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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

Alcatel and Lucent No Deal?

September 5, 2006

TMC in Stamford Advocate

September 3, 2006

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) The article was great and we are humbled by the nice coverage of TMC. One thing I am glad the piece focused on is how much we value our team and what they have helped build. It has been a wild ride and the last 7 years have been so exciting – from ideal telecom times to rough ones and then massive growth once again.

Google/Skype Interop

August 29, 2006

Google is the Internet

August 23, 2006

Write On Writely

August 21, 2006

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 I remain very impressed by the possibilities using AJAX.

I can cut, paste, change text color, etc. Sure I can’t do advanced things like grammar checking yet but I expect this service to evolve.

I also remain convinced that AJAX-based applications are the biggest threat to software providers. Expect many new software companies with AJAX applications who charge for enhanced services such as storage, back ups, advanced features, etc.

The Skype model will be duplicated – give away software and charge for services later -- by dozens if not hundreds of companies looking to take share in virtually all parts of the software business.

What’s your opinion?







Google Aided CRM

August 17, 2006

Google WiFi

August 17, 2006

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 threat from Google.

Google’s influence is felt throughout the world and the government of France is concerned that Google is responsible for slowly destroying French culture. In response to the threat from Google in fact there is a new French search engine.

Then there is the threat to eBay as Google hones its Froogle search engine, payment and e-commerce products. Newspapers have a love/hate relationship with Google News but mostly hate as they see Google news replacing their sites as primary news home pages.

It would seem, everywhere you look, Google is wreaking havoc with existing business models and causing boardroom chaos.

The newest chaos is being felt in the offices of cell phone operators around the world.







Google Licenses AP news

August 4, 2006

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