Yahoo/Microsoft Deal Off

It seems any chance of a deal between Microsoft and Yahoo is over. The number of billionaire Yahoo investors who are likely furious about this state of affairs which is trashing Yahoo's stock can't be counted on a single hand.... continue reading...

Hyperconnectivity, Live and in Person

You can't escape the reality that interconnectivity between humans will increase at a more rapid pace as time goes on. The myriad ways in which we connect with one another, e-mail, social networks, blogging, IM, SMS, telephone, voicemail and others... continue reading...

Sipera Looks To The Channel

Expect Sipera, the Texas-based company focusing on VoIP/UC security to look for resellers to sell their products worldwide. Brenadan Ziolo, the company's VP of Marketing Operations visited TMC this week to brief us on where the company is going with... continue reading...

Keep In Touch

If you haven't noticed, there will be more and more touch-enabled devices in your future. The craze seemed to get the biggest boost from the popularity of the iPhone interface which spawned a number of similar interfaces from competing phone... continue reading...

Build Communities With Google's Help

Let's say your company plays in a few different spaces such as information technology, security and storage. And let's say your company has decided to build a community of interest which is dedicated to a specific subject area as you... continue reading...

Google and Apple News

I go on a podcast soon but before I go, it is worth pointing out a few articles I perused this morning. One is focused on Google making us stupid -- and the concept is that reading on the web... continue reading...

Gmail Gets New Features

Google continues to roll out new features in its services. The latest is Gmail which will get options allowing better linking, chat with embedded pictures, the addition of colored star icons, fixed width fonts, custom keyboard shortcuts, mouse gestures, signature... continue reading...

Mobile Virtual Worlds Emerge

There are so many communications companies pushing products and services revolving around virtual worlds, one wonders if we are about to see a new subset of communications break out and achieve mass appeal like VoIP, the iPhone or Blackberry. Do... continue reading...

Telephony Hardware Community

Be sure to visit TMC's newest Global Online Community (GOC), Telephony Hardware sponsored by Pika Technologies. Why would you visit? Simply because regularly visiting a TMC community is an ideal way to learn about a specific topic such as in this... continue reading...

Why Microsoft Needs to Worry About Firefox

Mozilla's Firefox is on schedule to break 20% share next month and this is very bad news for Microsoft. If we are to play out what the next 5-10 years will look like in the world of technology, one of... continue reading...

Headed to Telx CBX 2008

Later this week I will be a video reporter at the Telx CBX (customer business exchange) event in New York. I always like the CBX events and am looking forward to meeting with the companies in the carrier hotel space... continue reading...

Vocaltec Sells Patents to Karo Millennium

In a way, I must thank VocalTec because it was companies like them that helped me realize how IP would revolutionize communications and further help me decide to launch a magazine dedicated to the market in 1997. VocalTec was one... continue reading...

Google in Travel and A Monopoly

I was just reading how Google may soon get into travel search and as I realized this I wondered which companies would be affected. Travelocity? Expedia? Countless others? It will be interesting to watch. I also came across an article... continue reading...

Google Gears Powers MySpace

There is a fascinating transformation always taking place in computing. Mainframe computing relied on dumb terminals and then as clients became smarter, we started to migrate to client/server environments. Over time, news ways of working appeared and disappeared and more... continue reading...

SIP Forum Growth

The SIP Forum seems to be making some nice progress in attracting a broad swath of companies to its organization. In case you aren't aware, The SIP Forum is a non-profit IP communications industry association that engages in numerous activities... continue reading...

Google To Explain Search Rankings

Quite simply, ranking on search engines is crucial for so many businesses and a even slight change in the way search engines rank results can cripple a business. Having said that, it seems Google is one of the more active... continue reading...

Being Part of Squawk Box

I spent part of my morning on Alex Saunders' Squawk Box -- a gathering place for industry analysts and thought leaders to discuss important technology issues of the day. Topics today included Ariel Waldman's harassment allegations against Twitter. This conversation... continue reading...

Podcast: Objectworld's David Levy

Objectworld's CEO, David Levy Objectworld is a Canadian-based software-only company providing unified communications solutions for small to medium businesses. Their solution includes UM, fax server, IVR, TTS, Exchange & Lotus Notes integration, etc. Objectworld's solutions work with about 90% of... continue reading...

Microsoft Live Search Cashback Analysis

Would you switch your search engine if you got paid to do so? Amazon tried this recently with their A9 search engine and countless dotcoms did as well with chances to win millions if you used them. No one seems... continue reading...

Camera Van Exposed

Many of us have seen the street level view of Google Maps and other mapping software company services and wondered just what sort of van is taking the pictures. After all, the van does not have a big sign... continue reading...

Roku: The Apple of TV?

Without a doubt, the new Netflix Player by Roku set top box will become a serious contender for the title "iPod of the world of television." I haven't seen this device yet but based on what I have read... continue reading...

CBS Picks up CNET

Congratulations to CNET for being acquired by CBS for a 40% premium. I have always admired the company and I am curious to see how it changes as it becomes part of a larger media company which has so many... continue reading...

Microsoft and Yahoo at it Again!

In a story that makes news mostly on weekends, it seems Microsoft is once again in talks with Yahoo. This time the software giant based in Redmond, Washington is thinking about buying some of Yahoo -- not all. I wonder... continue reading...

New WiMAX News Site

TMCnet grows daily with thousands of new news items and stories. As the site grows, we are always looking for ways to improve. One of these ways is to develop community pages which focus on a particular subject matter... continue reading...

ITEXPO West 2008 Conference Announced

One of the areas we have been feverishly working on at TMC is our conference program for ITEXPO,September 16-18, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. We have truly strengthened this offering with the addition of new TMC University certifications.... continue reading...

Comcast Buys Plaxo

Social networking investments are certainly happening at a rapid pace and many never would have thought Comcast would purchase one. As you may remember however, Plaxo service is integrated to the telephony offering Comcast sells and the contacts are actually... continue reading...

What the HP/EDS Deal Means

When you look around the tech market you see factors which suck the profit out of every nook and cranny. In hardware there is a trend towards standards-based hardware which is not slowing down. As this trend continues, prices shrink... continue reading...

Cablevision's WiFi Network in New York City

WiFi is not new and providing WiFi to a city is not new. What is new and worth noodling on is the fact Cablevision will soon have a WiFi network in New York City -- well over the next... continue reading...

Vonage Record Quarter: Jeff Citron Interview

Vonage has done a great job this last quarter --  posting growth numbers in a slower economy. I just had a podcast interview with Jeffrey Citron where he talked about the company's growth rate and the number of new initiatives... continue reading...

SkyFire: The Cure for iPhone Envy

Do you have iPhone envy? I do. In fact, just this past Sunday I walked into the AT&T store and I browsed TMCnet on the iPhone and was blown away at how easy it was to surf on this phone... continue reading...

Google Pushes Verizon on 700 MHz Open Access

Many of us thought the open access provisions of the 700 MHz auction were taken care of and this was the reason Google got involved in the auction in the first place. It seems now that Verizon is saying that... continue reading...

Hosted Application Demand Fuels SalesForce.com

Hosted applications continue to get more press as time goes on. Similar to the e-commerce space, this market saw a slew of new entrants during the bubble times and many of these companies subsequently crashed and burned. Obviously having ASPs... continue reading...

Avtech Software Protects Data Centers

Companies spend incredible sums of money on their communications and technology infrastructure but all too often they do not focus enough attention on protecting the investment in such equipment. As telepresence, unified communications, handheld devices, mobility and IP communications turbocharge... continue reading...

Microsoft Withdraws Yahoo Proposal

In a surprise move, Microsoft announced it has withdrawn its offer for Yahoo. Boy this thing is taking a long time. If this is just posturing, it seems like it is taking focus off the big picture for both firms.... continue reading...

Nortel's Joel Hackney Discusses Earnings

Nortel announced earnings today and to get more detail on the news I had a chance to speak with Joel Hackney, President of the Enterprise Solutions Group at Nortel. Some details worth sharing... The company's net loss widened but revenue... continue reading...

Half a Million Hacked Websites

I don't mean to sound alarmist but half a million hacked websites? is that how many there are? In other words if users hit any of 500,000 sites using IE they will likely be infected? Talk about an electronic pandemic.... continue reading...

Blackberry Voice Search

TellMe just launched a new application which allows people to use their Blackberry for voice search. utilizing the TellMe speech recognition engine and Microsoft Live Search, you can have search results automatically localized if you happen to have a GPS-enabled... continue reading...

Too Late to Register Googlepoo

Many companies register domain names for new businesses they may launch and to protect them from others who may launch sites with their brand followed by the word "sucks," etc. So you shouldn't be surprised that Google is like many... continue reading...

Google Quote Finder Launched

Picture this... You say something and you really didn't mean it. Perhaps it was that you can see see US troops in Iraq for 100 years or that snipers were attacking you in some far away country. In the past,... continue reading...

SMS Saves Lives

The only thing better than seeing the world interconnecting with technologies such as SMS, is seeing health care providers taking advantage of the latest gadgets and technology to help curb disease outbreaks and improve prescription compliance. Case in point is... continue reading...

EsnaTech Grows the Google Ecosystem

One of the latest trends I have noticed is integrating disparate solutions into Google's suite of applications. Just this month in fact, two companies in the communications and CRM spaces have decided working with Google more closely makes a great... continue reading...

Why Skype Should be Sold to Google

There are now rumors circulating that Google will buy Skype. These rumors are not new -- I wrote about this as recently as November 20 of 2007. But they did die down for a while and have been renewed. I... continue reading...

Callwave Fuze, Unified Communications Plus

In the race to provide the best Unified Communications solution, there are just so many approaches. The various ways to achieve UC are staggering in fact. Companies like Microsoft have partnered with many companies to achieve seamless UC - with... continue reading...

New TMCnet Record and New Writer

Thanks to our readers -- once again, TMCnet has hit a new record. In this case, we built a Global Online Community in conjunction with Interactive Intelligence and this community generated just under 600,000 page views in one month according... continue reading...

Google and SalesForce Enhance Relationship

It was over a year and a half ago when I had a chance to listen to Marc Benioff talk about how his company's software would be integrating with Google to provide a mashup allowing companies to better track their... continue reading...

GrandCentral Outage

Today was apparently a bad one for GrandCentral customers as many report the service was out for hours. As mentioned by TechCrunch, if you want to be phone company you can't go dead.... continue reading...

Dragnet 2.0

In a social network connected world, it seems auto theft will be a thing of the past. A car dealer had a relatively rare Nissan Skyline GT-R stolen recently and posted this information with pictures on the internet. The... continue reading...

Google Android Running

Here is the good news. You can get Google's Android running on current hardware. In fact the AT&T Tilt is the Guinea Pig of choice for this particular endeavor in the following example. It is a bit early to jump... continue reading...

Communications Developer Call for Papers

Be sure to submit your call for papers entries for the Communications Developer show which will be collocated with ITEXPO later this year in the Los Angeles, California Convention Center. The specific dates of the event will be September 16-18,... continue reading...

Bob Emmerson: TMC's European Editor

Bob Emmerson joins TMC as out European Editor. We are truly proud to have Bob join the team as he is a communications and technology veteran. Previously, Emmerson was a designer of digital control systems, a journalist, and a copywriter.... continue reading...

TMCnet Podcast Library

Sure you have an iPhone or iPod or even a PC where you like to listen to your music. But have you had a chance to listen to TMCnet's high quality podcasts as of yet? ;-) I know many... continue reading...

TMCnet Gets a Redesign

I am very happy to be the first to tell you TMCnet is in the midst of one of its largest graphical overhauls. We are very proud of our new look which emphasizes softer blue colors and shades. There are... continue reading...

Google Becoming Evil?

