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Just watched a Reuters Insider (paywallled) video featuring a fund manager talking up wearable-tech companies like Fitbit and Jawbone. (They're private, but you can buy into his fund, which has stakes in them.) But... investing in Fitbit (etc) now seems akin to investing in a maker of MP3 players six months before Steve pulled the first iPod out of his pocket -- except this time, we have a pretty good idea that Apple is aiming to re-invent this space. I wouldn't go near those companies right now.
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I wouldn't dismiss Glass yet. It's in beta, which is why they're charging so much, and that's also why it's still largely a toy. Most app developers haven't really acclimated themselves to the new system yet. Remember that Apple took over a year to come out with the App Store after the iPhone came out.

I really wouldn't give Apple the win on wearables before you even see what they come out with. If all they can muster is a retooled iPod nano on a wristband, then that's not going to move the wearable ecosystem anywhere. After the most recent "big reveals" for Apple products, what indication is there that Apple has any big ideas left?
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Some folks were surprised when General Motors chose Mary Barra as its next CEO. Not me. Here's why. 
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Alas, I'm not quite as well-connected at GM as I am with Ford. I'm working on changing that; hoping to get a few minutes with Barra on-camera in January...
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Last night I went to NY, and this happened.
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Was this at the Altman Building on 18th St? 
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Ate fried chicken. Lost a pound. New diet plan?
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Hmm, according to these two data points, if you continue to eat fried chicken, you will disappear entirely. I advise a change of course.
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Ok, so professionally, I'm thinking about this ad in terms of Cadillac's emerging market-positioning strategy, in the context of GM's broad effort to establish the brand as a peer of the German luxury marques so as to diversify its profits away from US pickup truck sales, blah blah blah. And it makes some sense: What is Cadillac? It's a brashly American luxury brand. At least it was, and going that way from here probably makes good sense.

But as an ad... um, wow. A Mercedes ad it ain't. What do you think of this?
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+Rex Moore and I went to New York yesterday, and this happened. 
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Video recording apps for iOS? Got one you like? (My new iPhone 5S seems to be auto-compressing my work videos in a way I don't like. Time to find a workaround.)
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After 32 years as an Apple shareholder, I am finally Mac-enabled.
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I have the single MBP, the 2011 model with 16gb ram, and 1.25 tb of disk -- not a bad machine at all! But that said, I'm still running out of space, and those new iMacs do look nice. With IMAP, Dropbox, and svn, etc., it seems like a great idea to me.
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Treadmill desk: Good idea or crazy idea? Anyone tried one?
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We have them in my office - I can read on them, but not really type...
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I write about auto stocks and the global auto business for The Motley Fool, and occasionally about other stuff in other places.
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I'm a "writer/analyst" for The Motley Fool. It's a wonderful gig: I get to spend all day writing and thinking and talking about my life-long obsession, the global auto business.

My readership is surprisingly wide: I've chatted with Alan Mulally, been quoted approvingly by Bob Lutz, and have generally had a blast talking about and interacting with the folks who make things happen in this amazing and complicated business.

I'm also a dad and a cocktail enthusiast and a few other interesting things, and one of these days I'll actually publish the (pretty good) private eye novel that has been sitting on my hard drive for the last few years.
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