Firms We Love to Hate

Firms We Love to Hate

Lloyd Blankfein Jamie Dimon Pretty much anyone tooling in the PR biz is keyed in on the latest chapter in Goldman Sachs’ extended trial in the court of public opinion. James Gorman What is it about this particular company that compels the media, regulators, legislators and general public to pounce on it at every turn? […]

The Analyst Who Erred

The Analyst Who Erred

I’m really liking my iPad 2, though perhaps less so now that it’s a done-deal for a 4G-enabled iPad 3 come March 7. Oh well. Personal technology marches on, albeit too fast sometimes for my comfort. The one significant drawback with the iPad — something everyone seems to acknowledge — is its inability to efficiently […]

Don’t Be Evil

Don’t Be Evil

Scott McNealy In March of 1998, the straight-talking CEO of Sun Microsystems travelled to Washington to testify before Congress on the then-monopolistic ways of one famous tech company out of Redmond, WA. Scott McNealy, with whom I sat the following morning in the green room of NBC “Today,” had this to say: “The only technology […]

New Spin Spotter at RNC

New Spin Spotter at RNC

This just in from the folks at TechCrunch: the Republican National Committee has named a “Director of New Media.” He’s former Microsoft and MSN employee Todd Herman who posted on his new role here. (RNC’s former top techie resigned earlier this month.) Well, I’m not surprised the red-staters moved quickly to fill that vacant slot. […]

Collaborate or Die

Collaborate or Die

Former Clinton White House spokesman Mike McCurry (at right) offers up his remedy for what ails the newspaper business — collaboration. In a by-lined piece for the RealClearPolitics site, he rightly observes that newspapers, newsweeklies and their ilk simply cannot compete with all-news cable channels and the Internet. He also came to his collaborative conclusion […]

Shoe Circus

Shoe Circus

I suppose it was the news of Apple passing Google in market cap that prompted Newsweek to take a less-than flattering look at the perennially cool Cupertino company: “In fact, Apple has started looking like what Microsoft was 10 years ago—a company that so controls certain market segments that smaller competitors can survive only by […]

The Blue Mist and Halo 3

The Blue Mist and Halo 3

At a time when the U.S. was embroiled in another unpopular war, this 11-year-old was summoned along with his fellow summer campers to a giant bonfire presided over by “The Blue Mist,” the adopted name of the camp’s owner. We suspected something big was up, but didn’t realize how big. Sure enough, the Blue Mist […]

Microsoft’s Blog Filter

Microsoft’s Blog Filter

In a newly surfaced post by Joe Wilcox in eWeek’s Microsoft Watch, we’re treated to a pretty good look at how Microsoft PR has evolved. In it, the writer attempts to get his arms around the Redmond company’s migration from the mode of traditional message manager (through the filter of the trades) to an approach […]

Razr’s Halo Effect

Razr’s Halo Effect

Scanning through the business pages of today’s New York Times, two items struck me as noteworthy. The first had Motorola chief Ed Zander, fresh from his victory fending off interloper Carl Icahn, doing his best imitation of media impresario Steve Jobs at a splashy, multi-media New York City news conference to showcase his company’s latest […]

The Beet on AP’s Video Dreams

The Beet on AP’s Video Dreams

Did anyone notice the video post on Beet.TV yesterday? If you didn’t, take a look. My buddy Andy Plesser, whose Walter Mittyesque existence waivers between PR man and vlogging crusader, caught up with The AP’s head of global broadcast strategy Jim Kathman. Kathman (exclusively) outlined the partnership between the world’s largest news organization and Microsoft […]