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A little healthy competition helps drive tech innovation

This week we shine the Searchlight on the competition for tech innovation supremacy, discuss which political party rules social media and more.

A presidential election is looming as both parties have wrapped up their conventions, schools are back in session, and the NFL season is underway. Some folks love the colors and flavors of fall; we love the air of competition! In this week's Searchlight we've got the scoop on which political party rules (in social media), a look at Amazon's one-two-three punch at Apple's tablet supremacy, and the story of a man who believes he has the tech innovation know-how to topple the world's top e-commerce company. Try to keep up!

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  • It's triplets! Amazon's big announcement this week of a trio of feature-packed Kindle Fire tablets is enough to keep a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy-writer (along with Apple and Google execs) up at night -- perhaps reading their new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-readers?
  • First, a disclaimer: We here at Searchlight are strictly bipartisan. That said, it would seem -- at least according to a new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project -- if you want to win a Twitter war it's better to go to battle with donkeys than with elephants.
  • You may not know his name now, but if Hiroshi Mikitani can bring to fruition his blend of tech innovation and ambition, everyone will know him as the guy who beat Amazon.
  • A decidedly non-techie, high-level look at what big data is all about and why you need to care. And make no mistake, you do need to care.
  • Who wants to spend their summer vacation in a classroom, learning how to write code and build apps? Happily, for the future of technology, these girls did and, even better, big tech players like Twitter are banking on their success.
  • How are effective decisions really made? Software entrepreneur and lean decision-making evangelist Trevor Lohrbeer walks us through four phases -- none of which are eenie, meenie, miney or moe.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Karen Goulart, Features Writer.

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