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August 2010

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Facebook Outage

August 31, 2010

Nokia, RIM, Skype, Cisco and ITEXPO News August 30, 2010

August 30, 2010

Tech once again has been an amazingly vibrant market in the last week of August when news is generally slow. A recent trend has to do withtechnology companies playing nice with global governments to make sure they aren't rejected or find themselves out of favor like Google happens to be in China.

Nokia Spices up its Servers

Nokia for its part has decided to put servers in India to comply with local laws allowing government officials access to once impenetrable communications systems. You may recall India recently had some issues with not being able to monitor messages sent on Blackberrys.

Skype - an M&A Target



Are .CO Domain Names Important?

August 30, 2010

Dotcoms are what people recognize most online with .BIZ and others taking a distant back seat. Yet when I heard the .CO domain names were coming I immediately saw how they would be similar enough to .COMs that perhaps they could become the second most-popular domain name suffix.

The new top level domains come courtesy of the country of Columbia who will be one of the beneficiaries of related domain name sales.

Depending on market reaction it is possible that .CO domain names could increase wildly in value like .COMs and further they may even erode the value of a .COM address.

Behold: Satellite Radio 2.0

August 30, 2010

In my opinion services like Satellite radio and personalized services like Pandora and Slacker are what I would consider Radio 2.0 so I read with interest a piece on Seeking Alpha which discusses Satellite Radio 2.0 which will blend the best of a service like Pandora with satellite technology. Patent #20090320075 filed by XM has a number of really consumer-friendly nuggets in it. Specifically it specifies what I have long considered a dream device - it will listen to multiple streams of satellite, HD and other radio and record content into playlists which it believes will be of interest to me based upon my likes and dislikes.

Basically, a merger of Pandora and TiVo on steroids - tapping into the vast archive of content on satellite, WiFi and elsewhere which could include news and sports.

Technology and TMC Happenings August 26, 2010

August 26, 2010

SkyFire Comes to iPhone

I was a huge fan of SkyFire on Windows Mobile as it approximated the iPhone Safari browser on a Windows Mobile device while also supporting Flash. Now it seems this browser is coming to the iPhone and I wonder if Apple will force the company to disable the Flash support to ensure it abides by the company's rules of not allowing other "programming languages" to run on it.

TMC Communities Continue Growth

Sony Dash, AT&T Femtocell, 3PAR, Dell and HP

August 26, 2010

This morning my new Sony Dash arrived in my office and I have been meaning to set it up all day but failed. This gadget is essentially an iPad which is more chunky, cheaper and needs a plug to operate. Still, everyone I meet with these days asks if I have one and it seems like a tech rite of passage to have one of these in your office.

Phew - what a day.

Google and Yelp Seem to Settle on Places

August 26, 2010

I've opined that Google is far more feared than Microsoft ever was as it can use your own content to compete with you and there is little if anything you can do about it. As an example I mentioned Yelp reviews were being scraped by Google to include in their Faces service. Moreover, I pointed out a staggeringly high 57% of Yelp's traffic comes from Google so altering their site so Google can't crawl it would be search engine suicide.

The solution seems to be a truce of sorts where Yelp reviews show up on Google search results but not on Places pages.

Google Gmail VoIP, Cloud Computing and Other News August, 25 2010

August 25, 2010

It's been a busy day in the world of tech news as Google who already has a telecom service in Google Voice has expanded it into Gmail with a two-pronged goal of making it easier to call via Google's network and making the Skype IPO less lucrative. In addition, cloud computing has heated up with Nimbula receiving $15 million dollars so the ex-Amazon founders can purse providing private cloud services.

On the TMC front, we officially released TechZone360, our new site dedicated to all things tech and sporting a new and cool interface we hope you love. My readers got an unauthorized sneak peak last week (thanks for not squealing on me) and you can see it has evolved quite a bit these past days.

Agent Market Dies, Gets Reborn at ITEXPO

August 25, 2010

In the mid-nineties as the CTI market stormed onto the scene a slew of new unified messaging companies came onto the scene looking to sell systems which integrated voicemail into corporate email repositories and later IP-based phone systems. The biggest challenge of the day was the traditional interconnect or telephone system reseller didn't understand data and the data guys didn't get voice.

