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Rick Matthews
Works at Wake Forest University
Attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lives in Winston-Salem, NC
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Why was it smart for Google to buy Motorola for $12B and sell it for $3B + $2B?  Because of what they kept: the patents.

1. Google wanted Motorola primarily for their patents so they could defend Android and perhaps counterattack when threatened.

2. Google owning Motorola frightened other Android makers who were put in the position of depending on a competitor for their OS. (See the same nervousness from PC companies when Microsoft brought out the Surface.)

3. Lenovo is having trouble gaining traction in the fastest growing tech market segment. They will now own the technology for the very best radio sections of any cell phones on the market.

I never understood why Motorola never aggressively marketed being able to communicate in fringe areas when no other phone can. Other smartphone makers were computer companies that added a radio section.  Motorola was a radio company that added a computer.
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A view into the "future" from 1996. "So how come my local mall does more business in an afternoon than the entire Internet handles in a month?"
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Best wishes to Stanford in their digital publishing partnership with Tizra. Tizra is the same infrastructure we use for  "Digital Publishing @ Wake", http://wfu.tizrapublisher.com/.
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Tizra may become a new standard.
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Beautiful music at the Winston-Salem Dulcimer Festival.
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Tue, March 11, 12:30 PM
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Economic development needs superhighways., and most of the U.S. has the twenty-first century equivalent of dirt roads.
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I'm really hoping the Google Fiber push into Charlotte and Raleigh at least puts some competitive pressure on TWC here in Winston.
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This evening's view entering the Wake Forest campus.
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Thanks! And happy new year to both of you.
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Kudos to Dennis Newman and the IT department of the city of Winston-Salem. "This is the 12th year in a row that Winston-Salem has ranked as one of the top 10 most technology-advanced cities of its size in America."
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Great tips on adoption and deployment.
 
GOOGLE APPS BEST PRACTICES DEPLOYMENT GUIDE

Ever wondered what we recommend as best practices for setting up Google Apps for your school? We have now created a short, simple guide for just this purpose!

Check it out at http://goo.gl/oP18l and feel free to share with others who are evaluating or using Google Apps for Education.

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  • Wake Forest University
    1979 - present
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Winston-Salem, NC
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Washington, DC - Chapel Hill, NC - Wadesboro, NC - Mt. Croghan, SC
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Associate Provost for Technology and Information Systems/Chief Information Officer
Professor of Physics
Wake Forest University
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Ph.D. Physics, 1971 - 1977
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    B.S. with Honors in Physics, 1967 - 1971
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George Eric Matthews, Jr.