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First ITEXPO East ’07 News

January 11, 2007

Tech Musings: CES, Dell, Microsoft, YouTube

January 10, 2007

The world has gone gadget crazy this week and the media seems to be focused exclusively on MP3 players, video games and phones. But our obsession with toys is flooding the media with news that is taking the place of perhaps other more newsworthy items like troop surges in Iraq and CEO severance packages gone wild. Now I have nothing against CEOs – some of my best friends and indeed family members occupy this lofty position. But one wonders if getting a severance package of $210 million dollars for six years of lackluster performance makes sense in any universe.

Apple Phone and TV

January 9, 2007

By now you may have heard of the Apple announcements regarding their new TV and iPhone. The news is everywhere from places like Greg’s blog, to all of the stories below:   Apple CEO "Steve Jobs" unveils long-awaited phone - TV set-top box Apple: Thumbs Up to "iPhone" Jobs Unveils Long-Awaited Phone, TV Box Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils long-awaited cell phone, Apple TV Apple Computer CEO Jobs unveils long-awaited phone, Apple TV CEO Jobs unveils long-awaited Apple TV Apple Computer CEO Jobs unveils along-awaited Apple TV   This one is from CNN   This could be very big news for the mobile phone industry and the worst case scenario would be Microsoft, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, RIM and others take a massive beating. In my estimation this phone better be one amazing device to do all that Jobs says it will do. But I do have supreme confidence in Apple and in addition I see how the user interfaces on most mobile devices can be improved greatly.   Apple TV is yet another idea that makes great sense and if done right will eliminate competition from anyone else such as SlingBox or TiVo. Why?

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.

Mobile Carriers Cash in

January 5, 2007

Service providers are looking for more revenue sources as voice becomes less and less of a cash cow. Ringtones, games and video programming are obvious areas of growth but search may not be something you think of as a mobile killer application.   In reality search can and will be a killer application for mobile users. In many parts of the world the mobile device is the primary form of internet access for individuals. In addition there is just a such a vast opportunity to connect buyers and sellers when people travel.   Finally the ability to combine information from mobile providers with the customer needs and vast information archives of a search company will lead to many more sales for all involved.

Channels

January 4, 2007

One of the fastest growing areas of TMCnet is the channels program which are micro-communities of interest. These channels focus on so many topics I can’t list them all but a few of the more recent ones are here for your perusal. The span virtually every area of communications and they are to me the future of the internet. Why?

TMCnet Redesign

January 3, 2007

Today is a pretty big day for me personally. As you know, TMCnet is the world’s leading site for communications and technology information, community building, etc. In fact this past December 2006 saw our traffic reach just under 2 million unique visitors. Our previous record was just over one million.   This is a number unheard of in the competitive space in which we play and we are proud of this fact.   So while our site is not only successful it continues to shine, we knew it also was a busy site.

Sir Terry Matthews

January 3, 2007

Terry Matthews is a living legend in communications and I suppose the only person I will get to meet with a “Sir” in front of their name. For years many people have told me I must meet Terry and for one reason or another we just never connected. Over the years Terry has started 66 companies and only 3 have been unsuccessful meaning they were subsequently rolled back into other companies in the “Matthews family.”.   We often hear of serial entrepreneurs but what separates Terry from virtually all others is his staggering success rate. He not only starts companies at a rapid pace he starts companies that succeed.

The AT&T/BellSouth/FCC Soap Opera

January 2, 2007

The AT&T BellSouth merger has gained FCC approval after AT&T decided to make some concessions and many are hailing this as a win for net neutrality. Below are some of the recent articles – a massive amount for a telecom merger --  I found on TMCnet regarding this soap opera of a merger:     Most of the articles have a positive spin but at least one critic of this merger is Dave Burstein at DSL Prime who thinks AT&T's net neutrality concession has no meaning. Why?   According to Dave this seemingly innocuous later sentence -- following the 2-year net neutrality pledge -- effectively makes it almost meaningless.   “This commitment also does not apply to AT&T/BellSouth's Internet Protocol television (IPTV) service.” AT&T has always intended to give paying customers priority by routing them over the “IPTV” part of their network, with Alcatel routers and Microsoft software designed for QOS.   Basically AT&T says it won't favor one type of traffic on its network over another -- the essence of net neutrality, it then adds this statement that negates their concession.   Many fear service providers will favor some services over others and also restrict competition with pricing which makes it prohibitive to launch a new service that in any way competes with a service provider offering.   After all, would YouTube have stood a chance if they had the service providers stacking the deck against them from the beginning?
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