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Verizon Goes 100% VoIP in 7 years

January 13, 2009

Yahoo's CEO Gamble

January 13, 2009

Yahoo just replaced Jerry Yang with Carol Bartz the former Autodesk CEO and I am impressed and concerned. Bartz has an excellent resume with honors and awards as long as anyone:

  •      50 Most Powerful Women in Business, Fortune, 2005
  •      50 Women to Watch, Wall Street Journal, 2005
  •      The World's 30 Most Respected CEOs, Barron's, 2005
  •      World's 100 Most Powerful Women, Forbes, 2005 & 2004
  •      Exemplary Community Leadership Award, National Conference for Community & Justice, 2004
  •      Women in Technology List, Business Week, 2004
  •      100 Most Influential Women in Business, San Francisco Business Times, 2004
  •      Spirit of Life Award, City of Hope, 2004
  •      Entered into the Congressional Record by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, 2003
  •      Avatar Award for Women of Excellence, National Association of Female Executives, 2003
  •      Ada Lovelace Award, Association for Women in Computing, 2003
  •      Ernst & Young's Northern California Master Entrepreneur of the Year, 2001
  •      Horatio Alger Award, 2000
  •      Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame, 1997
  •      Recognized by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), 1994

She is also known to be able to tame "eccentric" corporate cultures and moreover is good at managing young companies as they grow. She tells it like it is and comes across harsh at times.

TV Evolves With Yahoo, Samsung, Neulion

January 13, 2009


Some of the latest television news of interest is that Yahoo! widgets will appear on Samsung TV sets. This is a big development as it shows the companies in the web and TV camps are coming closer together. As you might imagine, the Samsung TVs have built-in Ethernet which means these screens will certainly have much greater capability than ever before.

Imagine, you will now be able to upgrade your TV with new firmware - and yes this also means you have to worry about hackers taking over your programming.

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, and Ticketmaster.

Look Out Google, Here Comes MSE360

January 5, 2009

Recently I came across a search engine which was new to me called MSE360. I tried it out and was impressed that a search engine I have never heard of could be so accurate. It is not perfect mind you but it isn't bad for a newcomer to the scene.

When you search, you are presented with a lot of information.

Obviously VoIP is Alive and Well

January 3, 2009


A Phoenix rising from the ashes -- not sure this is the appropriate image but it sure is colorful

A few people have asked me recently to throw my hat in the ring about the health of VoIP. Many bloggers have been eulogizing the technology while I was on vacation - ironically using more VoIP than I ever have.

Cuil: Lack of Money, Not Focus?

December 27, 2008

I have mentioned in the past that Google has a tremendous advantage in search over Microsoft and Yahoo! because it is able to focus better as it has less going on. If that were true, now that Google has become as much of a web portal as Yahoo, a new competitor Cuil, which made a big splash in the search engine market some months ago, should be kicking Google in the rear.

As TechCrunch reports, the new search engine is really not doing well at all and comes up short on searches for TechCrunch. By the way, I wasn't impressed when I "Cuiled" TMC or Tehrani.

TMC and Objectivity

December 25, 2008

Objectivity is the subject of today's thoughts - primarily because I came across a pretty harsh criticism of me being biased towards a particular vendor. I was going to link to the posts where an anonymous individual decided to skewer me but I then realized that the poster could be a short seller of the stock of the company in question or perhaps a disgruntled former or present employee.

Seldom, I do get criticism from people saying I am biased towards or against companies. They say I brownnose or they say I am in the pocket of this company or that.

Yahoo Adds Social Features to Mail

December 16, 2008

In a promising move, Yahoo! will add social features to its mail service and increase the "sociability" of many of its services.

In addition, you will now be able to turn the electronic mail service into a "scrapbook for your life" and to compete with other social networking services more effectively; outside programmers will now have access to the platform.

This is a smart move but not for the reason you may think. Social networks in general are not great ad revenue drivers.

You Just Thought of Making Profit Now?

December 13, 2008

More calls, more CEOs, more problems. There seem to be more and more companies coming out of the woodwork who now realize they need to focus on sales and marketing in 2009 for their survival. It seems these companies founded themselves for the sole purpose of being sold to Cisco and other solid companies and now those dreams have slowed or in some cases vanished.

Yes, the big tech companies are still purchasing but if they don't pick you up now, there are limited opportunities for future funding.

I get these calls and all I can think is "You're waiting until the middle of the recession to start thinking about how you get customers?" I could say more but the sheer lunacy of the whole situation doesn't allow me to articulate without peppering my writing with obscenities.

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