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BT Delays Ad Targeting

July 6, 2009

Back in December of last year, Peter Radizeski reported on privacy issues, lawsuits and executive departures from companies in the advertising targeting business. Two companies cited were NebuAd and Phorm. Phorm made headlines again today when BT announced it was going to postpone its own Phorm-powered ad targeting network so it could focus on other matters.

What is surprising to me is how BT could think it could catch up later in the ad targeting market.

Something Old and New at Tiscali International Network Media Event

July 6, 2009

A while back I headed out to Sardinia Italy to attend a media roundtable hosted by Tiscali International Network regarding the state and future of broadband technology. I do get invited to quite a few of these press/analyst events and this one really stood out in my mind due to the quality of the speakers and the location of the event itself. Sardinia is located in the middle of the Mediterranean and if you picture Italy as a boot kicking Sicily - a soccer ball, Sardinia would be located at the top of the kick.

Sardinia on the map

 

Problems at Joost

July 1, 2009

Om Malik sums up the problems over at Joost quite well... The company is having a large round of layoffs and is losing the video war to Hulu and others. While Om explains all the factors which led to the company's demise such as their rapid growth, lack of focus and geographic distribution, I wonder if the biggest problem isn't the lack of intriguing or popular content (which he points out and elaborates on). The few times I used the service I was amazed at how little interesting content it had.

Former AT&T Chief Ed Whitacre Jr. to Head GM

June 9, 2009

As a certified car buff and head of a media company covering the world of communications and technology it just doesn't get any better than this. An opportunity to discuss one of my passions and get paid for it... Who could ask for more?

Ed Whitacre Jr. is a masterful businessman and did a fantastic job working to get federal regulators to repeal telecom deregulation while at the same time reassembling an AT&T monopoly which to be fair now competes with Verizon and a slew of cable companies.

He laid the foundation for IPTV delivery and assembled a major force in the cellular industry via AT&T Wireless.

His masterful ability to manage a company which grew through acquisition is unparalleled.



Early Thoughts from Sprint Palm Pre Launch

June 5, 2009

 


In one of the more memorable product launches of recent times Sprint CEO Dan Hesse took the stage to speak to a packed room about the launch of the new Palm Pre and how he expects it to help Sprint grow its sales. Hesse appeared after a brief introduction from Paget Alves President Business Markets Group and once onstage he proceeded to tell the audience he has used the Pre for six weeks after using Blackberrys and Windows Mobile devices in the past. He said it is a far superior device and is great with music, multitasking, has a great touch screen and an innovate way to charge without requiring a cord called Touchstone.

It was apparent there were many comparisons being made the iPhone which wasn't specifically mentioned as some of the benefits Hesse touted of the Pre are missing only from that smartphone.

TMC Wishes Greg Galitzine a Fond Farewell

May 7, 2009

For nearly 13 years, Greg Galitzine has been a tremendously valuable part of the TMC team. His career started as an editor for CTI Magazine in 1996. Where he reported on the collision of the computer and communications spaces including what we called IP telephony back in the day. In 1997 we convened a meeting with Greg to explore whether it made sense to launch a publication in the IP telephony space.

TMC Looking for Sales and Marketing Interns

April 29, 2009

If you look at TMC from the outside and find yourself asking how you can get a job as an intern at this global integrated media company which builds communities online, in print and in person while gaining marketshare regardless of economic climate, I have some great news to share. We are looking for a small army of interns who want to learn what it's like to take on major multibillion dollar media companies with infinite resources and consistently win.

We will teach you how to sell collaboratively - how to listen and to be loved by your customers (well most of them anyway).

We will teach you integrated marketing and online marketing - not theory but ever-evolving practice.

Dilithium Networks Takes on Mobile Video

April 29, 2009

The mobile video opportunity grows by leaps and bounds and with bigger mobile screens and faster wireless broadband networks, we can expect larger amounts of revenue to be derived from mobile video by carriers and content providers.

Dilithium Networks (www.dilithiumnetworks.com), founded in Sydney, Australia, offers converged video solutions, with customers in 60 countries on five continents. The company grew out of the participation on the ITU-T H.324/H.324M workgroup by Dr. Marwan Jabri, a company founder and CTO. Jabri spent nearly 20 years developing intelligent signal processing multimedia coding and transcoding algorithms, as well as some early protocol stack implementations of the H.324/H.324M standard.

Broadband at One Dollar per Mbps

April 28, 2009

Cablevision has released its 100 Mbps service in Long Island, NY termed Optimum Online Ultra. 100 Mbps is the download speed while upload speed is rated at 15 Mbps. While I agree with Om Malik that Cablevision is doing things differently than many other cable companies who are effectively fighting with customers by implementing broadband caps... A little known secret about Cablevision broadband is heavy users are effectively restricted to a penalty box which drastically reduces their upload and download speed until they upgrade their service level or call and have the service reset.

Still, I consider the company's broadband service to be among the best values in broadband access in the country and have nothing but praise for a company that not only provides broadband at $1/Mbps but throws in free WiFi to boot.

Welcome Back Patrick Barnard

April 24, 2009



I would like to welcome back Patrick Barnard to the TMC editorial team. Patrick has covered a number of different editorial areas at TMC over the years and recently left TMC to work on Multichannel Merchant. He is now back and his return is just a continuing reinforcement of how TMC is continually investing in its editorial talent -- just as we are constantly evolving our web technology, graphics, analytics, reporting and more.

Thanks to influential readers like you TMC has been blessed with hundreds of advertisers and exhibitors each year who partner with TMC to grow -- even in the face of challenging economic conditions.

We take sponsor and reader loyalty seriously -- looking to constantly improve to provide you with the best products we can.





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