A failed experiment: How LG screwed up its webOS acquisition

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Things were looking up in early 2013 for the team behind webOS, a pioneering but star-crossed mobile operating system. After surviving the implosion of Palm and a rocky acquisition by HP, LG stepped in to buy the team. The consumer electronics giant seemed like a white knight with a plan: To make webOS  the core of LG’s next-generation smart TV platform, and use the brains behind webOS to create a much-needed engine of innovation at LG. To create a unit that was meant to help the company to beat competitors like Samsung with Silicon Valley smarts. A disruptive force.

Eighteen months later, the acquisition looks a lot like a failure. About a third of the webOS team has left [company]LG[/company] since the acquisition, including some recent high-profile departures. Others are close to making the jump, as early euphoria has been displaced by disillusionment and frustration. The LG Silicon Valley Lab

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Nominations : CG’s Admin. Team 2015

treacl - Tony Harewood:

CG Elections 2015!

Originally posted on Circle Group:

Following our intense CG growth, now may be the time to call for Nominations for our CG’s Admin. Team 2015. Within reason there have been some issues, yet overall our well-selected Admin Team have made marvellous steps forward, together with some active Members. This is where the provided Activity of Members of this Group display Steven Schwartz, Mike Zachry, Monica Vest Wheeler & Neil Cameron – examples of recent posts.

We need more direct involvement by nominations like these. Elections will then be drafted & 2015 should be a year of growth to look forward to!

Send me a LI message OR eMail tony.harewood@bigpond.com.

Good luck,
Tony Harewood | Circle Group

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Next version of Google Glass may be Intel powered

Originally posted on Gigaom:

The next version of Google Glass may have Intel inside, giving the chip-maker a potential foot in the door of the wearable device market. While Google Glass seems to have lost momentum, it could recover if the next version is less expensive and appeals to a broader audience, and the chip change would be positive for Intel.

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Google hasn’t announced plans for the next version of Glass, so the information is unofficial and speculative: People familiar with Google’s plans spoke to the Wall Street Journal, which reported the information on Sunday night.

If the reports are accurate, Intel’s Quark platform would likely be the brains inside Google Glass, replacing the Texas Instruments chip Google currently uses. Intel announced its chip for the growing Internet of Things market in September, 2013 and showed off designs for wearable devices meant to use it at the January 2014 Consumer Electronics Show; those devices actually…

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What is Prince Harry’s Big Secret?

Originally posted on TIME:

As part of the Feel No Shame campaign launched on World AIDS Day to reduce stigma around HIV, British Prince Harrydivulged a secret on Monday, telling viewers that “believe it or not, I get incredibly nervous before public speaking, no matter how big the crowd or the audience.”

The campaign is being run by Sentebale, a charity co-founded by the prince in 2006 in order to support children affected by the AIDS crisis in Lesotho.

In a video message, Prince Harry said: “Despite the fact that I laugh and joke all the time, I get incredibly nervous, if not anxious, before going into rooms full of people when I’m wearing a suit. And now that I’ve confessed that, I’ll probably be even more worried that people are looking at me.”

Harry has shared his secret using the hashtag #feelnoshame, and asked the public to share their own secrets via…

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Facebook is simply crushing it in mobile

Originally posted on Quartz:

Facebook’s future depends on its ability to figure out—and dominate—the mobile internet the way it quickly grew on the desktop web. While not everything Facebook launches is a hit, the company has executed impressibly in mobile and is one of the world’s top mobile companies.

Top of the charts

Most obviously, with now more than 1.12 billion active mobile users, Facebook is dominating the app charts, as noted by App Annie. Four of the top 10 apps on the Apple iOS App Store and Google Play most-downloaded charts in October were Facebook-owned apps: Facebook Messenger (no. 1), Facebook itself (no. 2), Instagram (no. 4), and WhatsApp (no. 6).

Facebook’s overall user base is still growing, though mainly in developing markets, and mainly on mobile. In more established markets, Facebook’s acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram will help the company combat the apparent exodus in younger users.

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