Google's rumored ploy to get the service providers to pony up extra dollars for the 700 MHz auction seems to be more fact than fiction. I was just reading an article on TMCnet from Susan Campbell that outlines how Google... continue reading...

Sprint Pays Klausner

Sprint recently signed a deal with Klausner Technologies to enable them to use visual voicemail without the fear of being sued. This news is interesting as Sprint is one of the companies coming after VoIP providers who the company claims... continue reading...

EU Authorizes Fist Fights on Planes

OK I may be a bit over the top with this headline but allowing a plane full of passengers the ability to talk on the phone -- all in different languages... What is the EU thinking? According to TMCnet's Mae... continue reading...

TMCnet Hits 100 Sponsored Community Milestone

All I can say is thank you to our loyal readers who visit TMCnet frequently and our sponsors who have launched communities and channels in partnership with TMC on TMCnet. Furthermore, thanks for your loyalty and the nice testimonials many... continue reading...

Yahoo's Voice Search Ambitions

Yahoo has just invested $20 million in vlingo a voice recognition company specializing in the mobile market. Yahoo!, leveraging this relationship, announced the launch of a voice-enabled version of Yahoo! oneSearch, a new mobile search client that supports unstructured, open-ended... continue reading...

The Coming Mobile WiMAX Revolution

Over the past fifteen years the world has become smaller as a result of the internet and more recently broadband connectivity allowing IP communications consisting of voice and video to flourish. As connectivity has improved, entire industries were transformed. For... continue reading...

Google Docs Gets Gears

For all the benefits of cloud computing otherwise known as ASP-based service, on-demand, hosted and software as a service or SaaS there is a major drawback. Some applications are needed on the go... And the cloud doesn't follow you everywhere... continue reading...

VPF Winter 2007 Video Interviews

Although the temperature near TMC's Norwalk, CT headquarters is below freezing, I am told we are actually in spring. And I am admittedly late in sharing this information with you, frequent readers of these pages know I believe it is... continue reading...

Google's Government Wins

Google is slowly but surely racking up government wins and has some pretty big names under its belt so far. For example, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the... continue reading...

TMC Growth Update

Congratulations to TMC's Kevin Kiley who was just promoted to VP of Finance. Great job Kevin. In addition I would like to thank TMC readers and our partners who have allowed us to continue our wave of growth. In the... continue reading...

Plantronics .Audio 480

I just had a chance to test drive the Plantronics .Audio 480 USB Headset also known as the Virtual Phone Booth. While I generally have problems with all in-the-ear headphones, these felt better in my ears than many others I... continue reading...

Organizing the World's Meteorites

Google's tagline of organizing the world's information is all I could think of when I learned that Geologist Arthur Hickman accidentally found a meteorite crater while scanning Google Earth in a search for iron ore. The crater is between 10,000... continue reading...

700 MHz Auction Concludes

The FCC 700 MHz auction concluded recently and the major winners were Verizon and AT&T. While this may seem like bad news to those who would have preferred more competition as a result of this auction, FCC Chairman Martin explains... continue reading...

Dan Miller New TMCnet Columnist

As I mentioned a while back, TMC is experiencing record growth and I promised we would maintain our high levels of quality as we grow. TMCnet currently has just under 50 worldwide columnists and most of them write daily or... continue reading...

Spectrum Auction Concludes

In case you missed it, the bidding is now over for the 700 MHz spectrum. The US governemnt racked up just under a cool 20 billion dollars as a result. I guess we can thank the telecommunications industry for those... continue reading...

SearchMe Analysis

I finally got a password for the SearchMe beta and had a chance to play with this relatively new search engine. Simply stated, this search service is what Apple might design. You put in your search term and when the... continue reading...

Where is the TMC Team?

This week, we have a total of nine TMC team members traveling to industry events. Dave Rodriguez, Erik Linask and I are headed to VoiceCon while Greg Galitzine will be at VON. I am looking forward to an information packed... continue reading...

Avaya's Huge Unified Communications Push

Avaya has certainly made unified communications history today with a suite of announcements that will certainly rattle the competitive landscape. UC will never be the same in my opinion. The New Jersey-based company's biggest news had to do with affordable... continue reading...

IBM's Big Unified Communications News

Recently I spent a good number of hours at the sprawling Somers, NY campus of IBM where the company announced to the media their intention to spend a billion dollars in unified communications development over the next three years. IBM... continue reading...

Hot News: Ixia, VPI, Wyde Voice, Google, Spirent, Sangoma, LifeSize, Aculab and more

I try not to play favorites with the news and instead of giving you my picks of the week, I defer to TMC editors who picked the following stories as some of the week's best. This week, we have a... continue reading...

Addicted to Optical Speed

Isn't there a saying, you can never be too rich or too thin? Well in my case I obviously have given up on the "thin" part and replaced it with broadband connectivity. So I say, you can never be too... continue reading...

Google's Application Upgrade Feed

Google applications have been upgraded these past years and many times these updates are done quietly as they are software as a service SaaS applications and as such it wasn't obvious that people needed to know about these upgrades. At... continue reading...

Bebo Bought

Boy was I glad I blogged about Bebo being purchased a few months back. The rumored acquirer was supposed to be Google or MySpace but it seems like AOL is getting serious about being a web player once again and... continue reading...

SearchMe Enters Beta

I just learned of SearchMe a search engine which differentiates itself by being more graphical than others. When you search, you are presented with category tabs as well as a graphical representation of what the results pages look like.... continue reading...

Ken Camp is Available

Regular readers of my blog and attendees of TMC expos no doubt know Ken Camp. Ken is very knowledgeable in the field of information technology with special expertise in communications and security. He has written books, articles, spoken at shows... continue reading...

Service Providers Get Into Home Security

How do you get the triple-play to expand into the quintuple-play, etc? Easy... You add a brand new service -- home security to the mix. Quest is the first carrier to publicly promote the idea of service providers getting... continue reading...

Peter Radizeski Joins TMCnet

TMCnet's latest blogger is Peter Radizeski. Peter is knowledgeable and not afraid to say what he thinks. He is direct and has a long history in telecom. He will will write things that ruffle feathers. His views many not always... continue reading...

Rumor: Deutsche Telecom to Acquire Sprint

I don't want to predict a disaster but having Deutsche Telecom acquire Sprint doesn't make sense from the perspective of all the different network types these companies use. Sprint uses CDMA, Deutsche Telecom's T-Mobile uses GSM and Nextel uses iDEN.... continue reading...

Communications News March 7, 2008

My editorial team has selected the following stories as some of the most important ones of the week. Hopefully some or all of these news items will be useful to my readers. Some of my favorite ones are how green... continue reading...

Google TV Ads for Adwords

The latest industry where Google hopes to compete and subsequently keep executives at other corporations up at night is TV advertising. I came a cross a great article discussing Google's latest services in this space. In addition there is some... continue reading...

NEC, Microsoft, HP Labs and Comcast News

I was traveling yesterday and I didn't get a chance to communicate with my blog readers in the detail I would normally like to give. This morning I decided to share all the news that caught my eye from last... continue reading...

Hunter Newby Leaves Telx

For those of you who know Hunter Newby, you are aware is one of the more knowledgeable people in our industry. Hunter is especially well-versed in areas like net neutrality, fiber deployment and not surprisingly carrier hotels. I know many... continue reading...

Google API for Calendar and Contacts

In case you missed it, Google is opening up a great deal allowing other applications to sync with their calendar and contacts applications. This means it will be that much easier for people to seamlessly try the suite of Google... continue reading...

Fred Goldstein on Net Neutrality

Just when you thought you knew everything you need to know about the net neutrality debate and the controversy involving the FCC, Comcast and BitTorrent... There is more. A fantastic article from Fred Goldstein of ionary Consulting sums up what... continue reading...

Ask.com Run Out of Search

In a sign that competing with Google in search is very difficult to do, Ask.com recently announced that they will leave the general search business and focus on helping married women manage their lives. Ask.com has an Alexa ranking... continue reading...

AT&T's Bullish Investment

AT&T is making a major telecom investment in many areas of its business. The telecom giant cites the explosion of high-speed networks, data consuming devices and the move to IP as the reason for this investment. The money is... continue reading...

TMCnet's New Vertical Communities

Over the past decade, TMCnet has become the accepted resource for news, product research and analysis in communications and technology markets - including telecom, VoIP, and contact centers. Moreover, the site has become the defacto location online where companies build... continue reading...

Google Gears for Mobile

It is here... Finally here. Google Gears is a middleware program with tremendous potential as it allows web based applications to run, even when there is no web connectivity. Currently, using Google Gears is a bit clunky meaning you have... continue reading...

TMCnet Services

In an effort to allow TMCnet readers easy access to the breadth of TMCnet services such as the personalized MyTMCnet and TMCnet Mobile, TMCnet has launched a new TMCnet Services page which will allow you to instantly access the... continue reading...

AT&T U-verse Improves

Today I was perusing a press release from AT&T touting the new HD channels they will be offering in Fairfield County, Connecticut as part of their U-verse offering. This release was of special interest since this county is where... continue reading...

Microsoft's SaaS Push

There are rumors suggesting Microsoft will soon unveil its hosted/on demand/Software as a Service strategy where many of its applications will be provided via the Internet. If Google is the strongest competitor in this space -- and they are... The... continue reading...

Building IMS Applications

TMC's Erik Linask If you are interested in learning the latest information regarding how you can build IMS or IP multimedia subsystem applications, I suggest you check out this article by Erik Linask which discusses a webinar regarding this... continue reading...

Why ComScore owes Google $15 Billion

Google's stock got slammed recently due to numbers from ComScore. Here is a post on why ComScore should be writing Google a huge check and another showing how ComScore's original numbers didn't tell the whole story. It is interesting to... continue reading...

Tellme Just a Small Yahoo?

If you want to get an idea of what Yahoo could possibly look like after a Microsoft acquisition, it may be useful to look at Tellme, a company Microsoft acquired last year. It is worth pointing out that Tellme was... continue reading...

David Yedwab Live on TMCnet

You may know David Yedwab as one of the leading analysts in telecom. If you aren't aware of him, then I am glad to let you know that David is now writing for TMCnet and his columns can be found... continue reading...

When Acquiring, Look to Cisco, not Oracle

I am so fed up with the synergies CEO think they have when they acquire. In many cases CEOs and other powerful executives are on ego trips and buy companies and immediately change the acquired company's name to their... continue reading...

Google Gives Away Voicemail to Homeless

For those of you who were in telecom back in the day, you may recall that the Computer Telephony show in Los Angeles, CA had a press event where they got together with exhibitors to give away free voicemail to... continue reading...

Telecommuting Slowdown

While I have been espousing telecommuting and moreover discussing frequently how IP communications enables companies to hire remote workers without losing productivity... Even I have been a bit surprised that some companies have such a large number of at home... continue reading...

Did Comcast Hire People to Attend the FCC Forum?

There have been a  number of reports that Comcast filled the recent FCC Forum with its employees and people off the street who were paid. By doing so, many claim the company denied access to people who had legitimate concerns.... continue reading...

Senate Passes new 911 Bill

The Senate just passed the IP-Enabled Voice Communications and Public Safety Act of 2007 which amends the Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999 to impose on IP communications service providers engaged in interstate or foreign communication a requirement... continue reading...

Will Salesforce.com be Sold?

Will Salesforce.com be sold soon? I keep hearing rumor after rumor and some say Marc Benioff is getting bored. i haven't had time to reach out to Marc but I thought it worth sharing the news. Likely purchasers would be... continue reading...

Yahoo's SearchMonkey Released

If you can't beat Google head on, why not use some strategery? In this case, Yahoo! has unveiled SearchMonkey, a technology which allows websites to modify how their search results appear on Yahoo! search. What can you do with this... continue reading...

