Is Google the New General Motors?

Tough to see now, General Motors was once an auto industry innovative economic pacesetter, with many of the characteristics we associate with Google.

Labor Productivity: Google

I suspect the whole Yahoo inspired debate about whether we work at home or at the office is taking us in the wrong direction. Instead, I started thinking about what author Daniel Pink suggests in Drive. Discussing incentives, he says that…

A Path for Driverless Cars

A self-driving car could be a pleasure… The day would begin with a pick-up that you scheduled through your phone app. When your self-driving car arrived at your front door, you would get in, check today’s drive time and start to…

Yahoo’s New CEO

Headline from CNN Money: “New Yahoo CEO Mayer is Pregnant” 1992: The title of a male CEO’s speech that was reprinted in the Christian Science Monitor: “A Pregnant CEO: In Whose Lifetime?” (Implying the unlikelihood.) 2012: From Marissa Mayer, new Yahoo…

Wait, you actually read the privacy policy?

By Mira Korber, guest blogger. How often do we see “Privacy Policy” at the bottom of a web page? All the time. How often do we read beyond the alliterative title? At least for me, almost never. And thankfully so,…

Sounds Like Bell Labs

Google has a “secret” lab. Called Google X by the NY Times, it sounds like the old Bell Labs. Before 1984, when AT&T was a monopoly, their research subsidiary Bell Labs employed a battalion of scientists. For some, the assignment…

Patent Troll Protection

We spray “OFF!” for insect protection, divers use shark repellent, and now, Google has purchased Motorola to resist patent trolls. Described in an NPR This American Life podcast, patent trolls purchase multiple patents with the intent of suing any firm…

Search Engine Competition

Reading about Lillian Virginia Mountweasel in the 1975 edition of the New Columbia Encyclopedia, you would have discovered that she, a fountain designer and rural mailbox photographer, died in an explosion when working for Combustibles magazine.  But she really didn’t.…

Start-up stories

During 1939, in a garage, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started a new firm. Also in a garage, several decades later Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs started Apple. Yes, Walt Disney worked in his uncle’s garage and Mattel, the toy…