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Things are looking up for Dave Morin. Not only is he scheduled to be the guest at our next PandoMonthly event, but he's pwning his old boss Mark Zuckerberg in Lux Delux, a Risk-like game of world domination. That's particularly impressive because Zuckerberg LOVES Risk. He once translated the whole game into Latin, so he could dominate in his favorite dead tongue.
Apple has a serious problem on their hands, and it is one they need to fix it as soon as possible. No, this isn't a diatribe about the lack of Flash on the iPad. And, no, this isn't about the need for an SD Card slot for iOS devices. Instead this is an issue that Apple's biggest ally - iOS developers - are complaining about, one that hurts the user, and one that could end up damaging the iOS ecosystem more than any set of labor issues ever could.
A big problem investors and pundits have with companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple is that they are seemingly incapable of creating a successful social network, despite being successful in many other areas of the software world. Something they don't consider, though, is that the reason these companies are historically successful is the same reason that is keeping them from being successful with social networks.
Finding a new place to live sucks. A lot.
F-Commerce isn't working, and the more Facebook tries to fight it, the more it seems obvious that the social network is not a home to retail. Facebook is normally pretty quick about killing experiments that don't work. (It's first iteration of social commerce, Beacon, didn't last long.)
Google continues to scorch everything it once considered sacred in the name of propping up the most successful social media site that no one I know actually uses. (Yes, other than you, Scoble.)
Harvard professor Clayton Christensen, who wrote the book “The Innovator’s Dilemma” that defined such corporate conundrums, described them as arising when a disruptive technology—like a small disk drive or steel mill—becomes so big that it displaces an existing market, sending big, successful businesses to their doom.
First the good news: I've bought a microphone! As a result, you can actually hear what Sarah and I are talking about in this week's Why Isn't This News.
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