Pakistan Blocks YouTube Worldwide

It is quite scary to hear that when Pakistan ordered YouTube to be blocked, they accidentally blocked the site around the world. Can you imagine what would happen if other countries start  accidentally blocking unfriendly sites worldwide? More... continue reading...

Some Webinars to Witness

If you aren't aware, it seems like my responsibility to at least mention some webinars worth attending. They happen to all be webinars that are hosted by TMC. I am going to try to attend them all. Some of the... continue reading...

Don't Squeeze the Soft Phone

Many of us think of a softphone as a phone that runs in "software." Apparently to others the term means a phone you could use as a teddy bear. More from Gizmodo and Yanko Design... continue reading...

Thank You Kevin Martin

It seems as if FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is the champion of the US citizen today at the FCC Forum as he seems genuinely concerned that there is discrimination taking place on the internet. Moreover he seems concerned about the... continue reading...

FCC Forum Starts This Week

This week there will be an FCC Forum in Boston where the FCC will be discussing many issues regarding the future of the internet. While the lobbying system of the US is wonderful in that it allows many to have... continue reading...

Pakistan Blocks YouTube

Remember a while back when I suggested we use YouTube as a political barometer in response to Iran blocking the video sharing site? Well, Pakistan is the latest country to join the list of YouTube blockers. More See also: Blogging... continue reading...

Judge Gives Google a Viacom Copyright Lawsuit Extension

Apparently sometimes even Google needs more time to search through documents. In fact, a judge has granted the search leader two more months to scan through 4.5 billion documents pertaining to a lawsuit with Viacom regarding copyright infringement relating to... continue reading...

The Latest Microsoft/Yahoo News

The latest in the Microsoft/Yahoo saga is a number of lawsuits from shareholders looking to get Yahoo to sell to Microsoft. In addition, a Microsoft exec sent an e-mail to employees of the world's largest software company telling them the... continue reading...

Google Growing too Quickly?

Something in me switched this week regarding Google. We all know that no company can grow infinitely large in a rapid fashion without having massive communications failures that slow decision making down. Eventually companies become political messes that go nowhere.... continue reading...

Twitter+iPhone=Gadget LoJack

Worried that your iPhone will be stolen or want to keep track of someone who has an iPhone? If so, check out this article which talks about software that pings your computer with the location of Apple's iPod Touch on... continue reading...

Skype Serves up 100 Billion Minutes

What can you say about a company that has generated 100 billion minutes of telephone traffic. Skype has been around for 4.5 years by the way making this milestone an even greater accomplishment. While these minutes were all free, it... continue reading...

More Cable Details Emerge

More details are emerging from the recent cut cables in the middle east. According to the ITU's (International Telecom Union) head of development, Sami al-Murshed, "We do not want to preempt the results of ongoing investigations, but we do... continue reading...

Verizon Wireless and AT&T Lowering Rates

I have been intentionally staying away from the news regarding Verizon Wireless introducing new unlimited voice plans but now that AT&T has come out and matched Verizon's plans, it seems I have to at least mention it and point to... continue reading...

TMCnet Continues to Grow

Thanks once again to our loyal TMCnet readers. Because of you, TMCnet has broken more online records. In January of 2008 TMCnet experienced 38,368,961 page views (meaning total number of web pages viewed on TMCnet in January alone. The total... continue reading...

The ISPS Strike Back

In the quest for behavioral targeting, companies who control ad networks have been working as hard as possible to allow advertisers to reach web surfers based on their online behavior and not just what page they happen to be on.... continue reading...

SMBs Embrace FMC

Huge news comes from Nortel as they recently commissioned a survey which found SMBs are more technically savvy than some might have imagined. SMBs seem to be screaming for FMC solutions and unified communications -- especially as it relates to... continue reading...

Rembrandt IP Management

Some analysts are concerned that patents held by "patent troll" Rembrandt IP Management will be used successfully against cable companies and others. In cases originally spread across federal courts in Delaware, New York and Texas, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter... continue reading...

Google: One out of 1K Web pages malicious

Unfortunately, the web is becoming a much more dangerous place as 0.1% of the entire internet is malicious. Moreover, there are no safe neighborhoods... Even sites like Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth and the Miami Dolphins have been attacked... continue reading...

What's Wrong with Yahoo!

Here is one person's opinion about what is wrong with Yahoo!. Although there some good points in this post, it is challenging to coordinate the efforts of just so many people. If Microsoft is supposed to sort out all of... continue reading...

Yahoo! Strong With the Poor

I thought I had heard it all. Now it seems that some are suggesting that Yahoo! is having problems because it is stronger in poor areas while Google is stronger in areas where people are affluent such as suburbs, etc.... continue reading...

Amazon S3 Down but not Out

Amazon has been getting lots of positive press lately on its new storage initiative Simple Storage Service or S3. The service has been a tremendous help to startups as well as established companies as it lowers the cost of scaling... continue reading...

Regulators Reshape the Internet

It is pretty amazing to see how many separate issues are surfacing that could affect the future of the internet. The FCC and government have their plates full deciding what to do with telcos and their potentially anti-competitive practices. The... continue reading...

HD Voice Community

As I have written about extensively, the advent of VoIP means that we are able to increase the quality of communications quite substantially. To that end, we at TMC are always looking for ways to educate you on concepts like... continue reading...

Unprotected SIP

Somehow the title "The Dangers of Unprotected SIP" caught me off guard  since today is after all Valentine's Day. Seems like something they should teach you about in geek health class in high school. But seriously, I don't think... continue reading...

Increase Marketing Spend in a Recession

I just couldn't help but sharing this article about how companies who increase their marketing spend in a recession come out of it doing better than when they went into it. I am not advocating that there is a recession... continue reading...

Verizon's Network Upgrades

If you haven't been paying attention, you will have missed the fact that Verizon Wireless is investing like mad around the US to improve their mobile network. The quality of the wireless network was amazing to begin with and... continue reading...

Yahoo's Choices

I have mentioned in the past that Yahoo! has no choice and that it needs to seriously consider the Microsoft offer. Since that time, News Corp. has offered an alternative to Yahoo!… The media conglomerate will give some assets... continue reading...

Garmin Nuvifone Review

Tom Keating has an excellent review of the Garmin nuvifone and after reading it I remain very impressed with what the company will be releasing soon. Let's look at the facts. Garmin's nuvi line is fantastic. I like the... continue reading...

Google Apps Get Unified Communications

It was bound to happen... Google Apps have finally become connected to the world of Unified communications. Thanks to Voice Mobility, you can now integrate Google Apps with your unified communications system in your campus or corporate environment. As... continue reading...

VoIP Inc. May Sue You Soon

So yesterday I wrote an entry titled Intellectual Property, The Other Defition of IP and later I wished I had the opportunity to shorten the title to Intellectual Property, The other IP. You know, a play on "Pork, the other... continue reading...

GooSue: Sueing Google Over Rankings

What's the latest trend in using the Internet? Why Suing Google of course. Don't like what someone says about you? Well... Whether you are a person or a city, the answer is the same; Sue Google and look to have... continue reading...

Forbes on Mobile World Congress

Forbes does a good job of detailing the happenings at Mobile World Congress this week. In summary, the Android phone is not ready for prime time (not much of a surprise here) and there are a plethora of devices from... continue reading...

Android Happenings

There are lots of great things happening in the world of Android over at Mobile World Congress. PC World has a good article on the topic and in it they discuss which processors are Android-compatible and why some exhibitors at... continue reading...

Communications Being Purchased Incorrectly

In the world of communications a sad fact is that in the past few years, technology has evolved to the point where communications is being more integrated into business processes than ever.  Regardless of industry,  communications has evolved to the... continue reading...

Mobile World Congress Key Terms

As you may know, Mobile World Congress kicks off this week and to get the ball rolling the event has put out some of the key terms you will be hearing more about this week. I have posted them here... continue reading...

Microsoft Better off Hiring than Buying

Phil Greenspun has some great points about the pending Microsoft/Yahoo! merger and why the value Microsoft has ascribed to the company is more than they deserve. Here is an excerpt: The interesting question is why a company that claims to... continue reading...

Google Search Tricks

Let's face it... We all need a little help now and then. These Google search tips/tricks are all you need to help you learn how to make the world's most popular search engine obey your every command.... continue reading...

Google Buying Plaxo?

Another day, another Google purchase rumor. This time it is Plaxo, the company that stores online business contact details. This company recently launched something called Pulse which allows you to decide if someone is a business or personal contact. I... continue reading...

Gphone Spotted Soon

In a few days a bunch of reporters will be viewing the first Google Gphone and sharing their thoughts with the public. Unfortunately I will not be at the Mobile World Congress so I won't see this phone in person... continue reading...

Google Tells Domain Kiters to Fly One

Great news that Google will be doing its part to eliminate domain tasting and kiting -- techniques to avoid paying for domain names but using them as "spam" sites which trick users into clicking on Google ads they believe to... continue reading...

Bebo To Be Bought?

It is enough to make the average person sick. How does a company with a name like Yahoo! get a valuation in tens of billions of dollars. Sure, we all use Yahoo! so this is not such a stretch. But... continue reading...

Is AT&T a Runaway Winner?

Is AT&T going to win the IP services wars? I get the feeling they are really doing a fine job in this regard and will only do better over time. Jon Arnold agrees and in a  recent article he talks... continue reading...

Big Things, Small Packages

Check out my Publisher's Outlook from the next issue of Internet Telephony Magazine. I didn't post it here because some of the content has been discussed here before and some is new. I focus on mobile VoIP, mobile access points,... continue reading...

Blodget on Yahoo/Microsoft!

Henry Blodget details why the Microsoft/Yahoo! deal will get more tricky over time. He describes an infinite loop of angry Microsoft shareholders who drive down the price and subsequently require Microsoft to increase share dilution as it adds more shares... continue reading...

Undersea Cable Cuts

Undersea cables are a weak spot in internet connectivity worldwide and with all the recent undersea outages taking place around the world, we need to be concerned that in the US and Canada that these cables are unprotected. Not only... continue reading...

Google, Yahoo & Microsoft Love Triangle

The saga of Microsoft acquiring Yahoo! and Google trying to thwart the bid continues all weekend long with a great story in the Wall Street Journal explaining that Google can't really purchase Yahoo! because of the fact that the resulting... continue reading...

Microsoft to buy Yahoo!

One of the longest-running tech rumors around is that of Microsoft buying Yahoo! in an effort to become more competitive with Google. The concept of Microsoft as an underdog in any market would have been tough to swallow just a... continue reading...

Charlotte Wolter Joins TMCnet

I am proud to announce that Charlotte Wolter is joining our roster of TMCnet contributors and she  will be writing about the service provider space. I have been a huge fan of Charlotte -- her insight and writing and... continue reading...

Garmin and Dell in Cells

As I just mentioned moments ago... Everyone seems to think the cell phone business is a great one to be in. Apple, Google and now Garmin and Dell. A strange time indeed for Motorola to be getting out. Then again,... continue reading...

Motorola Explores Spinning off Handset Business

Word is according to CNBC is that Motorola is looking for strategic alternatives for its mobile phone business. I wonder if this move makes sense for the company as this product line is where everyone seems to want to be.... continue reading...

SIP Trunking Interview

Recently TMC and Ingate teamed up to provide the fourth SIP Trunking educational sessions at an Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. I just saw that Greg Galitzine had a chance to interview Olle Westerberg the CEO of Ingate regarding his... continue reading...

700 MHz Auction Update

So far in the 700 MHz auction there have been bids totaling more that 2.4 billion and in about a month we should know who won. There were just under two thousand bids for this precious spectrum which could become... continue reading...

