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[qi:032] BitTorrent, the San Francisco-based company that has long been looking for a new chief executive officer, has finally found one: Douglas Walker, former chief executive of Alias Systems. The company also added Eric Klinker, former chief technology of Internap (INAP), as its new CTO. These […] Read more »

Apple (AAPL) will release its new operating system upgrade, code named Leopard on October 26. The $129 upgrade is packed with 300 features, including some new ones. My personal favorite, and the only real reason to upgrade is the new Apple Mail client. What is that […] Read more »

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Skype and MySpace have teamed up to make their instant messaging clients interoperate. This is part of a wide-ranging agreement between the two companies, the financial terms of which were not disclosed, and marks the first time Skype is interoperating with any outside IM clients. Sometime […] Read more »

[qi:011] It’s been a bad day for telecom equipment vendors. Cisco Systems’ (CSCO) Brazilian office was raided by that country’s authorities for undisclosed reasons. Local media is suggesting there are “tax issues,” including a potential tax liability (and penalties) of up to $830 million. (If you […] Read more »

[qi:012] Instead of facing the wrath of the New York Attorney General and testing the legal system, Facebook has decided to settle a probe over child safety on the social networking site. This is a smart move, and one that may clear the way for the […] Read more »

A chance meeting with Safi Qureshey, one of the early pioneers of PC revolution, took me on a trip down memory lane, back to the go-go days of early 1990s when PC stocks generated as much enthusiasm amongst investors as Google (GOOG) does today. Qureshey was […] Read more »

[qi:044] Apparently the answer is…yes! According to a study by SearchIgnite and investment bank RBC Capital Markets: While marketer spend increased quarter over quarter by 1.8 percent, marketers in the third quarter were apt to put their increased budget in Yahoo. Spending on Yahoo increased by […] Read more »

[qi:035] As a big believer in real-time interactions, I was excited to read about TokBox, a new startup that just received $4 million in funding from Sequoia Capital and has the blessing of the very same people who were involved with YouTube (GOOG), including YouTube’s third […] Read more »

From Akamai (AKAM) to tiny content creators, everyone is musing about bringing HD to Internet video. Yet they are only playing catch-up with the broadcast, cable and satellite TV companies, which have been offering HDTV for some time already — and since their programming has traditionally […] Read more »

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Kara Swisher got her hands on a memo sent out to AOL (TWX) employees earlier today from CEO Randy Falco. Here is a summary of what it says: * The focus is advertising and the new venture, Platform-A. * New web-based properties, including super-hot TMZ.com, are […] Read more »

[qi:033] It has been 16 months since I left my job at Business 2.0 (may it rest in peace) to start a company, that I dreamed off for most of my life. The idea was a simple one: reinvent media business, remix it for the 21st […] Read more »

For past few months, the entire GigaOM team led by Liz Gannes & Joey Wan has been busy pulling together NewTeeVee Live, our first conference, which is slotted to take place on November 14 in San Francisco. We posted the schedule and the speaker list on […] Read more »

[qi:020] This could turn out to be one of the busiest weeks on the conference circuit. Here are three conferences that I plan to attend. * Mobile 2.0, October 15: where mobile applications are going? * Niall Kennedy’s Widget Summit 2007, October 15-16: making sense of […] Read more »

[qi:006] Have you ever wondered why the “secret questions” on everything from your bank account to email account all have a certain bland quality to them? Where were you born? What was your first school? Bo-ring. We think it’s time for question writers to get a […] Read more »

FOX News says: Google, the Silicon Valley giant which has made (Al) Gore a multi, multi-millionaire, has denied Sen. Susan Collins the chance to run an ad on Google condemning MoveOn.org, which is spending fortunes targeting her by funding ads against her or ads for her […] Read more »

Oracle (ORCL) continues on its enterprise software roll-up strategy. Having already gobbled up dozens of companies including PeopleSoft, it now has plans to buy BEA Systems (BEAS), offering $17 a share, or about $6.7 billion. Oracle offer is 25 percent higher than BEA’s recent closing price. […] Read more »

In Episode 12 of our show, we chat with Google’s (GOOG) VP of Search Products, Marissa Mayer, talk about acquiring tech startups vs. developing tech in house, Google’s APIs and, of course, the GPhone. Okay maybe not the GPhone. As the Vice President, Search Products & […] Read more »

[qi:011] Update: Hey Michael when you say, “Om Malik says Facebook traffic is tanking” it is not quite true. As I said in my original Facebook-traffic post from late last night, I don’t quite buy it. My exact words, “It just doesn’t make any sense! Unless […] Read more »

[qi:026] The exodus of senior management from eBay’s Skype division continues. Ten days after co-founder Niklas Zennstrom decided to say sayonara to the P2P telephony company, Michael Jackson, one of its early employees and VP of operations, has left the building. I had wondered why eBay […] Read more »

[qi:014] In these irrational times, let me attempt to offer a rational explanation for why CBS bought DotSpotter. Unlike Matthew Ingram, I have actually heard of DotSpotter, and wrote about them a while ago, so I know a couple of things about this company. First, they […] Read more »

[qi:053] If you had to pick one mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) whose success has spawned dozens of copycats (most of them failures), then you have to go with Virgin Mobile USA. By focusing on the younger demographic, the company has snagged about 4.83 million customers. […] Read more »

Online storage start-ups are a dime a dozen. And yet, entrepreneurs don’t give up on this highly commoditized sector. Dominik Grolimund is one of them. He has started Wua.la, a Zurich-based company that is using principles of peer-to-peer networking and applying them to storage. The five-person […] Read more »

comScore is about to issue September 2007 user engagement and page views data, and it seems like the SVFurby, I mean Facebook unique visitors took a little dip. See the little decline on the red line. I can’t exactly tell how many and how accurate the […] Read more »

[qi:026] It shouldn’t come as a surprise: some of the early Googlers who have cashed in their millions and are looking for new challenges are hitting the escape button. We wrote about this pending exodus a while back. Some of them are leaving to start their […] Read more »

Earlier this morning, market research firm In-Stat released a report entitled “More Than Just Laptops –— Worldwide Hotspots are Impacted by Other Mobile Devices.” They sent out a release full of fluff — and light on facts. “Service providers are reporting an increased number of sessions […] Read more »

[qi:004] Somewhere in San Jose, Calif., devotees of all things Facebook have gathered to celebrate the cult of Mark Zuckerberg and the little company he started. Dave McClure might call it his Graphing Social Patterns conference, but we all know it’s all about Facebook, Silicon Valley’s […] Read more »

[qi:024] [Update: AT&T Statement Text] Remember the brouhaha about AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) and the awkward language in their user agreements that prevented people from among other things criticize them. (As Bill Maher says, I kid the phone companies.) AT&T, seems to have taken the […] Read more »

[qi:012] Breaking: Google (GOOG) has bought Jaiku, a Finland-based mobile IM and presence company. The news just broke, where else, but on Jaiku. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The details of the deal are on the Jaiku blog, and the company has put […] Read more »

[qi:045] As Google (GOOG) and Verizon (VZ) duke it out over the forthcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction, AT&T (T) has decided to spend the money and buy its way into the market. The company has announced that it is acquiring licenses in the 700 MHz spectrum […] Read more »

[qi:026] In the third quarter of 2007, Reston, VA-based Sprint Nextel (S) announced that it will lose approximately 337,000 subscribers. Make that 337,001, the last minute addition being Gary Forsee, the CEO was has taken the fall for all that has been plaguing the third largest […] Read more »

[qi:004] Google’s (GOOG) new initiative to distribute YouTube videos through their AdSense network, wrapped and nicely packaged inside AdSense ads seems to be such a big deal, but it really is not. In fact, it is not quite smart, and shows that Google is still struggling […] Read more »

[qi:011] Meraki Networks, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company that makes mesh networking gear is listening to its community, and tweaking its new three tier business model in an effort to appease some of their customers. We were among the first to bring attention to the brewing […] Read more »

Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, alongside another key ex-Skyper Geoffrey Prentice and former investment banker Mattias Ljungman, are slowly and surely becoming big investors in European early-stage companies. Their new VC fund, Atomico, is taking some of the gains they made from the sale […] Read more »

Google (GOOG) crossed the $600-a-share threshold today, giving it a market capitalization of around $188.1 billion. The big questions is, how high can it go? $750, $1,000 or (shudder) $2,000 a share? Here is what $188 billion buys you: * 3,133 Gulfstream G550 jets a $60 […] Read more »

The beleaguered VoIP provider Vonage (VG) has been taking it on the chin for so long that even a marginal bit of good news is worth noting. The company said today it has “settled its pending patent dispute with Sprint (S)” and has “entered into a […] Read more »

[qi:032] NBC, the media giant whose executives have been publicly bemoaning copyright theft and illegal downloads, is finding itself in the crosshairs. It recently had to remove the “I Ran So Far” video (which mocked comments made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s during his recent NY […] Read more »

[qi:045] Meraki Networks, a Mountain View, Calif.-based mesh networking gear maker, which is leading the unique ComMuniFi model of providing wireless broadband access in communities, neighborhoods and small cities, has quietly launched a new three-tier business model that may boost the revenues, but it also might […] Read more »

[qi:83] Alltel Wireless, the Little Rock, Ark.-based mobile company that recently went private, is adding WiFi as a data access option for its customers. The service will cost between $10 and $30 a month, depending on the plan. Alltel will also offer a bundle of EVDO […] Read more »

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