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Programmable SIMs for IoT, How DIDs Fit in and Alexa Fun

"Twilio ramps up mobile play with programmable SIMs for IoT and handsets with T-Mobile," says Ingrid lunden at TechCrunch. The idea behind...

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EEOC Finds Silicon Valley filled with Racist, Sexist Criminals

Expect the summer of deflection to continue. I have discovered the reason that there is a lack of diversity in Silicon Valley....

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Open Letter to LinkedIn

What started as a neat online rolodex evolved into a business networking site, but now is a lousy version of Facebook....

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API of the Week: Stitch Labs Adds Flexibility to Omnichannel Commerce

As the number of sales channels explodes, companies look to automation to help them manage inventory across them all. From Amazon to...

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ITW and the Importance of Services

As many of you know, ITW has historically been about wholesale voice minutes exchange.  But as voice minutes exchange has lessened in...

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All About the API: The One Developer Event You Need

OK, I am going to start off by taking back the headline of this post... There isn't one of anything you need....

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API of the Week: Use Flowroute to Access the Multibillion Dollar Telecom API Space

Flowroute is one of the companies in technology that “gets it” when it comes to APIs. Yes, I know APIs aren’t new…...

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TMCnet in Top 4,000 Sites in World

July 14, 2005

Recently, thanks to loyal readers like yourself, TMCnet crossed the 4,000 mark meaning our site is in the top 4,000 sites in the world. This is according to Alexa, a division of Amazon.com. Sites are ranked by both unique visitors and page views over time with penalties going to sites that bring momentary spikes in traffic.

We are honored to be in this elite group of the world’s top web sites and are noticing that on many days of the week, TMCnet’s traffic is in the top 2,500 sites in the world!

If you want to track how websites rank quickly, download the Alexa toolbar and see for yourself. Here is a large graph of TMCnet’s ranking growth over the years.

To facilitate this amazing growth we have turned to web hosting for some of our content, ordered a T3, and we are adding new content servers to our network on a regular basis.

Next week we unveil a brand new TMCnet which has been under development for many months.







Jack Welch on China

July 14, 2005

More On BellSouth Vonage Purchase

July 14, 2005

Mark Evans does some great analysis of the rumor I reported on yesterday of BellSouth buying Vonage. Does it seem logical to me that each Vonage customer is worth $4,375? No way. My editorial team beat the bushes looking to confirm this story and as you might expect BellSouth had no comment.

An area that Mark didn’t explore in this blog post is the hype surrounding XM and Sirius satellite radio.

BellSouth to Buy Vonage

July 13, 2005

E911 and VoIP Deadline

July 13, 2005

Playing with FireFox

July 13, 2005



I have been using FireFox more and more recently and was amused to find out
that when I went to Microsoft Office
Update
I was told I need to use IE to download the required patches. I am
no expert on monopolies but there seems to be something unfair about being
forced into having a copy of IE on hand to make sure you can upgrade your
software.



The same thing holds true for Windows
Update
. I would think the EU and the DOJ/FTC would be up in arms about such
practices.



Here is the e-mail regarding a security flaw in Office that started me down
this path:



 National Cyber Alert System



 Technical Cyber
Security Alert TA05-193A



 Microsoft Windows, Internet
Explorer, and Word Vulnerabilities



 Original release date: July 12, 2005

 Last revised: --

 Source: US-CERT



Systems Affected



 * Microsoft Windows

 * Microsoft Office

 * Microsoft Internet Explorer



 For more complete information, refer
to the Microsoft Security

 Bulletin Summary for July, 2005.



Overview



 Microsoft has released updates that
address critical vulnerabilities

 in Windows, Office, and Internet
Explorer. Exploitation of these

 vulnerabilities could allow a remote,
unauthenticated attacker to

 execute arbitrary code on an affected
system.



I. Description



 Microsoft Security Bulletins for July,
2005 address vulnerabilities in

 Windows, Office, and Internet
Explorer.




















































































Voice Vision International

July 13, 2005


A long time friend of TMC has
recently changed jobs and I thought it worth sharing. Also within the release
is a mention of Keith Kelly, a pioneer in VoIP and IP contact center
technology. He was years ahead of his time when he launched NetSpeak
Corporation in the 1995-1996 timeframe:

After 14 years with West TeleServices, Ray Golden has
resigned his position with West Teleservices in
order to join up with Voice Vision
International
as Senior Vice President New Business Development for their
Teleservices division. Ray had originally started in the telemarketing business
with the West's at their first telemarketing operation, WATS Marketing of
America, where he stayed for 8 years before joining the West's again at West
Teleservices.

















Voice Vision TeleServices was founded on the core principle of providing better
cost-effective telephony and Internet communication solutions that utilize
state-of-the-art technology to increase profitability and reduce overhead for
all our clients.





VoIP Developer to Sell Out

July 12, 2005

We got word recently from our show hotel that they are about to sell out. Here is a summary of what is happening with the show from a recent e-mail we sent:

With three weeks remaining until the VoIP Developer Conference begins in San Francisco, I wanted to update you with some important news.

1. Growing attendee list boasts many impressive companies - Earthlink, Oracle, RIM (Blackberry), AOL. Each of these companies has purchased a Diamond Team Plan and are sending four delegates to attend the conference program.



VoIP Quality -- Last Chance

July 12, 2005

AT&T CallVantage E911

July 11, 2005

I received this release today and was a bit surprised as AT&T has been super-quiet regarding their CallVantage service since their announcement of of the SBX acquistion. While Vonage has been investing in customer acquisition with million dollar marketing budgets, AT&T has really slowed the marketing spending to a trickle. I can’t recall the last promotion I saw for the service so using the word trickle actually givs the company the benefit of the doubt.

Many in the industry were quietly predicting the demise of the service altogether. I take this announcement as a sign that AT&T is still committed to providing VoIP.

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