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How Apple Achieves Massive Scale Without Pain


The Elastic Enterprise, Authors: Nicholas Vitalari and Haydn Shaughnessy.

By Steve Denning – Apple [AAPL] met the diverse needs of hundreds of millions of individual iPhone users by launching its own ecosystem—a technology platform that enabled hundreds of thousands of developers to create Apps that could meet every conceivable human need and to offer them directly to customers.

A very different and more beneficial form of externalization is taking place at the moment.

One example of that would be the switch at Autodesk [ADSK] from a B2B business to a B2C business. It’s not fully implemented yet. It took them thirty years to grow a customer base of 12 million users. But in three years, they have grown a community of 120 million. So in a tenth of the time, they have grown a community that is ten times the size. more> http://tinyurl.com/ojhcxmq

Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments

By Phil Nichols – Texas Instruments graphing calculators are unique among educational technologies in that they enable learning that is couched in discovery more than formal teaching. Though they are still largely used as devices for computation, their programmability affords uses that exceed traditional calculators. These uses, in turn, can be marshaled in service of two very different yet interdependent aims of education — convention and subversion.

The iPad is among the recent panaceas being peddled to schools, but like those that came before, its ostensibly subversive shell houses a fairly conventional approach to learning. Where Texas Instruments graphing calculators include a programming framework accessible even to amateurs, writing code for an iPad is restricted to those who purchase an Apple developer account, create programs that align with Apple standards, and submit their finished products for Apple’s approval prior to distribution. more> http://tinyurl.com/khyql3g

Microsoft, IBM Top List of U.S. Tech Firms with Biggest Overseas Profit Hauls

By Jordan Robertson – When it comes to the politically inflammatory issue of U.S. companies holding trillions of dollars in profits overseas, two tech firms get the lion’s share of attention and blame for the practice: Apple and Cisco Systems.

That’s because their chief executive officers, Tim Cook and John Chambers, have been among the most vocal lobbyists for a tax holiday to bring the cash home at a rate lower than the 35 percent currently required by the U.S. government. more> http://tinyurl.com/klvh7sc

Orthogonal Awakenings & Innovation Ice Breakers

By Brian Fuller – Cloud computing is changing society in ways we’re just starting to appreciate. But no one woke up a few years ago and said, “We’re going to change the world by building cloud computing.”

What they said was, “We have an idea to leverage the Internet to revolutionize retailing” (Amazon). “We have an idea to leverage the Internet to disrupt advertising” (Google). “We have an idea to leverage the Internet to disrupt the music record industry” (Apple).

The challenge for us now is to consider the dominant paradigm — cloud computing — and look for an orthogonal awakening from it. more> http://tinyurl.com/lnxpjks

Apple Needs the iWatch More Than You Do

By Rebecca Greenfield – “The smartphone industry’s go-go years are officially over,” declared the Financial Times earlier this year. Everyone who wants a $600 iPhone already has one — all the growth is on the low end of things.

Even if the iWatch impresses as much as the current fancy-timepieces out there, Apple will sell something. As niche as it is, both the watch and the fitness watch markets are growing. The “fitness watch market” is expected to hit $1 billion at the end of this year, a 50 percent growth from last year. At the very least, the Apple loyalists will buy into it. more> http://tinyurl.com/k7nbwwj

Why Google’s $1B Waze Deal Faces U.S. Antitrust Scrutiny

By Sam Gustin – Earlier this month, Google announced that it had closed a $1 billion deal to acquire Waze, an Israeli company that has built an innovative mobile mapping product that crowd-sources user data to help drivers avoid traffic congestion, road construction and police speed traps. The deal was seen, in part, as a defensive play to remove a competitor to Google Maps, and keep the service out the hands of rival tech giants Apple and Facebook, which had also been circling the company.

One of the crucial tasks facing antitrust regulators as they scrutinize the Waze deal is to define the “relevant market,” in order to determine if there are anti-competitive dynamics present, according to Manishin. more> http://tinyurl.com/pz8hvaj

Apple, the Fed and the financial fallacy

By James Saft – Call it the financial fallacy, the modern tendency to concentrate on the often ephemeral movement of numbers on traders’ screens rather than the much harder to manage real world.

Apple, sitting on a $145 billion cash hoard but facing declining margins and a drought of new blockbuster products, unveiled a $55 billion increase in plans to return cash to shareholders.

The Fed, for its part, has been engaged in a five-year Herculean struggle in which it tries, by buying Treasuries and mortgage bonds, to drive asset markets higher and make us all giddy and willing to spend. more> http://tinyurl.com/brxks3m