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Google Blocking Apps Blocking Ads

March 14, 2013

Want to find the latest ad-blocking software for your Android device – sorry, you won’t be able to find them in the Google Play store. You see, the company decided that these programs do not comply with its Developer Distribution Agreement. Of course the argument could be made that they never did – in other words, ad-blocking is not new and having them listed in the company’s store isn’t a new development either. Obviously Google which is in the advertising business realized they shouldn’t allow a company which keeps it from generating revenue to take advantage of the app store they host.

Microsoft, Facebook, Apple and Google: France's War With US Tech Firms

March 13, 2013

Ten years ago the people of France had to deal with a major challenge – English tech words were beginning to become more popular than baguettes. As a result, the country’s Culture Ministry banned the term e-mail and replaced it with the term Courriel. A decade later, the country decreed the word hashtag shouldn’t be used but instead they suggested 'mot-dièse' which we believe may be French for “too much time on our hands due to overly generous government handouts.”

The country’s battle against tech terms coming from the US is dwarfed only by the country’s attack on US tech corporations.

Microsoft EU Fine Shows Irony of Tech Antitrust

March 6, 2013

Microsoft was just fined a whopping $732M by EU antitrust regulators for breaking a voluntary agreement to give 15M users a choice of internet browsers beyond IE. The challenge according to Microsoft is they had a technical glitch which first allowed the choice and subsequently took it away. Yes, this does sound a but fishy.

Microsoft did indeed use its OS monopoly to kill off browser competition from Netscape Navigator in the nineties. They did however tie IE into the OS better than Netscape did, making it in many respects a better product.

Since that time, Internet Explorer has fallen prey to Chrome and even Firefox and lost share as it has failed to keep pace with advances in the industry.



Google, YouTube, Apple and Beats: Music Options Galore

March 6, 2013

There is good and bad news for Pandora today. The streaming radio leader has for the first time found itself in a position to compete for radio advertisers on an equal footing thanks to its inclusion in an influential ratings network run by Strata Marketing. The potential in the streaming radio market has brought new competition.

It's worth noting the news recently broke that Apple has held talks with Beats Electronics LLC about collaboration and/or investment in a music service called Daisy – apparently these talks go back a decade but Steve Jobs wasn’t ready to act when they began. Although Apple hasn’t been announced as an investor in the deal, Daisy has just secured $50M from a group including Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik, Fort Worth billionaire Lee M. Bass, and Australian financier James Packer.

Teoco Shows Predictive Geotargeting at MWC2013

February 27, 2013

At Mobile World Congress 2013 Teoco explained how they have carved out a niche in the market focusing on BSS and OSS analytics while taking advantage of geolocation to ensure operators not only serve their customer with greater profitability, they can also capture new revenue models.

The Virginia-based company has provided carrier solutions in the past such as service assurance such as capacity planning, managing network congestion, etc. They also provide network optimization like suggesting what direction a tower should tilt. Finally, margin assurance is a big area of focus - which in one case they say saved a customer half a billion dollars in five years through a variety of analytics projects such as reducing access charges, modifying contracts with suppliers, fixing uneven roaming scenarios, tower location analysis, network routing and other projects.

WebRTC Advisory Board Announced

February 20, 2013

One of the more exciting bits of news this week has to do with TMC and partners choosing the Inaugural WebRTC advisory board. After the huge success of the first WebRTC World show in Santa Clara, California, we wanted to make sure we worked with the absolute top minds in the communications, technology and WebRTC fields to ensure our conferences have the best content possible.

The next show takes place June 25-27, 2013 in Atlanta, GA. Here is a list of the new board members with Twitter handles for easy-following purposes.

Update: Jim Donovan's correct Twitter handle is now listed below.





Name/Company Member Handle Company Handle Jim Donovan
Acme Packet @jdrtc @Acme_Packet Tsahi Levent-Levi
Amdocs @tsahil @Amdocs Alan Johnston
Avaya @alanbjohnston @Avaya Chris McGugan
Avaya @cmcgugan @Avaya Arnaud Budkiewicz
Bistri @arnaudbud @Bistri Cullen Jennings
Cisco @cfluffy @CiscoSystems Steven Sokol
Digium @ssokol @digium David Duffett
Asterisk @dduffett ‏ @asteriskpbx Dean Bubley
Distruptive Analysis @disruptivedean @DApremium Geoff Hollingworth
Ericsson @geoffworth @ericsson Craig Walker
Fierspotter Labs @cwalker123 N/A Jan Linden
Google @jtlinden @google Justin Uberti
Google @juberti @google Stephen Brown
Mitel @mitelcloudchief @mitel Boris Selitser
Oracle N/A @Oracle Joe Burton
Plantronics @JoeBurtonCTO @Plantronics Goncalo Morais
Siemens @gnclmorais @SiemensEnt Mohan Palat
Sonus @mpalat @sonusnet Mark Weidick
TenHands @markweidick @TenHandsInc David Jodoin
ThruPoint @david_jodoin @Thrupoint Dan Burnett
Voxeo @voxeodanburnett @voxeo Alexey Aylarov
Zingaya @aylarov @Zingaya_Service





















Scam Users, Accumulate Facebook Likes, Buy a Ferrari

February 18, 2013

Bitdefender Labs recently reported that a site showing kittens and unicorns suggested users download a “business flash” plugin in order to see a video. At this point the plugin takes control of the user’s computer allowing cookie information to be taken and replicated on another computer – effectively locking a user out of their social networking account.



Bitdefender describes the people behind this scheme as crooks which makes this story more interesting as this exploit seems to be designed to “borrow” a user’s identity. If your account isn’t taken over, the extension sits on your computer and can continue to like site after site without your approval.

Is Apple Too Sexy for MWC?

February 15, 2013


In deciding not to exhibit at the Macworld events, CES and MWC, Apple has shown the world that it doesn’t need others to be successful. It can control the conversation far better when it holds its own press conferences which are invitation-only by design.

While this philosophy was very successful for a number of years, what Apple didn’t count on was the innovation gap between its products and the rest of the market closing to the point where a large-screen Android smartphone is actually preferable by the masses to the company’s iOS based phone offerings.

In other words – the “Apple attitude” we’re too sexy for your trade show was a great marketing concept for a number of years but now it seems like a bad choice.

Do Physical Digital Libraries Make Sense?

February 7, 2013


Bexar County in Texas will be home to one of the world’s first digital libraries which contains just e-readers and lots of electronic editions of books. The interesting idea here is the library is going digital but still needs $1.5 million to start up. Moreover, it believes the ongoing costs to maintain the library will be lower than one which contains traditional books.

The natural question worth asking is, are libraries missing the bigger picture?

Apple needs an iPhablet

January 23, 2013

For over 2-and-a-half years, Apple has watched the smartphone competition grow taller and wider and it eventually capitulated on a taller iPhone size with the latest iPhone 5. But it is still way behind when it comes to providing total screen real-estate when compared to a Samsung Galaxy S3 or Note 2.

I’ve argued repeatedly that the company needs a wider phone and that market forces will damage Apple in the long-run as many form factors will be developed and some will be hits. The point was that in the eighties we saw vibrant PC competition destroy Apple’s price/performance position.

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