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You know a web 2.0 application is hitting an upward inflection point when your inbox starts filling up with the likes of “Joe Doe wants to add you as a friend on VagueSter.” Over the last few months, it’s been Facebook’s turn. The site’s rise in […] Read more »

[qi:83] In a scene right out of a Bollywood potboiler, Vodafone’s (VOD) mobile partner in India, The Essar Group, are making moves that has the global wireless giant steaming mad. Hutchinson Whampoa sold 67% interest in Hutch India to Vodafone for about $13.7 billion earlier this […] Read more »

It hasn’t even been a month and there are already cracks in the much- vaunted peace accord between Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT). The chief executives of the two companies, John Chambers and Steve Ballmer, got on stage last month — together with Charlie […] Read more »

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[qi:020] Not a day passes without someone announcing that they have launched a new online storage service — and declaring that it has the prettiest interface and the niftiest features out there. Buyers beware, for all of these services come with a cost, and offer varying […] Read more »

[qi:83] Virtually all cell phone users have at some point experienced the frustration of dropped calls, spotty connections and static that makes your ears bleed. And as we move closer to a 4G wireless world — where mobile connections will no longer be measured in kilobits […] Read more »

[qi:018] Normally a company that is on track to bring in about $150 million in sales this year doesn’t need to go out and raise more money from investors. But Facebook isn’t a normal company, and Silicon Valley isn’t a normal place. Kara Swisher over at […] Read more »

Earlier today IBM (IBM) threw its weight behind the Open Office project, a move that will give the open source productivity suite some much needed support in the enterprises. And if that wasn’t enough, now Google (GOOG) has upped the ante on Microsoft Office by teaming […] Read more »

It has been a surprisingly busy Monday, at least from a telecom and broadband perspective. Few hours after Matisse Networks announced a big $45 million round of funding, we heard that Nan Chen, president of Metro Ethernet Forum is upgrading his status to a founder of […] Read more »

[qi:009] Imagine making Skype calls, in full duplex, while sitting in the comfort of your first-class cabin seat 30,000 feet above the Atlantic. Or passing the time on that red-eye downloading files directly from BitTorrent. Both may soon be possible, with smart antennas that bring broadband […] Read more »

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They are fast becoming the Grumpy Old Men of Silicon Valley: Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel Corp. (INTC) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), long-time rivals who bicker in public and spar over everything from clock speeds to BUS technologies, are at it again — this time over […] Read more »

Large funding rounds for startups dabbling in optical technologies were a regular affair back in the late 1990s, but lately they’ve become about as common as a Bigfoot sighting. Today, Mountain View, Calif.-based Matisse Networks announced that it has raised $45 million in fresh capital from […] Read more »

[qi:86] Voice over Internet Protocol is a fast-growing business in the United States, but it’s growing even faster in Europe, and its traction in the old world is only going to increase. With competitive broadband service providers (such as France’s Free and Talk Talk in the […] Read more »

[qi:031] WeBot, a San Francisco-based digital media startup that was founded by alumni of Shoutcast and AOL Music, has come up with a nifty little solution that allows you to stream MP3 files and your digital photos over the Internet. We recently met with WeBot CEO […] Read more »

Skinkers, a Cambridge, UK-based startup, was in the news recently for its P2P software that allowed you to watch live television. The software was based on Microsoft’s technology, and today at the IBC 2007 trade show in Amsterdam, Microsoft (MSFT) announced that the technology is ready […] Read more »

[qi:83] The recent entry of Apple (AAPL) and the looming Google (GOOG) OS for mobiles are a cause of concern for everyone – from handset makers to mobile carriers. Their mobile forays should be of serious concern for Mobile OS makers such as Microsoft (MSFT) and […] Read more »

Another week and another episode of The GigaOM Show. This week we discuss the Google Phone with Ryan Block, editor of Engadget. And the Kara “Boomtown” Swisher (of AllThingsD) drops in to talk Facebook, Yahoo and of course Rupert Murdoch. This was a post Labor Day […] Read more »

[qi:020] The $200-price cut announced by Apple (AAPL) yesterday turned into a bit of a PR disaster for the company. The cuts penalized the fanboys (including yours truly) for being early adopters, and prompted iPhone owners to express their outrage across the web and beyond. In […] Read more »

[qi:051] Vodafone, one of world’s largest mobile operators is slowly expanding its fixed line footprint, as the companies tries to bundle its wireless services with broadband. The motivation for the company to do is – fixed-mobile convergence, and of course juicing its average revenue per user. […] Read more »

[qi:027] The hard disk drive is the Rodney Dangerfield of the technology industry: can’t get no respect. Despite being the key ingredient of everything from fat iPods to notebook computers and digital video recorders, the HDD business is treated with faint disdain. Bill Watkins, the colorful […] Read more »

[qi:032] The Internet Video download boxes are dime a dozen (or so it seems.) Not a day passes by when a start-up promises to deliver a box that would change our life. Well, not one of them has thus far changed our video watching lives. There […] Read more »

Did you just buy an 8GB iPhone and paid full price? And are you feeling upset over the $200 dollar price drop that Apple (AAPL) just announced? Well there is a way you can help yourself and get $200 back. Apple’s store return policy states: Should […] Read more »

[qi:032] AT&T’s (T) much vaunted triple-play service has finally passed the 100,000-subscriber mark — not exactly a scorcher, but good enough to meet the low end of expectations set by the phone company for Wall Street. AT&T also said today that subscribers will soon get more […] Read more »

While working a full time job, I have devoted my nights and weekends to developing a community-powered marketplace, which I feel will be incredibly successful. I have bounced the idea off many people, and they seem to be excited about the site and the movement it […] Read more »

Seldom in the history has a device gone from being center stage at a premium technology conference to the garbage bin as Palm’s (PALM) ill-conceived Foleo. It was launched with much fanfare at the AllThingsD conference back in June 2007. Within minutes of Jeff Hawkins showing […] Read more »

[qi:020] One of the great features of Facebook was privacy. You could be assured that what was in Facebook remained in Facebook. However, that illusion might be ending soon. Tonight, Facebook launches a “public listing search” which allows anyone to search for a specific person. The […] Read more »

Finding a mentor is one of the most important things a founder can do. It’s hard to overestimate the value of a confidant from whom you can seek feedback on your idea, advice on strategy, or a little support when that entrepreneurial energy flags. But cultivating […] Read more »

[qi:83] In the wireless world, small is not beautiful. MetroPCS (PCS), a Dallas-based wireless operator, has learned this lesson quickly and is now proposing a tax-free stock-for-stock merger with Leap Wireless (LEAP). The proposal says Leap shareholders would get 2.75 PCS shares for each share, and […] Read more »

This is the story of my deployment with the U.S. Army to Afghanistan, and how the first six months of my tour of duty here affected the launch of my web startup, “Nydus Media”: When I received the Army’s call in November 2006, I thought that […] Read more »

[qi:060] Over past few weeks we have received numerous emails from readers and well wishers who told us that GigaOM and our network of blogs was unavailable in mainland China. The Great Firewall was blocking us, we were told. The final proof came when contributing editor […] Read more »

[qi:_newteevee] It’s an understatement to say the commercial viability of paid video downloads is a crapshoot, but that doesn’t stop new entrants from placing expensive bets, hoping that they will hit the jackpot. Apple (AAPL), Vuze, BitTorrent, Blockbuster, Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) — these are some […] Read more »

It’s an understatement to say the commercial viability of paid video downloads is a crapshoot, but that doesn’t stop new entrants from placing expensive bets, hoping that they will hit the jackpot. Apple (AAPL), Vuze, BitTorrent, Blockbuster, Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) — these are some of […] Read more »

[qi:_webworkerdaily] It was on Labor Day 2006 when we launched Web Worker Daily, our second blog, focusing on digital bedouins and the changing nature of work. And just like that today we are celebrating WWD’s first birthday. WWD’s mantra “Rebooting The Workforce” seems to have resonated […] Read more »

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