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Why AT&T Should be Encouraged to Purchase Time Warner

October 27, 2016

At first glance, allowing AT&T, a large, powerful telephone company to purchase the invaluable media assets of Time Warner makes one wonder if the resulting organization will be too rich and powerful. The answer is, if executed properly - hopefully better than AOL's attempt, it will be a whopper of an organization which has a limitless list of valued assets such as CNN, Warner Brothers, DC Comics, HBO and TNT.

Keep in mind, AT&T has multiple modes of distribution from wireless to wired and satellite. So really, even at second glance, it would seem we are putting together an organization with so much market power, competitive companies will be slaughtered.

Regulators will likely force AT&T to divest some assets or agree to some stipulations which keep the market from being excessively harmed - but let's discuss what the new AT&T could do in a worst-case unconditional buyout scenario.

You can already stream unlimited DirectTV on the AT&T Wireless network at no additional cost, giving the carrier an advantage over other wireless carriers.





Yahoo! Cybersecurity Breach Helps Lower Value by $1 Billion

October 7, 2016

If you need a wake up call on how much a cybersecurity breach will cost, take a look at Yahoo! who may have just lost $1 billion dollars in their sale to Verizon. In addition, Yahoo! was outed - although they dispute the claim that they gave carte blanche to the FBI and NSA to scan through every email they have in this system. (Yes, I actually wondered in writing if Yahoo!

Is Yahoo the Preferred E-Mail of Terrorists?

October 4, 2016

Some weird news is coming out about Yahoo! secretly providing the FBI and NSA with information about users who utilize certain phrases in their emails. This would make a lot of sense from a security standpoint but obviously destroys everyone's privacy as innocent civilians become targets of snooping. This is the case because you need to scan all emails to find the ones which match your criteria.

The news is weird because it doesn't make sense to just have one email provider scan their communications - naturally Microsoft and Google as well as others would have to do the same.

Cybersecurity and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

September 25, 2016

There are perhaps four major cybersecurity incidents in my mind which are world-changing. The first is the OPM data breach which allowed China to get the most intimate secrets of virtually all federal employees – tens of millions of them. As I’ve described – this information, which is super top-secret and consists of sexual history could be used to blackmail U.S. workers.

Microsoft's LinkedIn Acquisition is API Integration on Steroids

June 18, 2016

Redmond just turned ecosystem lemons into lemonade



Microsoft has been uniquely positioned in the IT space for decades meaning it’s a massive target for the whole industry. In fact, the company is now in a similar position to Novell in the 1990s when it owned the corporate network server space. Redmond used its dominant position in supplying endpoint software to also sell server operating systems and wiped out Novell.

Twitter and Yahoo to Merge?

June 3, 2016

Why Google Blocking Revenge Porn is Significant

June 19, 2015


Amit Singhal SVP Google Search said on his blog today the company will soon offer a web form to allow people to remove revenge-porn from their search results:
Our philosophy has always been that Search should reflect the whole web. But revenge porn images are intensely personal and emotionally damaging, and serve only to degrade the victims—predominantly women. So going forward, we’ll honor requests from people to remove nude or sexually explicit images shared without their consent from Google Search results. This is a narrow and limited policy, similar to how we treat removal requests for other highly sensitive personal information, such as bank account numbers and signatures, that may surface in our search results.
Jessica Guynn at USATODAY had a nice post on the matter and what I find most interesting is the following portion of her piece:
"If it's not in Google, does it actually exist?



Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

January 19, 2015

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future.





Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure of moderating a panel with some super heavy hitters in the world of communications.

Craig Walker is the man behind Dialpad Communications – the dotcom sensation as well as GrandCentral Communications and UberConference. Basically, he was responsible for the communications systems Yahoo! and Google provide us today and more.

Thanks PopSci: Web Page Integration may be the next Social Frontier?

September 30, 2013

You may have heard that Popular Science has shut down its comments citing studies which show comments can influence the readers perception of a story.

Specifically:

Another, similarly designed study found that just firmly worded (but not uncivil) disagreements between commenters impacted readers' perception of science. If you carry out those results to their logical end--commenters shape public opinion; public opinion shapes public policy; public policy shapes how and whether and what research gets funded--you start to see why we feel compelled to hit the "off" switch.

They go on by explaining there are still lots of ways to interact with the company – social media, etc. Response from readers was mixed and to me it seems that shutting down comments is a bit like soft-censorship; people will still comment on the content but much of it will be hidden from readers.

This is echoed by a commenter, jasonthibeault who says:

Okay, so I am going to take a little different stance.

MightyHive Achieves Contact Center and Web Ad Integration

August 12, 2013

The contact center is a billion dollar channel but has yet to exploit its true potential. Contact center data can now drive demand through another channel, online. To drive brand and business equity today, marketers must leverage consumer insights to create seamless experiences across channels where each interaction, regardless of channel, is relevant and consistent to lead consumers along the path to purchase.

In the late nineties it was fashionable to say the web would kill the contact center as people would no longer need to speak on the phone when purchasing.

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