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SNS Subscriber Edition Volume 16, Issue 30 Week of August 19, 2013



The Next Assistant




In This Issue




The Next Assistant


It Isn't Easy

Getting It Right

Business Issues


Quotes of the Week



Cisco's Arc


Takeout Window


Tesla Grabs Highest
Safety Score Ever


In Case You Missed It...

Members Making News


Upcoming SNS Events
& Media Links


In Other House News...


New Members' Welcome

How to Subscribe

May I Share This Newsletter?

About SNS

About the Publisher

Where's Mark?


"What an amazing performance today here at Thunderbird! Your presentation was absolutely what students needed to start their graduate education process, but more importantly what they needed to motivate them to begin thinking differently and engaging in successful behavior for their future. Truly the best I have seen in many years! ---


"Many of the students will remember this day as the motivation and inspiration that started them on the path to success. I personally am having a hard time coming up with the words to show my appreciation and thanks but I know that the students will be talking about this and you for a long time.


"Thank you very much!


Guy Groff

Associate Vice President

Career Management and Professional Development

Thunderbird School of Global Management"



We are proud to welcome over half of the incoming Thunderbird class as new SNS Premium Members under a special site license. They join a past group of business school students from The Tuck School at Dartmouth, Insead, LSE, and other fine institutions whose education has included SNS. If you think your business school would also benefit from this program, let us know. - mra.





Reading Selection:


Chinese Industrial Espionage: Technology Acquisition and Military Modernization, by William C. Hannas, James Mulvenon, and Anna B. Puglisi (Routledge, May 2013).


For members interested in what we are now calling "InfoMercantilism."






The Next Assistant


There haven't been' that many times in technology history when so many fates have depended on a single software application.


What if it turned out that the fates of Apple Computer, Nokia, the country of Finland, Microsoft Corp., Google (to some degree), Nuance, and many other firms were all linked through the success or failure of their work in one category?


As far as I can tell, it is.


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