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Overview of ITEXPO West 2010 Events

September 30, 2010

Hi all, my marketing team was good enough to provide me with this comprehensive overview of ITEXPO and all the related events and content at the show which takes place Oct 4-6, 2010 - yes, next week. I hope this snapshot is something you find useful.

From Grids to Clouds, ITEXPO Has It Covered. So Much Value for Your Investment. Free Workshops, Great Networking, Amazing Keynotes, 12 Collocated Events.

Sophia, What the H*LL is Semiotic Search?

September 22, 2010

I have to be honest, this post isn't about you, its really about me. Please accept my apologies in advance. You see, I scan hundreds if not thousands of headlines a day and I don't recall ever seeing a release with the word semiotic in it. In fact I searched my email archive with hundreds of thousands of items and zip, nada, no mentions.

So when I learned that Sophia launched Sophia Enterprise Search and Contextual Discovery  and in the release I saw the word semiotic, I was intrigued.

Facebook Phone

September 19, 2010

Why your next smartphone may be free

Speculation abounds that Facebook is working on a phone and it seems more than logical to assume it will be based on Android and sold via carriers. In fact one would imagine AT&T is trying like crazy to get an exclusive deal with the company as they desperately need a new hot product when the iPhone potentially becomes available on other networks.

In fact, it would be surprising if carriers haven't been chasing Facebook down to get such a phone with mass appeal out of the gate.

iPad goes to China, Crooks Mine Facebook and ITEXPO Highlights

September 13, 2010

As the first week of the fall begins, there is a wealth of news to share such as China getting the iPad, Facebook status updates leading to burglaries, another high- level departure at Nokia and GoDaddy.com looking to sell itself for a billion dollars.

The pace of acquisitions hasn't slowed as of late - HP just announced it will acquire ArcSight to bolster its security offering and PAETEC will pick up Cavalier Telephone.

Perhaps the biggest news of all is Wal-Mart's entry into the MVNO space - they will be reselling T-Mobile's service.

If there is a common theme here - it's that technology continues to be full of opportunity as it becomes more common.

Google Instant a Hit, But Not Why You Think

September 9, 2010

There has been much back and forth over the release of Google Instant, a new service which shows search results based on what you type and before you are finished. Common wisdom tells us this improvement will allow Google to gain more marketshare because users will find what they want more quickly but having used the service casually for part of the day I am trying to wrap my head around the improvement and if it will indeed help us find virtual needles in haystacks more efficiently.

Now as a hunt-and-peck typist I must admit it is challenging for me to type while looking at the keyboard and also take advantage of seeing results as they appear almost-immediately onscreen. My eyes do gravitate however towards the suggestion box which is not a new feature.

Alcatel-Lucent Outlines Next Generation Communications

September 1, 2010

Having recently purchased a Sony Dash which I still need to take out of the box, I am obviously intrigued by the idea of devices which allow widgets to run on them. Apparently Alcatel-Lucent too is enamored with the concept of widgets and mobile apps as the company just picked up OpenPlug, a company focused on cross-platform application development solutions. This purchase follows on the acquisition of ProgrammableWeb a major resource to the development community involved in mashups and web-based APIs.

What does this tell you?

Nokia, RIM, Skype, Cisco and ITEXPO News August 30, 2010

August 30, 2010

Tech once again has been an amazingly vibrant market in the last week of August when news is generally slow. A recent trend has to do withtechnology companies playing nice with global governments to make sure they aren't rejected or find themselves out of favor like Google happens to be in China.

Nokia Spices up its Servers

Nokia for its part has decided to put servers in India to comply with local laws allowing government officials access to once impenetrable communications systems. You may recall India recently had some issues with not being able to monitor messages sent on Blackberrys.

Skype - an M&A Target



Google and Yelp Seem to Settle on Places

August 26, 2010

I've opined that Google is far more feared than Microsoft ever was as it can use your own content to compete with you and there is little if anything you can do about it. As an example I mentioned Yelp reviews were being scraped by Google to include in their Faces service. Moreover, I pointed out a staggeringly high 57% of Yelp's traffic comes from Google so altering their site so Google can't crawl it would be search engine suicide.

The solution seems to be a truce of sorts where Yelp reviews show up on Google search results but not on Places pages.

Changing The Rules (Again) to Save Newspapers

August 19, 2010

Many people are very fed up with the idea of changing the rules to save favored institutions - TARP, the bailing out of AIG, Citibank, GM, Chrysler and underwater homeowners at the expense of the companies and people who played by the rules has infuriated millions. The problem with changing the rules of the game is you never know when you should stop. For example, now that everyone else has been bailed out, the states too who have spent beyond their means are being bailed out meaning if you live in a state where you elected fiscally conservative candidates who spent wisely, your tax liabilities still increase because the administration is being forced by bailout momentum to save states which are bankrupt.

And believe me I understand the incompetence of state politicians as Connecticut, my home state is about to face bankruptcy - we have a week's worth of cash.

With this set up, understand why many are concerned when they hear that some suggest that now we need to change the copyright laws to save newspapers.

Google: Privacy Died Long Ago

August 17, 2010

This past weekend the Wall Street Journal interviewed Google CEO Eric Schmidt and there were some interesting comments about how Google knows so much about you and moreover knows your location and as such the company can remind you to pick up some milk and can advise you if you happen to be near a landmark which you have been reading about.

Moreover Google hopes to monetize Android in the future and Schmidt explains they have a better chance in doing so if there are more handsets available than less. He also mentioned the company shares search ad revenue with Apple on the iPhone so the company can pay for Android development just with the savings of not sharing part of that revenue with Apple.

A weird part of the interview was Schmidt predicting kids will change their names to eliminate traces of their early hijinks online.

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