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Yes, Fonality, I am Skeptical (of the VoIP Sector)

Apparently, one slightly snarky tweet and a single line item in Tidbits - "A head scratcher: Fonality got bought by Netfortis....

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Uber News Involves Sexual Harassment While Waze Competes

The news of the week wasn't great for Uber as a result of sexual harassment claims by workers via a blog post...

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Forward This Post to Employees To Protect From Hackers

Although there is no guarantee you can be 100% protected against hacking, there are some basics you can share with workers to...

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The Drone Wars Have Arrived

An army of good drones will protect our high-value targets at all times. In February 2014 we warned of the impending urban drone...

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Downhill Sledding

For Agents especially, our business has been downhill sledding, much the way Calvin and Hobbes did it (see HERE). Price compression...

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Avaya Bankruptcy Really Doesn't Bother Buyers

At this month's ITEXPO we hosted a panel on Cloud UC with RingCentral, 8x8 and Broadsoft and one of the first questions...

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How Service Providers Can Avoid Becoming A Bit-Pipe

I was recently talking to STL Partners / Telco 2.0 and we had a discussion about service providers now facing the similar...

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TV: Mobile Killer App

April 27, 2005

TV is so addictive that this report about it being a mobile killer app is probably dead right. Between sports, 24 and Apprentice Season 11, we won’t be watching less TV any time soon. Mobile TV makes infinite sense and the question is who will benefit from the growth of the market. ABI Research has a new report on this market and here are some of the things it covers:

  • What is the general outlook for TV in the cellphone for the next five years?

Apple Burns Books

April 27, 2005

OK so they aren’t really burning books but they are pulling all Wiley & Sons books off the shelf because of the latest book from the company named “iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business,” which is an unauthorized biography of Steve Jobs. Excerpt from WSJ:

Apple, of Cupertino, Calif., removed the books last week from all 104 of its stores after failing in a monthlong attempt to persuade John Wiley & Sons not to release "iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business," which is to go on sale within the next six weeks, the publisher said.

The book-spurning is only the latest attempt by Apple executives to crack down on writers who publish or distribute unauthorized or secret information about the computer maker.

It's a strategy that experts in brand management say is likely to backfire, only adding to the notoriety of Apple's critics and encouraging sales in countless other bookstores.
"Pulling books off the shelf is a little draconian," said Rob Frankel, a brand consultant. "It reeks of repression."

The book's author, Jeffrey Young, says Mr. Jobs has nothing to fear from "iCon." It's a chronicle of Mr. Jobs's rise as an innovator and entrepreneur and includes details about his personal life such as his divorce and fight with cancer, he said.

"I thought the book was pretty positive and laudatory," Mr. Young said. "It covers his personal life and there is something about his illness. I wouldn't call any of it outrageous.










WiFi as Utility

April 27, 2005

Qwest Blocks SBC And AT&T?

April 26, 2005

Of course it should be obvious to anyone that VoIP is wreaking havoc on service providers. This technology had two false starts but is so entrenched now that service providers are rethinking how they will exist in the future. There is safety in numbers it seems and this is why we are seeing carriers herd together in smaller groups that eventually merge together.

But in the end consumers don’t benefit when service providers get too strong. This is exactly what Qwest is telling the FCC as they petition the government body to block the proposed merger of SBC and AT&T.

SBC has many reasons to initiate this acquisition not the least of which is reducing a powerful lobbying opponent from the industry.



Vo-ip

April 26, 2005

Cisco Buys Sipura

April 26, 2005

VoIP Confusion

April 25, 2005

I am too close to the technology to be objective perhaps but is VoIP that confusing? The term I mean. Is it sooo terrible. According to a the Global Language Monitor – the self-appointed Internet acronym Military Police, VoIP is on the Top 10 list and is in fact #2.

America, The Leader in Technology?

April 24, 2005

More MCI Madness

April 24, 2005

I'll tell you; this saga has more twists and turns than a small intestine. After yesterday's podcast when we were pretty sure that MCI would tell Qwest to jump in a lake, it turns out MCI really does take Qwest seriously. They have decided to accept the 9.75 billion dollar takeover bid according to the AP.

Verizon now has five days to respond and can boost its offer again or walk away with a nice financial penalty.

MCI directors have repeatedly expressed concern about Qwest's $17 billion debt load and the long-term value of the Qwest shares MCI investors would receive as partial payment. The MCI board also has questioned whether Qwest can meet its forecast of nearly $3 billion a year in cost savings from the proposed merger.

Qwest's $30-per-share offer consists of $14 in Qwest stock and $16 in cash - an increase of $2.50 in cash compared with its prior offer.

The Verizon deal valued MCI at $23.10 per share, though two weeks ago it agreed to pay nearly $26 a share for a 13.4 percent stake in MCI from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu. That gambit fueled speculation that Verizon would offer at least that much for the rest of MCI's stock.

I am just hoping this story will go away.









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