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Right now Microsoft’s Windows Live efforts are the software giant’s answer to web applications and cloud computing. In fact, however, they’re less a cloud strategy than a layer of fog over the multibillion-dollar packaged software franchises that keeps Microsoft going. But the Redmond-based behemoth isn’t dumb, […] Read more »

New data from M:Metrics for the month of January confirms that folks who own an iPhone tend to do more entertaining things on their devices — such as watch video and visit social networks — than those who own smartphones. However February data from mobile ad […] Read more »

Earlier this week Om wrote about Dropbox, which he liked so much that we at GigaOM are trying it out for our file-sharing and backup needs. Also this week, FolderShare, another remote file access program, launched its first version since being acquired by Microsoft two-and-half years […] Read more »

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The EU today chose DVB-H as the region’s official unofficial mobile television standard, leaving Qualcomm’s MediaFLO technology stuck in the States and DMB alone in Asia. The EU however, can only ask its member nations’ governments to endorse the standard — they have no power to […] Read more »

A former executive at French semiconductor firm ST Microelectronics is proposing a three-way merger of Europe’s three largest semiconductor companies: ST Micro of France, NXP of the Netherlands and Germany’s Infineon. But while it underscores many of the problems facing the chip industry — and makes […] Read more »

OK, so it’s no secret that a desire for free services on the part of consumers coupled with the desire of service providers to make a buck has spawned ever more intrusive ad models (Hello, Beacon!) But while hyper-targeted ads and behavioral advertising raise eyebrows, so […] Read more »

Having been excoriated for its poor customer service and monumental financial losses, Sprint is reaching out and trying to make amends. It’s offering up an online chat with its chief marketing officer, John Garcia, who will field questions about Sprint’s Simply Everything unlimited plan, the Xohm […] Read more »

Business software may be profitable, but the growth and sex appeal is in advertising. At least, Microsoft seems to thinks so. Amidst efforts to make headway with its takeover offer for Yahoo, the Redmond giant today said it’s agreed to buy online ad analytics firm Rapt. […] Read more »

SAI: BitTorrent CEO: Rethinking Media Store, No Business Impact from Comcast CNet: Verizon Touts Smart P2P Technology ArsTechnica: $5 a Month for Legal P2P Could Happen Sooner Than you Think Broadband Reports: Comcast Sues FCC Over 30% Cap Reuters: U.S. Video Games Sales Jump 34% in […] Read more »

New England-based demand-response company EnerNOC is heading into the Wild West of Texas! It has inked a deal with the state’s Electric Reliability Council to participate in a blackout prevention program that goes beyond large industrial users. As a Texas resident, I’m all for blackout reductions […] Read more »

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This morning, Google said it was launching a hosted ad server program for small- to medium-sized web publishers called Ad Manager. As it happens, I was on the phone with James Bilefield, CEO of open-source ad-serving company OpenX (formerly Openads). Bilefield gave the usual this-validates-our-market spiel […] Read more »

Almost a year after Facebook opened up its social network to developers, MySpace is launching its own developer platform in public beta with an application Gallery Page available to users. It’s based on Google’s OpenSocial platform, which MySpace helped develop. MySpace announced the platform in late […] Read more »

Some quick math makes Facebook’s $15 billion valuation look even crazier. Apparently the guys over at Silicon Valley Insider also bothered to crunch the numbers. Bebo sold to AOL this morning for $850 million and have about 40 million users, costing $21.25 per user. In July […] Read more »

The Register: Qualcomm buys Phorm-alike Firm BroadbandReports: Time Warner Cable Will be Spun Off ArsTechnica: Congress Prepares Probe of FCC Chairman ArsTechnica: How NBC Wants to Both Filter and Use P2P Light Reading: AT&T Prepping for GPON Reuters: Google to Unveil New Ad Service for Publishers: […] Read more »

In a few weeks, online bookmaking site Blurb will launch a new community called BlurbNation, a section of the Blurb site where people can connect with a professional designer that will take their photos, stories, recipes or any other images and pull them together into a […] Read more »

A couple of startups are trying to become the PayPals of the business world, offering their enterprise clients a way to measure and invoice without resorting to expensive custom-built billings software that they have to host themselves. The latest of these, Zuora of Redwood City, Calif., […] Read more »

Corporate Wi-Fi usage in the U.S. hasn’t grown much but has seen a sharp spike in Europe and Latin America, according to new data released by iPass. While Latin America represents a fairly small number of users, Rick Bilodeau, VP of corporate and channel marketing at […] Read more »

Plenty of people get politically active during election years, but the issues don’t go away once the hanging chads have been punched and the Diebold source code is no longer being hacked. Aside from voting (or donating thousands to a campaign) the most powerful way to […] Read more »

SAI: Hulu Household: Why I Got Rid of Cable The Inquirer: 5 New Fabs for $14.7B EETimes: Nokia, Techs Drop as TI Points to 3G Weakness ArsTechnica: Norton Places Big Bet on Mac Virtualization Vulnerabilities Light Reading: Charter Gets Nibbles EWeek: Nortel Rolls out 40 Gigabit […] Read more »

After losing an infringement case brought against it by fellow content delivery network Akamai, Limelight Networks is going all out to reassure its customers that the $45.5 million judgment against it was merely a flesh wound. In a letter posted to the company’s web site (and […] Read more »

Entrepreneurs see their venture backers as the ones with control in the relationship, according to a recent online survey conducted by Research Data Technology for a member of the National Venture Capital Association who wishes to stay anonymous. And just as many of them may have […] Read more »

That was the question asked of the four panelists on Monday’s Scalability Boot Camp Panel at South by Southwest. The panelists, who represented various consumer sites, all said that at some point in their online ventures the answer to that question was no. As a result […] Read more »

Overheard at The Google Open Social Happy Hour on Monday night: “Looking at the people here, it’s like I came all the way to Austin only to see the same people I see in San Francisco.” Read more »

Wandering around the South by Southwest Conference in Austin this weekend and yesterday, I was struck by how few people were sporting MacBook Airs. iPhones, on the other hand, were everywhere. I watched four impromptu demos of new sites on the iPhones of four different entrepreneurs. […] Read more »

After the debacle of yesterday’s on-stage interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at South By Southwest, I decided to take myself out of the process as much as possible by offering up a Q&A. And I’ll tell you right now: When I asked about money, my questions were quickly shot down. Read more »

When it comes to semiconductor news, it can be hard to judge how much of it is hype and how much will actually come to pass. But Altair Semiconductor, which is now sampling chips, has some cool attributes worth noting, especially for those interested in 4G […] Read more »

The web of alliances among semiconductor manufacturers is getting tangled, and as we continue to move down the process node, add one more to the equation. IBM and Hitachi are expected to announce a partnership today to collaborate on getting down to the 32 nanometer and […] Read more »

BroadbandReports: Israel Latest to Force ISPs to Block Piracy Reuters: Logitech Says Any Microsoft Bid “Without Sense” Virtualization for Everyone: Interview with Rackspace CTO InfoWorld: Former Head of Motorola Handset Business Leaves ArsTechnica: Bad Phorm? UK ISPs sell Clickstream Data to Advertisers SAI: Storage/Sharing Site […] Read more »

Mark Zuckerberg isn’t focused on the company’s $15 billion valuation. He just “doesn’t think about it,” the Facebook CEO said in an interview with Sarah Lacy today at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival. Instead, he’s focused on building a platform on which people can communicate […] Read more »

As I promised a few weeks ago, I’ve disconnected my land line. Actually I had my husband do it, because after several random snafus that involved my office line going dead and then randomly dialing 9-1-1 at odd times during the day and night, I can […] Read more »

The BBC sure knows how to entice users — geeky, spec-obsessed users, that is. First they launch a beautiful player, then quickly unleash details about how much bandwidth it uses, spawning green-eyed monsters all over the world. And today their device goes mobile, with Anthony Rose, […] Read more »

TechCrunch: Google, Microsoft Preparing Bids for Digg ArsTechnica: U.S. Rural Broadband, You Can Get it But You Can’t Afford It Light Reading: Appliance Vendors Don’t Fear Cisco Reuters: Ciena Quarterly Profit; Outlook Beat Expectations Fortune: Re-engineering HP Labs Gizmo News: Apple to Allow VoIP over Wi-Fi Read more »

Technology moves faster than I can sometimes believe, but generally we take the view that speed is an opportunity rather than a problem. However, as connectivity becomes more ubiquitous and stretches beyond people to things, rapid obsolescence can make life difficult. Read more »

The web-to-mobile calling efforts are starting to get interesting. Last week Jaxtr talked about how it planned to make money by selling ads, and today Jangl launches its own ad efforts tied to a partnership with Pudding Media. The plan is to target pre-roll ads on […] Read more »

This Friday marks the beginning of South by Southwest in Austin, starting with the Interactive Festival. Every year, geeks galore descend on my hometown, only to be replaced by filmmakers and then musicians. The geeks are my favorites, but you knew I’d say that. As a […] Read more »

NYTimes: Social Networking Moves to the Cell Phone ArsTechnica: AOL’s OpenAIM SDK Requires Apps to Include Ads DataCenterKnowledge: Crunch Time: Wall Street May Buy Not Build Reuters: EU Set to Clear DoubleClick/Google Merger: Sources AdWeek: Make Room for Paid Search Multichannel News: Cox to Launch TiVo […] Read more »

Wires aren’t evil, but home networking technology is seeking to eradicate them anyway. For those of you who are eager to disconnect your TV, but unwilling to compromise with compressed video, companies Amimon and Belkin may have a solution for you by September. What’s on offer […] Read more »

Today’s Wall Street Journal devotes 2,400 words to Mark Zuckerberg‘s hiring of former Google exec Sheryl Sandberg as Facebook’s COO, and his attempts to mature into the CEO role at a large company. After reading the article I decided to sum it up in haiku form […] Read more »

SAI: Google StreetView Competitor Everyscape Gets $7M In Tech Support Obama Beats Clinton BusinessWeek: Clearwire and Sprint: Squeezed Together? Fortune: Yahoo! Playing for Time in Microsoft Bid WSJ: Microsoft Expands Online Services FT: Vonage Negotiating with Bondholders to Stave off Bankruptcy Read more »

AT&T will spend $1 billion this year to push out its enterprise access and utility computing services internationally. The money will go toward a new undersea cable to Japan and Asia, investments in cables running to the Caribbean, Puerto Rico and the Middle East. It plans […] Read more »

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