This week we cover a bit of Facebook Home, a bit of YouTuber economics, the best analogy ever heard for Google’s business model, and we kick off Auto industry analysis with the “Five Whys”-the paradoxical questions that nobody seems to be asking about cars.
via 5by5 | The Critical Path #79: Make It Rain.
This was a good one.
Youtubers, BlackBerries and what Facebook is planning with their “Home on Android”. Horace and Moisés discuss how co-branding, strategy, and secret deals intertwine, with illustrations from Intel, Sony-Ericsson, and Acura
via 5by5 | The Critical Path #78: Facebook Inside.
The more we deconstruct and take apart iTunes, the more we come to respect how is cannot exist independent of the system it’s a part of. Its scope and scale and its history and future all indicate that there is more to it than just a store and that it might be a platform in its own right. We get into some more details about all these details and talk about where it came from and where we think it will end up.
via 5by5 | The Critical Path #77: Making Sausages.
Beginning with the data on activations, we traverse the strategic implications of a shift in Android governance and management. Along the way we also cover Samsung’s marketing strategy, budget, and the Galaxy S 4 launch.
via 5by5 | The Critical Path #76: Google vs. Android.
5by5 | The Critical Path #75: Bigger Than US Steel.
New data allows us to estimate the components of iTunes with more precision. The entire business is now transacting over $17 billion a year. We take a look at how this insight can be gained and what it means for the future of commercial media.
Building the right thing.
Why do some companies seem to be able to build products that fit their customers’ needs exactly while some do not? How to build a company that builds the right thing?
On the disruption of console video games and the signals sent by Google with their very own Chromebook.
via 5by5 | The Critical Path #74: Pixelated.
This was fun.
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A review of the Apple Store international roll-out process; a preview of an analysis of Apple’s innovation culture as described by Tim Cook; a reflection on the sustainability of growth: personal, institutional and societal.
via 5by5 | The Critical Path #73: The Best Single Invention of Life.
On assessing demand from “supplier checks”; measuring headroom and the race to a billion users; the disruption of computing becoming accepted by PC industry.
via 5by5 | The Critical Path #71: Max Headroom.