Can super bowl commercials predict bubbles? I don’t know. Here are the commercials from the past 13 years: http://superbowl-ads.com if you want to find out. We did seem to have a myrid of dot.com related commercials prior to that implosion. Signs of bubbles from this year? Perhaps deal-of-the-day sites.

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Both Lessien and John Gruber take on the topic of market share and I think they miss some of the nuances.   Lessien applies the basic business school approach:  Large market share attracted developers who built software exclusively for the dominant platform. That software, in turn, created further lock-in as users grew accustomed to the workflows and proprietary data formats […]

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This year’s State of the Union was about 400 words shorter than last year’s State of the Union address. Likely due the changes in Congress, this year’s address also had nearly 30 fewer applauses (77 compared to 106 in 2010) and about a third of the laughter (4 compared to 12 in 2010). The word clouds below illustrate some of the key themes of the two speeches.  […]

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In October I said I expected 80+ tablet launches at 2011 CES.  AS CES approached it was clear 2011 was going to be the year of the tablet and a few days before the show I said that my 80+ estimate was looking conservative.  I updated my expectations and said I wouldn’t be surprised by 100+ tablet launches […]

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Check-in services like Foursquare and Gowalla have grown significantly in the last year. In March 2010, Foursquare hit 500K users and in the last few weeks they had surpassed 5M users.       Building off this momentum, other services have entered the check-in fray like WeReward (pays you to check into places), GetGlue (Entertainment), Miso (TV), Philo (TV)  and of […]

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Two weeks ago I wrote a post on my top 15 tech products for 2010.  Here are a few of my favorite web services (in no particular order): 1. Pandora: My single music source when I’m by a computer and now that I’ve integrated Boxee into the WMC connected to my primary TV, I find myself tuning in […]

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What apps are downloaded (or conversely not downloaded) tell us much about a given individual’s tastes and preferences. These metrics in aggregate tell us even more about the desired use-case scenarios of hardware. Last week Apple released their iTunes Rewind 2010 where they highlight the top performing apps for 2010. They did this in 2009, […]

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Seeing PCWorld’s list of the 100 Best Tech Products from 2010, motivated me to provide my list of Best Tech Products for 2010 Expensify: a great app for taking care of expense reports.  I record my expenses via the app on my phone and the expenses are subsequently pushed to cloud.  When I’m back in […]

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