A new breed of reseller was born and the data and voice VARs who couldn't adapt were at a huge disadvantage which forced many of them to close up shop.

The agent market too is evolving as core products are being sold today through call centers and the Internet and if you are still doing business the way you did a decade ago, you are in deep trouble.

Move into Your Bathroom and Change Your Name to Avoid Tech Pitfalls

August 25, 2010

Apparently there is something called a tech addiction - at least that is what I heard as I was browsing the web from my iPad last night in bed while watching TV. I don't consider myself a tech addict as I only use technology when I am awake and only have 3 monitors and one TV in my office. Then again, I do have an electronic picture frame in here which is on its last transistors and a Sony Dash which should arrive any moment.

So I was very surprised when I heard a man in Queens, NY moved into his bathroom to cure his tech addiction.

I Want This iPad Dock

August 25, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010 Update August 24, 2010

August 24, 2010

I have lots of exciting news to report about ITEXPO West 2010 Oct 4-6 in Los Angeles - there will be a total of 12 collocated events at the show. Some of these include, 4GWE, Smart Grid, M2M, CVx, SPEC, Cloud Communications, MSPWorld, SIP Tutorial, VI Peering, App-Time and Lightwave ONE. There is also a Social CRM Expo, MSP World and much more.

I am trying to keep my readers up to date on what is happening in what is probably the most exciting tech week of the year.

Simple Solutions to US Problems

August 24, 2010

With housing in a tailspin and many wondering how the US should get out of its economic quagmire, the answer is as obvious as ever. The country has pulled tens of millions out of poverty by allowing free market capitalism to allow entrepreneurs to prosper. 99% of all useful inventions on the planet have come from the private sector and watching politicians talk about a summer of recovery when unemployment is at disastrous levels would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

The free market didn't create the housing mess, government entities such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were government vehicles used to push housing on people who were not economically viable candidates to own homes.

Of Course Apple Will Take the 30%

August 24, 2010

Apple has two choices going forward - focus on platforms such as the iMac which are open and allow customers to run things like Flash games or close it all up and force users to use the App Store and pick up 30% on each sale and in-app purchase. Sure the company has to host massive data centers to deal with all the app downloading and upgrades but any sane person would do whatever it takes to move the entire company to iOS as fast as possible and start raking in massive amounts of dough.

What was that sound you just heard? Oh, about a dozen Adobe execs jumping off the rooftop of their San Jose HQ.

Supporting Customers on Facebook

August 24, 2010

I was in Manhattan this past weekend and was blown away by the number of ads I saw on billboards and on top of taxi cabs which didn't promote a company's Web site but instead their Facebook page. It got me thinking about social CRM and whether companies are leveraging social media beyond the URL. Interestingly I came across this TMC webinar which takes place today and focuses on the issue of providing customer service from Facebook pages. Check it out below - it takes place at 2:00 PM EST.

MSPWorld, Another Great Reason to Come to ITEXPO

August 23, 2010

ITEXPO has become one of the defacto tech events - starting out as a communications-focused conference it has slowly but surely become an umbrella event encompassing all the exciting segments of technology and communications. Now to put this in perspective, I am a techie - but I don't launch shows because I want you to come and see cool stuff. We have been adding collocated events at ITEXPO because we believe there is potential for the subject matter covered to make or save our delegates money.

We want you to be able to go to a single event and see so much opportunity that you will bring even more people to the next event and so on.

Mark Cuban: Stock Market Bad, Cash Good

August 23, 2010

 


Mark Cuban has an excellent piece out today on why now is the time to avoid the stock market. He has made a number of cautious statements about the market this past decade and it does seem he has been at least as right if not more so than most other people who predict market direction for a living.

The premise of his argument is that capital is so cheap; it is difficult to make any money in the market.

