Looks like FWD.us will have its work cut out for it in terms of being able to communicate its full scope. Though written in black and white, somehow the sentiment seems to be that this PAC is solely focused on immigration and is done so at the cost of American jobs. Seems that many people are either over-looking or do not believe the additional future work on education and more. This is important to not because perception is very key in the SmartPower era. Due to current social situations, any organizations now not only benefit by being very transparent, but also, very skillful in creating alliances and tangible results in areas of interest in order to actual drive home the focus of the overall mission. Given the shift in mindset demonstrating that people are moving further and further away from blindly believing the "headline" of an event, organizations such as this will have an interesting set of next steps to take. Fasten your seatbelts!
Here's something that happened earlier this week that still has politicos and technorati buzzing. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other Silicon Valley leaders have launched a political group called FWD.us (pronounced “forward us”) which is aimed at revamping immigration policy, boosting education and encouraging investment in scientific research. Zuckerberg announced formation of FWD.us and said that the United States needs a new approach to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants who live in the U.S. illegally if it is to get ahead economically. He also said that he wants "comprehensive immigration reform that begins with effective border security, allows a path to citizenship and lets us attract the most talented and hardest-working people, no matter where they were born." Companies such as Microsoft and Google, along with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have also been pushing to make it easier for highly skilled workers and entrepreneurs to work in the United States. Although Fwd.us supports increasing the number of visas available to these workers, its goals are broader including higher standards in schools and increased focus on learning about science, technology, engineering and math. Let's turn to the comment arena to get a solid read.
Hey Zuckerberg … College education is not affordable for many young, smart US kids. I mean, are you only concerned about people from the likes of Menlo Park. There are many sharp individuals from all regions of the US, but you and your peers seem to always focus on foreigners. Why not help the US economy by showing support for the US kids, our entrepreneurs of tomorrow. What a concept....supporting your own country.
…He's pushing for reform to bring in cheap labor, so he doesn't have to spend his low to no taxed corporate profits on training Americans, who need jobs right here in our own country, who have families to feed, and can not find work
…We already have large numbers of Computer Scientists and Engineers that can’ t find work. Many work temp jobs with no benefits or pension and many already have to compete with H1B workers who drive down wages for these workers. We need more jobs for American Citizens.
First it was the #DroidRage hashtag across Twitter in order to attack Android, now the "scroogled" campaign. It seems that while MSFT may be making relevant points, the approach for the SmartPower age does not seem to be sitting too well. Commenters seem to either feel it's up to them not to use gmail if it doesn't want to (self-determinant) and/or for MSFT to pull back on negativity. The company just seems to not be reading the climate well, nor consumer sentiment nor how it is coming off to the public. This is indicative of many old brands who are having trouble remaining relevant in the new era. Not willing to listen and take direction from bottom, up. Wondering if MSFT might "scroogle" itself. Only time will tell....
Much media coverage is being dedicated to the announcement of Microsoft's newest campaign, "Don't get scroogled by Gmail." It seems that instead of focus on Microsoft, the company has decided to focus more on anti-Google elements. The Outlook television spots emphasize the fact that Google reads every email a user sends and receives in order to match users to relevant advertisements. Throughout the campaign, Microsoft asks users to switch to its own free email service Outlook.com, which it claims "doesn't go through the content of users' emails to show ads." Microsoft points out that Google hasn't given users the choice of privacy from showing Google their emails. In fact, the Internet search giant currently faces six class-action lawsuits because of its practice of sifting through subscribers' emails. Microsoft said, "We honour the privacy of our Outlook.com users... This campaign is as much about protecting Outlook.com users from Gmail as it is about making sure Gmail users know what Google's doing." Let's see what the digi-world thinks.
That google "reads" our mail is at least known, but if Microsoft does that, we would not know. Microsoft is misguiding public by using the word "reading". By same token, all electronic equipment involved in handling of your mails "read" your mail. If you do not like google using your mail content to direct targeted ads, then do not sign up for the free mail service...
