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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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