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We are here at the first ever PandoMonthly event and it has turned out to be a smashing success (so far). We have our special guest and Pando investor Mike Arrington sitting down for a fireside chat with Sarah Lacy. We're partnering with Ustream for the event, and they are providing a live-stream of the event.
For the past few years, Chegg's textbook rental business has been the hottest way for college students to get their books. It still is, but the company is also bracing itself for a new disruption to the $5 billion textbook industry--e-textbooks.
Disruptive technology is the bearer of tremendous opportunity and equally a harbinger of obsolescence. Technology's impact on society and business is substantial, if not underestimated. As technology continues to become part of everyday life, it becomes disruptive in how people communicate, work, and connect. The evolution of society and technology happens with or without adaptation or understanding. And, it's contributing to a very real phenomenon of Digital Darwinism, a situation where organizations are faced with a need to adapt to markets and customer behavior or risk a loss in favor, competitive advantage or worse, irrelevance.
History teaches us that social movements happen when people from different groups cease to see each other as fundamentally different and instead begin to include each other in their sense of shared experience and culture. As the Internet matures, it is developing its own shared culture, open to anyone, distinct from the analog world, and increasingly important enough to people that they are willing to defend it when it's threatened.
In the aftermath of Path's well-publicized privacy issues, many people began looking at how other applications were using address book data. The goal was of course two-fold. On the one hand, researchers wanted to be able to determine which apps were taking data unprompted. On the other hand, some researchers jumped the gun and made false accusations to get their name out there. Normally, blogs would investigate the matter on their own and verify the results. This did not happen.
Back in August of last year, Google was under attack. Some of their main rivals — namely, Apple and Microsoft — had teamed up to secure the Nortel patents, which Google was also vying for in order to protect Android. Google SVP and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond decided to take the fight public.
Today, word leaked out that the BBC has issued new guidelines on how their writers should be conducting themselves on Twitter. While guidelines like these are nothing new, the restrictions they place on reporters are noteworthy for such a large organization. In fact, the guidelines seem to contradict the very purpose of a news organization: writing about and breaking news. Specifically, BBC staffers are no longer allowed to break news via Twitter.
Groupon has released its numbers ahead of its first ever quarterly earnings call and as expected, they're not terrible. The company earned had revenue of $506.5 million, a 194% increase over last year. Doubling its revenue is impressive but it shows slowing growth--this quarter last year Groupon had grown revenue by 400%. A chief concern of analysts and investors is whether Groupon can continue its lightspeed growth for long enough to justify its lofty valuation.
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