Big Sprint Changes

Sprint certainly needs to do something to reduce churn and to become relevant to customers once again. In an increasingly commoditized business they have done little to differentiate themselves from others through either unique handsets which customers want, network quality... continue reading...

Internet Buffet Closed

Greg Galitzine heads up the editorial team at TMCnet and recently he and I were discussing the all you can eat internet and how it may soon be gone. During our talk, I had trouble seeing why this is different... continue reading...

Whitman Departs: What it Means to Skype

Meg Whitman was the person who put the Skype deal together at eBay and over the past year it has become apparent that Skype is not generating the revenue eBay hoped it would. In addition, in the last 12 months,... continue reading...

ITEXPO East 2008 Schedule

Here are some of the happenings this week at ITEXPO. My team is already down in Miami, making sure the new Mustang convertible is prepped and ready for the raffle Friday. I wish you luck in winning the car and... continue reading...

Have a Safe Trip to ITEXPO

I hope everyone has a safe trip down to Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. The registration numbers are trending nicely above estimates and we expect a stellar event. As always, we have done our absolute best to assemble the most... continue reading...

ITEXPO Giveaways

Here are some of he giveaways from next week's ITEXPO in Miami, FL. Will you be one of the winners? Hope you will be there to find out. Remember, you have to be present to win these prizes. Tom Keating... continue reading...

White Space Internet Closer

Although we unfortunately will not be able to take advantage of new and exciting internet devices utilizing "white space" technology next week at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Miami... It does seem that at some point in the future,... continue reading...

Vonage to Follow SunRocket?

When asked for a surprising prediction for 2008, Blogger Russell Shaw answered among other things that Vonage could go the way of SunRocket or potentially get picked up by Sprint Nextel. Actually, with all the negative (rumor)coming out of this... continue reading...

WiFi Hotspots Still Not Secure

In August of last year I wrote about how WiFi hotspots are not secure. A few days later I clarified the post with comments from Microsoft's Francois Doremieux, Senior Program Manager, Product Group: Customer Experience. The clarification basically explains that... continue reading...

Jon Arnold

TMC's newest contributor is Jon Arnold. Jon is is one of the most methodical and knowledgeable people I know in the IP communications space and I have always admired him a great deal. TMC has worked with Jon for many... continue reading...

ITEXPO - Huge International Draw

As Tom Keating mentioned earlier today we are proud to announce that Internet Telephony Conference & Expo which will take place in just under a week in Miami Florida has registrations from 74 countries, a 15.6% increase over last year.... continue reading...

Important Interviews

Recently I was fortunate enough to be able to interview a number of thought leaders and others who have given me their perspectives on the communications market, the future, the entry of Google, Apple and Microsoft into the space and... continue reading...

Tech News 01/16/07

It has been a pretty big news day so far this early morning. Intel perhaps is responsible for the biggest portion of today's market movement as last night they announced earnings which were not all that bad but the stock... continue reading...

Quantcast Update 01/08

On November 6, 2007 I had a post (see bottom of post for chart) where I showed how TMC compares with other IP Communications sites. I did this by pulling numbers from Quantcast, a web service which tracks web traffic... continue reading...

Data Center Startup Makes Waves

The human mind never ever ceases to amaze. The latest idea which has me thinking "wow" is a floating data center which is able to save money by cooling computers with sea water instead of electricity. A new Silicon Valley... continue reading...

OCS Assimilation

Tom Cross has an interesting post about Microsoft OCS and in it he has a good communications history lesson detailing some of Redmond's past activities in the telecom space. Here is an excerpt: What all this means is that the... continue reading...

Samsung Bribery News

Samsung has its hands in just so many things and subsequently it is worth sitting back and taking notice when the company is accused of setting up a slush fund and engaging in bribery. Samsung Group is easily South Korea’s... continue reading...

Google iPhone Upgrade

The latest news out of Google is not surprising as the company decided to choose the week of Macworld to announce that they have improved their iPhone experience. As I wrote about earlier today, iPhone search activity is much greater... continue reading...

iPhone Google Traffic Surge

Back in the late nineties the CEO of Nokia made an interesting prediction at an industry show in his keynote address. The prognostication was that soon more people would surf the internet on their mobile devices than on PCs. Unfortunately... continue reading...

Google Android Apps Arrive

We have all likely heard about Google Android but for the first time, we will now be able to get our hands on applications that are specifically designed for Android. A La Mobile is the name of the company who... continue reading...

Good Bye Jeff Raikes

Good bye Jeff Raikes. Raikes did a great job at Microsoft and in the unified communications space he should be commended for rolling out a slew of strong products and doing a fantastic PR and marketing job promoting them. He... continue reading...

Google Uses Technology To Enhance Ad Results

Google announced today they are rolling out their Conversion Optimizer bid management feature to advertisers who have accrued at least 200 conversions in the last 30 days. The service shows ads when clicks are most likely to occur meaning more... continue reading...

Google goes TV

It is tough to not think of Microsoft when you hear announement after announcment that Google is entering space after space. The latest is TV with news the company is working with Matsushita's Panasonic to develop TV which which will... continue reading...

Technology News Wrap Dec 27, 2007

It has been a slow news week as you might imagine and there have been a number of stories which have caught my eye. Stories wrapping up 2007 are rampant and one worth reading is from Mae Kowalke and is... continue reading...

Mobile Menu Productivity

It has been a fairly busy holiday season from a work perspective but over the holidays I found some hours to get some much needed work done. I have gotten on a productivity and efficiency kick that started with my... continue reading...

Google Reader: Time to Switch

I am slowly becoming more and more of a Google convert and the reason is exactly the one they were hoping for.   My first RSS reader was actually called RSS reader and located at rssreader.com. A while back I... continue reading...

NY Times vs. Blogs: A Surprise Winner

I find the competition between blogs and news outlets fascinating as here at TMC we have dozens of reporters and a number of bloggers as well. Today I was reading Workbench by Rogers Cadenhead and I learned of the following... continue reading...

Predicting Future Work Behavior

Many of my readers grew up in a generation where e-mail became common. Some of us might even remember the time when there was no Web or e-mail and communications was done in-person, with paper and/or using the telephone.  ... continue reading...

Google Chat Translate

Real-Time Machine Translation now One Step Closer   Certainly a holy grail of many in the computer industry is that of real-time machine translation. While there are all sorts of translation engines out there, they generally fail at translating... continue reading...

Google Knol: Squeezing out the Little Guy

Google will soon be launching Knol – a knowledge archive similar to Wikipedia with the exception being t hat authors of content will be tracked more closely and ads will optionally be allowed to run on listings with authors... continue reading...

Google, Blackberry and Skype News

Two things worth noting this morning have to do with mobility and video. First off, Google Calendar now syncs with Blackberrys. This is big news, allowing corporations to slowly wean themselves off of Microsoft software if they so choose. As... continue reading...

It’s Google Vs. the Carriers

This past week at the VPF Winter event in Manhattan on a panel dedicated to the intersection of the internet, media and telecom I made the prediction that the company with the biggest advertising network will win the media and... continue reading...

Google Chart API: 2008 Mashup Fuel

With all the talk of web mashups I find it amazing that the most interesting ones still seem to be map-based and especially revolve around the Google Map API. Although Google doesn’t monetize this API, the free publicity the company... continue reading...

Telecom Growing Nicely

It’s a good time to be in telecom. With all the housing gloom and doom it is nice to see that at least the telecom market is doing exceedingly well. Of course you have to pick your battles… Consumer VoIP... continue reading...

Podcast Interview: Oswin Eleanora, Acision

In my travels, one of the more knowledgeable players I have run across in the space of telecom – and especially wireless communications is Oswin Eleonora (Oz) the Senior VP Sales and Marketing North America for Acision. You may recall... continue reading...

Google to Bid on 700 MHz Spectrum

While it is not really a surprise at this point, Google will be bidding on the 700 MHz spectrum auction and if the company wins, it will likely change the business model of many other service providers. The reason... continue reading...

The Second Sprint Merger That Wasn’t

Most in the blogosphere seemed to think a Google acquisition of Sprint was unlikely and although I agree the businesses are very different and Google would have a tough time explaining to Wall Street why the merger makes sense,... continue reading...

Microsoft Billion Dollar Web Loss

I was reading an article from Internet.com explaining how Microsoft is losing over a billion dollars a year online.   Directions on Microsoft analyst Matt Rosoff said Microsoft's considerable resources lets it keep pushing forward with MSN despite failures in... continue reading...

Google Maps Simulated GPS

I could not have been more excited to learn I could use Google Maps on my mobile phone to simulate GPS by utilizing cellular tower triangulation. You should have seen my face. Before I shared the information with my readers... continue reading...

Sprint Turns Down $5 Billion Offer

Sprint Turns Down $5 Billion Offer CNBC is reporting Sprint Nextel turned down a 5 billion dollar offer (according to RTTNews.com). It is not clear who made this offer as of yet. As you may recall I wrote a blog... continue reading...

Android Sans SIP and IMS

I found some interesting analysis over at the Google Phone blog regarding Android’s missing SIP and IMS stacks. Here is the piece if you are interested in learning more.... continue reading...

Rumor Mill: Google Buying Skype

I have to be honest with you my loyal and devoted readers. I am disgusted with myself. Why you ask? Because I am an addict – I am addicted to writing about Google. I just can’t seem to help it.... continue reading...

Mobility as Strategic Advantage

It is obvious that mobile device proliferation has had a dramatic increase in productivity for knowledge workers worldwide. In addition it is well known the US government and military functions more effectively because it relies on Blackberrys.   It goes... continue reading...

Ma Google

What will the communications market look like in ten years I wonder? It may be difficult to forecast incredible change and disruptive technologies but it is relatively easy to predict what will happen based on what we know today.  ... continue reading...

Mobile Advertising Grows to $16.5 Billion

I was perusing some articles on mobile advertising recently and was absolutely stunned at how big some analysts think this market will be. According to this TMCnet article, Strategy Analytics predicts the global market for mobile advertising is slated to... continue reading...

Google in Wireless

More discussions regarding Google getting into the wireless game were sparked today by a Wall Street Journal article focusing on Google’s wireless ambitions.   In summary:   Google will likely bid on the 700 MHz spectrum or lose good will... continue reading...

Android Developer Contest

Question: What is the best way to get your mobile platform to be adopted by developers and subsequently end-users? Answer: Pay off the developers   And that is just what Google is doing with their Android SDK. A total of... continue reading...

How Network Neutrality Solves the Cable Competition Problem

It is obvious to me the cable companies are getting the short end of the FCC stick. In fact I am not sure the FCC will be giving any sort of stick to the cable companies this Christmas. Even the... continue reading...

Google Database Patent Lawsuit

Apparently today is “Write about Google” day as I thought it worth sharing that the company is facing a patent infringement lawsuit due to the database technology the company employs. Who is suing you wonder? Northeastern University and a start-up... continue reading...

Rumor Mill: Google Acquiring Sprint

Recent news that Sprint is not going to work with Clearwire to build out a WiMAX network only added to the rumors I have been hearing about Google acquiring Sprint Nextel. On the surface it seems like this would be... continue reading...

The Future is UnClearWire

TMCnet’s Russell Shaw reports in his Regulation blog that Clearwire and Sprint Nextel are not going to work together on a nationwide WiMAX network. Citing a story in the Wall Street Journal, Shaw says:   A letter of intent to... continue reading...

Ballmer on Android

In case you are interested in Steve Ballmer’s response to Google’s entry into the mobile phone market, check this story out.  ... continue reading...

Symbian CEO Disses Open Handset Alliance

Symbian may be the closest competitor to Google’s Open Handset Alliance and not surprisingly the head of Symbian had nothing flattering to say about this latest open source mobile handset initiative.   Symbian’s CEO Nigel Clifford said, There's 10,... continue reading...

