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Top 10 Phone Tricks

January 17, 2008

Go Directly to Jail, Do Not Pass Go

January 16, 2008

A disproportionate amount of fraud seems to have taken place in the telecom and technology fields over the last decade. Adelphia, Worldcom, Enron (remember they also had a bandwidth trading division) and many others have been caught and convicted over the years.

Today, one of the people involved in on the of the many stock options backdating scandals, Gregory Reyes the former CEO of Brocade Communications was sentenced to jail for 18 months and ordered to pay a large fine because of his involvement in falsifying documents.

While I hate to see a single scapegoat,  it is always a good sign when the courts show they are serious about protecting shareholders from fraudulent activity such as options backdating.

The problem in this case is that it seems virtually every tech company was deeply involved in the same activity and until recently much of these problems did not come to light.

The excuse was "Everyone else is doing it," so it must be OK.

I would be tempted to be more lenient of such arguments if the same exact excuse wasn't being used by financial firms to explain why they got involved in subprime loans which didn't make sense and complex financial instruments they obviously didn't fully understand.

The only difference is that in the financial crisis we are currently in, much of the blame rests with ratings agencies and mortgage insurers who felt the pooling of massive quantities of low quality loans would somehow equate to a high quality rating.

While I got off track a bit here... I suppose I should end by saying I am glad to see courts upholding laws and protecting shareholders. I love the technology and telecom markets which TMC serves and I am glad to see courts uphold shareholder rights and setting an example which shows unethical/illegal behavior (even if commonplace) will not be tolerated.

The integrity of the tech and telecom spaces rests in the hands of powerful company chiefs who cannot think they are above the law.















Mobile Device Management

January 16, 2008

CopperCom Close to Closing

January 16, 2008

Open Source PBX Redesign

January 16, 2008

SIP and Enhanced Services

January 16, 2008



Jeff Dworkin is no stranger to TMC University as he has taught numerous TMC courses at ITEXPOs over the past years. Even though Jeff is well-known to many of you what you probably are not aware of is the fact that he now works for Dialogic.

In addition he will be teaching a TMC University course at ITEXPO but with a twist. This course will be focused on service providers and is titled SIP: The Foundation For Building Enhanced Services.

The course will touch on a number of topics a service provider needs to be aware of as they manage their growth...

Examples of content to be discussed include SIP, SS7, IP Backhaul-Class 4 Replacement, E911, Pre and Post Paid Services Using SIP, QoS, etc.

For more on the full course and a podcast interview I invite you to visit Greg Galitzine's blog for more information.









Amazon's France Problems

January 16, 2008

In France there is a law that says you are not allowed to sell books for more than 5 percent off the list price. We have lots of silly laws in the US as well so it is tough to fault the French for this ridiculous anti-consumer law. The problem is this law is obviously not good for a company like Amazon who has decided to ignore the law and instead pay a relatively small fine.

The challenge for the company is that soon the fine amount may increase and Amazon will have to decide how to proceed. Jeff Bezos has tried to rally the French public in support of free shipping by the way.

WiFi Hotspots Still Not Secure

January 16, 2008

In August of last year I wrote about how WiFi hotspots are not secure.

A few days later I clarified the post with comments from Microsoft's Francois Doremieux, Senior Program Manager, Product Group: Customer Experience.

The clarification basically explains that even if a hotspot is not secure, using a VPN or other encrypted stream of data makes it lot better than just opening a web browser and entering passwords and account numbers.

Today The Wall Street Journal explains a bit more in detail how hotspots can be used to collect your personal information. The article suggests ways to protect yourself and in addition advises you to do your banking, etc at home.

Excerpt:

Protecting Yourself

Stay current.











ITEXPO - Huge International Draw

January 16, 2008

As Tom Keating mentioned earlier today we are proud to announce that Internet Telephony Conference & Expo which will take place in just under a week in Miami Florida has registrations from 74 countries, a 15.6% increase over last year.

The show takes place January 23-25 and I hope you can make it.

As cold weather comes to many parts of the world, now is a good time to come to ITEXPO where you can enjoy the heat of the red-hot IP communications industry and a bit of sun as well.

Hope to see you there. Have a safe trip!

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Important Interviews

January 16, 2008

Recently I was fortunate enough to be able to interview a number of thought leaders and others who have given me their perspectives on the communications market, the future, the entry of Google, Apple and Microsoft into the space and much more.

Here are some of the more interesting interviews for your reading pleasure... I really think we can get a healthy read on where communications will be headed in 2008 by absorbing some of these comments.


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