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The Morning Briefing: Successes and failures

The Morning Briefing: Successes and failures

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about successes and failures for the world's biggest brands.

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about successes and failures for some of the world's biggest brands.

Charlie has the day off.

1.) Encouraged by the state of the American auto industry, Italy's Fiat plans to relaunch Alfa Romeo on the shoulders of Chrysler.

2.) Innovation comes in all sizes. In an unstable environment, Africa's most successful entrepreneurs are jacks-of-all-trades.

3.) The capacity to harness emerging technologies for the benefit of a population? The transition from smart city to info-state.

4.) Skeuomorphism: are the derivative designs for Apple's digital interfaces tiresome or tactile?

5.) TED's "The City 2.0" venture is a resounding failure. Too much ambition, or not enough?

Photo: Fiat

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Andrew Nusca is editor of SmartPlanet and an associate editor for ZDNet. Previously, he worked at Money, Men's Vogue and Popular Mechanics magazines. He holds degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and New York University. He is based in New York but resides in Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure