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T-Mobile’s CEO on the Mobile Industry and Porn Killing Shared Data Plans

T-Mobile’s new CEO is a boss (in more ways than one). John Legere ripped the entire mobile industry at CES during his Q&A session. PC Mag had the responses and let me say, these responses are great, you can’t make this stuff up. And the best part of it all is that it’s funny because it’s all very true.

On AT&T: “Does anyone use AT&T in New York City? Is anyone satisfied with their service? Of course not. The network’s crap.” [and then later] “I didn’t say the network’s crap, it’s just not as good as ours. That’s not the common person’s understanding, but it’s true, and it’s going to get even better.”

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Google’s Master Plan: Control The Infrastructure

It used to be the world’s infrastructure relied on planes, trains, and automobiles — and to an extent it still does, but that is changing. We are moving towards a society that is very data and information driven, and if you think we’re already like that, it’s only bound to become more the case going forward. Today, and even more so in the future, the infrastructure we will rely most on will be how we can connect to the Internet.

The way we connect to the Internet and how fast our connection is will be very important. This is something Google knows. Google is looking to be a vital part of the Internet’s infrastructure going forward, and I mean in more ways than just being a search engine. The roll out of super fast Internet in Kansas City, I believe is just the beginning for the company.

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How To: Land The Job You Want In Today’s Job Market

The job market these days is tough with high unemployment and lots of people graduating from college, you’re bound to face fierce competition. So how do you land the job you want?

Obviously the first place many people look for jobs are job boards such as the ones on TechCrunch and Venturebeat. An additional place to check would be job sites such as Dice.com, which is dedicated to tech-specific jobs. Of course, I always also recommend checking the official company website if you have a specific place you want to work in mind.

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How Much Does Pandora Pay to Play Top Artists? A Lot.

In a recent blog post by Tim Westergren, the founder of Pandora, the founder outlines just how much the company is paying artists to license their music so the personalized Internet radio service can play their music. The licensing fees, as you may imagine are incredibly expensive. For the right to play popular artists such as Drake and Lil Wayne, it costs the company $3 million per year for each of them. Other popular artists such as Coldplay, Adele, and Wiz Khalifa each cost Pandora $1 million per year.

But it’s not just super popular artists who are raking in some serious cash from Pandora, there are thousands of artists who Pandora owes thousands of dollars to every year. Over 2,000 artists individually receive $10,000 per year from Pandora, and more than 800 artists receive over $50,000. If we simply look at the artists who receive $10,000 per year, that is already costing Pandora $20 million — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. No wonder Pandora has yet to turn a profit.

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Here’s Why HP Is Moving Into the Software Business

It’s clear to us that HP is looking to focus on the software industry now and while many sites and blogs have been attempting to dissect the actual words HP used in its announcement that were discontinuing the TouchPad, WebOS devices, and planning to spin-off its PC business, I’ve thinking about what they didn’t say.  It all starts with the company’s new CEO, Leo Apotheker, who is the former head of SAP, the giant German enterprise software company.

If one thing is clear, Leo Apotheker knows the enterprise software industry very well.  Do you truly expect him to change his expertise because he’s at HP a company known for its computers and printers?  The short answer is no you wouldn’t.  And there is no reason Leo should try and get out of his comfort zone.  Stick with what you know well – it typically works out better in the long-term.  But aside from that there’s several reasons why being in the software business makes more sense from a business perspective.

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Twitter Users: The Guinea Pigs of the Technology Industry

Believe it or not, teen pop-star Justin Bieber isn’t the only one who has received extravagant levels of attention on the micro-blogging site Twitter in the past year.  This is because the site’s audience goes beyond that of teenage girls and has what appears to be a very technologically savvy user-base, many of whom are more than willing to share their opinions about the latest tech trends and news.  Among the hottest technology-focused topics on Twitter in the past year, Apple and Google have both managed to remain relevant throughout the year, according to a recent publication by Computer World.

When looking at this recent study at face value, it’s easy to simply attribute these trends to our obsession with these companies.  After all, this same obsession has allowed Google and Apple to steal the spotlight in the media as well.  So why wouldn’t it be the same for Twitter?

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Battle for Relevance: Microsoft

In the battle for relevance in the technology market place is Microsoft falling too far behind?   While Microsoft is still in good shape and will be for the next few years, they are in a heated battle for market relevancy.  Make no mistake about it, Microsoft is having some serious morale issues.  The Kin is Microsoft’s most recent failed product launch, which is rumored to have only sold 503 units.  Pretty horrendous.  While their latest Windows release (Windows 7) is doing well along with Microsoft Office, it doesn’t bode well with me how easily that can turn around for Microsoft (think Windows Vista).

Windows Vista was another ill-received product released from the software giant after the huge success of Windows XP.  If you look at Microsoft’s Windows releases, you had everything prior to Windows 95 and then everything after.  Many people are also familiar with the other lack luster Windows release, that being, Windows Me.  Windows Me essentially bridged the gap between 98 (or 98SE – which I never fully understood) and XP for consumers since Windows NT and 2000 seemed to be more popular on the enterprise level.  What I’m getting at here is how quickly the tide turns for Microsoft.  Can they survive another poor Windows release?  Technically, of course, they have plenty of cash on hand, but will it too damaging from a marketing perspective in the long run?

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