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Microsoft losses a key UC exec to Cisco

September 23, 2009

Debra Chrapaty who was leading the infrastructure business at Microsoft is leving to Cisco. She was leading a good group of new technologies at Microsoft (Windowslive, Online Services, the Cloud,…).

Se is going to lead the collaboration Technologies at Cisco, which could include  from Telepresence to ToIP or Web-Ex.

In a way, Debra was holding a position in which whe was overlooking the next source of business and coherence of a new range of Microsoft services and products. Now she is going to do the same to with a key competitor and partner of Microsoft: Cisco.

The area of collaboration, as Cisco names it, is going to be the higher growing area of business of those that become key in the products and services of the new interconnected world

… Microsoft is a giant with many talented people, but this move by Debra is not a nice piece of news for the Seattle company

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Will Cisco new Organization make a difference?

August 24, 2009

At the beginning of August, John Chambers in a Wall Street Intereview, announced deep changes at Cisco.
Cisco has been a model of management both in the relationship with clients and partners, and in the successful acquisition of companies. It is tru that the world changes and so Cisco does. It is true that most Chambers management ideas have been successful, but the deep changes introduced this time are of consideration.
They will affect the way channels are managed, they will affect who the analysts (Forrester and the like) name as their competitors, they will affect alliances with companies such as Microsoft, they will affect some of the very large, global clients,… they will even affect the general public, as they have become Cisco’s target as well.
There are a large number of discussions on this issue, I have included the ones I though more interesting
Major Restructuring At Cisco Emphasizes Technologies

Cisco’s Chambers on the ‘tipping point’

Silicon Valley Survivor

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MIT continues with advances on cancer

August 24, 2009

A new carbon nanotube sensor developed at MIT is the first sensor that can reversibly detect nitric oxide. Monitoring nitric oxide levels in living cells, in real time, could help researchers figure out its role in cancer and other diseases.

New sensor could reveal nitric oxide’s role in living cells

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Adroid’s Opportunity against Apple?

August 6, 2009

China Mobile, the largest worldwide mobile operator (measured by number of subscribers) is launching its 3G operations with the Ophone, which runs Android Operating System. On the mean time, China Unicom, is finalizing an agreement with Apple, and it will be an exclusivity agreement

China Mobile adds between 5 and 7 Million subscribers a month while China Unicom adds between 1 and 2 million subscribers (measured during the last six months).

Smart phones account for approximately 10% of the 2G subscribers (or 0,8-1 Million new smart phones a month!!!!!). But with the launching of 3G is expected to increase this percentage, as it did in western countries and Korea.

To have an idea of what this means, bear in mind that at the US, phones based on Android have reached 1 Million new phones over six months. In China, Android based phones could easily reach a million a month.

You could also read about Android and iPhone in China at Comment1 Comment2 Comment3

China could be the battleground of the new generation of US based mobile solutions

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Spotify challenges Apple’s iTunes

August 4, 2009

Spotify is the company that most analists believe could challange the dominance of iTunes at the digital music business.

Today, Financial Times (FT) confirms that Spotify got a strong backing by a number of high profile investors.

You can learn more on Spotify at WordPress  and about some of its latest innovations at some other blogs (one and two)

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Schmidt departure from Apple… more of Google into mainstream

August 4, 2009

Few days ago, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) started an investigation on why a Google application was blocked from working on Apple’s iPhone.  Few months ago the US FTC started an investigation into directorships, including the Board of Apple.

Yesterday, Schmidt, CEO of Google leaves Apple’s Board.

This is another confirmation that Google is coming onto the main street of Sw/Hw PC industry. The announcement of Android and then of Chrome OS operating system is placing Google in direct competition with not only Microsoft, but Apple and a number of other relevant players.

This is a challenge that could mean the beginning of a major dominance or the beginning of becoming a mature player not longer that aggressively innovator

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Yahoo, Microsoft, Google Crhome, Bing …?

July 29, 2009

FT (Financial Times) opens today with the tittles
Microsoft and Yahoo close to partnership
Online Alliance could rival Google

This is related to many references and discussions that are increasing the boost of the two main rival trademarks Google and Yahoo, as discussed at http://tinyurl.com/kjkvbg
The final subject and result is not jet clear, even on the two companies. However, what is clear is that both are looking to build the next leading position in a market that will mix PCs, Net PCs, Web2.0, Mobile terminals in a way that is still to be created by leading users.