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Skype Founders To Fund Future Disruption

March 22, 2010

Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis were no strangers to profiting from p2p-based software which went viral, making them rich in the process. Kazaa was their first blockbuster and the death of Napster's free music service boosted this p2p product tremendously. Their third attempt a blockbuster hit was Joost and this one didn't work out too well. Why?

AT&T Increases Capacity with COWs

March 18, 2010

Did you ever wonder how wireless carriers increase capacity in specific areas where large crowds gather? Well, one way is they can bring out cell (towers) on wheels or COWs and use them to augment the cell towers in the local area. This particular cow featured in a Rocketboom interview does 2G, 3G and WiFi and an increasing number of people have likely noticed AT&T WiFi signals at sporting events courtesy of these mobile wireless workhorses.



In the interview above you will hear the AT&T representative Mike Barger tout the fact the company has twice as many smartphone subscribers as the nearest competitor and he explains this is one of the reasons the COWS are needed in the first place.

Google Apps Marketplace Brings Walled Garden to the Desktop

March 10, 2010

Years back TMC launched a magazine titled IMS which stands for IP Multimedia Subsystem - and represented an architecture model allowing carriers to open up their networks to developers who would in turn take a revenue split in exchange for allowingtheir apps to run on the carrier's network. Customers of the service provider would be provided walled garden access to services - they would be pushed to use authorized apps. Fast forward some years and now the app stores are owned by Apple, RIM, Nokia and others. The carriers were just too slow to implement their models and perhaps they were the wrong class of company to be involved in the software business.

Pandora Increases Focus on Cars

March 5, 2010

One of the best places in need of Internet radio is in the car as you are not able to currently able to skip songs on regular or satellite radio. Pandora and Slacker have changed the paradigm of radio listening and I often find myself wanting to press the thumbs up or down buttons on songs I hear while driving.

The problem of course is that unless you are listening to Internet radio you can't skip a song. That is of course unless you have a smartphone with an Internet radio app which is connected to your car. Ford has strong syncing options with smartphones and BMW and others have done an OK job with cell phone interconnectivity.

A few months back, Pioneer announced a new automotive entertainment unit which integrates Pandora and costs $1,200.



Windows Phone 7 is Really Version 3.0?

February 15, 2010

For years, Microsoft products have been known to be pretty poor until version three came around - at which point they were pretty good. Based upon the early comments about Windows Phone 7, this update seems to be the version 3.0 experience which basically means the best mobile product the software leader has developed to date.

Why?

The company has embraced the clean interface needed to compete in the mobile space without any gimmicky pseudo 3D interface tricks.

ITEXPO East 2010 Photos from Dan York

February 12, 2010

The Microsoftization of Google

February 10, 2010

You have to give Google credit; they seem to want to make the world a better place by opening up the world and making technology and services more accessible. And they are powerful enough to make it all happen - search revenue pours in and is being allocated to services which compete with Amazon and Microsoft among others. In the mobile phone space they go up against Palm, RIM, Nokia and Microsoft.

Yesterday they announced a new social networking initiative called Buzz which is supposed to unseat Facebook and twitter.

Supercomm Dies, What it Means to Carriers, The Industry

February 8, 2010

Last week, Doug Mohney had the big scoop that Supercomm will be cancelled - he blogged it as a rumor which was subsequently confirmed by the TIA and USTelecom today. As a show organizer myself I get a lot of questions regarding what this news means to our industry. Rather than continuing to opine on a person-by-person basis, I thought it made sense to put my thoughts in writing.

Espionage via APT or Advanced Persistent Threat Widespread

February 5, 2010

Corporate and government secrets are currently being stolen on a grand scale - can anything be done about it?



If you are one of those people not easily rattled, please have a seat and get ready to shake. A new acronym, APT which stands for Advanced Persistent Threat is on the scene and by many accounts is an online threat which is virtually impossible to detect and even worse eradicate. Once your company is infected it seems hackers have access to virtually any and all information on your network.

Tech, Telecom: The Energy is Back

February 3, 2010

 Communications, wireless, consumer electronics, cloud computing, virtualization -- in a turbulent market, it is good to be in technology.


Monster.com was one of the companies I considered to have a natural monopoly in the US job search market a decade ago. Amazingly, social media sites like LinkedIn and Craigslist are making Job sites less relevant and as a result Monster just picked up HotJobs for $225 in cash to shore up its decreasing market share.

A decade or so ago it was common knowledge that satellite radio would eventually make a huge dent in the business of traditional radio companies.

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