Microsoft is exposing its Xbox branding to more media, the consumer cloud was huge in the first half of 2012, and Marissa Mayer gets her first big hire at Yahoo. Joining us now with his breaking analysis on these headlines is SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier.
*# Microsoft is opening up its Xbox branding to a larger world of media. Xbox is actually going from thinking about gaming in a device to being the entertainment face for all of Microsoft. Can you elaborate on this?
*# Do you think this is a good strategy for Microsoft?
*# How is naming Xbox Music different from when they had the Zune Marketplace? Will this be confusing for consumers?
*# With this strategy, Microsoft is trying to get consumers to think of Xbox as overall entertainment, whether it’s gaming, music, television or movies – and not just the video game console sitting by the TV. Do you think they’ll be successful with this concept or will people continue to associate Xbox with video games only
*# The consumer cloud performed strongly in the first half of 2012, with the number of personal subscriptions to online storage services at the end of June already at 75 percent of the market’s projected sum for the year. What kind of numbers are we talking about here?
*# How much growth do you think we’ll see in subscriptions to either free or paid cloud descriptions?
*# Jagdish Rebello, director for consumer and communications at IHS said that the cloud is a game changer in an age of near-ubiquitous mobile broadband, offering benefits to consumers and cloud service providers alike. Can you elaborate on this statement?
*# You have the big name technology giants like Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon who are using their own cloud offerings to sell hardware, content and other cloud storage services. There’s also pure play cloud storage providers – what do we mean by pure play cloud storage? Who are these providers and are they able to compete with the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Google?
*# How expensive is it to go into the cloud storage business?
*# Overall, what will it take for a mobile provider to rise above their competition?
*# Yahoo announced yesterday that it has hired one of Google’s top sales execs, Henrique De Castro, as its COO. Alot of attention is focused on De Castro’s paycheck – he’s getting a pile of money for taking the job. How much will he be making?
*# What will De Castro be doing to earn this enormous paycheck?
*# Both Marissa Mayer and former Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson have made previous attempts to lure De Castro away from Google, and this time he finally bit. Why do you think he accepted this time?
*# Can you give us some background on De Castro?
*# How does this big hire move look for Marissa Mayer?
*# SiliconANGLE TV theCUBE will be in New York City for the Hadoop World and Strata conference where you will be covering the big data scene. Big data is all the rage now. Harvard Business Review says that it’s the hottest area for jobs, naming data scientist as the sexiest job of the 21st century. What do you think – do you agree?
*# Gigaom.com says that it’s easy to be a data scientist but on Twitter they got called out for over simplifying it. What is your breaking analysis?