Gigabit broadband is becoming more readily available, and man does it sound awesome. Gigabit! But is it actually useful? Maybe not quite yet. Even streaming video has a hard time filling a broadband pipe that fat, thanks to high-quality compression.
The Kindle Fire’s mission: get your kid hooked on watching content they already love. How? Unlimited access.
Seth Godin on what eventually happens to many organizations as they grow: “The first step is people who care making a product for people who care. The second step is people who care making a product for people who don’t care – the mass market. And the third step, so difficult to avoid, is that the growing organization starts hiring people, not necessarily people who care, to grow their ever-industrializing company. And since they are servicing customers who don’t care, those employees who don’t care can get away with it (for a while).”
Apparently Facebook is serious about building its own third-party ad platform to compete with DoubleClick. Hence its interest in buying Microsoft’s Atlas platform. (By the way, Microsoft paid $6 billion for Atlas and the rest of aQuantive in 2007. If FB pays any billions for Atlas, I’d be surprised. I mention this really just as an excuse to once again chortle at Microsoft’s expense. Hahaha.)
And finally, the graphic of the week, courtesy of the Institute for Economics and Peace via the Economist: