Posts Tagged ‘internet’

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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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Cisco’s CTO Technology Vision

July 12, 2009

I was twitting when I discovered a post by Padmasree, Chief Technology Officer of Cisco. Se was anouncing she had published her Vision of Technology on Slideshare.
Any one lloking for an intereesting point of view of the future of communications and network could go to
 PADMASREE Cisco Technology Vision
I really enjoied

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MIPS are death, Megabits/connectivity becomes the law

May 23, 2009

As Gigaoam puts it “My COMMputing (Communications+computing) view of the world puts the speed of the networks and the availability of connectivity at a level higher than the raw oomph of a processor or the capacity of a memory chip” http://gigaom.com/2009/05/22/why-its-the-megabits-not-the-mips-that-matter/#more-51335

and though most of the people do not recognized it in a formal way, it is true that MIPs were the key performance metrics. However, now we all ask whether you have this or that ammoung of megabits of your communications. We have moved from a world were the bottleneck used to be the power of computers to a world were the bottleneck is the speed of our connectivity.

Will it affect the value of companies in the market, and those helping connectivity will succeed in market cap, while those centeered in computer power will slowly become uninteresting stocks?

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“Cisco’s Big Push into New Markets”

May 17, 2009

Is Cisco risking too much? Well…we all know you don’t really win if you don’t risk.

“CEO John Chambers is using the giant’s cash hoard to expand beyond networking gear. But he risks alienating key partners HP, Dell, and IBM.”

“In recent weeks, Cisco has cut deals with customers looking to use its technology in more expansive ways than ever before—Major League Baseball teams that want fully wired stadiums, the city of Miami as it develops a smart power grid. “It’s been like that for the last 120 days,” Chambers says. “We’re in the right place at the right time.” ” You can read more at Business Week‘s article by Peter Burrows.

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Online, volunteer translators are helping to provide the nuance that machines can’t.

May 17, 2009

“IN the early years of the Web, nearly all of its content appeared in English. But that is changing quickly. Today, articles on Wikipedia are available in more than 200 languages, for example. And about 36 percent of the seven million blogs running on WordPress, a free software platform, are in languages other than English, according to the founder Matt Mullenweg.

Such changes create a challenge, says Ethan Zuckerman, a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. “We are all experiencing a smaller Internet than we should be,” he said. “In the user-created Web, we’ve created a weird dynamic where there is more out there every day — some of it important — but each person can individually read less of it because it’s in multiple languages.” ” Read the whole news at: The New York Times

Seems like internet is really about worldwide interaction and content-sharing.

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“Sony Pictures CEO hates the Internet”

May 17, 2009

I’m starting whith a news from cnet.com that has called my attention. “Sony Pictures CEO hates the Internet” by Dave Rosenberg.

I can`t say much about it, I simply recommend you to read it. And to open your appetite on this article, here goes a bit of it:

“I’m a guy who doesn’t see anything good having come from the Internet…(The Internet) created this notion that anyone can have whatever they want at any given time. It’s as if the stores on Madison Avenue were open 24 hours a day. They feel entitled. They say, ‘Give it to me now,’ and if you don’t give it to them for free, they’ll steal it.” Read the whole story at: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13846_3-10242526-62.html