GOOG’s Vertical Descent

Not to pick on Rob Hof, but I’m surprised that so many people are just now commenting that GOOG has been in a steady free fall since last December. It’s been my experience that investors are not always herd animals, they really can have moments of insight on where companies are going and vote with their trades, but as is often the case, Silicon Valley likes to herald a rising tech stock market rather than a falling one, unless it’s MSFT in which case the opposite it true.

Also, the comScore data only validates the trend, it’s not the cause of.

I first wrote about this a month ago, but as is usually the case, a picture is worth a thousand words. Noticed the similar slide that AAPL has been experiencing?

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Starbucks Closes for “Retraining”

At least they didn’t call it “re-education,” which sounds kinda creepy. I would give Schultz credit for attacking the problem but I can’t help but think that from a PR standpoint this is not the kind of attention that they need because it focuses attention on the fact that their retail customer service has, broadly speaking, gone to shit. I haven’t been into a Starbucks in at least 5 months because of the service and the quality of the coffee.

The next thing Schultz should do is rip out those automatic espresso machines and go back to the old style manual machines. I don’t want espresso that is the same thing as what I can make at home, I want espresso porn.

CEO Howard Schultz announced the 3-hour closure starting at 5:30 p.m. local time Tuesday to energize 135,000 employees.

[From Coffee break: Starbucks closing for 3 hours today - USATODAY.com]

FriendFeed Accelerates?

I’ve been getting a lot of FriendFeed notifications about new people subscribing to my feed. Based on anecdotal comments from people I have talked with, it appears I am not alone and that makes me wonder what is happening that is suddenly causing a bump in activity. Could it be Facebook’s own efforts to do something similar raising awareness?

FriendFeed is like Facebook’s news feed. But it’s more of a dynamic conversation among close friends about what they’re up to all over the web — and not so much a social network.

[From Friendfeed, the best software for conversations, raises round and launches publicly » VentureBeat]

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