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Today's Wall Street Journal has an article associated with the problem shipping lithium batteries.  This is a serious problem.  It turns out that there have been several problems with lithium batteries burning up in both passengers hand bags and as shipped goods.  In the shipped goods case it has been particularly problematic to the point where some are asking for tighter regulation.

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This week's article is going to be about M&A, so the news that Cable and Wireless Communication was "disposing" of its assets in Isle of Man, Monaco, Seychelles and a whole bunch of other assets in the Atlantic.

Batelco the Bahrain telephone company is buyer and you can see the difference in perspective.

 

Here is Tony Rice, CEO of CWC quote;

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It's always interesting to see when your expectations are exceeded.  The WebRTC demos were a huge success and more importantly were live.  When we first talked about the demos our expectations were that we were going to see a lot of lab work.  Things that had been tinkered with and brought out to discuss but not ready for prime time.

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Is their a Barrier to Entry

November 5, 2012 8:21 AM

The IDC report showing that Android owns 75% of the Smartphone market points out some interesting issues.

 

Chart: Worldwide Smartphone OS Market Share, 2012Q3Description: IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker provides smart phone and feature phone market data in 60 countries and 8 regions by vendor, device type, air interface, operating systems and platforms, and generation. Over 20 additional technical segmentations are provided. The data is provided four times a year and includes historical and forecast trend analysis.
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What People Don't Get about Windows 8

November 2, 2012 7:16 AM

We can argue the values of companies;

  • Amazon,
  • Apple,
  • Google,
  • Microsoft. 

We can argue the value of networks;

  • ATT,
  • Sprint,
  • T-Mobile,
  • Verizon.

In the end they are not the where what we see.

What we see is look and feel.  We are going through a revolution on the web that is not about speeds and feeds but about user experiences.

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Google Earnings Drop Shows a Shift on Top

October 20, 2012 12:33 AM

While the news leaked early and made tweets look like a stock ticker, the data behind the story tells a different story.

As you will recall from discussions with Bill Volk that later were reported in Gigaom,  the difference in the world of Android and Apple has a lot to do with the charging for an app vs. the commercials around an app.

In the recent Google Earnings" href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444868204578067101716321238.html?mod=googlenews_wsj" target="_blank">WSJ article the statement is made "About half of all U.S.

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AirTime is Exactly What it Needs

October 19, 2012 2:24 AM

The Deal Book in the NY Times shows that even startups with pedigrees have problems breaking out.  Airtime looks like a Google hangout upgrade.

But at the end of the day, what is the driver for these things.

It's one thing to build something for facebook which is how AirTime expects people to connect, but its another to think of video as part of every day communication.

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iPhone5 Sales are still strong

October 15, 2012 7:05 PM

According to Richie Jennings the iPhone5 is not being impacted by the Map Failure is not showing up in sales.

Most friends are still waiting for the iPhone5 and while I have been anticipating the new mini iPad, the iPhone maniacs are all around me.

It's hard not to believe that iPhone5 sales are going to make the 4Q stock price a problem for many who are playing with shorts right now.

I also imagine that the iPhone5 form factor will be a subject of discussions when the new iPad arrives.

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Android UpDate

October 15, 2012 1:25 PM

As a good friend puts it, when Google supports a product it's hard to tell.  The company lives virtually in so many ways and for those of us who tried the "GPhone" it was an interesting experience having HTC try to be customer care after T-Mobile punted.

So for many there is some skepticism on the new Developer Console, but it does solve a few problems that are familiar to the small app developer.

What’s new in the Developer Console preview:
Updated look and feel
New publishing experience, ability to compare new and old APK versions
Create store listings in more languages
Statistics on user ratings and reviews
Updating your app in the new site makes automated store listing translations available to users on the web

The following features are not yet supported in the new Developer Console.

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The NY Times puts it very well this is a Turbo IPO for T-Mobile.  It solves a variety of problems for T-Mobile.  As you know they were forced to be left at the altar by the FCC when they try to merge with ATT.

There are people suggesting that Sprint would come in to acquire MetroPCS out from under DT, but I have to think that Sprint has too much on its plate already.

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Regrets before the Show

October 2, 2012 11:30 AM

When you start planning events you focus on the audience and you think about what needs to be done to provide knowledge transfer about the subject.

For example, In Mobility Tech we are going to be talking about the data explosion, because the network planners are the people we are looking to support.  So we are talking about how to manage, coverage, speeds and feeds (backhaul).  We are also looking at the relation to of apps to the carriers (although most of apps content is in the HTML5 Summit).

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Were you excited about September 12th.  Was it nice of Apple to give us a day after 9/11 to look forward to and not feel so of the past.

Then it was disappointing to find it was light faster cheaper but not....

Revolutionary, Remarkable, Redefining, Rejuvenating, etc.

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Did HTML5 Fail Facebook or Vice Versa

September 14, 2012 7:09 AM

At Disrupt SF Mark Zuckerberg, CEO Facebook, candidly said that HTML5 has not delivered the mobile device market to them like they expected.

Candidly,  I think we need to parse this message carefully and really think about what was said, because the reality is the direction change was more than just a statement about mobile. It was a statement about Facebook as well.

Previously Facebook was looking to use HTML5 as the lingua franca for app interconnection to their platform.  

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On behalf of our sponsors I have a few guest passes for our Machine to Machine Evolution Event in Austin, Texas, October 2nd to October 5th.  

The event is designed to show how M2M can impact the efficiency of your supply chain and your distribution services.  Please look at the agenda and if you are interested in attending send an email to me cford@crossfiremedia.com.

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As the Saying goes a $ Billion here, a $ billion there sooner or later we are talking real money.

IDC's latest report does a great job talking about the money side of the equation in talking about the business distinctions are being made, imho, are more business oriented than technology driven.

 

Akamai, KIT Digital, Brightcove and Synacor are all described as being leaders in "their" field so the term becomes the describer of the leader.  

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