In today’s edition of the link roundup we begin with three articles that look at Google’s recent acquisition of Motorola. All three have a different take and tone. Then we move onto a variety of topics including: the vicious cycle created when businesses are afraid to hire until consumer demand returns; the 10 biggest lies of business school; and an interesting discussion of “ecological mayhem”.
The Truth About the Google-Motorola Deal — Business Insider via Yahoo Finance
A very interesting move by Google this morning, buying handset hardware maker Motorola for $12.5 billion.
But let’s be real: This deal could end up being a disaster.
Well, let’s have a look at the host of questions and challenges the deal raises.
There is a middle ground in Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility that is not just about just patents. It is not all about Google controlling its own original equipment manufacturer. Nor is it about solely defending the future of the Android ecosystem. This is about Google’s standing in the mobile industry, the greater technology environment and its bottom line.
I was just wondering what Google was going to do to prevent getting shut out of the mobile phone business. It was as if Google was down 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth. With two outs, Google stepped up to the plate and hits a walk-off home run, with its purchase of Motorola Mobility.
Economists see a vicious cycle: Thewon’t improve until businesses hire, but many won’t hire without consumer demand, which is weak because of the slack job market and concerns about the future.
The Ten Biggest Lies of B-School — Forbes
I went to B-School about 10 years ago. I remember the good times, the parties, the camaraderie. I also remember the long hours in the library, working on team projects with other keen classmates, and the sense of accomplishment at graduation.
However, 10 years later, Business School missed out on a lot in terms of teaching me the skills needed to succeed in my career and life.
Here are the ten biggest lies of B-School you should protect yourself against:
Grantham argues that the late-18th-century doomsayer Thomas Malthus pretty much got it right but just had the bad timing to make his predictions about unsustainable population growth on the eve of the hydrocarbon-fueled Industrial Revolution, which “partially removed the barriers to rapid population growth, wealth and scientific progress.” That put off the inevitable for a couple of centuries, but now, ready or not, the age of cheap hydrocarbons is ending. Grantham’s July letter concludes: “We humans have the brains and the means to reach real planetary sustainability. The problem is with us and our focus on short-term growth and profits, which is likely to cause suffering on a vast scale. With foresight and thoughtful planning, this suffering is completely avoidable.”
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