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I Use Google and You Siri are no Google Killer

I worry more it will kill the public’s interest in speech rec I have been reading with great interest all of the back and forth chatter on the web regarding Apple’s Siri and its merit as a Google killer and...

Is it Web 3.0 Time in the Valley?

While spending some time here in the Santa Clara Convention Center after Cloud Expo, I just can't but get the feeling the tech world is onto the next big thing. The Cloud Expo was full of activity, a ton of...

Arrived at RightScale User Conference 2011

I just finished most of my meetings at Cloud Expo 2011 here in Santa Clara, CA and juest headed to the RightScale User Conference where I am meeting with company CEO Michael Crandell very soon. As you may recall, the...

SNL Skit Features Mark Zuckerberg Rupert Murdoch, Reed Hastings and Arianna Huffington

I have been a somewhat loyal viewer of Saturday Night Live since the eighties - and for some reason I even watch it these days - although it is far less funny. One skit that did get me smirking a...

How eBay's X.commerce Benefits Merchants

Last month I discussed X.com, an app store for commerce from eBay and the news of the release made me really want to attend the company's recent event where they demonstrated it live. Alas, I had other shows to attend...

Is Content King or is it Platform?

The adage about content being king is absolutely true and the precipitous drop in the value of Netflix shares related to losing Starz programming reminds us that distribution can be considered a distant second to content. This is true because...

Off to Metaswitch Forum 2011

Next week I am headed to the Metaswitch Forum 2011 event and this will be the third time in a row speaking with carriers and the communications industry in general. Last year I had a speaking opportunity and have one...

Twitter Tightens SMS Ties with Photos

Twitter's 140 character limit was actually a limit of SMS messages applied to the world's most successful microblogging service but in the last few years, Twitter use has migrated to apps on smartphones and web browsers. Today the company sent...

Largest ITEXPO Hall Ever

I am here with my team in the Austin Convention Center determining the layout of the largest ITEXPO in this show's history. Check out the size of this exhibit hall. This is the 24th event and we are looking forward...

AT&T Responds to DOJ - What They Missed

AT&T responded to the DOJ regarding the blocked T-Mobile USA acquisition saying that the proposed merger would be good for consumers as it would allow AT&T to gain access to T-Mobile spectrum allowing their call quality to improve and the...

The PSTN Will Die. Time to Learn SIP

It should come as no surprise to avid followers of this blog that the PSTN is potentially going to be mothballed in the next seven years. If you are wondering what will replace it, the answer is in-part SIP and...

Cloud Communications: That's gold, Jerry! Gold!

Seinfeld fans rejoice – I haven’t forgotten about you – and Kenny Bania is now forever immortalized in this blog. He came to mind and his expression “That's gold, Jerry! Gold!” seems so fitting when I get to talking about...

Skype for iPad is Baaack

Skype for iPad is here!It was much-anticipated, released, then pulled, then re-released and it works great. The company said there were problems with it causing them to pull and then release it a few hours later. (Update) TMC's Erik Linask...

Why Windstream Bought PAETEC

Broadband and communications provider Windstream Corp just agreed to purchase communications conglomerate PAETEC for $2.3 billion in order to add scale and drive growth. PAETEC is an interesting company as it not only provides broadband and IP communications services; it...

Search Marketing: Where it Pays to be Young

There is a crisis of unemployment in the US and those aged 16 to 19 are being hit with unemployment rates of 24% or almost three times the rate of adults. Worse yet, minority teens are seeing rates of unemployment...

Where Google is Vulnerable to the FTC Probe

Google has responded to the FTC probe regarding its potential monopolist practice of directing users to its network of sites and in a blog post from Amit Singhal, a Google fellow they explain that their focus is primarily on users....

At Cloud Expo NY 2011 Today

I'll be conducting video interviews for a few days here at the Cloud Expo show and am looking forward to seeing what innovations are happening in the space and what many of the companies at the expo think of Apple's...

An Honest Critique of Microsoft and Steve Ballmer

For the last five years there have been calls for Steve Ballmer to step down from Microsoft and I have refrained from comment until today because a confluence of news and events has made commentary necessary. Specifically, David Einhorn, an...

Amazon: Begun the Consumer Cloud Wars Have

Amazon has just unveiled a cloud storage solution for music and other files beating Apple and Google to the punch. The service, promoted by the included graphic on the Amazon home page explains the offer which includes a player which...

Gogobeans Enables Mobile Cloud Sharing

Behold, the semi-social mobile cloud is born One novel way to store and share information is Gogobeans, a company which allows you to store information in a digital locker in the cloud and share it easily by sharing or “bouncing”...

Earthquakes and Tsunamis to Help or Hurt Cloud Growth?

If your cloud services relay on a data center which is in an area affected by a natural disaster and your users or home office is not, you probably look at the recent disaster in Japan as a negative for...

Tier 3 Platform-as-a-Service Gets $8.5 Funding

The insatiable desire to invest in cloud-based services continues as Tier 3, a company providing enterprise-level managed services to Microsoft and others just received $8.5M in series A funding from Ignition Capital and Madrona Venture Group. The company has about...

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...

VoIP Market up 13% This Year

Infonetics says the VoIP/UC space will be up 13% this year over last. It is no secret that the current business environment is very tough and this growth in a single and relatively mature sector of the market reminds us...

Overview of ITEXPO West 2010 Events

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...
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