Here it seems we have a combination of elements going on in the comment-sphere. First, there push-back regarding corporate giants having what is perceived as too much control and heavy-handedness. As we see such actions as Twitter users throwing back MSFT's recent #DroidRage hashtag experiment back in the company's face and more, we see yet more evidence of individuals becoming more and more vocal against the "machine." Though we're in the very, very early days; watch this behavior as it signals awareness of greater feelings of empowerment that could easily be used to shift market share in a heart-beat in the future. Most companies are and will simply not be ready for this! In addition, we also see that the comment-sphere exhibits a bit of that "leaderful" attitude, as in Comment #2. "I can direct. I know what the company should do." As these two elements converge, watch for an interesting 2013.
After nearly 19 months of investigating, the Federal Trade Commission decided not to sue Google. However, the search giant had agreed to change some of its practices. Among them is "scraping" restaurant reviews and using the reviews as their own. Customers will not notice much change. Reports say that the only binding action that resulted from the investigation was a consent order barring Google from abusing the "standard essential" mobile-phone patents it acquired from Motorola. Google dominates the U.S. search market with 70 percent of all queries. Microsoft, which has been accusing Google of being monopolist, release a lengthy statement criticizing the FTC decision. And the technorati says...
Microsoft will serve itself better if it butts out of being the sorry loser accusing Google of being too large, when Microsoft itself is too large in desktop OS and Office. ... It is very possible that Microsoft itself could be target of antitrust proceedings on almost the same accusations ... Microsoft needs to focus on technology and competing against Google on merits by making Bing work well.
Looks like most of the comment-sphere is part of the new century while MSFT still seems to be in that of the 20th Century. Didn't they watch what happened with the McDonald's hashtag scenario just last year. Alert: control is in the hands of the consumer now, not the corporation. It's this tipping-point, we can get 'em to do what we want philosophy that is causing many a corporate mis-step. Let's see, there is this and Oprah Tweeting about Surface from an iPad. What's that old saying about 3 strikes and you're out....??????
Windows Microsoft 8 Phone's public relations department has made a seemingly poor decision in the technology and social media world. The team recently publicized that previous or current Android users should tweet about their misfortunes with their device, with the hashtag #DroidRage, and in return be placed into a lottery to have the chance to win a new Windows 8 Phone handset. The scheme did not go as planned, as hardy and loyal Android users fired back with comments and the hashtag #WindowsRage. Although malware is a crucial issue at the Droid base, this "rage" talk may not be the best way to gain a fan base or a brand. Perhaps they should learn something from Android, as they hold over 75% of the mobile market share - the rest goes to a brand some people call the iPhone. Heard of it?
Makes you wonder why Microsoft are paying big bucks to the idiots in marketing that came up with this nonsense? One of the major rules of any business is don't slag off your competition! It makes you look desperate and untrustworthy. IF, their Windows 8 based phone is that good they should have been concentrating on the benefits of their own system. What can you do with it that you can't with an Android or Apple product?...Android is the most popular mobile OS in the world at the moment. Alienating potential customers is the kiss of death!
MS didn't take any cheap shots, nor did they ask for any...They asked for real stories from real people who have issues with android. Naturally the immature Android fanbois leap into action with "Windoze" etc...I'm sure neither MS nor anyone else is surprised to see that.
Interesting. A nice variety of comments on this one - ranging from light-hearted to lack of trust to concern over priorities. This is indicative of more of the shift in our society. Who controls what, when, how and why is being examined on every level. New territory may not necessarily best be decided by the old-school particularly now that bottom-up is the rule, rather than top down. We'd like to say that this is a new version of what sociologist call something like emergent group behavior, thought and action where cultural guide-lines are non-specific or inadequate. Watch for more here, for certain! In the meantime, who got to select Dubai for the meeting? Pretty luxe, no?
Deliberations during a UN meeting in Dubai over internet regulation have been the talk of the Web. First up: updating certain codes that have not been reviewed since the beginning of the Web, but the discussion ran much deeper. Many in attendance of the 11- day conference, Google and Microsoft representatives to name a few, are concerned regarding a number of issues such as if the UN ignores proposed regulations to increase the control of the Internet in countries like China or Russia then those regulations would be enforced and it would be the end of the free Web. Naturally we shall turn to the internet to see what people are think about this...
