Posts Tagged: 'business'

Work Life Balance

Whilst rummaging through my Instapaper queue for some lunchtime reading I found this video. I was struck by this comment: thousands of people… working long hard hours, at jobs they hate, to buy things they don’t need, to impress people they don’t like OK so this is perhaps a little overly dramatic, but it’s not Continue Reading

Social Media Policies

I attended an “industry event” last week. In conversations over coffee I learnt that BT has a social media policy that is 32 pages in length, and written in pure legalese: “the party in the fist part” etc. Whereas Zappos‘ social media policy is “be real and use your judgement”. Guess which company is renown for Continue Reading

Monetising Twitter Trending Topics

I don’t like or normally use the term “monetise”, but it is the big question hanging over Twitter; how are they gonna make money from this thing? We saw last week that Twitter have secured another found of funding described as “significant”, and so we assume that at some point these investors are going to Continue Reading

Psion and Intel Reach "Amicable Agreement"

I know I said I was taking a break but there is a conclusion to the Psion netbook trademark fiasco that I felt I should publish for completeness. It seems that Psion and Intel have reached an “amicable agreement” and that Neither party accepted any liability. In light of this amicable agreement, Psion has agreed to waive all Continue Reading

Now Intel Is Challenging Psion Netbook Claim

Intel are joining Dell in challenging Psion’s claim to the netbook trademark. I realise that Dell and Intel’s motives are purely commercial, but I dislike the patent and trademark litigation culture that has grown alongside the technology industry. I agree wholeheartedly that companies ideas and designs should be protected but only when their claims are Continue Reading

Psion and the netBook Trademark

As an ex-Psion employee I was disappointed and a little saddened to learn of Psion’s spurious trademark claim to the word netbook. Psion were once a great technology company practically inventing the PDA , creating some classic hardware designs and creating the operating system that powers a huge proporation of today’s smartphones: Symbian. Psion launched Continue Reading