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Picture Perfect

August 29, 2005

Fuji Film

In 1984, the upstart camera film manufacturer Fuji paid one million dollars for sponsorship rights of the Los Angeles Summer Olympics, a preemptive strike in the back yard of their unwitting U.S. competitor Kodak. Leveraging its new-found prestige as The Games’ official film, Fuji began its steady rise in the camera film business on a world-size stage, moving from a regional supplier to a major player.

Grand Play Senator

August 22, 2005

Hilary Clinton

Hillary Clinton reacted to the news that the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas video game contained hidden pornographic content. Her reaction is a Bear Hug where the Democratic Senator is adopting the platform of the GOP in an attempt to position herself as a Family Values politician.

Hip Check

August 22, 2005

PS3 & XBOX

The competition among video game makers is a rough and tumble game for scrappy playmakers. It is an endless match of technology tit-for-tat that forces players either to leap frog with faster and better games or match their competitor with parity products. Here is an example of the latter, a well-run Crowd by Sony: On Thursday, May 12, 2005, Microsoft unveiled its much anticipated XBox 360.

Smoking Jacket

August 22, 2005

Ted Turner

Ted Turner’s 1997 pledge of $1 billion to the United Nations was a historic act of charity and a notable Challenge aimed directly at fellow business billionaires awash in profits of the 1990s. CNN reported, “Turner chided fellow billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett for not donating more money to charity. ‘What good is wealth sitting in the bank?’ Turner said at the annual meeting of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Skip Ahead

August 22, 2005

iPod Patents

You’d think that Apple’s iPod, the catalyst to a new generation of music consumers and a boon for the come-back computer maker, has a big lead. You’d think it’s Apple that’s run the Preempt . But not so fast. In August 2005, the U.S. Patent Office ruled that Apple’s bitter rival, Microsoft, is the rightful holder to a user interface patent for the handheld digital music player – the technical equivalent of iPod’s core technology.