Business Blog Roundup

IBM’s top blogger notes that for the 14th consecutive year Big Blue received more patents than any other U.S. company. In his post, entitled Well Functioning Business Ecosystems, he takes care to celebrate the importance of innovation by smaller companies.

GM’s blogging pioneer, Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, points to signs that GM has begun to recover. Most notably, at the North American International Auto Show on January 7, the Saturn Aura won North American Car of the Year and the Chevy Silverado won North American Truck of the Year. Another promising sign for Lutz was the enthusiastic reception at the Auto Show for the Chevrolet Volt, the concept car which has both an electric powertrain and a gasoline engine.

No longer just Chairman and CEO, Bill Marriott is now Blogger-in-Chief at Marriott International. The first post in his new blog, Uncharted Territory, tells the amazing story of how his company began in 1927 as a root beer stand and now has more than 3000 hotels and 143,000 employees. A long-time visionary, Marriott foresees that blogs are likely to become an indispensable means of communicating with customers.

A prominent blogger at Business Week calls for upper management to exercise less restraint on media bloggers.

Today, Wikipedia launched its Wikiseek search engine. Though Wikiseek will only access information on the Wikipedia website, the rapid expansion of Wikipedia should make Wikiseek a serious challenger to Google. In its quest for global domination, Google is following up its acquisition of YouTube with a plan to provide real-time stock quotes. The Yahoo blog sings the praises of the new Yahoo search engine, oneSearch, specifically designed for mobile devices.

The Owens Corning Wind Blade Technology Blog recounts the benefits for consumers (and producers of wind turbines) of legislation recently passed in Washington State requiring large utility companies to increase their use of renewable energy sources. On a lighter “vane” the blog told of a man in Inner Mongolia required to give a wind turbine to his bride’s family as a condition for the marriage. Maybe it was the wind that swept her off her feet.