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How Poor Branding and Positioning Have Led to Tech and Auto Failure

Lessons Learned From Microsoft, Cisco, Volkswagen, Mazda and Apple MistepsWhy do Cisco and Microsoft have trouble entering new consumer markets and why does Apple have challenges when trying to get into the enterprise server market? According to an article from...

LivingSocial Gives You $10 Off Amazon Purchases

500,000 people including me just now have purchased a $20 Amazon gift card for $10 via LivingSocial. the offer is a play on ensuring the Groupon competitor which offers a deal a day builds out a large mailing list of...

Cloud-Based Brute Force Attacks to Test Computer Security

Love it or hate it, the cloud is allowing some incredible things to take place such as being able to offer anyone the power of a supercomputer for pricing in line with a cup of coffee. Barry Levine writes about...

Skype, Amazon and BitTorrent news For a Snowy Week

Still snowed in? That’s what I thought. Regardless of whether you got back from back-straining snow removal or you live in Orlando, you’ll appreciate some of the latest tech news of the day. Popular Mechanics starts off the list with...

BroadSoft BroadCloud a Smart Move

Moving from equipment to the cloud is very smart move and something I noticed many vendors at the recent ITEXPO in Los Angeles were focused on doing. Just as VARs and channel partner/MSPs have shifted from once selling hardware to...

Lycos Sold for $36M to Ybrant

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...

Support for Net Neutrality Wanes in Tech Community

I just came across an article worthy of passing along from the Technology Liberation Front, a group which is focused on helping to reduce the amount of regulation imposed on the Internet and technology. Aside from a typo or two...

ShopVisible on Mobile Commerce

There has been and will continue to be a massive increase in mobile commerce as consumers are becoming more accustomed to shopping online and mobile devices are proliferating and providing bigger screens and better interfaces. Personally I have been amazed...

Vuvuzelas Equal Profit Online

How the World Cup and Entrepreneurial risk-taking turned an idea into profitThe power of the Internet coupled with a good idea allows companies to make money more quickly than ever. Consider the case of the simple vuvuzela - the super-annoying...

Amazon Outage

While Amazon looks like it is performing properly, it seems ordering items from its pages are down - at least for me. Matt Kulka is one of the voice complaining about the outage saying "CALL THE INTERNET NEWS POLICE! Amazon.com...

Cloud Computing Boosts Data Center Market

 Thanks to cloud computing, cloud-based storage, cloud-based contact centers, cloud communications and a mix of other services hosted in data centers worldwide, the data center market is booming. A solid article about the market comes courtesy of David Gross at...

Vantrix CMO Gives Thoughts on Wireless Data Caps

I have mentioned before that even if you feel your data usage will never exceed 2GB, you are likely underestimating your broadband needs of the next few years. This is without a doubt the case as you start to stream...

How You Know Amazon has Made it

 Amazon doesn't need me to tell them they have "made it" and with a market cap of $56B they are obviously doing a lot of things right. Still, this morning I saw my house absolutely littered with new boxes from...

Bezos Says Kindle Potential now only 10% of Market

Assuming all households were once candidates for the Kindle, the iPad has just taken 90% out of the book reading market leaving just 10% - the serious book readers to buy the Kindle. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos explains in fact...

Amazon's Kindle Embraces Facebook and Twitter

The e-reader which really popularized the category is under attack from the iPad and is fighting back - will these social media updates make a difference or is it too little too late? When it comes to the tablet/e-book reader...

Cloud Computing Unleashes Creativity

Recently at Cloud Expo in New York I caught up with Duke Skarda the Vice President, Information Technology and Software Development at The Planet and learned about his company's Infrastructure as a Service business targeting companies who have hardened websites...

Mossberg iPad Video Review

Walt Mossberg has had an iPad for about a week and in a video review he points out some of the good and bad. The bad first - he points out a lack of USB ports (there is a USB...

Cancelled Amazon Order Scam

 Example of frequent spam/malicious email we get frequently at TMC. Click on image to enlarge.For the last few weeks a number of my fellow team members here at TMC have been receiving confirmed and cancelled orders from most likely a...

The Microsoftization of Google

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 -...

iPad's Lack of Flash and Openness a Blow to Publishers

 Last year I called lack of Flash support on the iPhone the real Apple Tax. This is still the case and since this post, TMC had to spend significant development resources to create an iPhone specific site which converts our...

Tech Lubricates Theft, Can it do so For Law Enforcement?

The Internet is an incredible lubricator and margin compression resulting from immediate and widespread information dissemination is destroying industries on a level never before experienced. Examples include the newspaper business which has seen classified ad revenue jump to Monster and...

Should Amazon Collect State Sales Tax?

Amazon and other ecommerce vendors enjoy a tremendous advantage in these times of fiscal responsibility as many of the products the company sells do not involve sales tax in most states. There are arguments for and against Amazon paying taxes...

ITEXPO Launches Startup Camp - Investors Take Note

We love startups - as a society we owe them more and more each day. The contributions of Apple, WalMart, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Intel, etc. Most companies which were not spinoffs started life as tiny babies in the enterprise pediatric...

Nook Analysis

I stopped by local Norwalk, CT Barnes & Noble to gauge interest in the company's latest product the Nook, the Google Android-powered ebook reader. What I found was an extremely enthusiastic staff who were thrilled to walk me through the...

Social Web as Next Frontier

Remember Cuil - the Google killer? The search engine launched with much fanfare and then disappeared from the scene pretty quickly when it was determined the site's results were not that good. Well the search engine is back with a...
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