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Pandora Adds Ads

January 21, 2009

It had to happen eventually -- Pandora -- the web-based music service which allows you to play the music you like to listen to, has recently started adding 15-second advertisements .

But wait a second  I run a media company -- and that means I know advertisers pay the bills.

Gizmodo says users get 15 seconds of advertisements for every two hours of music. This seems like a great ratio to me.

I must say this news seems coincidental as it comes at the the same time Clear Channel, the nation's largest radio company is laying off nearly two thousand workers.

According to sources familiar with the matter, many of the layoffs will be in ad sales meaning Pandora should have a large number of salespeople to choose from.

Personally, I think Pandora and similar services are the future of music -- consider it Radio over IP or RoIP.









Gadgets to Shape More Telecom Decisions

January 19, 2009

It seems both of the major US cellular carriers have decided femtocells are a good idea. First AT&T and now Verizon. What this obviously means for customers is better service at home or in offices with poor coverage. The obvious losers here are pure-play VoIP companies as well as cabecos.

Good Article on Jobs and His Health

January 15, 2009

I thought I would be skewered when I said a few weeks back that Apple PR could not be trusted on matters regarding the health of jobs. now it seems everyone agrees. Here is an excerpt of a great New York Times article on the matter.

Enough is enough. If Apple refuses to talk more openly about Mr. Jobs's health, it will continue to be "a distraction," as he himself put it in his e-mail message to employees.

Steve Jobs Takes Medical Leave Until June

January 14, 2009

After twelve years, Steve Jobs will step down temporarily as CEO of Apple on what he calls a medical leave. Tim Cook will take over for now. Jobs plans on being part of the strategic direction the company takes while he is away and this further reiterates my statement that you can't trust Apple PR on matters of the health of the company's CEO. Again, I wish Jobs well and a speedy recovery but it seems obvious there is a major problem and investors will be worried.

Without Jobs, Apple will be a different company.

Blackberry Bold .219 Upgrade Frees Memory

January 14, 2009

SIP Trunking For All

January 13, 2009

Lenovo Dual-Screen Breakthrough

January 13, 2009

 



From what I can tell, I am in the minority when it comes to my laptop desires. I like the biggest screen with the largest resolution I can get while being practical which means being aware of weight and whether my computing machine can be used in-flight. I like to have many applications open simultaneously and particularly enjoy being able to look at my notes while writing an article and not having to the Alt-Tab to view two windows during a single task.

It is for this reason I applaud Lenovo for coming out with the new W700ds - a dual screen wonder of a laptop which offers a 17-inch primary screen and a second 10.6-inch display.

Wireless Devices, Less is More

January 12, 2009

If you don't understand where Apple is going and shift, you are dead in the water

Finally, someone gets it. This morning I was speaking to Carl Ford about how there was a wireless phone company who spoke condescendingly about the iPhone because as they said it (albeit a while back) - they make thousands of devices while the iPhone is yet a single device.

As I have said before, having a single device really allows Apple to lower the price of their devices as volumes are higher.

Is There a Need for Telco 2.0?

January 9, 2009

Recently good friend and PR 2.0 guru Andy Abramson commented on which people would be the ideal heads of a Telco 2.0 companies. I thought the post was quite intriguing as it got me thinking about the various people I know with disparate telecom and web 2.0 experience. One of the comments I made about Andy's post is as follows:


 


It is an interesting premise as the typical service provider exec is focused on building a closed monopoly which excels through the use of lawyers and deft knowledge of the legal/justice system.

Palm Pre, Game Changer or Dud?

January 8, 2009

We owe a great deal to Palm as it started a handheld computing revolution which eventually was eclipsed by smartphones. Years back at a TMC event one of the important comments I heard was that Palm saw RIM as the most important competitor and not Treo (this comment was made prior to the Treo acquisition by Palm) or Microsoft.

How right the company was but now it is not only Blackberry stealing the handheld computing company's thunder but Apple as well.

In response to the threat from RIM, Apple, Nokia, Microsoft, Google and others, the company launched the Pre, a fantastic looking device which seems to have the functionality of an iPhone with a slide-out keyboard.

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