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Of course, Ellison is ignoring the fact that none of Apple's competitors have Steve Jobs either, so I guess the entire tech sector is supposed to be doomed?
China's economy is apparently completely lopsided towards investment vs. consumption. Their consumer economy is functionally only a bit larger than Japan's.
Unfortunately, this is one of the most common trends in corporate America: combine two jobs into one in order to make the balance sheet look better in the short-term. Never mind that it's unlikely to have a positive impact on the products/services that the company is selling. Never mind that eliminating jobs on a regular basis is the ultimate boneheaded strategy when the largest segment of the American economy is the consumer economy, and the largest part of that consumer...
  What did Microsoft and Sony spend most of their time doing in the current generation? Why do people believe that gives them the better answer for console success in the next? Have they announced anything yet that provides a guarantee that they'll make a big profit this time around?
  You're underestimating inflation rates. The 2012 dollar equivalent of a .49 cent single from 1965 would be $3.52. Likewise, a $3.99 album from 1965 would be $28.66 in 2012 dollars. Prices for entertainment are not actually that high when you adjust for inflation. 
  Seems more likely that it will be the opposite, i.e., the phablet is a temporary bridge device for people who don't own a tablet yet, or who thought the last wave of tablets were too heavy.
I find the Samsung adverts to be the equivalent of deodorant or beer commercials. Quirky and entertaining, but intentionally superficial in regards to the actual product. The carpet bombing approach of the marketing is also similar.
IMO, you could question the idea that phablets have that big of a growth curve. They seem more like a bridge product that exists primarily for people who don't already own a tablet or think that tablets are currently too heavy. iPad mini has already made quite a bit of progress on that second part.
  Read the downloading information for movies that you can purchase through Amazon Instant Video. There are definitely some restrictions and limitations built into that service currently. For example, you're required to repeat the download process for each device that you want to play your purchased video on if you don't want to stream it. It doesn't allow you to just download on your home computer and then copy the file to other devices. And OS X isn't supported at all....
  Greater wealth production for whom? Certainly not for the general public, as wealth inequality has grown by leaps and bounds during the last 30 years. Wages and job growth have slowed significantly during the last 30 years vs. 1950 - 1980, and yet profit as a percentage of GDP is currently at an all-time high. The deficit has also exploded during the last 30 years, while it consistently dropped during 1950 - 1980. It should be obvious to anyone after three decades of...
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