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Can the Tech Giants Be Stopped?

Posted by hkarner - 17. Juli 2017

Date: 15-07-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Google, Facebook, Amazon and other tech behemoths are transforming the U.S. economy and labor market, with scant public debate or scrutiny. Changing course won’t be easy.

Sometimes it is hard to grasp how quickly the giant tech companies have come to dominate the world economy. Ten years ago, only one of them, Microsoft , was among the biggest companies in the world as measured by market capitalization. These days, the top five usually consists of Apple , Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Amazon , Microsoft and Facebook .

It has been an astonishingly rapid rise for the tech giants, and it’s far from over. The big question for the future is: How will their ever-expanding control affect other businesses and the labor market? Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Tech’s Titans Go From Big to Bigger

Posted by hkarner - 29. April 2017

Date: 28-04-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Scale of Amazon, Microsoft and Google hard to combat as tech industry shifts to new markets

Today’s high-tech giants may not be monopolies in the most classic sense. But their outsize prominence is hard to deny, as demonstrated during the tech-earnings-palooza Thursday afternoon.

The day’s closing bell saw quarterly reports from Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp. and Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google. Their combined revenue for the period—about $97.4 billion—comprises about 4% of the cumulative revenue projected for companies in the S&P 500, according to Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Yet, the combined market capitalization of the four companies makes up about 8% of the Index’s total. Throwing in Apple Inc. AAPL 0.08% and Facebook Inc. FB 0.78% —both of which report results next week—puts about 13% of the S&P 500’s combined market cap into the hands of just six companies. And note that two of those companies—Microsoft and Intel—were written off by some as being past their prime, given that both still rely on sales of personal computers for a substantial portion of their business. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Microsoft’s Plan to Dominate Connected Cars

Posted by hkarner - 24. März 2017

Date: 23-03-2017
Source: Fortune

Microsoft has agreed to license its patents for Internet-connected cars to Toyota, its first such deal with an automaker and a signal that it may be willing to partner with others.

The tech giant, which announced the deal on Wednesday afternoon, holds a treasure trove of patents that include car operating systems, Wi-Fi, motion sensors, voice recognition, and navigation. Cars are increasingly morphing into computers with wheels, and Microsoft sees the same opportunity that a number of other tech companies do, including Intel, Google, Qualcomm, and NXP.

“The connected car represents an enormous opportunity for the auto industry, and at the core it’s a software challenge,” Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development at Microsoft, said in a statement Wednesday. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Why Deep Learning Is Suddenly Changing Your Life

Posted by hkarner - 30. September 2016

Illustration by Justin Metz

September 28, 2016, 5:00 PM EDT

Decades-old discoveries are now electrifying the computing industry and will soon transform corporate America.

Over the past four years, readers have doubtlessly noticed quantum leaps in the quality of a wide range of everyday technologies.

Most obviously, the speech-recognition functions on our smartphones work much better than they used to. When we use a voice command to call our spouses, we reach them now. We aren’t connected to Amtrak or an angry ex.

In fact, we are increasingly interacting with our computers by just talking to them, whether it’s Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, or the many voice-responsive features of Google. Chinese search giant Baidu says customers have tripled their use of its speech interfaces in the past 18 months.

Machine translation and other forms of language processing have also become far more convincing, with Google googl , Microsoft msft , Facebook fb , and Baidu bidu unveiling new tricks every month. Google Translate now renders spoken sentences in one language into spoken sentences in another for 32 pairs of languages, while offering text translations for 103 tongues, including Cebuano, Igbo, and Zulu. Google’s Inbox app offers three ready-made replies for many incoming emails. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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MICROSOFT WILL ‚SOLVE CANCER PROBLEM WITHIN A DECADE

Posted by hkarner - 22. September 2016

Date: 21-09-2016
Source: NewsWeek

Leading computer science company Microsoft will “solve” cancer within a decade by working out how to reprogram diseased cells back to their healthy state, according to reports.

This summer, the technology company opened its first wet laboratory, assembling a team of biologists, programers and engineers who plan to attack cancerous cells the way one attacks a bug in a computer.

Chris Bishop, laboratory director at Microsoft Research, told The Daily Telegraph: “I think it’s a very natural thing for Microsoft to be looking at because we have tremendous expertise in computer science and what is going on in cancer is a computational problem. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Tech Sector’s Profits Are Fueled by Mobile, Cloud

Posted by hkarner - 2. August 2016

Date: 01-08-2016
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Facebook, Google surge on mobile revenue; Cloud businesses boost Amazon, Microsoft

Facebook CC1Facebook’s profit was boosted by a rise in mobile advertising.

The latest batch of tech-industry earnings show how two technology trends—mobile and the cloud—are taking root and delivering big profits for the companies that bet on them.

Facebook Inc. and Google parent Alphabet Inc. last week both reported surges in their quarterly profits, fueled by users spending more time on their smartphones and advertisers spending more money to reach them there.

Meantime, Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. beat Wall Street estimates with results that were lifted by the strength of their businesses hosting other companies’ data on their computer servers, also known as the cloud.

The big are getting bigger,” said Ben Schachter, an analyst at Macquarie Group Ltd.People are using the internet more and more. They always have it with them because of smartphones, speeds are getting better…and all that information has to come from somewhere, and it comes from the cloud.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Unternehmenskultur: Vorhang auf für die große Wirtschaftsshow

Posted by hkarner - 9. August 2014

08.08.2014 | 15:32 | Von Michael Laczynski (Die Presse)

Leicht verdauliche Kost statt Modellrechnungen: Unternehmen entdecken Volkswirte als Vermarkter und Impresarios – eine logische Konsequenz der rezessionsbedingten Existenzkrise der „harten“ Ökonomie.

