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What Caused the Blackberry Outage

February 12, 2008

UK Threatens to turn off Web Access

February 12, 2008

Social Networking Decline

February 12, 2008

While social networks are still massive and generally doing well, there are more more reports of people getting fed up with such networks because they get too many friend requests and are not happy with the new advertising methods the sites use to generate revenue.

For example sharing a person's buying behavior is not making users of such services happy.

Today, the Wall Street Journal has an article that Bill Gates has stopped using FaceBook. The sad fact is that Microsoft has invested in the company.

While I have complained in the past about getting a few friend requests a day on such networks, Gates receives 8,000 each day. This is absolutely astounding and explains why he would want to leave the service.

The article also goes into the fact that you cannot ever delete your information on some of these networks.

Certainly, all this bad press can't be good for the likes of MySpace and FaceBook and could signal a broader trend that the world has lost interest in such sites.









Mobile World Congress Key Terms

February 10, 2008

As you may know, Mobile World Congress kicks off this week and to get the ball rolling the event has put out some of the key terms you will be hearing more about this week. I have posted them here with their definitions in case you need to brush up on your acronyms.

Also be sure to check out the Mobile World Congress News Page to stay up to date on the show.

3G

3G, or third-generation, is loosely defined as offering high data speeds, always-on data access and greater voice capacity, enabling operators to offer customers fast internet access, live, streaming video and other multimedia or "converged" applications over a wireless network. There are several 3G technology standards.





Is AT&T a Runaway Winner?

February 6, 2008

Is AT&T going to win the IP services wars? I get the feeling they are really doing a fine job in this regard and will only do better over time. Jon Arnold agrees and in a  recent article he talks about how well AT&T is doing but also explains how in the new world of Internet Protocol communications, there will be mistakes and successes along the way.

He discusses, events that took place at ITEXPO and explores standalone versus bundled services while mentioning Verizon, Covad, XO, 8x8, Cbeyond and many others. There is good insight here and this article is worth a read.

Here is an excerpt:

Moving further along the spectrum, however, these two pieces begin to diverge, and the incumbent carrier must share the pie with competitors and over-the-top operators.






Undersea Cable Cuts

February 5, 2008

The iTunes PIA

January 29, 2008

So a while back... I don't even know when, I somehow downloaded Quicktime. It was back in the days when Apple was the company we all felt sorry for. Perhaps a decade or so ago.

Big Sprint Changes

January 24, 2008

Sprint certainly needs to do something to reduce churn and to become relevant to customers once again. In an increasingly commoditized business they have done little to differentiate themselves from others through either unique handsets which customers want, network quality or anything else.

Unfortunately this means the company has to compete on price which obviously isn't working out to well for the wireless carrier based on its recent financial performance.

The company has just restructured in the hopes of solving its ongoing business problems.

Paul Saleh, chief financial officer; Tim Kelly, chief marketing officer; and Mark Angelino, president, sales and distribution -- will leave the company Friday. The company said William Arendt, senior vice president and controller, will serve as acting CFO, and John Garcia, senior vice president, product development and management, will serve as acting chief marketing officer. Paget Alves, regional president for sales and distribution, will serve as acting president, sales and distribution.

A management shuffle may help but what it really needs are better devices and a really captivating ad campaign promoting these devices and convincing us they matter.







Vishing: Definition

January 24, 2008

According to the IC3 or Internet Crime Complaint Center, Vishing is simply voice phishing, a scheme whereby unsuspecting callers are directed to rogue IVR systems which are disguised as real systems from banks, credit card companies, etc.

These systems masquerade as real banks interactive voice response systems asking for confidential information.

In other words there is a relatively new way to get unsuspecting people to part with their confidential and personal information.

The requests to contact these IVR systems can come via telephone calls as well as e-mails.

According to the Wall Street Journal there is a hacker who even sells a kit which crafts e-mails which look like they come from real banks.

So now, we need to not only be concerned about clicking on web links but also calling telephone numbers.

So why is this good news? Well, there is an opportunity for a developer to come up with a system that checks phone numbers against a vishing database to ensure the number called is not fraudulent.

A second option would be to do a database dip and look up the phone number being called just as you dial. When you call Bank of America for example you expect to see the display say Bank of America.













Dell Chooses Fonality

January 23, 2008

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