ITEXPO Discount – Act Fast

Sometimes I think I have the best job on earth as I get to meet with the real thought leaders in the communications market and see the latest products and services in the industry. Then I get the distinct pleasure... continue reading...

Open Handset Alliance Partners and More

Some of the more interesting news as of late has to do with the Open Handset Alliance as it seems everyone wants to be a part of it. That is, everyone except the largest carriers.   For example, Wind River... continue reading...

Nortel is Back

Recently it is has been a mixed ride for communications companies as those relying on tier-one service providers for the majority of their growth have been battered. Case in point is Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent who each have lost over $15... continue reading...

Quantcast

You are likely familiar with Alexa, a division of Amazon that measures website traffic. I have written about the site a number of times before. A while back I discovered a site called Quantcast which is becoming a well respected... continue reading...

More Google Phone Speculation

Whether or not Google is coming out with a phone in addition to its work in the Open Handset Alliance is unknown. What is known is the speculation may never cease and the rumors will continue to swirl. It seems... continue reading...

Communications News -- What a day!

The day’s communications news doesn’t stop it seems and it is worth sharing some nuggets since my last report on the Open Handset Alliance where we discussed Google’s mobile strategy. But as we focus on mobility it is worth pointing... continue reading...

Open Handset Alliance and More

Another week and other massive avalanche of news in the communications space. The first item worth sharing is regarding Google shaking up the foundation of the mobile phone market. The funny thing is, editors and bloggers have been looking to... continue reading...

Google’s Free Mobile Phone Software

Can Google pull it Off -- is the question worth asking when realizing the search leader is looking to open up the mobile phone industry. The cellular market is legendary in its ability to lock in customers. In the US... continue reading...

Google Phone OS

CNBC reports Wind River is rumored to be supplying the OS for the upcoming Google phone. On a separate note, some analysts have said the new mobile gadget will be unveiled today.   One would imagine Google would chose... continue reading...

I am Gphone, You are Not

Tom Keating has an interesting blog post about the continuation of the gPhone saga. By the way, is it Gphone? gphone? or gPhone? I don’t know. For those of you who are interested in looking at what this phone may... continue reading...

Google Negotiates with Sprint Nextel

In what seems to be a never-ending story, CNBC now reports Google is in talks with Sprint Nextel about a possible Google Phone. Apparently Google is talking with everyone but AT&T. Just recently I blogged about Google and Verizon and... continue reading...

Verizon, Google Discuss Partnership

How does Verizon fight back against the Apple iPhone and AT&T network? Simple… They call Google and discuss partnering with the world’s leading search engine in order to come up with a device which will potentially take some share from... continue reading...

Google Phone

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is close to unveiling the plans for its much anticipated mobile phone. Apparently in the US, T-Mobile will be a likely network partner. What will make the phone different from other devices is... continue reading...

Microsoft/Facebook Analysis

I recently wrote that the investment in Facebook by Microsoft is a great win for the Redmond-based software company. John Dvorak sees it differently. Mr. Dvorak is one of the best tech writers I know and I have been reading... continue reading...

Microsoft’s Facebook Stake

Did Microsoft make a good move investing in Facebook? The answer is definitely yes.   The $240 million price Microsoft paid for a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook values the 3.5 year old company at $15 billion.   This is... continue reading...

IP Communications News: October 19, 2007

Some of the interesting news of the week shows SMBs will not only be going down the road to purchasing IP communications solutions – they will also be purchasing and installing security solutions. In my research this morning I also... continue reading...

Microsoft UC News Update Here is the news you should be aware of regarding Microsoft’s Unified Communications push so far:   Tom Keating   Drag-and-drop Conference Calls = OCS 2007 Success? SAP Duet to leverage Microsoft OCS 2007 Rich Liveblogging... continue reading...

What eBay Should do with Skype

Please enjoy the unedited November 2007 Publisher’s Outlook column from Internet Telephony Magazine.   ---   OK, I was wrong. Really wrong. Over a billion dollars wrong in fact. Why? I believed eBay and Skype had a solid strategy to... continue reading...

Strategic Technologies for 2008

I was reading an article on Wireless News regarding Gartner’s top 10 strategic technologies for 2008. Here are those technologies with the analysis from Wireless News. Obviously I agree with the first two items on this list and I do... continue reading...

Google Acquires Jaiku

Google is rumored to be launching their Gphone any day now and Jaiku – the company providing mobile presence has just been acquired by the search leader. It seems Google is really serious about the mobile communications market and whether... continue reading...

AT&T’s Alternative Spectrum Buy

As you likely remember, Google was pushing the FCC to ensure the winner of the 700 MHz auction permitted open access to devices. Verizon was vocal about this being a bad idea but AT&T was more quiet. Now it may... continue reading...

TMCnet Searches

I thought it would be interesting to see what people search on when they come to TMCnet. It should be noted these searches are on TMCnet proper which unfortunately at the moment does not include blogs.   These numbers should... continue reading...

Google Adds Security

The day’s news has been pretty steady and one of the most interesting bits coming across my screen is certainly Google’s decision to add security from Postini into their Google Apps Premier service. This is a great idea as Google... continue reading...

Hyperconnected

About a decade or so ago I ran across Tony Rybczynski (Tony Ryb to those who know him and/or cannot pronounce his last name) at the COMNET trade show in DC and was so blown away by him that I... continue reading...

Trixbox Training

If you are looking for open source communications training, Fonality Trixbox training is going worldwide and is likely coming to a city near you. If you are looking for a discount on this training, be sure to click on... continue reading...

Blyke: Free Mobile Calling

I just can’t believe how much cheaper it gets over time to use communications services. When I was a teenager we paid somewhere around 25 cents per minute just to call one state away. Before we had fax machines we... continue reading...

Armani, Samsung, Google and Microsoft

I am traveling today – and most of this week in fact. As I get ready to go, there are a few stories that have caught my eye this morning and may be worth a read. The first is the... continue reading...

Would you like VoIP with that Order?

What is the state of the art in pizza technology these days? You might think it has to do with the dough or the ovens but no… It is all about IP communications. It seems the only thing changing the... continue reading...

Best of Show ITEXPO West 2007

Congratulations to the best of show winners at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo last week in Los Angeles, CA. A list follows below and here is the detailed press release.   Best Service Provider Solution Comverse (www.comverse.com) CTI Labs (www.ctigroup.com)... continue reading...

ITEXPO West 2007 News

ITEXPO West 2007 News The staggering amount of news and analysis generated from last week’s Internet Telephony Conference & Expo is mind-boggling. Thanks to all the analysts, bloggers, members of the press and everyone else who covered ITEXPO.   Here... continue reading...

iPhone UK

The Apple iPhone has finally made its way to the UK according to the Wall Street Journal. The company said O2, the U.K. mobile arm of Spain's Telefonica, has been awarded rights to sell the iPhone, which will go on... continue reading...

ITEXPO and Green Technology World

This morning marks the second day on Internet Telephony Conference & Expo and as I eat breakfast I can’t help but wonder if today will be an even better day than yesterday (photos and videos). What blew me away at... continue reading...

Apple, Google and ITEXPO

I was up pretty early today and had a chance to take in lots of news while listening to CNBC, Bloomberg, reading Barons and any website I could get my hands on. Perhaps the biggest news in the telecom space... continue reading...

Bloggers at ITEXPO

I have noticed this year more ITEXPO speakers have blogs than at any time in the past. We all know there are more and bloggers each day and I am excited to see how many of them are referencing their... continue reading...

Surf Communications

I recently had the opportunity to ask Ilan Weizman of Surf Communications Solutions about the evolution of the IP communications space and the direction his company is taking.   Surf develops a suite of hardware and software products that drives... continue reading...

TeamQuest

I recently had the opportunity to speak with TeamQuest Corporation’s director of communications, Keith Hanna, about the IP communications space, SIP and the overall direction of the company.   TeamQuest Corporation is a provider of IT Service Optimization, specializing in... continue reading...

NeoPhonetics

I recently had the opportunity to ask NeoPhonetics executives about open source/open standards-based on IP communications, cost effective PBX platforms, and more.   NeoPhonetics designs, implements and supports custom VoIP telephone systems for enterprises with a specialty in open source... continue reading...

Business Solutions magazine

I recently had the opportunity to ask Jay McCall, VoIP and Wireless Editor with Business Solutions magazine, about the evolution of SIP-based communications, the future of the market and more.   Business Solutions magazine is a publication geared toward executives... continue reading...

LiveVox

I recently had the opportunity to ask Louis Summe, CEO of LiveVox, about the company’s on-demand contact center solutions, their customers, and the IP communications space.   LiveVox provides on-demand, voice application solutions integrated with existing systems. The company is... continue reading...

Thanks for Registering Green

The Green Technology conference is doing well so far. Thanks for your support. Here is the full story.... continue reading...

SIP Trunking Course

SIP trunking is one of the most important growth areas in VoIP. It is something every company should be exploring as it reduces cost and complexity while allowing tremendous added flexibility.   If you are interested in learning about SIP... continue reading...

Toshiba

I recently had the opportunity to ask David Fridley, senior product manager of IP Telephony at Toshiba America Information Systems, about the evolution of the IP communications space and the direction his company is taking.   To learn more about... continue reading...

HelloSoft

I recently had the opportunity to ask Allan Johnson, vice president of business development in the wireless group at HelloSoft, about the evolution of SIP communications, wireless mobility and the direction his company is taking.   HelloSoft is a provider... continue reading...

Excendia

It is difficult to start this column without a reference to Wildfire the personal assistant launched in the nineties we all thought would take over the world. Of course by “we” I mean the people attending trade shows in the... continue reading...

Allworx

I recently had the opportunity to ask Sandra Gault, EVP of Marketing at the rapidly expanding communications product company Allworx about the evolution of IP communications in the SMB space, VoIP and the direction her company is taking.   Allworx... continue reading...

Extreme Video Solutions

Affordable Telepresence I recently came across a company offering video conferencing solutions at an attractive price using a leasing model instead of a direct product sale. The company is called Extreme Video Solutions and is based in Arizona. For about... continue reading...

Nortel on Microsoft/Cisco

The following comments are from Nortel’s Tony Rybczynski regarding the new relationship between Microsoft and Cisco. I found them interesting and worth passing along.   ---   I was on holidays in Eastern Europe when the photo shoot took place.... continue reading...

MOBIVOX

I recently had the opportunity to ask Patricia Tessier, vice president of Product and Marketing at MOBIVOX, about deploying Skype, the IP communications space and more.   You may recall I mentioned the company in a post about about wireless... continue reading...

Google Bashing

John Battelle has some thoughts on a recent Economist article on Google which talks at length about the growing list of Google haters from telcos to television networks. According to the blog entry and article, one of the biggest challenges... continue reading...

Polaris IP

Polaris IP is a company you probably never heard of but they have a patent on an e-mail routing system and are using it to sue the Internet’s largest companies. In particular, Google, Yahoo!, Amazon, A9, Borders, AOL and IAC/Interactive... continue reading...

Inter-Tel

Inter-Tel executives Aron Aicard (Director of Product Marketing), Jon Young (Director, Softswitch Technology) and Rick Ringel (Strategic Solutions Engineer), gave me this exclusive interview. They talked to me about Inter-Tel’s new corporate initiatives, the impact of SIP technology, and the... continue reading...

VoEX

VoEX, Inc., is a VoIP managed-service provider offering global peering infrastructure, network interoperability, industry-leading quality of service, and advanced applications capabilities for top tier carriers, mobile operators, cable operators, voice service providers, academic institutions and enterprises. VoEX maps the world’s... continue reading...

Google Sky

Today Google announced its Google Earth program will allow you navigate stars as well. You can now see constellations and navigate around the cosmos. You can see how planets rotate using an animation tool and more. Here are some of... continue reading...