HP Outbids Dell for 3PAR

August 23, 2010

A commentator on CNBC said this morning that Dell just can't catch a break - this was in reference to the fact that HP just jumped into the 3PAR bidding ring with an offer one-third greater than Dell's. According to the Wall Street Journal:

H-P is offering $24 a share for 3PAR, compared with Dell's deal for $18, or about $1.15 billion in cash. Before that agreement was made public, 3PAR last traded at $9.65.

TechZone360: Blog Preview Sneak Peak

August 20, 2010

 

Next week TMC is launching a new Web site which will house some of our best content. It is called TechZone360 and it is really hush hush so consider it to be an Alpha service for now and only known to my readers. We will likely put a press release and a formal announcement out when it is ready - perhaps as early as next week.

Startup Fuel at StartupCamp at ITEXPO

August 20, 2010

There were many exciting sessions at ITEXPO earlier this year in Miami but perhaps one of the most exciting for those of you looking for startups was StartupCamp Communications Edition- many referred to it as Silicon Valley in Miami.

After the successful debut of the event it will be happening in Los Angeles at the same time as ITEXPO (specifically October 4th - ITEXPO runs Oct 4-6, 2010) and you are an early stage company you must must must be there and you need to apply for a speaking slot immediately.

Last year, participants got a free session on how they can improve their companies to make them more cohesive, easy to understand and more likely to be successful. In addition they got major promotion in front of the entire communications and technology industry including investors, partners and potential suitors.

Hot Communications Trends August 20, 2010

August 20, 2010

I recently received a TMCnet What's Hot in VoIP newsletter which had a number of stories worth sharing. First off is Comcast who is losing VoIP share to competitors but is still moving forward with plans for WiFi roaming and philanthropy. I have noticed Time Warner WiFi hotspots popping up all around TMC HQ in Norwalk, CT but have yet been able to connect to the service. If I do, I will keep you posted on my impressions.

Changing The Rules (Again) to Save Newspapers

August 19, 2010

Many people are very fed up with the idea of changing the rules to save favored institutions - TARP, the bailing out of AIG, Citibank, GM, Chrysler and underwater homeowners at the expense of the companies and people who played by the rules has infuriated millions. The problem with changing the rules of the game is you never know when you should stop. For example, now that everyone else has been bailed out, the states too who have spent beyond their means are being bailed out meaning if you live in a state where you elected fiscally conservative candidates who spent wisely, your tax liabilities still increase because the administration is being forced by bailout momentum to save states which are bankrupt.

And believe me I understand the incompetence of state politicians as Connecticut, my home state is about to face bankruptcy - we have a week's worth of cash.

With this set up, understand why many are concerned when they hear that some suggest that now we need to change the copyright laws to save newspapers.

ITEXPO West 2010 Attendance Trending up 70%

August 18, 2010

Reasons You Can Be Successful

August 18, 2010

M2M Market to Grow to $18B in 5 Years

August 17, 2010

You may have heard one of the absolute brightest spots in the tech space is the machine to machine or M2M market where analysts believe sales will total $18 billion in the next five years as device totals surge from 75 million to over 225 million.

The M2M Evolution conference is the world's gathering place for information on this market and it will be held concurrently with ITEXPO October 4-6, 2010 in Los Angeles and coincidentally we just announced an important keynote at this event today.

Jeffrey O. Smith, Ph.D. is the Chairman of Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), TR-50 Smart Device Communications Engineering Committee, and Chief Technology Officer of Numerex.

Yahoo Mail on iPad Better than Apple Mail

August 17, 2010

Yahoo Mail on the iPad is a beautiful thing and is a rare situation where an application is better than what Apple itself has created. To make matters more interesting it is not only much better than a native application - in this case the Mail app which comes with the iPad but it is based on HTML5 and as a browser-based app it is supposed to be at a disadvantage.

Yahoo Mail on iPad in landscape mode




Check out the features from an email Yahoo! just sent me:

  • Faster and more reliable: If you're offline, Yahoo!

Mind Your Mobile Camera and There is no Facebook Dislike Button

August 17, 2010

You go New York Times, there are a few stories the newspaper has run recently which are worthy of note and worth potentially sending to people who don't devour tech news for a living. The first is from this past week - an article which exposes a simple security flaw which could haunt you. Simply, by allowing the camera on your cellphone or GPS enabled-gadget to geotag your photos, information stored in the pics will become available to people savvy enough to decipher your photograph's location.

