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Time Inc Layoffs

January 15, 2007

I saw this New York Times (registration required) article today about Time Inc. the publishing division of Time Warner cutting 150 people – half in editorial jobs. The cuts are surprising as they include editorial talent. This could be considered a very bad sign but in reality the editors have to go because the company is streamlining how it reports on news.   Instead of having several correspondents send files to a writer in New York and then having a fact-checking department, the stories will be researched, written and fact checked by one person.   Larry Hackett, managing editor of People, said the new reporting model would not preclude putting several correspondents on one piece when the news warrants it.   Why is this an interesting development? Because this is what many websites and bloggers do today.

USF Benefits Who?

January 15, 2007

The San Jose Mercury News has an in-depth article on the Universal Service Fund with a slant on California and their particular funds. The article hints at abuse and discusses exactly who benefits from the fund. The biggest beneficiary is AT&T by the way and this is not surprising as it is the largest phone company. "This program isn't a windfall to us," said Diamond.

Musings: Apple, AT&T, Zultys, M&Ms, Ubiquity, Avaya

January 12, 2007

While the world is going iPhone lawsuit crazy (posts from Andy, Jeff and Aswath) there is a bit of news that seems to be under the radar but crucial. What is it you ask? It is that eBay/PayPal will start distributing key fobs with random security codes. The goal will be to increase security.

Tech Musings: Apple, Cisco, Blackberry

January 11, 2007

I am musing a bit later into the day and as I was pressed for time – At this hour it is completely plausible that I may not even muse effectively. If you find today’s musings substandard, please come back tomorrow where the musing will start all over again. This is of course unless I get another case of muser’s block.   Yes, writers block can be very real. Sometimes people (writers, bloggers, etc) miss deadlines or just make mistakes such as forgetting to muse before noon.

First ITEXPO East ’07 News

January 11, 2007

A Banner Blogger Day

January 11, 2007

It is good to be a blogger today with the news that for the first time in a federal court, two of the press seats will be reserved for bloggers. After two years of negotiations with judicial officials across the country, the Media Bloggers Association, a nonpartisan group with about 1,000 members working to extend the powers of the press to bloggers, has won credentials to rotate among members at the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.   Part of this Washington Post article is a bit disturbing but accurate and follows below:  
"Blogs are first and foremost a conversation, people talking," said Jeff Jarvis, a journalist-turned-blogger who created a forum called BuzzMachine. Blogs, he said, have a "different biorhythm" where postings that are initially inaccurate or unfair are corrected online through readers comments and updated blog entries. "This is a world," he said, "where you publish first and edit later."
In reality people are looking for their news to be faster and faster. Sometimes they don’t mind inaccuracies if they get the news first and it gets corrected by the community.   While the concept of blogging material that could be potentially incorrect disturbs many, the world is changing.   In the end, the consumer dictates what they want and they have spoken.   This past weekend I was at a birthday party and one of my relatives was thanking another relative because he hooked her on the Perez Hilton blog.

The Days Musings

January 9, 2007

Here is a smattering of news and views of recent events:   Great news – We may have found and killed life on mars. How does one analyze such news? This could be one of the biggest discoveries of our lifetimes and – we accidentally kill it? Ok let’s just hope we don’t get extraterrestrial visitors to our planet who don’t realize humans are life forms.   Yahoo!

Florida is on Sale for ITEXPO!

January 8, 2007

  It is not too late to book your flights to ITEXPO   I just went to Expedia and checked the airfares for the upcoming Internet Telephony Conference & Expo coming up in a few weeks. Boy was I surprised. I have never seen such low fares just two weeks from any show. And this is with no Saturday night stay requirement.

Mitel

January 7, 2007

By now it is no secret I spent some time in Canada recently and met with a number of companies in the Terry Matthews family. One of these companies is Mitel and over the decades this company has proven to be far ahead of the technology curve. They haven’t been the marketing leader mind you but they always focused on technology and innovation and this allowed them to do well throughout a telecom market having its share of ups and downs.   In the early 1990s I remember Mitel at shows like ICA and TCA in places like San Diego, California exhibiting converged solutions integrating the PC and the phone system. Mitel has always been innovating.

Diamonds are For... the Web

January 7, 2007

If you are interested in how a dotcom company made it through the bubble and emerged as a leading diamond retailer -- one of the top three in fact, check out When Buying a Diamond Starts With a Mouse by Gary Rivlin of the New York Times. The story focuses on Blue Nile and the online diamond behemoth says nearly every day, the company sells a ring costing $20,000 to $40,000. Last month alone, more than a dozen people bought diamonds that were so expensive — $50,000 or more — that Blue Nile delivered them in armored trucks with armed guards. The article didn’t mention Amazon.com who is also looking at becoming a major force in the jewelry business.
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