Cell Phone Contract Cancellation

Are you looking to sue your wireless carrier? If you are you should know a full six paragraphs are dedicated to dispute resolution over at Verizon Wireless and ten “fat” paragraphs are dedicated to this topic in an AT&T Wireless... continue reading...

Skype Outage Article

Jon Arnold and I were both quoted recently in a San Francisco Chronicle article titled Skype reveals outage source, tells customers it won't happen again. The article is extremely well-written, gets perspective from a number of people and weaves each... continue reading...

Google Lawsuits

If you are annoyed that your trademarks are being used on Google’s search engine to allow your competitor to profit, join the club as American Airlines is the latest company to sue Google for using its trademark inappropriately. Other companies... continue reading...

Acredo

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Erin Bolton, marketing manager of Acredo Technologies Inc, about IP communications, the company’s customer base and the upcoming ITEXPO.   Acredo Technologies delivers hosted IP phone service to the small business market... continue reading...

Ingate

I recently had the opportunity to ask Olle Westerberg, chief executive officer Ingate Systems, about his business and the direction he is taking the company.   Ingate Systems produces a range of SIP-capable enterprise firewalls.   Please read the TMCnet... continue reading...

Arlinx

I recently had the opportunity to ask Patrick Young of Arlinx about the company’s customer base, its IP communications strategy and the direction his company is taking.   The Arlinx IP Elite Security and Media Processing Platforms provide opportunities for... continue reading...

IP Communications Education

Listen, I don’t want to overdo discussion of ITEXPO in my blog but the fact of the matter is this recent e-mail sent by my marketing team is a great document discussing what is important at the show. It is... continue reading...

Skype P2P Problems

By now it seems the whole world is aware Skype had major problems last week. For most people, Skype was down. Tom Keating speculated the cause was a Microsoft patch which rebooted massive numbers of machines. He has a point... continue reading...

Wireless Companies at ITEXPO

I happened upon a great article by Mae Kowalke discussing wireless company representation at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. Companies discussed include a la Mobile, Airwide Solutions, Kineto Wireless, MobiTV and MOBIVOX.   The article reminds me just how big... continue reading...

Junction Networks

I recently had the opportunity to ask Avery Glasser of Junction Networks about the evolution of the SMB IP communications space and the direction his company is taking.   Junction Networks provides business class VoIP service to companies without the... continue reading...

Voxbone

As you may recall, Voxbone had announced a developer contest a while back and in my blog post about the contest I mentioned the three winners will get:   Recognition as a Voxbone certified developer. Recommendation to customers and partners... continue reading...

Fonality

Here is a podcast interview of Chris Lyman the CEO of Fonality. Topics of interest? I asked Chris why he started Fonality, what pains his company solves for customers and we get into a discussion of trixbox Pro and trixnet.... continue reading...

Reef Point

I recently had the opportunity to ask Woody Ritchey, CEO of Reef Point Systems, about the future of IP communications and the challenges his business will face over the next five years. Reef Point is a provider of IP-based fixed-mobile... continue reading...

Radisys

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Ray Adensamer of RadiSys about the evolution of the IP communicationsspace, the company’s application-enabling platforms and more.   RadiSys specializes s in developing open standards building blocks, especially in the ATCA and... continue reading...

Packet Island

I recently had the opportunity to ask Packet Island President Praveen Kumar about VoIP, the IP Communications space and more.   Packet Island provides the a micro-appliance based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution that enables service providers and VARs to deliver managed... continue reading...

Dialexia

I recently had the opportunity to ask Mohamed El Mohri, CTO at Dialexia Communications, about the evolution of the IP communicationsspace and the direction his company is taking.   Dialexia Communications is best known for its next generation communication software... continue reading...

Telrex

I recently got the chance to sit down with Bob Cordes, Vice President of Product Management for Telrex. We discussed his company’s business strategy, as well as the future of the IP telephony market in general.   Telrex is a... continue reading...

3CX

I recently had the opportunity to ask 3CX CEO Nick Galea about the evolution of the IP communicationsspace and the direction his company is taking.   3CX is well known for its SIP-based 3CX Phone System for Windows, a software-based... continue reading...

Telecom Cost Management

One of the fastest areas of growth in communications – and there seem to be so many these days, is telecom cost management. In recognition of this fact, TMC has launched a Telecom Cost Management channel which is being sponsored... continue reading...

Aperio CI Interview

I recently had the opportunity to speak with William Mich, chairman and chief executive officer of Aperio CI, and get his thoughts on where the market and his company is headed.   As you may recall, the company has a... continue reading...

Smoothstone

I recently had the opportunity to ask Jeff Wellemeyer, chairman and CTO of Smoothstone, about the most recent call center solutions and the path Smoothstone is taking to create greater customer satisfaction.   Smoothstone is an IP communications provider... continue reading...

TMCnet New Traffic Record

Thanks to all our readers and visitors who have allowed TMCnet to achieve a new traffic record in July 2007.   Here are the numbers:   Page Views 30,977,147 Average Visit Length 35:45 Unique Visitors 3,078,409   Page Views refers... continue reading...

Super Technologies

I recently had the opportunity to ask Super Technologies Vice President Suzanne Bowen about her business and the direction she is taking the company.   You may recall Suzanne was nice enough to post a video interview of me a... continue reading...

Touchstone Technologies

I recently had the opportunity to ask Touchstone Technologies CEO Mark Stacy about his business and the direction he is taking the company.   Touchstone is a Hatboro Pennsylvania based test and measurement company specializing in software-based solutions for active testing... continue reading...

AudioCodes Interview

Anyone in the IP communications business knows quite well that Alan Percy is one of the most well-connected and knowledgeable players in the space. Alan’s day job is Director of Business Development at AudioCodes and I swear his night... continue reading...

Hughes Systique Corp Interview

I recently had a chance to interview Arjun Roychowdhury, Director, IMS & Broadband Applications Hughes Systique Corp. Arjun will be a speaker at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in September and I thought it worth getting his thoughts on... continue reading...

T-Mobile VoIP

Andy Abramson really likes T-Mobile’s VoIP plan based on a potential new device the company could be rolling out soon in the US. What is the device? Something which allows FMC for the home and small business market. It allows... continue reading...

Voice Peering Growth

Last year I proclaimed it the year of VoIP peering. 2007 is becoming the year of rapid VoIP peering growth. Case in point is the Voice Peering Fabric or VPF who recently stated they have reached a 200 billion minute... continue reading...

Apple iPhone

I finally went to the AT&T store this past weekend and played around with the iPhone. Amazingly the store in Norwalk, CT had both models in stock. I was very surprised by this fact as the building is right next... continue reading...

Telephone System Channel

If you aren’t aware, TMC has built with its partners, the largest collection of business to business online communities in the communications and technology space. Channels are micro communities which live on the left navigation of TMCnet menus. Global Online... continue reading...

WiFi not Secure – Clarified

I just received this e-mail from Francois Doremieux, Senior Program Manager, Product Group: Customer Experience in response  to my WiFi is Insecure post from last week. I thought it worth sharing.   ----   Hello Rich It was a pleasure... continue reading...

700 MHz Setback

Just when youthought it was safe to jump into the 700 MHz frequency with your own device along comes the Federal Communications Commission's Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) who says initial testing of the prototype devices showed they failed... continue reading...

ITEXPO Weeks Away

I just can’t believe that Internet Telephony Conference & Expo is five short weeks away. I just can’t wait for September 10-12th in Los Angeles. Boy is the summer going by fast. Thankfully I read Ken Kamp’s blog where he... continue reading...

iPhone, U-Phone, Everybody G-Phone

This year has been the absolutely most tumultuous ever in terms of wireless communications and these changes can and will have a dramatic effect on your business. You can’t go anywhere these days without seeing Apple’s iPhone in action. Kids... continue reading...

Google Phone

Here is the latest on the Google branded cell phone from the Wall Street Journal. Here is a summary:   1)      Google has a prototype cell phone they are shopping 2)      The phone has a keyboard 3)      US carriers don’t... continue reading...

Behavioral Targeting at Google

Google has recently begun using behavioral targeting to help it display more relevant ads based on keywords.   According to Nick Fox, Google's group business product manager for ads quality. Fox said the new feature, aims to capture a more... continue reading...

Mavenir Systems

Instant IMS: No IMS Required   When I decided on the sub headline for this article I realized it might be viewed as potentially controversial. How, you may be asking can one have IMS without IMS? Well there is... continue reading...

700 MHz

Here is a great article from Eric Broockman on the 700 MHz Spectrum controversy and why it could have tremendous ramifications for the communications industry and the Internet.... continue reading...

Google Cell Phone

Will Google use the 700 MHZ spectrum to give away free phone service which is ad supported? The idea is not far fetched but if true, there is no price the cell phone companies won’t pay to stop the world’s... continue reading...

RNK Phone Number Bank

What Craig Walker and Vincent Paquet, GrandCentral Founders did at GrandCentral is amazing. They came up with a great idea – one number for life. They started a company and sold it quite quickly to Google. The service is... continue reading...

Google Getting Reckless

I thought Eric Schmidt’s comments about Viacom being a company built for lawsuits a bit reckless. Upon further investigation however, he may be correct and this sort of comment is as true as it is offensive. Still a company with... continue reading...

700MHZ Spectrum

Google and others are looking to ensure some of the 700MHZ spectrum is allocated for broadband wireless and moreover available at wholesale rates in order to help foster new and innovative services. For more on this story see this USA... continue reading...

Nielsen/NetRatings Changes Measurements

The success of sites embodying AJAX has driven a need to change the way websites are measured. Generally, most sites are measured by “page views” or how many pages are viewed on a site. If you were to read 5... continue reading...

TMCnet Goes Twitter

It seems like if you are under 18 you spend a good deal of time twittering on well – Twitter. Since my typical reader is above 18 you may not be aware that Twitter is a service allowing you to... continue reading...

Google Acquires GrandCentral

GrandCentral Communications was just purchased by Google for an undisclosed sum. The company provides a service allowing telephony management via a single phone number which can be directed to a number of other numbers.   The significance of the... continue reading...

Fring on Windows Mobile

Tom Keating has the scoop on Fring coming to a Windows Mobile device near you. Why should you care? Well because Fring could help integrate your disparate communications clients into a single unified application. I am looking forward to trying... continue reading...

PhoneGnome

Is PhoneGnome from Televolution the ultimate CLEC 2.0 Enabler?   We know the story all too well. Thousands of CLECs backed by the venture capital market flooded the telecom space in the hopes of all becoming the next AT&T. The... continue reading...

eBay Google Spat

Due to a spat between Google and eBay, the latter has pulled domestic ads from the former. This decision will have a negative impact on the earnings of both companies. The argument is over Google Checkout and why eBay is... continue reading...

Google and Apple Collaborate

Here is an excellent article from Susan Campbell on the synergies between Google and Apple in their new partnership. The potential for both companies to grow sales is obvious in such a collaboration. Just the YouTube/iTunes synergy alone is worth... continue reading...

Democrats Say You are Lying

Here is an interesting story from CNET on Google’s need for more immigrants with H1-B visas. According to the article, some Democrats wonder if Google is doing enough to recruit Americans. The question worth asking is are these Democrats serious?... continue reading...

Google Goes Green

Google announced today it has acquired PeakStream. The company makes tools for programming multiple processors and this technology can be applied to multicore chips such as GPUs or graphical processing units.   Speculation exists the company may have made this... continue reading...

China and Google

Most articles about China and Google focus on how the search company is censoring its content for the benefit of the Chinese government. This article however has nothing to do with this situation. Instead I will be contrasting the needs... continue reading...

Google Gears

Google’s announcement that they have launched Google Gears is significant as it means the plethora of web-based applications which once were not able to run without internet connectivity can now function without a connection. The technology is available as open-source... continue reading...

