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Julius Genachowski to Head FCC?

January 12, 2009

TMCnet's Michael Dinan reports Julius Genachowski will head up the FCC as part of the incoming Obama administration. Genachowski is a former Harvard law classmate of Obama, chief counsel to former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, a VC and led the development of the president-elect's technology and innovation agenda.

Genachowski was the Chief Business Officer and a member of Barry Diller's Office of the Chairman at IAC/InterActiveCorp. He had previously served on the Boards of Directors of Expedia, Hotels.com and Ticketmaster.

Wireless Devices, Less is More

January 12, 2009

If you don't understand where Apple is going and shift, you are dead in the water

Finally, someone gets it. This morning I was speaking to Carl Ford about how there was a wireless phone company who spoke condescendingly about the iPhone because as they said it (albeit a while back) - they make thousands of devices while the iPhone is yet a single device.

As I have said before, having a single device really allows Apple to lower the price of their devices as volumes are higher.

The Trillion Dollar Question. Is WiMAX Dying?

January 9, 2009

About 3-6 months before the iPhone debuted I received a Nokia N800 web tablet as part of the company's blogger relations program. I loved the device. It was one of the most powerful gadgets per pound and square inch I had ever used. I marveled at it.

Nokia N800

Blogger/Analyst/Media Invitation to ITEXPO

January 8, 2009

Attention bloggers, analysts, editors, reporters, industry gurus, etc - ITEXPO registration is open for you and we are looking forward to a few days of important dialogue with you regarding where our markets are headed. ITEXPO continues to be a show which not only focuses on the important future of communications but more importantly, is a place where you can come and meet with the companies who have business plans and are selling products and services today.

In other words the companies which have a higher likelihood of being around in 18 months. I welcome your participation in what is shaping up to be the most important communications industry gathering of the year.

FlyCast Adds Streaming to PCs and Google Android

January 8, 2009

While on vacation in the Cayman Islands last week I was lucky enough to have

DSL where I was staying and brought an AP and lit up the beach. I fired up Pandora to listen to music and after about a minute received a message that Pandora was not authorized to run in the country I was in.

I found it interesting that this island was a haven for Cuban cigar smokers as the cigars were sold like candy but I couldn't listen to internet-based radio. Ah - for those outside the US - we aren't allowed to purchase products from Cuba here.

How to Make/Save Money With Communications Today

January 8, 2009

In my conversations with many in the telecom industry they tell me they are very excited about coming to ITEXPO next month in Miami. They explain, now is the best time to be at a communications show which not only addresses the entire telecom space but focuses on business - or making money.

They tell me this year, more than ever, they need to focus on generating earnings. Sure, the future, visionary aspects of communications are great (and will be disussed at the event) but I can tell you from personal experience, the companies in communications that haven't been focusing on sustainable business models can't pay their bills and many have already quietly closed their doors.

Nortel Under Assault

January 8, 2009


In a number of my meetings with companies in the tech and telecom space over the last few years, they have told me they are aggressively targeting Nortel customers. This was before the talk of bankruptcy which will likely make it easier for customers to be poached.

Ittai Kidron at Oppenheimer believes Juniper will benefit most from marketshare loss Nortel will see. Cisco and F5 will benefit as well according to this analyst but the revenue increase to Cisco as a result of marketshare gains will be minor when compared against Cisco's total revenue.

AT&T Inching Forward With Femtocells

January 8, 2009

Delta Adds WiFi in Northeast Corridor

January 7, 2009

As a person who commutes semi-regularly between Connecticut and Boston and DC, I never fly. I either drive or take the train so I can work while commuting. One of the challenges the airlines have is the productivity loss of security, shoe removal, etc. Then there is the typical wait when flights are delayed, the cramped seats, etc.

Free ITEXPO Conference Passes For Those Out of Work

January 6, 2009

This past week has been tough for me personally as I learned that more than a few of my good friends and colleagues in the industry have been laid off. More than one of these people out of work has reached out to me recently asking if they would be able to attend ITEXPO Feb 2-4, Miami conferences free in order to network with others, keep up to date and hopefully make the contacts needed to help them secure future employment.

Rather than be reactive, It thought it made sense to open this up to anyone in the communications and tech space who is out of work - been recently laid off, etc.

Basically someone going through a jobless period.

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