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SIP to SIP Gateways

April 18, 2007

Huawei

April 18, 2007

I recently had a meeting with Huawei executives and they have grand plans. The company is a leading Chinese equipment provider and moreover has a surprisingly large suite of products ranging from EVDO cards for laptops to WiMAX and optical networking equipment.   In fact a look at the company’s product portfolio shows there are few products lacking from their arsenal. You name it and they seem to make it… Cell phones, DSL, 3G and FTTX are just a few other examples of where they excel.   Currently 60% of their business is international in nature while China accounts for the remainder of their business. They told me Europe and Asia are their fastest growing markets at the moment while in the US they have 20 customers and networks in 25 states.   An area which they hope to lead is in IMS and FMC solutions and they think they have the background in related technologies to be able to become the world leader in both.   Meeting with the company’s executives gives a fresh perspective on how Chinese companies differ from American ones.

TMCnet Goes International

April 18, 2007

Today is a momentous occasion for me as TMCnet has gone international developing continent-specific editions for Latin America, Europe, Asia the Middle East and Australia. You will find these country choices on a grey horizontal bar at the top of most of our pages. TMCnet is the largest communications and technology portal in the world and this move allows people everywhere to see news specific to their needs.

We believe this move is a good one for TMCnet visitors and the advertisers looking to cost-effectively target communications buyers – service providers, enterprise decision makers, resellers and developers worldwide   TMCnet has approximately 2 million unique visitors per month and here are Alexa’s statistics on TMCnet’s international reach as of this writing:   Tmcnet.com users come from these countries:   United States                54.6% Canada                         5.0% United Kingdom           4.8% India                             4.2% Australia                       1.9% Malaysia                       1.5% Germany                      1.4% Philippines                    1.2% Singapore                     1.1% Israel                            1.1% China                           1.0%

Tmcnet.com traffic rank in other countries (lower numbers are better. 1 is the best):   United States                809 India                             2,134 Canada                       2,736 Australia                       4,032 United Kingdom           4,213



Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite 8.0

April 17, 2007

One buzzword with legs is mobility. We hear the term everywhere these days. Moreover, it seems workforces are becoming more mobile by the day and knowledge workers are being created in segments previously not considered to be in this category. For example maintenance and housekeeping services in hotels are slowly becoming automated and have the latest mobile tools allowing their employers to be aware of their presence at all times.   Another buzzword we hear all the time is convergence.

A National Holiday For Virginia Tech Victims

April 17, 2007

I was reading about the Virgina Tech tragedy and was surprised and shocked at the same time. As you may know the worse shooting spree to ever take place on US soil happened yesterday.   This tragic event is horrible beyond description as 32 people were massacred. This explains why I was shocked.

Blogs Took Down Imus

April 17, 2007

Robert X. Cringely

April 16, 2007

For almost 2 decades now I followed the writings of Robert X. Cringely. Admittedly I used to read his column every week between the late eighties and mid nineties. As my own publishing and writing career started to take off I spent less time reading his columns.   I did write about Robert earlier today and Andy Abramson pointed out the person behind Cringely is none other than Mark C. Stephens. No, I have not heard of Mark either.

Behavioral Targeting

April 15, 2007

Imagine a world where advertisers would be able to predict your detailed behavior online. They would know when you are about to buy a song, a car, a present for your spouse – they would know virtually everything you are thinking.   If you believe this is impossible then you would be wrong as there are a few companies who have access to enough Internet data to make this privacy lover’s nightmare a reality and believe it or not a relatively new science called behavioral targeting is taking the online advertising world by storm.   In an March 2007 article in Business 2.0 titled The Quest For The Perfect Online Ad, the author points out that Yahoo! is one of the leading companies in the behavioral targeting space. A candid interview with Yahoo!’s Dr. Usama Fayyad the company’s Executive Vice President of Research & Strategic Data Solutions shows Fayyad thinks showing ads based on behavioral targeting is much more powerful than simply showing ads based on simple search queries.   A salient quote from Fayyad in fact is “I know more about your intent than any 1,000 keywords you could type.   Yahoo has 12 terabytes of user data flowing through it everyday and to put this in perspective, this amount represents more data than the entire Library of Congress! Fayyad proudly says he can predict with 75% certainty which of the 300,000 monthly visitors to Yahoo!

Chinese Pornography

April 15, 2007

China is really cracking down on pornography. I had no idea it was even considered a problem in the country. An AP story shows some valuable insight on how the country is dealing with what they see as a growing problem.   The Ministry of Public Security says the anti-pornography campaign will target cyber strip shows and sexually explicit images, stories and audio and video clips, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

"The boom of pornographic content on the Internet has contaminated cyberspace and perverted China's young minds," Zhang Xinfeng, a deputy public security minister, was quoted as saying Thursday.   I suppose the country will easily be able to crack down on domestic porn sites but they will obviously not be able to stop sites outside the country. They can however block these sites.

Google/DoubleClick Merger: Expert Opinion

April 14, 2007

Recently I wrote about the merger between Google and DoubleClick and subsequently I decided to get an outside perspective on this acquisition from Tim Vanderhook, CEO and founder of Specific Media a company specializing in behavioral targeting of advertising in its own advertising network.   What is the general impact of this merger?   Google has probably been studying over the past year or so the impact that display advertising has on search advertising. The two are very closely tied together with display ads fueling search ads for advertisers. Because Google has such a dominant position in the latter, they are moving quickly to make the weakest part of their business a strength. This deal is not so much about targeting as it is about display advertising, it is getting more widely understood by advertisers that display advertising is the driving force behind people making searches.
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