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Saving Money on IP Communications Education

December 14, 2006

If you haven’t been watching, the early-bird deadline for conferences at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (register) is approaching --tomorrow actually -- and we are talking about a savings of up to $1,000. The show is in 40 days so be sure to make your travel arrangements now as hotel prices will skyrocket soon. For many people there company foots the bill so this isn’t important. To us however, we would rather have you save some of that hard earned cash and spend it with one of the exhibitors at the show.

Google Bank

December 14, 2006

Is Google thinking of getting into the banking business? Well according to this Motley Fool article the company has done something novel with its stock options program allowing options granted after the IPO to be traded on the open market once they vest. This protects employees from a stock price meltdown and should in theory lead to happier workers. The program is not for Google executives by the way so we can’t assume this is a way for the top brass to sell stock early on bad news.

Borat on Branding and Positioning

December 9, 2006

We often get to see very smart engineers launch companies which design great products and services only to see these companies languish or fail. You see, engineers are terrible marketers. As a matter of disclosure I too am an engineer and some ways this perhaps uniquely qualifies me as a critic of my colleagues.   The problem is companies led by technical people generally look for immediate and infinitely measurable ROI when they spend marketing dollars so when it comes to positioning, branding and thought leadership they just don't understand how to gauge ROI. So instead they focus entire marketing budgets on events, pay per click and lead generation with no thought to what the leads they capture think of their company.

Alcatel-Lucent

December 9, 2006

I like the new Alcatel-Lucent logo. It makes me think of a cross between an airline and an ecommerce company. I do really like the way the A and L come together as one. On a separate note the new company's credit rating was reduced to junk by Fitch ratings.

Pretexting OK by Investors

December 8, 2006

HP seems to have gotten through the pretexting scandal unscathed -- paying $14.5 million to settle a civil claim revolving around the issue. HP shares have actually gained around 9 percent since the probe was disclosed in a regulatory filing, but fell 28 cents to $39.86 Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange.   "It looks like they got off pretty easy, and that this is actually going to be a good thing for HP," said Roger Kay, who follows the company as president of market research firm Endpoint Technologies Associates. "It looks like they're in control of their destiny and have put at least some of this behind them."   The vast majority of the settlement -- $13.5 million -- will fund state and local investigations into privacy rights and intellectual property violations, according to the lawsuit and settlement filed simultaneously in Santa Clara County Superior Court.   Apparently HP has been extremely cooperative and this issue seems to be largely behind the company.   HP CEO Mark Hurd said in a statement that the company is "committed to ensuring that HP regains its standing as a global leader in corporate ethics and responsibility." The agreement did not include a finding of liability against HP.   From my perspective the low fine amount seems like a minimal deterrent against this sort of behavior in the future.

Huawei Logs $11 Billion in Sales in 2006

December 7, 2006

In the first half of 2006, Huawei recorded contract sales of USD 5.2 billion, an increase of 29 per cent compared to the same period last year. The value of contract sales from international markets reached USD 3.4 billion, an increase of 36 per cent over the same period in 2005. The international market represented 65 per cent of total contract sales generated in the first half of this year.   Huawei sees its future in IMS and FMC and they believe their growth rate will continue. The company is proud to say they have been granted over 2,500 to date.

YouTube Relations as Political Barometer

December 7, 2006

I find recent YouTube news is a great way to see how countries look at technology and the internet. On the one hand a Japanese group feels YouTube must rein in copyright violations. The group goes on to say YouTube – now owned by Google – needs to have safeguards in place before videos are uploaded to the massive video database site.   At the opposite end of the spectrum, Iran, has decided to ban YouTube altogether. Yes, you can no longer access the site from Iran. What happens when you go to YouTube?

AT&T/BellSouth FCC Vote to Take Place

December 7, 2006

The AT&T/BellSouth merger has been deliberated by the FCC for quite some time. On October 13 of this year reports circulated about how the FCC vote was to be pushed back. It is now almost two months later and there may be an end to the deadlock.   As you may recall Commissioner Robert McDowell was not voting due to a conflict of interest. As you may recall Robert McDowell worked for COMPTEL an association who was publicly against the merger.

Web 2.0 and Terror

December 3, 2006

The New York Times has a long article on how behind the tech curve US spy agencies are. They need a technology upgrade. Apparently they need spy software 2.0. I read the first page and then was forced to finish up an article for Customer Interaction Solutions Magazine.

Israel Technology

December 3, 2006

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