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What We Got Wrong and Right in our 2017 Predictions

March 20, 2018



On December 9, 2016 we made the following predictions. Some we realized were ahead of their time but we figured, it was worth taking a risk. Topics ranged from tech to the economy and even the strength of the dollar. We've scrutinized our results.

Disintermediated News Companies Get Government Help

March 7, 2018

Disintermediation often is described as "taking out" the middle-man between buyer and seller but when if comes to news, the Big Tech companies such as Google and Facebook and perhaps even Twitter have taken the essence of news content - perhaps a title, snippet and photo and provided it for free to their users.

Of course quite often, newspapers and magazines provide their information for free as well but use advertising as a monetizing vehicle. Big tech companies have disintermediated the advertisers and the eyeballs.

The Democrats in the House of Representatives have gotten involved and introduced a bill today that would allow media outlets to band together to negotiate for better terms with giant tech platforms.

Rep. David Cicilline's (D-R.I.) Journalism Competition and Preservation Act would grant a temporary antitrust waiver for news publishers to collectively negotiate with companies like Facebook and Google.






FCC CTO Eric Burger and TMC CEO Rich Tehrani to Keynote Ideacom 2018

March 4, 2018



The pace of change in technology continues to increase and if your company generates its income from helping customers deal with these advancements, it's up to you to stay on the cutting edge of technology. Moreover, you need a general awareness of the regulatory environment and what issues are being addressed by the federal government; now and in the future.

It’s why we’re thrilled to announce that Yours Truly (Rich Tehrani) will be giving a keynote presentation at the Ideacom 2018 conference in Washington DC, April 8-10, 2018. The focus of our presentation will be on what resellers and MSPs need to know to adapt to the changing technology landscape.

For Most, The Web is Alive and Well

December 22, 2017

Go to any of the app stores and look around at the top app categories and you'll notice that many are entertainment, productivity or messaging/communications related. Lately, AR apps have become popular as well but this could be temporary. We say this because eventually, many apps will have AR built-in.

Is there a theme to most of the top apps? Yes. Applications you would or could use quite often.

What is worth noting is business apps - or those which replicate functions of a search engine such as hotel booking aren't generally at the top.

Why?





Should Net Neutrality Apply to Silicon Valley?

November 28, 2017

While the nation is up in arms about the repeal of something 99.9 percent of the population didn't know existed six months ago, its time for a sanity check.

We have been told "we" may be the only tech leader who thinks Ajit Pai is doing the right thing by rolling back net neutrality regulations. Our thoughts on the matter have been based on a great deal of experience in the past few years.

Here are some things we have seen happen:



  • The government promised a healthcare law would allow people to keep their doctor and plan and lower premiums by $2,500.

Facebook Fights Revenge Porn With Dumb Idea

November 7, 2017



Facebook is testing new technology that is designed to help victims of revenge porn acts.

This new tool is currently being tested in Australia, and the company says it plans to expand it to other countries if everything goes well.
It works on a database of file hashes, a cryptographic signature computed for each file.

Facebook says that once an abuser tries to upload an image marked as "revenge porn" in its database, its system will block the upload process. This will work for images shared on the main Facebook service, but also for images shared privately via Messenger, Facebook's IM app.



If we understand this correctly, if this works as planned, the world's most desirable people, looking to protect their nude bodies, will be uploading their photos to a single location, making it without a doubt, one of the biggest targets ever in the history of hacking.

Sure, Facebook says it's not storing a copy of the photo, but only computing the file's hash and adding it to its database of revenge porn imagery.





This iPhone X Feature Makes it Worth $1,000

November 4, 2017

You're driving in the car, come to a red light and decide to check e-mail. You double click the home button to open the mail app, delete a few emails and then look up after you hear the horn of the car behind you to see a green light. As you place the phone back in its holder, you begin to accelerate through the intersection.

Suddenly, you remember, you want to open the GPS app as you pass the intersection and proceed to the entrance ramp of the highway or freeway. You think about hard pressing the left of the screen and swiping to another app but you realize the phone holder is not so secure.

Roku IPO Reminds us Tech is an Oligopoly

September 3, 2017



Roku is a company that defied the odds - competing in a market with Apple, Google and Amazon and somehow persevering by making superior products in what is without a doubt a highly commoditized space. To make matters worse, Google and Amazon really don't seem to care too much about profitability - Amazon in general and Google/Alphabet for its businesses beyond search.

Still, despite the challenging competitive environment, Roku has persevered and done well.

The company's investors are about to partially cash out via an IPO and in its filing documents it tells us that two of its most popular services, YouTube and Netflix pay them virtually no money.

Tech is an oligopoly of sorts. In 2015, Om Malik wrote about the winner-take-all nature of Silicon Valley.

Here is an excerpt:

This loop of algorithms, infrastructure, and data is potent. Add what are called network effects to the mix, and you start to see virtual monopolies emerge almost overnight.











Maybe Net Neutrality Needs to Apply to Silicon Valley

August 21, 2017

In the debate for net neutrality, its been left versus right for about a decade. Silicon Valley, and Democrats are for net neutrality while conservatives are for free markets with minimal government regulation.

The biggest argument advocates of net neutrality use is they fear for a world where unregulated ISPs are able to throttle and block content they don't agree with or that which is competitive.

Last month, Google, Facebook and Spotify among many others worked together to participate in a June 12 Internet-Wide Day of Action in support of net neutrality.

Organized by Fight for the Futurefreepress, and Demand Progress, the event precedes a July 17 deadline for public comment on the FCC's proposed changes to net neutrality rules, originally designed to prevent huge internet service providers from creating internet 'fast lanes' that deliver content from some owners at higher speeds (and potentially higher costs) than that of others. In his new role as head of the FCC, former commissioner and Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai has quickly mobilized efforts to roll back the Obama-era protections, among other things, arguing that the regulations will inhibit investment and innovation in the field.

Interestingly net neutrality proponants are generally associated with the antifa movement - the communist group which says it represents anti-fascism.

So there we have it - the left wants net neutrality rules so the government can ensure corporations can't keep sites they don't agree with, off the internet.









Most Successful Woman in Tech Earns $41 Million!

January 16, 2017

There has been tremendous emphasis on increasing diversity in the tech world... African American representation has been quite low, so has Hispanic and female participation. The reward however, if you make it to the very top can be quite good.

A recent CNNMoney report highlights a handful of top female earners in tech and various other industries and the results are fascinating. It's really great news.



  • Oracle CEO Safra Catz occupies the No. 1 position.






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