The pace of Digital Media is still accelerating in what has always been a fast moving industry.
This week’s highlights (and it’s only Wednesday!):
- New Google styling across their apps (basically it’s all gone darker and neater – it now looks like it’s been designed as a suite of tools, rather than cobbled together by a developer who has a passing interest in web design). I suspect the new styling is all part of the preparation of the Google Chromebooks
- And while talking of Google, Google+ has been launched. And they’ve also launched What Do You Love – a mashup of different Google Searches. WDYL is nice, but it’s not immediately obvious how I’ll use it usefully
- Zynga has announced it will IPO for around $2 billion, valuing the company at $15 billion. Zynga produce a number of online games including the hugely popular Farmville. $15b is a huge amount of money, however Zynga’s revenue is already $850m and as a parent of young children, I can see the industry has got lots more potential
- GoDaddy.com, of Domain Name fame is just about to be sold for $2 billion. GoDaddy were also going to go the IPO route a couple of years ago on revenues of $800m but have preferred the route of private investment companies
In other news:
- The clocks are ticking for a number of high street retailers with Thornton’s, Carpetright, Jane Norman and TJ Hughes all either making some massive cutbacks or shutting down altogether. Carpetright are blaming the recession – that people don’t want to buy big ticket items at the moment, but that wouldn’t apply to Thornton’s or TJ Hughes and Jane Norman who are clothing retailers. I think it’s more to do with customer’s shopping habits because clothing website ASOS is growing at the same time that the others are shutting down tens of shops.
- National Insurance cards are going to be phased out. From now on we’ll get a letter instead. What were the cards ever used for anyway? And why not replace the cards with emails or a mobile app? It’s about time the government hired a CIO from industry and let loose with a clear remit on improving ROI.
I’ve been asked by some other sites to write some blog posts – check out Technorati and Endava’s new posts, and I’ll let you know when Sitecore and CMSWatch both publish my articles too.