• Internet bubble 2.0 in France ?

    September 24, 2010

    It seems that since the return from summer holidays in France this season, not a day goes by without some significant announcement in the internet space here. Some notable strategic fundraisings have taken place (e.g. Groupe Casino’s investment in Rue du Commerce), Opodo and Meetic have put themselves up for sale, and there’s the highly […]

  • The joys of interoperability

    September 17, 2010

    I’m in a chirpy mood this Friday for the dullest of reasons.  Two incidents are responsible, and both have to do with interoperability. First, my office iPad is now functioning properly with our office wifi network, so I can shut off the power-rapacious 3G connection.  Despite both the iPad and our wireless lan being fully […]

  • France’s internet pure players

    September 10, 2010

    Le Journal du Net today presents a concise summary of the performance of France’s internet pure players, segmented by domain and business model. For the internet portals, the general diagnosis is negative, largely due to the decline in online ad spending and the ensuing downward pressure on CPM’s during the economic crisis.  AOL France closed […]

  • BRIC or ABE (anything but europe) ?

    September 7, 2010

    Since 1999, BCG has ranked global corporations on their value creation performance.  Entirely objective, these rankings are based on total shareholder return over the period 2005 through 2009. For the first time since inception, this year’s ranking does not include a single U.S. or European company in the top ten, with 57% of the companies […]

  • Is platinum dead ?

    September 2, 2010

    Katy Perry topped the Billboard 200 this week, the weekly ranking of albums by units sold, having sold 192,000 copies of her album Teenage Dream.  Yes, you read correctly, that’s 192 thousand. To put this in perspective, during Michael Jackson’s Thriller album’s reign atop the Billboard 200 into 1983, it sold 29 million copies. Okay, […]

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