This is an important point in case if you happen to be very private and sitting at home and decide to photograph something like your cat or a deer running around your backyard.

Google: Privacy Died Long Ago

August 17, 2010

This past weekend the Wall Street Journal interviewed Google CEO Eric Schmidt and there were some interesting comments about how Google knows so much about you and moreover knows your location and as such the company can remind you to pick up some milk and can advise you if you happen to be near a landmark which you have been reading about.

Moreover Google hopes to monetize Android in the future and Schmidt explains they have a better chance in doing so if there are more handsets available than less. He also mentioned the company shares search ad revenue with Apple on the iPhone so the company can pay for Android development just with the savings of not sharing part of that revenue with Apple.

A weird part of the interview was Schmidt predicting kids will change their names to eliminate traces of their early hijinks online.

Plantronics M100 Reviewed

August 17, 2010

We Don't Need no Stinking Broadband Stimulus Dollars

August 16, 2010

Just when you thought the broadband stimulus funds had been allocated and it was time to move on to other things word comes from TMC's Paula Bernier that many companies are rejecting the funds because the administration wants to ensure the investors do not directly benefit from the incoming funds. As Paula explains:

That's the word from Kevin Morgan of ADTRAN, a network equipment supplier that has played a leading role in helping educate service providers and others about the broadband stimulus program.

"I do know some customers that were initially awarded money have decided that they're not going to take it, for a variety of reasons," says Morgan.

Congratulations China, Now the World's #2 Economy!

August 16, 2010

Deep down beneath the Rich Tehrani many of you know, I am fiercely competitive. I believe if you lose, you learn from your mistakes and try again. Lose again, try again and so on. I have seen enough semi-talented people succeed in sports due to sheer will and I have seen many uneducated, relatively unintelligent people make it to the top in business with nothing but guts and courage and the inability to take no for an answer.

Pimp Your iPad and iPhone 4 With Carbon Fiber

August 16, 2010

The saying goes, if you have to ask how much an exotic sports car costs, you can't afford it. The good news is if you are a tech and car nut you can accessorize your devices in a manner which may appeal to both your techie and auto sides while not totally breaking the bank. Many exotic cars like Lamborghinis and Ferraris are built in-part with carbon fiber which is a super-strong and lightweight material also used to build fighter jets.

An accessory maker named monCarbone has just released a line of cases for iPads and iPhone 4s called HoverCoat and they come in Mystery Black, Midnight Black, for the iPad and iPhone 4 and soon there will be a Luminous Silver option for the iPhone 4.

Rich Runs into Martha Stewart

August 16, 2010

US Visa Fees Surge: The Good and Bad

August 16, 2010

This past Friday, US President Obama signed into law a new bill which drastically raises the cost of hiring foreign workers using H-1B and L visas from $320 to $2,320 in situations where a company has more than 50% of their workforce holding these visas and also having at least 50 employees in total. The chief sponsor of this bill is Senator Chuck Schumer who has been positioning himself as a protector of the American worker through other initiatives like the anti-offshoring bill which would add a 5 cent surcharge to domestic calls transferred overseas.

Let's look at the good and bad regarding this new legislation. The best part is it only applies to companies with 50 or more employees which thankfully shows the administration understands the importance of small companies to growing jobs and strengthening the economy.

Free ITEXPO West 2010 VIP Pass at VoipStore

August 16, 2010

Lycos Sold for $36M to Ybrant

August 16, 2010

In May of 2000, Lycos was acquired by Terra Networks, the internet arm of Spanish telecom giant Telefónica for $5.4 billion. Do you remember how this company used to be one of the top sites online? It really was one of the symbols of the dotcom bubble. Although you never hear Lycos mentioned anymore it is interesting to note the company has an Alexa ranking of 1,443 meaning it is in the top 1,443 most popular sites.

