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$4B Wireless Repair Market Event Comes to ITEXPO

Almost 8,000 wireless repair businesses employ over 20,000 people and the market is growing. Yes, it’s a $4 billion dollar market! Apple’s next-gen phones...

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Ad Blockers vs Mobile Advertisers

In September, I wrote a blog on why mobile advertising is expected to grow based on Mary Meeker’s yearly Internet Trends report. Something to...

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Ransomware Fog Rolls over SanFran Muni, SFMTA

We’ve known ransomware costs for a small- to medium-sized business can be $99,000, per Kapersky Labs. This includes lost business data,...

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Why you would give up the chance to strut around in Middle Earth Barbie wear? Allison Smith asks.

#Thankful! What for? Being able to speak...well, not as well as Allison Smith. Being able to design software and apps with code,...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I don't think Ican write one better than I did 2 years ago, so here's a link to that piece. Happy...

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Comparing Different Types of Mobile Ads

Now that access to the internet via mobile devices is past 50% compared to access via desktop, it makes sense that internet...

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UCaaS Round-Up (Tidbits 2443)

Nextiva, a Broadsoft powered ITSP, announced at their user conference that it has released a new UC&C or Workplace Comms platform...

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Telecom Competition

June 18, 2005

I received this e-mail this week from Consumer's Union and agree that we are seeing too many mega-mergers in telecom. The telecom industry is turning into a battle between those who want to innovate against those that want to regulate. VoIP has revolutionized telecom and we need to allow this revolution to continue. Allowing a few companies to own all the pipes to all the homes is the worst thing we can to foster innovation and competition.

VoIP and Outdated Telecom Laws

June 18, 2005

Here is a great article on VoIP regulation and outdated telecom laws by TMCnet’s newest reporter, Ted Glanzer. Here is an excerpt:

The Brand X case: On the judicial side, the U.S. Supreme Court is supposed to issue a decision any day now regarding the infamous Brand X case. The issue before the court is whether the FCC should regulate cable broadband service as a telecommunication service under the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

More Google TV

June 18, 2005

As I just wrote about Google TV, I figured I would do a search on Google TV using Google to see what came up. I may be late to the party by there is a pretty neat service called Google Video Search that the company offers allowing you to search for TV shows, episodes and even for local showings of the next episode of your favorite program. I vaguely remember hearing about this when I heard Yahoo! had something similar in the works.

Google TV

June 18, 2005

In case you missed the story on Google TV -- or is it a rumor. We'll have to wait and see.

Here is an excerpt from Tom's blog:

However, my source said that the amount of bandwidth purchased could only mean one thing - video. Of course video could be just about anything. Is Google going to offer videoconferencing, video streaming, video-on-demand?



MasterCard Theft

June 18, 2005

In what seems like an epidemic of confidential data being compromised, MasterCard recently announced that 40 million -- yes a number with seen zeros as in 40,000,000 credit card files were put at risk when a computer at credit card processor Card Systems International was breached.

MasterCard said other personal data that might contribute to identity theft, like Social Security numbers and dates of birth, was not stored on its cards and therefore not at risk. And it said credit card holders would not be liable for any fraudulent charges to their accounts.

I believe that the government will come out with some very strict laws soon which will aim to reduce problems such as this from happening. It is unclear what can be done but I get the feeling the situation is coming to a boil. Recently a similar problem happened at CitiGroup, LexisNexis and ChoicePoint.

More on this story from the NY TIMES.





53 VoIP URLs

June 18, 2005

The number of recent VoIP URLs has decreased for a few weeks now. It was common to have 80-90 a day for a while. I wonder if this is a sign of the market maturing or the fact that all the good ones are gone. Some of my favorite from the list are "lenovoiptv.com" -- is Jay Leno going to be moonlighting soon?

Pennywise, Pound Foolish

June 17, 2005

Sometimes being cheap will cost you big in the end. Especially when you are being cheap over a £4 ketchup stain. An attorney in the UK that makes around £364,000 per year harassed a secretary to pay for the dry cleaning. How she spilled the ketchup on his pants is unknown but what is know is that she paid the bill in full herself and this has become an Internet phenomenon.

The Beginning Of Internet Sales Tax

June 14, 2005

A story titled Appeals court: Borders must pay Calif. tax on online sales may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back in the controversy over collecting sales tax on internet purchases. Businesses can avoid paying sales taxes to states where they have no physical presence, according to a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Telco stock options a conflict of interest for Rep. Pete Sessions

June 14, 2005

I don’t know why any politician would want to prevent cities from providing wireless Internet access to its citizens. Here is a release I received that if true is pretty damaging to U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions from Texas. If these allegations are true, it would be an unprecedented conflict of interest.

Intel Invests in China

June 14, 2005

$200 million is nothing to sneeze at Intel has decided this is the correct amount of money to invest in the Chinese market via their Intel Capital China Technology Fund. The fund will be used to invest in companies that complement Intel's technology initiatives and to further build out the

Internet infrastructure in China. The fund will also provide local businesses with capital to help nurture important technologies and products developed in China. Examples of initial focus areas include cellular communications, broadband applications for consumers, and semiconductor design.

Intel Capital, which has investment managers based in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, made its first strategic investment China in 1998 and since then has invested in close to 50 Chinese companies across nine cities in mainland China and Hong Kong. Eleven of these companies have since gone public or have been acquired, including AsiaInfo Holdings Inc., a telecom software supplier; Chinacast Communications Holding Ltd., a total solution service provider for remote education; Sohu.com, an Internet portal; Techfaith Holdings Ltd., an independent cell phone design house; and UTStarcom Inc.

I recently met with the folks from UTSTarcom and they are one of the few companies that have developed a WiFi telephony phone for the consumer market.





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