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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

VoIM is Voice over IM

October 7, 2006

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 Marceau she pointed out a number of facts that may make you wonder why this area of technology hasn’t received more press.

For example:
  • The battle for VoIP supremacy has just begun
  • Microsoft enjoys a massive user base of some 185 million Instant Messaging users Yahoo! is at nearly 100 million
  • AOL has nearly 50 million users mainly in the .


New VoIP Services Coming

October 2, 2006

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 and cheaper phone rates so the more sticky services providers create the better off they are. In many cases developing enhanced services is not so difficult to do -- you just look to an idea that is working somewhere else and modify it to fit into your particular situation.

An example of this is the digg model that took elements from other websites to build a community of democratized news aggregation and dissemination. And just like that the founder of digg found himself owning the 91st most visited website in the world according to Alexa.

Comcast Knocks Out Google

September 27, 2006

Google Earth Update

September 26, 2006

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 of the balls it is juggling.

Google Earth now supports overlays from a variety of content providers which allow users to click on an area of the Earth to see more about the location.

Initial Google Earth content partners include the United Nations Environmental Program, which will provide an overlay including successive time-stamped images illustrating 100 areas of extreme environmental degradation throughout the world. Before-and-after imagery spanning 30 years will be included to offer users an online resource to learn about worldwide environmental crisis zones.

While on the topic of educational overlays -- the Discovery Networks World Tour overlay will enable users to virtually visit major world attractions, natural wonders and cities. It offers streaming video segments in which users may learn about the history of world landmarks, national parks, a number of African locations and American and European cities.

The National Park Service overlay allows users to learn about natural recreation opportunities including detailed park descriptions, visitor facilities information and more than 10,000 miles of trails within the 58 US national parks.







Apple TV

September 20, 2006

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 now in an enviable position and if they play their cards right they will be a formidable competitor in delivering next-gen TV.

We know Google's aspirations in this space as well so at this moment Apple, YouTube and Google are three of the companies to watch in the Internet TV market. Here is an article that delves a bit more into this topic -- specifically as it relates to Apple.

Although this just hit me, it is worth sharing.



Alcatel and Lucent Approve Merger

September 7, 2006

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 employees," said Lucent Technologies Chairman and CEO Patricia Russo. "Today we received approval for the merger from Lucent's shareowners, and as a result, we are another step closer to creating the first truly global communications solutions provider with the broadest wireless, wireline and services portfolio in the industry."

Alcatel and Lucent expect to complete their merger transaction by the end of calendar year 2006, within the six- to 12-month timeframe originally announced on April 2. The companies have already cleared several key regulatory and antitrust milestones, including antitrust clearance in the United States and the European Union.



Google Open Source

September 7, 2006

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