Thank You Google

It has been months since Google somehow started to omit TMCnet blogs from their BlogSearch service. Since the service is so popular we wanted to find out we were delisted and se if there was a technical problem.   After... continue reading...

Hillary Clinton Champion of Net Neutrality?

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are big proponents of net neutrality and this may be the reason the big phone and cable companies have been contributing good amounts of money to at least Clinton’s campaign. Here are the details.... continue reading...

VoIP Stories May 7, 2007

Here are some interesting stories worth reading. Incidentally, I now have a Plantronics CS70N installed at my desk. It is about the same size and weight as the popular Plantronics Voyager 510 with the difference being slightly more weight and... continue reading...

Vulcan Flipstart, Verizon and YouTube

This is a busy news week with announcements and commentary from virtually all areas of communications and technology. Starting small, Gary Krakow has a review of the Vulcan Flipstart which is a company founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Gary... continue reading...

Wireless 2.0

Google, Yahoo, Skype/eBay and others are very interested in ensuring they have direct access to consumers through licensed spectrum. In fact, on March 6, 2007, Google became part of a consortium called the Coalition for 4G in America. It... continue reading...

Ed Whitacre Jr.

Congratulations to Ed Whitacre Jr. for building a great big telecommunications company from an assortment of smaller ones. Certainly in this case the sum was greater than the parts.   Ed is about to retire and he can consider this... continue reading...

EQO Funding

The investment environment for VoIP is pretty hot with news of funding two days in a row. Of course two data points a trend does not make but there seems to be lots of optimism left in certain segments of... continue reading...

There is no Spring

Ok – not be alarmist. We all know there is global warming. Even Google had a melting Google logo on their site this past Earth Day. I have complained for the past five years there is no spring and this... continue reading...

More on The VoIP Patent Mess

A number of people in the telecom industry tell me they have looked at the Verizon patents being used against Vonage and they say they have been doing the things that are claimed in the patents before Verizon filed. My... continue reading...

InfoWorld on Patent Reform

Let’s hope patent reform gets a great amount of momentum in our government and it actually happens. Large companies are indeed hoarding patents and using them as weapons to crush smaller companies. Patent litigation seems to be increasing by the... continue reading...

Jangl

Michael Cerda is the CEO of Jangl. Michael thinks big. Cerda wants his company to be the biggest thing since Skype. In speaking with him you get the feeling he really wants to leave a mark – something huge.  ... continue reading...

I Own Google Shares

A note of fair disclosure. I own Google shares. I always do my best to not let any business relationships influence my writing but since I am covering Google a great deal lately I thought this information is worth pointing... continue reading...

Google/DoubleClick Merger: Expert Opinion

Recently I wrote about the merger between Google and DoubleClick and subsequently I decided to get an outside perspective on this acquisition from Tim Vanderhook, CEO and founder of Specific Media a company specializing in behavioral targeting of advertising in... continue reading...

Google Buys DoubleClick

Google reached an agreement today to purchase DoubleClick for $3.1 billion according to the New York Times. This is a significant accomplishment for Google as Microsoft too was interested in acquiring the display advertising server company.   DoubleClick serves the... continue reading...

Is Vonage the New Google

Now hear me out. I realize the title of my article is baffling and your brain is already calculating all the different ways you will flame this piece with negative comments.   You may be thinking of all the differences... continue reading...

Entertainment Wars

Movie review site Fandango was snapped up today by cable company Comcast with the ultimate goal for Comcast being increased web traffic and support for a new site Fancast.com devoted to allowing consumers to watch on demand content on a... continue reading...

Unified Communications Magazine

In case you missed my past blog entries regarding SIP Magazine becoming Unified Communications Magazine, consider it official… The change has begun and we are working on the look and feel of this new publication. It should be different than... continue reading...

Yahoo! E-mail

One of the most interesting parts of the technology space is actually the hosted e-mail market, where Yahoo!, has recently done something amazing with their e-mail product allowing you to have infinite storage. Now there was a time when Google’s... continue reading...

MyTMCnet

Thanks to readers like you, TMCnet has been blessed with 1-2 million unique visitors every month and last month over 20 million pages were viewed on this site. We are truly grateful to our readers, sponsors and advertisers who support this... continue reading...

TMCnet Sets Page View Record

This past February 2006, TMCnet passed the 20 million page view mark for the first time ever with a total of 20,554,331 page views from a total of 1,169,160 unique visitors. I am personally thrilled with this accomplishment because it shows... continue reading...

Microsoft Acquires Tellme?

On my way into work this morning I saw two things. An amazing sunrise and a flock of geese flying. As far as the sunrise goes, I tried desperately to get my phone to take a picture of it so... continue reading...

Dialogic & Aculab Focus on Growth

Please enjoy the April 2007 Publisher’s Outlook from IMS Magazine:   ---------   DSP Resource Board Vendors Expand Focus   The last few weeks has seen an explosive amount of news in technology and communications and trying to justice to... continue reading...

TMCnet Search

We are always trying to innovate here at TMC and recently we have been looking for a way to ensure TMCnet becomes even stickier than it currently is. Our goal is not only to be the primary destination for all... continue reading...

Xcerion

XML Development – Full Steam Ahead   I am astounded at how the open source community thrives on mostly volunteer work from a loyal fan base. Asterisk is a great example of how the power of a private company, Digium... continue reading...

Voice Peering is Hot

At the Voice Peering Forum event here in sunny Miami Florida, the message is simple – voice peering is growing by leaps and bounds. Stealth Communications is the company who runs this event and attendees generally are people who have... continue reading...

Gizmo Project

VoIP Islands Get Closer The good news in the world of VoIP islands is that they are getting closer as evidenced by the fact that Gizmo Project 3.0 now interoperates with Windows Live and Yahoo! Messenger, Jabber and Google Talk.... continue reading...

IP Communications Stories February 26, 2007

Here are some good stories worth reading. I haven’t had a chance to give analysis and opinion on all of these but if I get a chance I will tackle some or all of these later. Enjoy:   VoIP Provider... continue reading...

A Breakthrough Month in IP Communications

Skype, Google, Verizon, Vonage and Other Happenings   Please enjoy the March 2007 Publisher’s Outlook from Internet Telephony Magazine:   The last few weeks have been among the most newsworthy in IP communications since this magazine’s first issue in February... continue reading...

Jyve

A few hot buttons in tech these days are user generated content, Web 2.0 and of course Google. But what happens if you are to combine Google with live user generated content? Well, you might get Jyve, a search engine... continue reading...

Skype Pro: The Ultimate European VoIP Bundle

A few weeks back at ITEXPO there was a lot of buzz about Skype Pro and as it turns out the service goes live on Tuesday, February 19. I had a chance to speak with Skype’s Imogen Bailey and Stefan... continue reading...

TMCnet Mobile

If you are looking for the best communications and technology news on the go be sure to check out TMCnet Mobile which will display very well on most mobile devices. The service is in alpha at the moment but seems... continue reading...

IMS: Are We There Yet?

Here is my unedited Publisher’s Outlook for IMS Magazine for February 2007. I start this column thinking about the most recent TMC IMS Expo last week in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The takeaway for me from this event is that the... continue reading...

ITEXPO Photos and More

Here is Ari Zoldan from Launch 3 based in Garfield, NJ. His company is in the investment business - they invest in communications companies worldwide.   On this day he walked away with a great education as well as a... continue reading...

Google Shield Prevents Bombs

Google is now providing some relief to the many presidents and others who have been targets of Google bombs. Google bombs work when a number of people get together and decide to use link text as a weapon. I could... continue reading...

VoIP Supply Affiliate Program

Good friend and fellow blogger Garrett Smith tells me his company VoIP Supply has a new affiliate program. It works like this: You bring their catalog to your website. How? You put contextual links and ads, etc. You then get... continue reading...

Spirit DSP in 2007

Spirit DSP recently announced an enviable portfolio of customers for the 2007 year. They include Adobe, Agere, ARM, Atmel, Compal, Flextronics, Ericsson, HP, HTC, Interwise, Kyocera, LG, Marconi, MediaRing, Microsoft, National Semiconductor, NEC, Nortel Networks, Oracle, Paltalk, Panasonic, Philips Semiconductor,... continue reading...

Microsoft and Nortel Stop the Messaging Madness

The average employee gets more than 50 messages every day on up to seven devices and today Microsoft and Nortel came together under the banner of the Innovative Communications Alliance to announce to the world that new software will help... continue reading...

The Days Musings

Here is a smattering of news and views of recent events:   Great news – We may have found and killed life on mars. How does one analyze such news? This could be one of the biggest discoveries of our... continue reading...

Mobile Carriers Cash in

Service providers are looking for more revenue sources as voice becomes less and less of a cash cow. Ringtones, games and video programming are obvious areas of growth but search may not be something you think of as a mobile... continue reading...

Channels

One of the fastest growing areas of TMCnet is the channels program which are micro-communities of interest. These channels focus on so many topics I can’t list them all but a few of the more recent ones are here for... continue reading...

TMCnet Redesign

Today is a pretty big day for me personally. As you know, TMCnet is the world’s leading site for communications and technology information, community building, etc. In fact this past December 2006 saw our traffic reach just under 2 million... continue reading...

The AT&T/BellSouth/FCC Soap Opera

The AT&T BellSouth merger has gained FCC approval after AT&T decided to make some concessions and many are hailing this as a win for net neutrality. Below are some of the recent articles – a massive amount for a... continue reading...

Net Neutrality Safe For Two Years

Yesterday I wrote about ensuring net neutrality and just to show you how fluid the telecom market is, today AT&T may have ensured net neutrality for all of us last night. Well at least for 24 months. The company... continue reading...

Saving Money on IP Communications Education

If you haven’t been watching, the early-bird deadline for conferences at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (register) is approaching --tomorrow actually -- and we are talking about a savings of up to $1,000. The show is in 40 days so... continue reading...

Google Bank

Is Google thinking of getting into the banking business? Well according to this Motley Fool article the company has done something novel with its stock options program allowing options granted after the IPO to be traded on the open market... continue reading...

Yahoo!: Turning Peanut Butter into More than Peanuts

If you haven’t heard, Yahoo! is restructuring. There is something called a peanut butter manifesto that has been circulating for months saying the company is spread too thin. As you may recall, recently Yahoo! was a big proponent of producing... continue reading...

Miami Airport on My Way back to the Cold

I am in the airport again on my way to the Midwest for an overnight trip. A news item that caught my eye today was about YouTube and Verizon Wireless working together to allow subscribers to watch videos from their... continue reading...

Telx Sold

I had been hearing rumors of the sale of Telx for a while. Many I spoke with feared an incumbent provider would do the purchasing. As you may know Telx provides the physical location for much of the voice peering... continue reading...

Google Click-to-Call

After many months of testing Google has finally added click to call functionality to Google Maps.   Although this really isn't a new announcement the addition to Google Maps is pretty exciting as it continues VoIP's growth into new areas... continue reading...

Caritas/Comcast VoIP Patent Victory

The VoIP market won a victory in Texas yesterday with Comcast defending itself successfully against a $2.2 billion lawsuit brought on by Caritas Technologies. The company was formed by four men, including David Farber, who many consider the grandfather Internet,... continue reading...

Showing Kevin Martin the Door

David Isenberg weighs in on FCC Chairman Kevin martin and why he should be shown the exit. Here is an excerpt:Martin's appointment to a second term as FCC Commissioner is pending Senate confirmation. I like Kevin; he's personable, he's articulate,... continue reading...

Camrivox

Yesterday I ranted a bit about VoIP devices and the fact they aren’t interoperable. I just learned about a product from Camrivox that supports SIP and Google Talk. Now if we can get Skype and Yahoo! support we will be... continue reading...