The only thing Google cares about is making cash while violating basic user privacy rights and polluting the web with numerous ads served by numerous useless sites made primarily to display those Google ads...
Well, this is an interesting split the comment-sphere shows. Everyone seems to have his/her own opinion on Sinofsky as well as reasons why he actually left. But one thing is certain, change is afoot at MSFT just like everywhere. Between this and Today Show exec producer being asked to step down, it seems we are seeing a change in the ranks to possibly fit better with changing times? What will be equally interesting is to see where these men land. We'll be watching....
Steven Sinofsky, who has been at Microsoft Windows for 23 years, said his exit is due to personal reasons only. Sinofsky oversaw the development of the new Windows 8 operating system and was head of the company's $18 billion Windows unit. In a statement, Sinofsky said that it was time for a change after more than two decades working for Microsoft. He denied rumors that his departure was in any way related to the launch of the new product, which hit stores on Oct. 26, but sales have not been as big as expected. Microsoft shares were down 4 percent at the beginning of trading day on Tuesday, the day after it was confirmed he had left the company.
... Ill-tempered manager so far, ... their anti-social behaviors might catch up with them unless they are supremely talented at what they do ... Steve Jobs got away with it because he was an absolute genius, but very, very few are.
This is shocking. Steven Sinofsky ... did collect more than his fair share of haters over the years. I thought he actually did an extraordinary job of rebuilding the Windows team. ... This levels the playing field for a new era of innovation. ...It is shocking, though, because we're half way through the "Windows 8" pivot forced on Microsoft by Apple's success ... That doesn't say much about the confidence the board or Ballmer has in the direction of the Windows team. ...
Okay, so a few MSFT loyalists out there but many people in the comment arena just seem to be down on this one whether they bought the product or not. This is an interesting case because as the consumer dictates now more to the company, rather than the reverse, the product better well be amazing if it is introduced without actual consumer demand for it in advance. Another loss for a brand which has missed out on a couple of tech developments already?
Despite popularity for Microsoft's Surface RT tablet touch cover keyboard, complaints have been tumbling in over the fact that the touch keyboard falls apart and isn't truly magnetic. Other issues have arisen over the top layer of the keyboard peeling off and the Microsoft logo rubbing off after only two weeks. Microsoft has admitted to having problems they need to alleviate, and are encouraging customers to contact Customer Service about materials disconnecting. Techies comment on these problems, and whether the product is worth the hassle.
You know---you can tell some things are a bad idea just by looking at them. Two examples are the Osprey aircraft and the Touch keypad for Surface. Why don't they just drop the Touch and go with the Type keyboard, which has real, honest-to-goodness keys and makes a lot more sense...
To comment on the power of gravity, it is actually quite weak. Especially when compared to the electromagnetic interaction...Apple is very overrated in my opinion, but they do make one of the best "tablets" around...
As more social change takes place, is the announcement of the next version of Windows simply a yawn-fest or something which is really anticipated and relevant. Is the interest that is there, media driven or consumer driven? In looking at the comment arena, it seems to be a mixed bag. For some, the game of dash to gets what's next and what's new from older names doesn't seem to have as much of a lure (see other news coverage regarding MSFT giving away $100 to allegedly get people to stand in line). As consumer-corporate power shifts, new demands and new expectations will create much market change. Mark our words.
Microsoft has just released its newest operating system: Windows 8. The majority of the improvements will be for an enhanced mobile device and tablet experience. According to a poll by CNet.com, out of the 3,000 polsters, 1,000 said they would be upgrading to Windows 8 because it is "fresher and more modern" than its predecessors. The remaining two thirds have yet to decide based on glitches and reviews. Will they switch to Windows 8, or will they argue they just adapted to Windows 7 or Vista?
Personally, I couldn't care less. It's just an OS. It doesn't offer me anything other OSes cannot do. So at the end of the day it's a question of personal preference. Can't see what the big fuss is all about...
