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Apple Stores Are a Weapon

April 30, 2010

Anyone who has ever passed by an Apple store knows that they are generally packed. I have passed by dozens and it never ceases to amaze me that the traffic in the store is laser-focused on various devices, gadgets and software. You never see this sort of enthusiasm in general PC stores. There is a special magic taking place in these minimalistic retail shops.

NACT Reemerges

April 26, 2010

If you were in telecom in the mid-nineties you remember one of the large players in the space was NACT a company playing in the prepaid and international callback markets. Prior to VoIP these markets were the preferred methods of lowering long-distance bills and back then there was more money to be made as international calling rates were much higher than today. This in turn meant the arbitrage opportunity allowed for much greater profit margins than the current Skype-era of telecom we live with today.

If you ever attended a Computer Telephony Expo back in the nineties in Los Angeles or Dallas you remember the company's major presence at the show.

CenturyTel Qwest Merger: Experts Weigh In

April 24, 2010

When it comes to mergers in the telco business, one thing I trust are the insights of Peter Radizeski who's TMCnet blog - On Rad's Radar is a must-read if you want perspective into the communications market with the sugar coating Weight Watchers would approve of. Pete tells it like it is and has the experience to back it up. I immediately reached out to him for comments on the Qwest merger with CenturyTel and he told me he believes these sorts of deals are more about the bankers (he is often used as a consultant by Wall Street) and that the fundamental problem of landline revenue evaporating doesn't go away with this deal.

Peter goes into more detail in his blog and he mentions that synergies often touted in such deals is a code word for firing people and cutting benefits and pensions.

Cisco Sports Technology Wows Crowds

April 22, 2010

 



Cisco is betting a huge amount on video via its telepresence investments as well as initiatives of Linksys and the recent Tandberg acquisition. But it doesn't end there. They are leveraging sports and specifically sports technology to drive more bits through its routers and eyeballs to its logos.

eBay Founder Launches Paid News Service

April 22, 2010

With all the talk of the death of old media and the possible saving of the business by the iPad and/or Kindle it is great to see that at least another revenue-generating model is on the table for pundits to evaluate. Yesterday Civil Beat was launched with the idea being that people will be interested enough in local Hawaii news to shell out an introductory monthly price of $4.99 which goes up to $19.99 after month one. So basically what we have here is an interactive news site which charges $240/year. The Wall Street Journal online, a news source I consider to be one of the best in the business charges $1.99/week or just over $100/year.

Interop News and Information Technology Site on TMCnet

April 20, 2010



As I head to the Cloud Expo show today I thought it made sense to make sure my readers are aware of two important TMC sites which you may want to bookmark to stay current with important news of the day. The first is our InfoTech Spotlight site which will keep you up to date on the world of information technology. An easy way to remember the url is just to use the initials IT instead of WWW in the TMCnet domain name or it.tmcnet.com.

 


Another important one is our Interop news site which has a domain name which is not as easy to memorize so you can just search for it or bookmark the link. I hope you find them both useful.



Volcanoes, Google Censorship, Facebook and More

April 19, 2010

While the world has been awash in news regarding volcanoes and the beginning of endless probes of Goldman Sachs I decided to spend some time putting together other news you should be aware of. After all, if you are watching virtually any news channel on television or browsing news sites on the web, these are the top stories. I don't mean to add lava to the fire but before we get started I should point your attention to Jamie Siminoff's blog where this incredible picture of lightning meets the erupting Iceland volcano Eyjafjallajökull. By the way - did you know some of this ash is heading the US?

An LLC Can Make Funding Tougher to Get

April 19, 2010

I came across an article today which outlines the benefits of a limited liability corporation (LLC) and also the drawbacks. Simply stated an LLC allows earnings or profit to flow through to the owners but this structure means you cannot issue stock as flexibly. If you want to grant complex stock options or even get VC funding this may not be the best direction to go in. An S corporation too has a flow through nature meaning profits are taxed at the owner's tax rate.

Palm's Stay Packages Quite Common

April 17, 2010

Cablevision, Comcast and Time Warner Cable Support WiFi Roaming

April 15, 2010

I have written before about how great Cablevision has been in providing high-speed Optimum WiFi access to customers throughout parts of Connecticut and New York. Now this service allows users to roam onto other cable networks provided by Comcast and Time Warner Cable. This means in the tri-state areas, there will be more coverage than ever and Cablevision customers can now jump on Time Warner Cable WiFi and Xfinity WiFi networks.

As WiFi agreements like this continue to take place, the value of standalone WiFi devices increases, meaning the need to purchase 3G or 4G services declines. Having used some of these services in the past I can tell you they are typically most useful when you have a powerful WiFi device like a laptop, as handheld devices like smartphones seem to lack the power needed to fully maximize the wireless broadband experience.

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