Rich Buchanan Passes Away

August 15, 2010

One of the saddest posts I have had to make has to do with the passing of Rich Buchanan the former CMO of Ooma. Well regarded in the consumer electronics space and having a fantastic grasp of the communications market it was an absolute pleasure to work with Rich.

He was knowledgeable and good-natured and I enjoyed the time I spent with him.

I had heard his health was poor so I reached out this last May via Twitter to see how things were. He responded that his surgeons said he needed a bit of "tune-up" work and then he would be good as new.

When will the Smart Home Take off?

August 13, 2010

It is a certainty inevitable that home automation becomes more of a reality and that disparate product categories will converge. Already tablet computers are being tasked with becoming part of the integrated entertainment of millions of consumers who appreciate being able to watch movies and read books on a single device.

But as time marches on more integration is inevitable and one of the best examples of the blending of WiFi, Internet radio and iTunes is Sonos, a wireless stereo system I recently wrote about and was quite impressed with. The company with a palindrome for a name rides on a home's WiFi network and allows you to wirelessly build an in-home audio system.

Tablet Update and Oracle Sues Google over Android

August 13, 2010

It's been a very busy tech morning so I spent some time assembling news you should be aware of before you grab your morning bagel and brew that pot of coffee.

Tablets, Tablets Everywhere

First off is an article from Harry McCracken at Technologizer discussing 32 tablets, slates and pads. Yes Virginia, there are alternatives to the iPad but surprisingly the iPod Touch isn't on the list.

DailyCandy Sweet on Android

August 11, 2010

 


One of the hottest email newsletters and Web sites for the ultra hip woman is DailyCandy and the site is the bible for many seeking advice on fashion, beauty, travel, culture and more. Specializing in providing information on popular cities like New York, Seattle and Miami, some trending articles are, Bored, Try Bora Bora and Picture Picnic Perfect.

The company like many others just launched a location-based application which alerts users to happenings like designer sales, spa deals and underground concerts.

First ITEXPO West 2010 Hotel Block Sells Out

August 11, 2010



Hi loyal readers... I have some great news for ITEXPO West 2010 in Los Angeles - the first show hotel room block at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites is sold out. Paid registrations are also tracking 4 times ahead of last year so far which bodes very well for the show. I will begin to post more information about the show as it only 53 days away now.

As a reminder please book travel as soon as you can to reduce costs...




Dialogic Eyes Video Compression, SBC Market with Veraz Acquisition

August 10, 2010

For those of you in telecom for decades you remember how in the mid-nineties Dialogic was the major company producing hardware and software building blocks in what we called the computer telephony/CTI spaces. They provided the market with DSP resource boards which at first powered simple voicemail systems but as Microsoft and Novell tried to muscle their way into the communications space, the world realized for the first time that telecom was becoming open and companies like Dialogic had the tools to convert analog signals into digital form and back.

A few years later the company was purchased by Intel and the brand became diluted and the company for all practical purposes fell off the radar. As an industry insider it was shocking really as an entire ecosystem of partners all of a sudden had to market and push product on their own.

Dilithium Networks Update

August 10, 2010

 


There are rumors circulating that Dilithium Networks has gone bankrupt or is in receivership. You may recall I first wrote about the company's video transcoding and delivery solutions in April of last year. A competitor mentioned in passing that the company was gone and I checked the Web site and found it was not operational.

Why There are so Few Jobs

August 10, 2010

Bogen Communications has been in the telecom space for a long time and I remember running into the company at shows in the nineties. They currently sell audio systems as well as VoIP gateways and office communications equipment and fell off my personal radar for a number of years. They just reappeared today as the president of the company, Michael P. Fleischer just wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal regarding why there is so little hiring in the US.

While many of our politicians such as Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and President Obama have accelerated the spending excess of the Bush administration, corporate America braces for the impact of higher taxes.

Oracle's Larry Ellison Says Hurd Loss at HP a Huge Mistake

August 10, 2010

I spent some of the weekend covering the Mark Hurd resignation with a post titled Hurd's Resignation and HP's Odd Half-Decade where I discussed just how logic-defying the situation surrounding the ouster of this CEO is.

