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Online Advertising Growth at 25%

December 14, 2007

Google Knol: Squeezing out the Little Guy

December 14, 2007

Google will soon be launching Knol – a knowledge archive similar to Wikipedia with the exception being t hat authors of content will be tracked more closely and ads will optionally be allowed to run on listings with authors getting a share of the profits.   It seems without a doubt that this will be a successful venture because authors will get paid to post content.   While it is logical for Google to have such a service it is obvious that as services like Wikipedia and others grow in size, they dominate search results. Already Wikipedia dominates top spots for so many search keywords… It is only a matter of time before the top six results on a page are from Knol, Wikipedia and Yahoo! Answers.   While it is difficult to fault Google for wanting to get into the search repository business I find it tough to believe that such a service is needed. Wikipedia does a fine job as is.

  But if people are incentivized to provide content it may make the results of Knol more accurate than Wikipedia.

OCS Training

December 13, 2007

It goes without saying that unified communications was one of the most exciting growth areas in the communications market this past quarter. Microsoft continues to be a major driver of this technology with its Office Communications Server (OCS) product. In fact, not only has Steve Ballmer been on stage to promote UC and OCS but recently Bill Gates was brought out to tout the technology as well.   The launch of OCS represents a watershed event in telecom and as I have mentioned earlier, never in the history of telecom has there been a new product roll-out supported by over 50 other companies.   To be sure, Microsoft OCS is THE communications product of 2007. Whether you plan on installing OCS in your organization or not, you should be aware that the marketing push Microsoft is putting behind this product has showed no signs of slowing down.

Cell Phone Cameras catch Criminals

December 13, 2007

Apple in 2008

December 12, 2007

Net Neutrality 2.0

December 12, 2007

Should service providers be allowed to alter your web pages? The issue came up yet again when Toronto-based Rogers decided to insert messages containing sales messages in web pages they display on their customer’s browsers.   "We are concerned about these reports," Google said in an emailed statement to the Toronto Star.   "As a general principle, we believe that maintaining the Internet as a neutral platform means that carriers shouldn't be able to interfere with Web content without users' permission," the Google statement said. "We are in the process of contacting the relevant parties to bring this to a quick resolution."   Without a doubt, this is the sort of issue that begs for politicians to ensure there is network neutrality.   If service providers are allowed to display messages in web browsers, there are virtually unlimited things they can do to destroy other businesses. They could for example only show messages on Google search pages thereby giving users the incentive to switch search engines.  

They could reformat pages in such a way that they look unattractive.

What Toshiba is Doing Right

December 12, 2007

Wow! A while back I commented that Toshiba’s products were not very well known in the telecom space. This is an excerpt from that blog entry:  
My point is the company is well-known in computing but virtually unknown in communications. What if they installed soft client telephony applications on all their computers and devices?

SCiB Battery Breakthrough

December 12, 2007

The biggest problem with mobile devices has been -- and for the foreseeable future -- will be the fact that battery technology is not advancing fast enough to keep up with the power needs of today’s mobile devices. Battery breakthrough is something technology enthusiasts dream about but rarely get.   This may have changed as Toshiba has announced a new technology called SCiB or Super Charge ion Battery. And the great news for battery enthusiasts (do people really fit such a moniker?) is that there are two breakthroughs here.   The first is that in five minutes the battery charges to 90%. This is huge for mobile users and car drivers as they can rapidly charge their devices.   The second breakthrough is battery life which the company says is ten-years under rapid charging stress.   The technology is also environmentally friendly as it will make it possible to have more flexible battery-operated vehicles and the batteries will last so much longer.   It seems impossible that battery technology could have improved this dramatically but according to Toshiba, you don’t need to pinch yourself.

NextPoint Analysis

December 11, 2007

If you meet David Walsh a partner with One Equity Partners, you immediately think banker. For those of you who may not frequent the tiny (and blisteringly cold when I was there) island of Manhattan, banker generally means investment banker. At a telecom conference you can always pick out the bankers because they dress nicer than most telecom types.   I recently had a chance to meet with Walsh and discuss the formation of NextPoint with him. Generally the “money people” are shielded from the communications and technology media as there are generally more technical people who are better at communicating with the “trade” media.

Star Wars Everywhere

December 11, 2007


Should we be alarmed with the amount of Star Wars content on Tom Keating’s blog? I am not sure. As a huge fan of the Star Wars trilogy (quadrilogy?, quintilogy?, sextilogy?) movies I guess I am OK with it but what happened all of a sudden? Did George Lucas realize the price of jet and yacht fuel has just tripled and subsequently started licensing like crazy?   Here is Tom’s most recent post – an R2-D2 DLP video projector and here is an R2-D2 phone that Tom beat me to writing about.   Here is a Philips VoIP phone that I am sure Darth Vader would have used.
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