Having alienated carriers like Sprint and Verizon by trying to sell its
Android-based Nexus One phone direct to the consumer from its
google.com/phone online store - Google's attempt to change the traditional
cell phone sales model - it's killing the four-month-old store, describing it
as merely "niche channel for early adopters," meaning its sales have been
It swears it's because "many customers like a hands-on experience before
buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose
Google was trying to sell a Nexus One for $529 without a contract or a
subsidized $179 with a two-year T-Mobile contract. T-Mobile was the only
carrier to back Google's play.
Although Verizon and Sprint canceled their Nexus One phones earlier this
month, Google says it's going to push the HTC-made Nexus One through other
people's retail stores and u... (more)
Open Source Journal on Ulitzer
Ken Thompson (pictured) and Rob Pike, a couple of the revered old soldiers
who wrote Unix, Plan 9 and Inferno at Bell Labs – and programming languages
like B, without which C probably wouldn’t exist, and Limbo – have come up
with an experimental new programming language called Go that Google, their
current refuge, open sourced Tuesday under a BSD-style license.
If it catches on, it would be the first major systems language to emerge in a
One of the small Go team compares it to Java, calling it “performant but
garbage collected” and “vastly more enjoyable to code in.”
Go’s primary attribute appears to be that it’s fast. It reportedly
compiles to machine code very quickly thanks to a couple of Plan 9-beholden
Google says “Go combines the development speed of working in a dynamic
language like Python” – Google does dot... (more)
Google Session at Cloud Expo
Apple is beginning to know how Xerox PARC felt.
Like Apple did to PARC, Google has lifted from Apple again this time on
behalf of Google Apps and set up a Google Apps Marketplace where third
parties can sell business programs that integrate with Google Apps to the two
million companies and 25 million users that have reportedly adopted Google
Apps in the last three years.
The marketplace, which will irritate Microsoft, launched Tuesday with some 50
programs from companies like Intuit and Atlassian and more reportedly coming
from companies like NetSuite and SuccessFactors. Skytap is kicking in its
Google appears to want a $100 listing fee and 20% of the take “in return
for the streamlined purchase and install process and integration features
exclusive to installable apps.” It will be setting up a billing service
that manages the sh... (more)
Personal Branding on Ulitzer
I read an article by an author on Ulitzer.com and was amazed at the
professional image it provided him. I immediately researched Ulitzer to see
if there was yet hope for me.
I am a technology blogger on the subject of mobile computing strategies. As
I was doing research I came across the author Ian Thain, a fellow mobile
computing blogger, who had a very professional website on Ulitzer
Professional envy motivated me to investigate this thing called Ulitzer.
Ian's website looked like he had spent a great deal of time and money on it -
all things I am short on.
I carefully studied Ian's website to see how it was set up. It looked like
an expensive industry portal with colorful graphics, animation and industry
It had tabs that filtered articles, by most popular, by date, etc. I have
blogged for over 5 years so... (more)
Google News on Ulitzer
Apparently Google Gears ain't gonna stick around that long. Google Apps will
eventually get their offline access from HTML5, the
standard-revision-in-progress, and hence the functionality will be built in
rather than added on, according to a piece in the Los Angeles Times. Google
told the paper, "We're continuing to support Gears so that nothing breaks for
sites that use it. But we expect developers to use HTML5 for these features
moving forward as it's a standards-based approach that will be available
across all browsers."
All the applause over Google’s Data Liberation Front announcement and blogs
is making my head hurt. Or maybe that’s the lack of sleep. Either way,
it’s disconcerting to me that so many bright people are choosing to make
much of what is just a baby step – if that - toward a much larger, much
more difficult goal. After all, data without an application to interpret and
make use of it is about as useful as a Netbook without a network connection.
There seems to suddenly be a lot of focus on “data” and the ability for
users consumers to pack up their data and take it wherever they want. Except
for people attached to their i-Thing. I think users of i-Things were
approached about the concept but were unable to get past the revelation that
there are other “i-Things” out there from other vendors in the first
place. Regardless, the core concept appears a laudable goal and ratio... (more)
Google Wave on Ulitzer
Google has certainly been busy building a lot of different software tools
that can be used for collaboration, including Google Docs, Google Voice,
Google Sites (formerly Jotspot) and Google Calendar.
But there are a number of specialized tools that are more useful than these
Google services for particular circumstances. These can be big productivity
boosts for enterprises.
You can read the entire post in this week’s story for a new IT site called
New Media on Ulitzer
The first "Ulitzer New Media Power Panel" took place at the Santa Clara
Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Streamed live to 60,000 viewers
via SYS-CON.TV, the panel was moderated by Jeremy Geelan. Geelan's guests in
the first power panel were Ian Thain and Tim Crawford.
The first "Ulitzer Live! - New Media Conference & Expo " will take place on
June 14, 2010 in New York City and will present a world class faculty who
will analyze new media, content marketing strategies, social CRM, enterprise
social media, personal branding tools, and many other subjects.
Ulitzer Live! West will take place on December 6, 2010, in San Jose,
California. The Call for Papers for both events are now open.
Ulitzer is a "new media" social journalism platform which revolutionizes how
we create, deliver, and consume content on the Web.
Ulitzer authors can get ... (more)
Enterprise 2.0 is described by Carl Frappaolo and Dan Keldsen as, "a system
of web based technologies that provide rapid and agile collaboration,
information sharing, emergence and integration capabilities in the extended
enterprise." It is basically social networking for businesses. This article
explores how the recent economic challenges are promoting the growth of
Enterprise 2.0 in businesses.
The economic recession of 2008/2009 has changed the way companies operate.
Over a year has passed since most large companies have frozen travel budgets
or severely limited them. You read about this change in the financial results
of large hotel chains that have seen their business models turned upside down
as business travelers cease traveling. Companies are being forced by
necessity to find new ways of working with their customers, business
partners and sales prospects.
Google Wave on Ulitzer
Invites left: 26 8
Looks like Google sent out another bunch of invitations for Wave & since most
of my friends are already on Wave, I thought why not give it away. So, in
case you want one, just drop a comment (don’t forget to protect it against
spamming by substituting @ with [at] & the likes) or mail with your name &
email address. I’ll update the counter on top as I progress with the
I’ve used Wave to collaborate on a couple of projects in the last couple of
weeks. Some features are not yet functional, but it does look pretty
promising. And yes, it seems that Wave is more responsive on Google Chrome
P.S. It wouldn’t hurt if you did your bit for the Water initiative by
scrolling down to the Socialvibe widget on the sidebar & adding your
signature to the cause on my blog.
Update (26/11): Sent out 6 invitations based... (more)
Security Sessions at Cloud Expo
Botnets, malicious applications and social networking malware are all threats
to look out for in 2010, according to BitDefender. BitDefender, an
award-winning provider of innovative anti-malware security solutions, also
predicts that in 2010 cybercriminals will target operating systems, mobile
devices and enterprise technologies such as cloud computing.
"2009 saw a wide range of security threats aiming at both end-users and at
corporate networks," said Catalin Cosoi, BitDefender's senior anti-spam
researcher. "The Conficker worm took a dramatic surge and managed to stay one
of the top three global threats during 2009. Although not entirely dangerous,
its spreading mechanisms and its resistance to detection may be regarded as
the cornerstone of the upcoming breeds of highly destructive malware."
BitDefender's 2010 security predictions ... (more)