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What the Hell.com

October 29, 2006

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 for the URL to change hands.

Many in the blogosphere say Lucifer has been routinely threatening all bidders in an attempt to keep the price from reaching the stratosphere. Rumors abound that Google may be interested in the domain name as an extension to their Google Earth program. According to sources, Google execs think they have gone as far as they can with Google Earth and need new ways to keep the stock humming along.

In typical Google fashion the excellent Google Earth technology is to be replicated in heaven, hell and the afterlife.

After consulting with many analysts in the space -- most of whom as you might imagine have horns and tails -- I have learned that the authorities at Vegas.com are keenly aware of the auction and are sitting on the sidelines to see who picks it up.





Google and Video Advertising

October 28, 2006


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 internet commercials. While Volvo has relationships with other Internet advertising companies they seem to be especially excited about Google's YouTube acquisition.

One might imagine Google will sell ads you must watch before getting to the content you are looking for but Google said it opposes these "pre-roll" Web ads, which resemble TV commercials.

From my perspective the typical Google ads generate clicks but have little or no branding impact. They are very measurable however.




Ecosystem 2.0

October 23, 2006

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 if it is worth anything more than web 1.0. Google obviously thinks YouTube is worth almost 2 billion and these guys aren’t fools. Even Steve Ballmer has public comments about the YouTube/Google deal but he is careful to question web 2.0 valuation without dismissing the websites of the 2.0 world.

But what is web 2.0?

Will YouTube Have Any Files Left?

October 20, 2006

$1.27 Billion in VoIP Support Services Revenue by 2010

October 19, 2006

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 equipment support services spending will reach $1.27 billion in 2010. this is a staggering number and one can imagine how much money will be spent on service and equipment based on the fact so much is being spent on the support services.

On a related note, here is an IP communications market research page that is a summary of research in the communications market.

The reason we put this page in place is to ensure we can track the reams of research news flowing across TMCnet on a regular basis.



Give me Back My Google

October 17, 2006

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 written by Oliver Humpage from the UK and proves fish and chips can be an extremely inspirational combination of protein and carbohydrates (I am sure the vinegar doesn’t hurt either).

Any site which is purely a comparison site, with no extra useful information gets removed from search results.
Now you can take this site as just a niche search engine companion but what if there are many others who decide to take search engine results and alter them in various ways to achieve desired results. You could have a filter that just gives you negative results – such as lawsuits and Better Business Bureau database entries. How about another filter for just good news – positive earnings, etc.
I smell a new API opportunity for Google in fact.




FCC: AT&T Now Guards the Cheese

October 9, 2006

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 and government do whatever the LECs -- or more recently AT&T wants. If you are a CLEC you have felt the pain of having the government deregulate telecommunications so you could compete only to find out less than ten years later -- surprise -- you really can't compete -- go and find another thing to keep yourself busy. Oh and the billions you invested in your business -- you can just write it off.

Blogger Hacked

October 8, 2006

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 time this has happened according to an email I received from Andy (related post) and Om questions whether there is a wider problem afoot with Blogger as this is not the first time this has happened. Hats off to blogger Michael Arrington from TechCrunch who was quick to postulate this post was a hack early on.

But one has to wonder why a person would derive any sort of enjoyment by spreading the word that Google is cancelling their click to call program.

Google Click-to-Call Cancelled

October 7, 2006

Google and YouTube

October 7, 2006

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