Thursday, April 24, 2014

So long, net neutrality? FCC to propose new pay-for-preferential treatment rules

Story thumbnail The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will take public comments before moving forward with a new set of net neutrality rules that sparked controversy when they were leaked in a news report earlier Wednesday. The FCC will release a proposal soon to reinstate net neutrality rules that would allow broadband providers to negotiate with content providers for preferential treatment, an agency official confirmed Wednesday.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Scale is wealth in the digital world

Story thumbnail Digital Business/Mark McDonald: Scale. Large companies have it. Start-ups don’t. Conventional business thinking, particularly as it relates to digital business, sees scale as a hindrance to innovation and success. Scale in a world of rapid change creates an anchor to the past in their view, something that holds a company back, makes it unnecessarily conservative, all at a time when competition seems to be a game of survival of the fittest.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Is VNA the future of image delivery?

Story thumbnail As the volume and variety of medical images increases, providers are looking for better ways to store and access them. Vendor neutral archives are fast finding favor -- but in many respects the jury is still out on just what a VNA is, and what it should offer.

Monday, April 21, 2014

“Price Protection” in Venture Capital Financings: What Entrepreneurs Should Know

Story thumbnail Guest Column/Paul A. Jones: Venture capital investors are not like the rest of us. When regular folks buy a share of stock and the stock subsequently trades for a lower price, they take their losses. All of them. When a venture capitalist buys a share of stock, and the company subsequently sells shares at a lower price, the venture capitalist doesn’t usually feel the full loss. Sometimes, the VC doesn’t take any loss at all. Welcome to the world of “price protection.”

Nordic partners with SupraNet to improve wi-fi at airport

Story thumbnail Nordic Consulting began a three-year sponsorship of the complimentary wireless Internet access provided by SupraNet at the Dane County Regional Airport. The complimentary wi-fi replaces the previous system where travelers were required to purchase a daily, weekly, or monthly pass. The 3-Mbps service is suitable for checking email and Web browsing.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Regulation in a digital age: Why ride-sharing apps frustrate government reach

Story thumbnail Inside Wisconsin/Tom Still: In a city that prides itself on being among the nation’s most “techie,” there has been a decidedly un-techie reaction to the arrival of two ride-sharing companies that have challenged the status quo of traditional taxi services. The city of Madison has cast a wary eye on the arrival of Lyft and Uber, companies that use smartphone applications to match riders with drivers who use their private cars. Young professionals love the idea; city regulators with worries about driver safety, insurance and even red-lining of poor neighborhoods are much less enamored.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Looking inside for the early signs of disruption

Story thumbnail Digital Business/Mark McDonald: Conventional wisdom holds that disruption comes from the outside-in. Executives and strategists look outside their four walls often ignoring their internal response to subtle precursors to disruption. Limited introspection creates the sense that disruption happens suddenly, externally and largely outside the company’s control. However, I believe that internal signs of external disruption exist if we only look for them.

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