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700MHZ Spectrum

July 12, 2007

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 Today article.   Interestingly I also read a Telephony article where CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent called the proposed rules “Silicon Valley welfare.”   What I find interesting is this portion of the Telephony article:   -----   Verizon Wireless vice president and general counsel Steve Zipperstein testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, urging Congress to ignore Google and other Internet companies’ calls for open-access requirements to the 700 MHz bands, which are scheduled for auction in early 2008. Zipperstein said the results of such rules would favor the Internet companies over the wireless industry, effectively pre-determining the winners of the auctions in advance.

“The wireless industry has produced a steady stream of innovations -- from devices, to applications, to features -- that have given American consumers myriad choices about how they use their wireless service,” said Zipperstein in a statement.

Nielsen/NetRatings Changes Measurements

July 10, 2007

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 blog entries on TMCnet this week your views would be counted towards TMCnet’s page view number.   As more sites embody AJAX and video, there is no need for a page to refresh and as such a person could spend many minutes on a website and only view a single page. So the current system favors sites which refresh often such as a Google or Yahoo.   PC World reports that Nielsen/NetRatings will start measuring total time spent on a site as their primary metric and page views will be secondary.   "It is not that page views are irrelevant now, but they are a less accurate gauge of total site traffic and engagement," Scott Ross, director of product marketing at Nielsen/NetRatings said.

TMCnet Goes Twitter

July 4, 2007

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 send and receive messages via SMS on cell phones. People spend hours letting their friends know (in excruciating detail sometimes) about all aspects of their life. “I am going to have lunch.” “I am having a snack.” “I am sick,” are some of the things you may see while twittering.   But if you get sick of twittering with friends and are interested in using Twitter to keep up with the latest (and best of course) communications and technology news and analysis, be sure to check twitter.com/tmcnet.

Google Acquires GrandCentral

July 3, 2007

Fring on Windows Mobile

June 19, 2007

PhoneGnome

June 19, 2007

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 goal back in the late nineties was to roll out fiber as fast as possible with no regard for getting any customers.   If you remember, at the time, the stock market didn’t even value profit… It was all about eyeballs, miles of fiber and potential for future profit. Profit was an “evil” word as it allowed markets to place a valuation on your company.

eBay Google Spat

June 13, 2007

Google and Apple Collaborate

June 7, 2007

Democrats Say You are Lying

June 7, 2007

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?   One of the most ingenious hiring campaigns I have ever seen in the United States comes from Google. This billboard which poses a math question and requires you to know the answer before responding is an example of Google going above and beyond to hire US workers.   This story was even on NPR.ORG… Don’t tell me some Democrats missed it.   Google is spending millions of dollars on recruiting in the US and took the time to testify in Washington on this matter.

Google Goes Green

June 6, 2007

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 purchase so as to allow Google’s servers to bring the GPUs into the mix when writing programs. Google’s programming language is highly abstracted from the hardware and if the company can find a way to leverage the powerful GPUs in the hundreds of thousands if not millions of servers it owns, the result could be an increase in server efficiency.   In the end, this efficiency increase will save Google electricity, resources and of course time, as processing will take place much faster.   This acquisition could be looked at as the ultimate “green” play… allowing Google to take advantage of millions of dormant graphical cores in its servers. As I mentioned yesterday, the world is going green, prompting TMC to launch it’s Green Conference in Los Angeles later this year.
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