Economy Archive

  • Money, Music and Piracy

    Money, Music and Piracy

    As a part of the whole, digital sales now account for some 20 percent of all recorded music sales across the planet. That number is considerably higher in the United States, topping out at closer to 70 percent. The digital model is just more efficient and convenient for consumers and the industry alike. Gone are costs for manufacturing, packaging, retail space, and retail profit which eat up about 34 percent…

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  • Wondering What All This SOPA and PIPA Talk is About?

    Wondering What All This SOPA and PIPA Talk is About?

    Leave it TED and Clay Shirky to break it down and explain why it’s a bad idea.
    “What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto — a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.”

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  • The Facebook Economy: Economics of The Ecosystem

    The Facebook Economy: Economics of The Ecosystem

    There are 550,000+ apps that are used on Facebook. Seventy percent of users engage with apps each month. There are one million app developers. Zynga, the top app developer, made $250 million in 2009. Of that amount, $80-$150 million is estimated to be profit, more net profit than Facebook itself made.
    The most popular Facebook apps are: [...]

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  • Morgan Stanley Internet Trends: 2010

    Morgan Stanley Internet Trends: 2010

    A couple of days ago Morgan Stanley released their annual Internet Trends report. As usual it’s a great resource for the current state of the Internet, including the mobile web, providing the latest stats, trends, forecasts and more.

    Presented by Mary Meeker on April 12, 2010 [...]

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  • Hollywood 2009 By The Numbers

    Hollywood 2009 By The Numbers

    Now that the Academy Awards are over, let’s take a look at last years business of film.

    What were the top grossing films of 2009 (besides Avatar), and what were they rated? Who were the top earners? [...]

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  • The Apple App Store Economy

    The Apple App Store Economy

    The world of Mobile Apps is a burgeoning marketplace, with the obvious leader (and App Store creator) being Apple. This infograph provides a brief overview on just how successful their App Store is.
    With over 56 Million users, and currently more than 130,000 Apps available for download… 200 Million Apps are being downloaded each month, generating more than $500 Million in revenues [...]

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  • Facebook’s Road To An IPO

    Facebook’s Road To An IPO

    With the recent introduction of a dual-class stock structure emulating that of Google, rumors of an impending Facebook IPO abound. Though nothing has been officially announced, it seems a likely possibility in 2010. Below we look at the ever-changing and often controversial valuation time line of one of the web’s most popular [...]

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  • Free: The Future of a Radical Price

    Free: The Future of a Radical Price

    From WIRED MAGAZINE: 17.07
    Tech Is Too Cheap to Meter: It’s Time to Manage for Abundance, Not Scarcity By Chris Anderson
    Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business
    In 1969, the Neiman Marcus catalog offered the first home PC, a stylish stand-up model called the Honeywell Kitchen Computer [...]

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  • What will MySpace become after a 30% headcount reduction?

    What will MySpace become after a 30% headcount reduction?

    By Scott M. Fulton, III @ betanews

    It’s the operating unit of a company that’s more accustomed to producing a tangible product, like a newspaper or movie. Maybe MySpace needs a makeover too. [...]

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  • The New New Economy: More Startups, Fewer Giants, Infinite Opportunity

    The New New Economy: More Startups, Fewer Giants, Infinite Opportunity

    By Chris Anderson @ Wired 05.22.09
    As the Internet was taking shape in the late 1980s, an MIT professor named Tom Malone started thinking about how it could change the structure of industries. In a series of papers, he predicted that the big top-down companies of the 20th century would soon “decentralize and externalize” into [...]

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