Nadella CCGemeinhin gilt Microsoft nicht mehr als die Speerspitze der gesellschaftspolitischen Avantgarde. Die Zeiten, in denen Firmengründer Bill Gates zum Heilsbringer des Computerzeitalters hochstilisiert wurde, liegen Jahrzehnte zurück – dieser Nimbus umgibt heute die Algorithmen der Suchmaschinen und sozialen Netzwerke, während die Software-Schmiede von der US-Westküste ungefähr so aufregend erscheint wie die vorletzte Herbstkollektion von Kleider Bauer. Doch unter dem neuen Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella (Bild) versucht das Unternehmen, an den Glanz der alten Tage anzuschließen – und zu Microsofts Lichtgestalten in spe zählt seit wenigen Wochen auch Preston McAfee, der erste Chefökonom in der Geschichte des Konzerns. McAfee, der zuvor bei Google seinen Lebensunterhalt verdient hat, soll für Microsoft zwischen der Innenwelt der Software und der Außenwelt der Politik vermitteln und bei der Entwicklung langfristiger Strategien mithelfen, hat das Unternehmen Anfang Juni mitgeteilt.

Microsoft ist ein prominentes, aber beileibe nicht das einzige Beispiel: Immer mehr US-Unternehmen weiten die volkswirtschaftliche Kampfzone aus und deuten die Rolle des Chefökonomen um. Er soll nicht mehr im Hinterzimmer an Modellrechnungen feilen, sondern als Impresario auf der unternehmerischen Showbühne für Zerstreuung zwischen den Präsentationen neuer Produkte sorgen und das Publikum mit leicht verdaulichen Informationshappen füttern. Oder wie die „Washington Post“ vor wenigen Tagen enthusiasmiert berichtet hat: „In einer auf Daten basierenden Welt ist der Chefökonom das neue Marketing-Must-have.“ Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Posted by hkarner - 4. September 2013

   Date: 04-09-2013
 Source: The Guardian
Subject: Nokia: Finland mourns the demise of its proud tech heritage

NokiaEntrepreneur Antti Vilpponen explains the national mood following the sale of Nokia’s handset business to Microsoft

Nokia: ‚the largest early stage investor in Finland‘.

So, it finally happened.

That was more or less my first reaction to the news of Microsoft buying Nokia’s handset business as I read it on Twitter during my morning commute. It’s an outcome many have feared, some have expected and that no one was really able to prepare for.

I was surprised to find myself also relieved – Nokia would no longer be kept a prisoner of its past, having to explain to Finland on a quarterly basis why it is losing the game in the handset business. The company has enjoyed such success in the past that the general public has not given up hope that Nokia would regain its spot as the No 1 phone manufacturer. That Finnish distortion field has now dissolved. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Decline of E-Empires

Posted by hkarner - 27. August 2013

Date: 26-08-2013Krugman_BBF_2010_Shankbone cc
Source: PAUL KRUGMAN

Steve Ballmer’s surprise announcement that he will be resigning as Microsoft’s C.E.O. has set off a huge flood of commentary. Being neither a tech geek nor a management guru, I can’t add much on those fronts. I do, however, think I know a bit about economics, and I also read a lot of history. So the Ballmer announcement has me thinking about network externalities and Ibn Khaldun. And thinking about these things, I’d argue, can help ensure that we draw the right lessons from this particular corporate upheaval.

First, about network externalities: Consider the state of the computer industry circa 2000, when Microsoft’s share price hit its peak and the company seemed utterly dominant. Remember the T-shirts depicting Bill Gates as a Borg (part of the hive mind from “Star Trek”), with the legend, “Resistance is futile. Prepare to be assimilated”? Remember when Microsoft was at the center of concerns about antitrust enforcement?

The odd thing was that nobody seemed to like Microsoft’s products. By all accounts, Apple computers were better than PCs using Windows as their operating system. Yet the vast majority of desktop and laptop computers ran Windows. Why? Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Damn Excel! How the ‚most important software application of all time‘ is ruining the world

Posted by hkarner - 18. April 2013

By April 17, 2013: 2:46 PM ET, Fortune

The popular Microsoft program has been implicated in the financial crisis, Europe’s growth problems, the U.S.’s weak economic recovery, and pretty much everything else.

FORTUNE — Apparently some really smart people have trouble mastering Microsoft Office.

Early Wednesday morning, in an e-mail that went out to reporters around 2 A.M., Harvard professors Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff copped to making an Excel error in their research paper tying high levels of government debt to low levels of growth. The paper, „Growth in Time of Debt,“ has become a powerful data point for those who argue against government spending even to revive the economy — Congressman Paul Ryan cited it in his most recent budget — and is the basis for the two professors‘ best-selling book This Time is Different.

When it comes to Excel, though, Reinhart and Rogoff aren’t all that different. Wall Streeters can relate. Prominent financial blogger James Kwak calls Excel „one of the greatest, most powerful, most important software applications of all time.“ But perhaps we ask too much of the program, or perhaps of our ability to cut and paste. In the past few years, Excel has been implicated in some of the biggest blunders on Wall Street and in finance in general. Here are some notable Excel victims:

Kenneth Rogoff

kenneth_rogoffReinhart and Rogoff in their 2010 paper claimed that when a country’s debt hits 90% of its GDP, economic grows slows dramatically. The two Harvard professors said the conclusion was based on looking at the debt levels of dozens of countries going back to the 1800s. But according to a new paper from three economists at Amherst, a coding error in the Harvard professors‘ spreadsheet completely excluded the first five countries in their dataset, including Australia and Canada, from their calculations. The error, along with some other potential mistakes (which the professors refute), caused the professors to conclude that on average, countries in the 90% plus category tended to see their economies shrink -0.1% a year, according to the Amherst researchers. In fact, the economies grew 2.2%.

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