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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.

GENI

April 14, 2007

The Building of the  Global Environment for Network Innovations   Many academic types are arguing we need to get rid of the existing internet and start from a clean slate to deal with the myriad issues the world now faces such as security and mobility.   While I am not as smart as any of the people doing this work I wonder what the problems are with the Internet as I can access it from a mobile device today. Security has some challenges but is always being improved.   I am however all for this sort of clean slate thinking as many of the concepts being researched will no doubt find themselves into the current internet infrastructure.   This is what happens in the automotive industry where concept car concepts and sometimes even cars themselves find their way into production.   The National Science Foundation wants to build an experimental research network known as the Global Environment for Network Innovations, or GENI, and is funding several projects at universities and elsewhere through Future Internet Network Design, or FIND.   Construction on GENI could start by 2010 and take about five years to complete. Once operational, it should have a decade-long lifespan.   Here is an AP story for more information.

SMC Skype Phone

April 14, 2007

Cisco Invest $700M in China

April 13, 2007

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