Linksys CIT310 Phone for Yahoo Messenger

Tom has done it again with his review of the Linksys CIT30 Phone for Yahoo! Messenger. My take on this nifty new gadget is it is great but. But what you ask? How can such a cool new sleek device... continue reading...

YouTube: Invention of the Year

I suppose selling your business for almost 2 billion dollars is great but does this make your invention worthy of being the Invention of the Year from Time Magazine? There have been many video sharing sites over the years and... continue reading...

FCC Delays the AT&T/BellSouth Merger Again

The FCC commissioners remain deadlocked on the AT&T/BellSouth merger and although it is widely believed the merger will happen, it is the conditions placed upon the new company – employing 300,000 employees that has ye to be decided. This article... continue reading...

RSS in your IM

If you need to get up to the minute updates on your RSS feeds such as this one from Dan York (which alerted me to this story), you want to check out the RSS Robot which takes an RSS feed... continue reading...

What the Hell.com

If you are interested in going to Hell.com or better yet owning the domain name it will cost you. Saints and sinners alike started the bidding on this domain name recently but failed to reach the $2.3 million reserve required... continue reading...

Google and Video Advertising

Google is already winning the war for the hearts and minds of advertising decision makers with its YouTube acquisition. In fact Volvo is looking to work more closely with Google as its next car is going to launch with only... continue reading...

Ecosystem 2.0

With all the talk lately of web 2.0 and whether it is a real or just an arbitrary designation we may find ourselves discussing the wrong topic. There are many who wonder about web 2.0 asking what it is and... continue reading...

Will YouTube Have Any Files Left?

A good question to ask after today’s announcement that YouTube purged 30,000 copyrighted files is if any files will be left when all the copyrighted ones have been deleted?... continue reading...

$1.27 Billion in VoIP Support Services Revenue by 2010

A sign of a healthy market is one in which there is lots of money being made. IDC reports that the VoIP services market will be growing at a phenomenal rate. I was blown away to discover they predict VoIP... continue reading...

Give me Back My Google

Remove Spam From Search Engines If you are Googling for something but aren’t interested in seeing numerous affiliate sites focusing on purchasing products you may want to take a look at Give me Back My Google (GMBMG). The site was... continue reading...

FCC: AT&T Now Guards the Cheese

Many people think one of the best things the FCC ever did was to put someone associated with COMPTEL on the commission. In my conversations at every level of the telecom industry, executives tell me consistently they think the FCC... continue reading...

Blogger Hacked

Today is the day of hacks (see Skype Clone) – it seems the post late last night about Google exiting from the click to call business was hoax. Someone hacked into Blogger and impersonated Google. This is not the first... continue reading...

Google Click-to-Call Cancelled

There are two things I can’t stand:1) Working on a Saturday night2) Finding out that Google is pulling out of the click-to-call marketSeriously – is Om correct on this one? Frankly I would find it very hard to believe the... continue reading...

Google and YouTube

James has some good analysis on the Google/YouTube deal and I agree with Mark Cuban on this one. To an extent anyway. The company will be sued but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a viable way to continue to turn... continue reading...

VoIM is Voice over IM

VoIM is not an area I have written about too often but it is certainly a space I believe has tremendous opportunity for growth. Certainly this market is bigger than most realize. In fact in a recent article by Stéphane... continue reading...

New VoIP Services Coming

Having written about enhanced services in the telecom space for about a decade or so it is refreshing to see so many companies beginning to talk about them. You see it is obvious we are on our way to cheaper... continue reading...

Comcast Knocks Out Google

Technical problems prevented some Comcast customers New England from accessing Google's servers. In a widely-published statement, Comcast said “there was a hardware problem with one of our servers in Massachusetts today, which prevented a small number of customers in the... continue reading...

Google Earth Update

Google, Google Maps and Google Earth are separate services but I see them getting more closely aligned over time. This announcement about Google Earth now supporting multimedia features shows the search giant is not taking its numerous eyes off any... continue reading...

Apple TV

I used to think Yahoo! would be a major threat in the broadband TV space but lately have come to believe Apple is must better positioned because of their overwhelming breadth of products in the consumer entertainment space. Apple is... continue reading...

Alcatel and Lucent Approve Merger

The Alcatel and Lucent merger was just approved despite rumors to the contrary. The price -- 10.8 billion dollars."As we have said from the start, the primary driver of this combination is to create long-term value for shareowners, customers, and... continue reading...

Google Open Source

Sure open source is great and all but open sauce has all the benefits of open source with none of the calories. ;)Hats off to Google – they have done it again.Cached copy in case the original disappears.... continue reading...

Alcatel and Lucent No Deal?

A flurry of articles are now out there in cyberspace hinting that Alcatel and Lucent may not merge after all. The telecom market seems to have already responded to this deal and competitors have been repositioning themselves to compete with... continue reading...

TMC in Stamford Advocate

TMC was featured on the front page of the business section of the Stamford Advocate newspaper today. It was also in the Hartford Courant (at least online – I am not sure if it made the printed version on Sunday)... continue reading...

Google/Skype Interop

Tom Keating has some great analysis on what is happening with Google and Skype interoperability as well as the reasoning behind the deal and who the winners and losers might be. He also has a take on entries from Russell... continue reading...

Google is the Internet

Is it just me? If I can't find it on Google I give up. Certainly this is not always the case but if I am writing a story and I know there is a reference to information that I want... continue reading...

Write On Writely

If you haven’t tried the new Writely word processor – the company was recently purchased by Google and has an AJAX-based word processor that runs in your browser, you definitely need to. I just typed out a brief document and... continue reading...

Google Aided CRM

What happens when you use Google search technology to ferret out information hidden in your enterprise archives? According to this article you get a killer CRM application. Looks like Google enabled data mining really. Pretty cool stuff.... continue reading...

Google WiFi

Few companies strike fear in the heart of Microsoft and the incumbent telephone companies like Google. Analysts and journalists seem to delight in asking the software leader and the companies comprising the new AT&T how they will fend off the... continue reading...

Google Licenses AP news

One would surmise from this news that Google will launch a news portal that keeps users on its site. Or perhaps the fact that they are Licensing AP content means they will stop sending visitors to other sites when they... continue reading...

A CNBC Morning

This morning on CNBC I woke up to talk about net neutrality and an analyst who said Google makes a good buy regardless of what happens with net neutrality. From net neutrality the program went on to Comcast customer service... continue reading...

Google Happenings

Here is a great article on Google and what thy have been up to recently. It is a good summary piece. You know your company has made it when your real estate transactions become breaking news.One wonders if we are... continue reading...

Stories of Interest

Here are recent stories of interest. My favorite has to be Survey: IPods More Popular Than Beer followed by QUALCOMM's VoIP news and of course how often do I get to talk about JFK. The VoiceGenie news is old but... continue reading...

Tough Times For Microsoft

What on Earth do you do when the most popular search engine in the world starts to give away the software you charge for? Google -- as has been rumored for years -- has released a web-based competitor to Excel.How... continue reading...

Google Story

Money/CNN have a great story about Google and their plans for the future. It will be very exciting to see the company get into the TV and magazine markets as the article details. The article also mentions competition from eBay... continue reading...

Google Pages Update

I have been having some fun with Google Pages. I really like how simple it is to design pages with this service. It isn’t very sophisticated but then again it is as easy as humanly possible and it just works.... continue reading...

Click Fraud

I was speaking with one of the most knowledgeable people I know in the call center and online advertising market. He has been spending tens of thousands of dollars advertising on Google. Recently he hired an analyst to go through... continue reading...

Back From Vegas

I just got back from Vegas and thankfully stayed on east coast time while I was out there so I am not feeling any jet-lag – yet anyway. I am still catching up on all the news I missed while... continue reading...

Asia Telecom M&A

I while back I wrote about the M&A market in telecom and I didn't factor in the Asian players into my analysis. So in order to be balanced, I decided to get a perspective from someone who is intimately involved... continue reading...

TMCnet breaks One Million Unique Visitors

I just landed and checked e-mail and one of the first messages I saw is that TMCnet broke one million filtered unique visitors in the month of April 2006.I was really hoping April would be the month we reached this... continue reading...

Microsoft Reaches for Search Success

Microsoft lost 3 percentage points in the search market year over year. This is even after annual announcements that they will spend billions in R&D on various initiatives including search. They hope the new addition of Steven Berkowitz, the chief... continue reading...

TMCnet Video: part 2

Here is the release on TMC video – I have had many questions on this today. We are very excited to get this rolling.-----------Critical Mention Launches ClipSyndicate, a 'One Stop Shop' For Web Site Publishers to Syndicate Video News Segments... continue reading...

Save The Internet

I received an e-mail below from freepress.net pushing me to savetheinternet.com. The e-mail and site are intended to save net neutrality. With all the talk on this topic I expected the savetheinternet domain to have huge traffic. I checked to... continue reading...

Google Adds Features

John Battelle alerted me to the fact that Google and other search engines are coming out with new features. For example Google will soon allow you to drill down into a site to learn more about the site or see... continue reading...

Search Engine Research

Wow! Is this a powerful survey. iProspect says that if your search results are not on the first three pages of reach engine results you pretty much need to give it up. Why? Because 90% of searchers don’t look beyond... continue reading...

Google vs. KinderStart.com

The overwhelming power that Google possesses is awe-inspiring. Your web traffic can be so tied to your Google ranking that a slight change in how you rank could ruin your business. Furthermore, when you are blacklisted by Google your site... continue reading...

TMC News Snapshots

Here is a new service from TMCnet – News Snapshots™ that will allow you to have a single page to go to keep track of important companies and topics in communications and technology. Bill Gates even gets a page. A... continue reading...

PPLive and Net Neutrality

I was a bit harsh when I said it was game over for the LECs in a recent blog entry about content providers providing a Tivo-like service that prerecords a number of programs so as to simulate live TV. This... continue reading...

VoIP, Nortel, Blackberry and Google Analysis

You can learn a great deal about the VoIP and broader communications and technology markets if you just listen (or in this case read) carefully. For example this week saw the launch of a new VoIP service by the name... continue reading...

The Search

I recently finished reading The Search, How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture, a book by John Battle. I have to say that reading this book helped me recall the history of search,... continue reading...

Getting Paid to VoIP

It seems that many of the predictions of the dotcom days are coming true. Online ads are a multibillion dollar industry and the industry is not slowing down. Virtually all companies sell online and all industries sell using the web... continue reading...

Google on the Desktop

Russell Shaw has some great analysis on what Google could be up to. It seems logical based on his analysis that we will soon see Google competing with Microsoft Office. It would further seem that this software could indeed be... continue reading...

Paris Peeved at Google

Let’s face it, the French don’t like when their culture gets overrun by cultures from other countries such as let’s say those countries where people show a proclivity to wear cowboy boots and 10-gallon hats. Perhaps Chirac had a bad... continue reading...

Google and Dell Billion Dollar Deal

This morning, CNBC reported that Google is in close talks with Dell to install Google software on all Dell computers for a one billion dollar fee. CNBC continued to theorize that this will be a huge threat to Microsoft, a... continue reading...

BMW Spams Google

In the search to optimize pages for search engines some sites use techniques described as spamming the search engines. There are a number of things you can do to be considered a search engine spammer and I have seen a... continue reading...

E-mail Tax

Perhaps I an now spoiled by the open and free nature of the Internet but I am pretty annoyed that Yahoo and AOL are considering taxing e-mail by charging money to ensure messages are not marked as spam. Sure the... continue reading...

E-mail Tax

Perhaps I an now spoiled by the open and free nature of the Internet but I am pretty annoyed that Yahoo and AOL are considering taxing e-mail by charging money to ensure messages are not marked as spam. Sure the... continue reading...