Some big news yesterday in the world of technology had to do with Mark Hurd and his resignation following a sexual harassment investigation where he was not found guilty. The woman allegedly involved with Hurd was a former contractor and according to a close source there was no romantic or sexual relationship between the two. What is unusual though is the company on a conference call characterized their relationship as "close" and "personal."

Net Neutrality, Rich is Not on Vacation and Bee Wars

August 9, 2010

Meetings, conference calls and a surprise birthday cake for my Father Nadji Tehrani have kept me from writing today and I have a conference call in a little while which I need to prepare for so I can't even write about the Verizon and Google net neutrality proposal. Thank you Gary Kim for doing a great job with coverage and I refer you to him until I get a chance to cover the topic. Hopefully I will soon but I am not sure I will get to it today.

On a separate and unrelated note I noticed recently that there are hundreds of honeybees flying in and out of my house for a month or more.

Hurd Resignation from HP Gets Weirder

August 7, 2010

I already detailed, earlier today why Mark Hurd's resignation from HP seemed weird. Here is an excerpt:

Some big news yesterday in the world of technology had to do with Mark Hurd and his resignation following a sexual harassment investigation where he was not found guilty. The woman allegedly involved with Hurd was a former contractor and according to a close source there was no romantic or sexual relationship between the two.

Hurd's Resignation and HP's Odd Half-Decade

August 7, 2010

Some big news yesterday in the world of technology had to do with Mark Hurd and his resignation following a sexual harassment investigation where he was not found guilty. The woman allegedly involved with Hurd was a former contractor and according to a close source there was no romantic or sexual relationship between the two. What is unusual though is the company on a conference call characterized their relationship as "close" and "personal."

I am at a bit of a loss to understand exactly what I just wrote means.

Just in CamelCase

August 6, 2010

Google Wave: It's the UI Stupid

August 6, 2010

Why we should congratulate Google on its failures

 


When Google Wave launched I read it was going to change email and it was what email would be if it was designed today. The concept seemed very solid - merge social networking and email together and make both better in the process.

TMC Editorial Open House at 40+ Companies

August 5, 2010

Blackberry Torch 9800 Analysis

August 5, 2010

 

The launch of RIM's latest phone the Torch 9800 certainly wasn't a secret and although I haven't had time to test the device as of yet, I am impressed with much of what the Canadian company has packed into its new gadget. Blackberry's have always excelled at e-mail and text messaging and you can expect this new phone with an integrated and very real keyboard to carry on that tradition but those people who prefer a touch-screen experience can benefit from the capacitive variety built into this device.

Some of the biggest challenges facing RIM as it competes with the iPhone 4 and Android devices are the lack of a really slick device, poor browsing, limited apps, poor camera, limited search and poor download speeds.

Cbeyond, Backhaul and 4G RAN News

August 5, 2010

It's been a busy morning with meetings and I literally have 100 items I want to write about and wish I had more time. Its really days like this with the influx of really interesting news that I love my job more than ever. Sure, I can assign articles to my team, but it is always better to comment on them myself - at least the control freak in me thinks so.

Here are a few items I'd like to share:

 

Book ITEXPO Now to Save Hundreds

August 4, 2010

Today is the last day to save hundreds or thousands on registration

We have been seeing an incredible stream of registrations for ITEXPO and related events and as is always the case, my team has done its absolute best to make this show better than ever. At TMC we take education extremely seriously and in a trade show market where companies regularly fold up and go away, we are proud to be putting on industry-leading events for 24 years.

What I have personally learned over the years is if you provide the best education to your customers with a wide enough array of topics, your attendees walk away very happy.

Heading to SpeechTEK 2010

August 3, 2010

I am headed down to SpeechTEK 2010, a show I have attended for over a decade. I am pretty sure I never missed one of their NY-based events usually held in the Marriott Marquis Hotel located in Times Square. I'm on the train right now and am early enough that I get to walk to the hotel from Grand Central Station. I just love walking when the weather is nice and I think a great part about life for those who live and work in NYC is they get to walk if they choose.

Internet Explorer Gains Share as Firefox Loses

August 1, 2010

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