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Ken Firestone
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Urban planner, recovering geek.
Urban planner, recovering geek.

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Forget coffee. Starbucks is a tech company.

Ford is a car company. Exxon Mobil is an oil and gas company. And Microsoft is a technology company. http://goo.gl/7X5HTW

Starbucks is normally slotted into the food-and-beverage category, but I think it's more of a tech company -- if not like Google, then at least like Amazon.

Amazon started out as an online bookstore then branched into selling everything. Today, Amazon differentiates itself against other retailers with algorithms, cloud services, robots and drones -- not to mention tablets, TV boxes and, soon, a 3D smartphone. Amazon doesn't belong in the "retail store" category. It's a technology company.

Likewise, Starbucks started out selling coffee (it initially sold Peet's coffee, actually). But now Starbucks is essentially a technology company. Here's why:

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9249084/Forget_coffee_Starbucks_is_a_tech_company

#starbucks  
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The espIanade at Museum Park, Miami. #StreetoftheDay #StreetDesign
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How Tom Wheeler's FCC plan will wreck your Internet.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is the Michelangelo of lobbyists, and the proposal for net neutrality voted upon by the Federal Communications Commission this week is his Sistine Chapel.

Wheeler has managed to forward his proposal to kill net neutrality in a country where almost everybody wants net neutrality. He's doing it by exploiting the ignorance, gullibility and passivity of the public, the anti-regulation platform of the political right and truckloads of money from the industry he serves at the expense of the public.

Let me tell you about the best lobbyist in America: 

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9248403/How_Tom_Wheeler_s_FCC_plan_will_wreck_your_Internet

#netneutrality  
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