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Lycos Sold for $36M to Ybrant

August 16, 2010

In May of 2000, Lycos was acquired by Terra Networks, the internet arm of Spanish telecom giant Telefónica for $5.4 billion. Do you remember how this company used to be one of the top sites online? It really was one of the symbols of the dotcom bubble. Although you never hear Lycos mentioned anymore it is interesting to note the company has an Alexa ranking of 1,443 meaning it is in the top 1,443 most popular sites.

Tablet Update and Oracle Sues Google over Android

August 13, 2010

It's been a very busy tech morning so I spent some time assembling news you should be aware of before you grab your morning bagel and brew that pot of coffee.

Tablets, Tablets Everywhere

First off is an article from Harry McCracken at Technologizer discussing 32 tablets, slates and pads. Yes Virginia, there are alternatives to the iPad but surprisingly the iPod Touch isn't on the list.

Wolfram Alpha Gets Widgety

July 30, 2010

Remember when the most recent Google Killer Wolfram Alpha was released and the world went crazy and all we could talk about was this company and how incredible it was? Boy that buzz wore off fast. I actually forgot about the company since I wrote about their partnership with Bing last winter. Well, they just announced they have taken their service and widgetized it meaning they can provide you with pint-sized apps which are powered by the wizards curating and organizing the data which responds to use questions.

Comunicano: Your Influencer Relations Company

July 23, 2010

Many of you in the communications and technology spaces already know Andy Abramson as he is a well-known and influential blogger. But what you may not realize about Andy's company Comunicano is it is a major player in the world of influencer relations. By capitalizing on a strategy which Andy describes as the boulevard of communications, his company works with his clients to ensure their news turns into stories which are told and retold throughout the web and other media outlets.
 


As you can see from the inverted pyramid above, Comunicano segments the disparate audiences necessary to push a product along the influencer road to ultimately convince followers to purchase.


Magazine Ads Significantly Influence the Wealthy to Purchase

July 23, 2010

A TMCnet team member sent me an article from Forbes which is titled Ultra Rich Spending Less And Chasing Quality and gives fascinating insight on what makes these people tick and moreover how they spend and how to influence them. The piece is based upon The Survey of Affluence and Wealth in America 2010 - a creation of American Express Publishing and the Harrison Group who polled about 2,400 people from the richest 10% of U.S. households. The article starts with some interesting notes - 91% of the mega wealthy feel we are still in the middle of a recession but they are happier than the rest of the population when it comes to their personal relationships.

TMC editors in San Jose Next Week

July 8, 2010

Next Week, my team and I will be hosting meetings in San Jose where the technology and communications markets will have unprecedented access to TMC editors and the ability to tell their story in TMC's video newsroom. Since I blogged about the opportunity a while back we have already scheduled over 60 meetings. We are subsequently flying more of our team out to the west coast to handle the meetings. The good news is there is still some more space left for meetings now that we have decided to send more resources cross-country from our headquarters in Connecticut.

Moreoever, this event now has networking potential meaning you will not only meet editors but others in the industry.

Wired on iPad Gets an Update

July 1, 2010

How the App Store Helps Magazine Publishers

Hundreds of thousands of Wired fans downloaded the company's premiere app from the Apple App Store on the iPad. My contacts at Conde Nast, the parent company of Wired explain the company likes the model of individual issues being purchased as it generates much more revenue for the company. Being in the magazine business myself I can understand why this is the case. Moreover when a typical magazine subscription can cost around $15 per year and this requires printing and mailing magazines which could cost a company $20-$50 per year, you can see why advertising revenue is so critical to keeping publishing companies.

Invitation Only Video Interviews in San Jose with TMC

June 29, 2010

OK - it is kind of weird to call it "invitation only" if I am blogging about it but somehow it doesn't seem right to not let you know that TMC will be on-hand in Silicon Valley performing a host of video interviews with the best and brightest minds in tech and communications at the San Jose Marriott Tues, JULY 13th - Thurs, JULY 15th.

A sample screen shot of an interview which took place just outside of Washington DC


Here is a link to the most recent interviews I posted from a similar trip to the Washington DC area. If you are interested in consideration be sure to reach out immediately to Jaime Hernaez (jhernaez (at) tmcnet.com).

Since word got out about these interviews the spots have been filling up faster than in any city we have gone to so please be aware we expect all spots to fill up soon.

Here is a sample video from our recent DC trip



Should Internet Censorship be Allowed?

June 28, 2010

 


Book burning is one of the most horrific acts humans are capable of and when done by an oppressive regime with the goal being to keep information from reaching the hands of its citizens, all humans lose out. In the age of the Internet however Web sites and social networking services sometimes take the place of books - and shutting such services down could be considered the equivalent of burning books.

The issue arises once again via the controversy surrounding Google vs.

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