forecasters regarding the economy. Their consensus was clear: the worst U.S. recession since the Great Depression has ended. While many Americans still think the country’s economy is in poor shape, a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll taken between O... » read more