To invade privacy or not to invade privacy, that is the question of the era and one which will have huge implications as we continue to move deeper into technology usage. From the comments, our hunch here would be that there are two categories of thought on this: "yes I know, and whatever" or "yes, I know, and it's not cool." The interesting thing here is that there is a question over whether new digital voice communication should or should not be subjected to the exact same thing the old skool rotary dial was. Similar to how sociologist Nicolas John noted on his blog recently, this is about the "transgression of boundary between the inside and the outside." This will need to continue to be tracked. In the meantime, we guess the best thing to say here is watch what you say, where you say. LOL
Skype has been known to be very difficult to intercept. Hackers alleged that Skype made a change to its architecture this spring that could change that. They claim the change can possibly make it easier to enable “lawful interception” of calls. Skype rejected the charge. Citing “company policy,” Skype PR Chaim Haas wouldn’t confirm or deny in an interview with Slate.com whether it could currently facilitate wiretap requests. Haas said that the chat service “co-operates with law enforcement agencies as much as is legally and technically possible.” Let's see how users feel about all this.
What’s wrong if it’s required by law? Any time transmission over the public internet is involved; there can be no presumption of privacy period. … Microsoft works closely with the NSA and CIA and other government departments. Spying, of course. It's a given. … If you are going to have a conversation across the public internet then do not expect any level of real privacy especially from the company that provides the service or from the government. … Which is why I am very careful on how I use technology.
You should automatically assume all communications software has eavesdropping capability. … The communications are still encrypted, I believe, but there is a backdoor for Skype to see the communications. … "This is too much power for one man." … It's really only a problem if they abuse it. … People said the same thing about Zuckerberg, until the IM's from college came out and emails and phone conversations showing complete disregard for anyone’s information or privacy.
Since the 2011 takeover of Skype by Microsoft, Skype has slowly lost is anonymity and security. … All you need to know is that Microsoft bought Skype. … I Skype my parents from New Zealand and there would be no reason for them to tap my calls but knowing they can annoys me. … It’s the fact that they can tap and record in secret that troubles me.
Ouch! Looks like no love lost in the comment-sphere over this one. This sentiment seems to be reflective of the growing change that is taking place - and networks not able to keep up with the new mindset. This is inverted triangle where we see many sociologists discuss is the new norm today. Viewers, as shown in ratings, are clearly seeking a different approach, while the corporation still thinks it can dictate. No longer the case, at all. There is a separation here, but no introduction of new blood. Hmmm...Let's watch what develop.s
After a 16 year business endeavor, NBC is buying out Microsoft's half and re-branding the online news site as NBCNews.com. NBC is also moving the news team to its New York headquarters. The venture's technology and online production team will remain in the Seattle area at a new "NBC News Innovation Center." It will handle technical operations of NBCNews.com and develop new technologies for NBC's news and entertainment groups. No layoffs are planned, but some employees who work with content may need to relocate to keep their jobs. This event has been 'cause for talk in the tech world. Let's see what people have to say.
The liberal news outlets have been on the decline for quite some time. The ratings prove it, their own earnings reports prove it. … On that rare occasion that I do want general news, I go to CNN, because at least they typically present the facts before smothering it in bias, but even they are shoddy at best. … Being that MSNBC was a very liberal biased news source; I can see this being a smart move by Microsoft. … Was not quite as bad as the AOL/Time Warner marriage but still not much gained.
This was a perfect marriage of two groups. MS that knows little about great product development, and NBC that knows nothing about reporting and more about promoting their political agendas. … Split ok but rebranding -- stupid. … This is another example of Microsoft’s delusion that the name “Microsoft” is somehow a positive for branding. … I never understood why they tied up anyway, except as yet another Microsoft copy of what someone else was doing.
Yes, Microsoft, we need more 24/7 conservative news stations. Why don't we just become a one party nation? … The problem isn't with the message, it's with its hatefilled delivery. No one wants to watch a group of people so sorely in need of laxatives as the hosts on MSNBC and AAR. … MSNBC -- wasn't that the Obama reelection headquarters cable TV channel? No wonder it failed.