Starbucks wants Nespresso’s business…

But the star of the meeting was the Verismo machine, which was put on display
for the first time since its introduction at the beginning of this month. Mr
Schultz did not hide his ambition to eat into the $3.8 billion of Nespresso
sales last year by delivering the full “Starbucks espresso experience” in
the home. It will initially be on sale in America, but a spokesman confirmed
that the UK would be among the first overseas markets to get the machines.

via [£]

NIce to see more people fighting for the upscale home coffee market. Pity their devices don't let you choose your coffee supplier, though. That's why I won't be buying either.

This is how a movement dies…

We’ve heard rumblings that MTV’s /quotes/zigman/393425/quotes/nls/via VIA -3.99%  “Real World“ is scouting people between the ages of 20 and 24 for a series with an Occupy Wall Street theme.

In another sign that Occupy Wall Street is ripe for exploitation, there is actually a website called Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street .

Further, the Associated Press has noted that some in the movement are attempting to trademark the phrase “Occupy Wall Street.” Some of the leaders “filed an application Oct. 24 to trademark the name of their movement with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.” The source of the information was one of the group’s lawyers.


Hot Chicks of OWS is actually entertaining, in a very primitive, blokey way. But the rest just goes to show how hard it is to keep a movement political rather than commercial these days…

[via Kevin]

Why (phone) size matters

One big advantage of a 3.5-inch display: with average-size hands, your thumb can reach any pixel on screen more comfortably while holding the phone one-handed. Judging from my email, many proponents of bigger screens — those who are disappointed that the iPhone 4S doesn’t sport a 4-inch display — see no such trade-off. Bigger is better, period, they say, and anyone who says otherwise is in denial that Apple is falling behind its competition. But by that logic, 5-inch screens would be better than 4-inch ones, and 6-inch screens better still. That’s silly. Bigger is not necessarily better for handheld/pocket devices.