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Busy day for cloud interoperability related news. Google just announced a new service called Google Wave, described as an open communication and collaboration platform & protocol based on hosted XML documents (called waves) supporting concurrent modifications and low-latency updates. In simple terms Google Wave can be thought of like an ajax spreadsheet over XMPP. According to Google, "The platform enables people to communicate and work together in new, convenient and effective ways. We will offer these benefits to users of Google Wave and we also want to share them with everyone else by making waves an open platform that everybody can share. We welcome others to run wave servers and become wave providers, for themselves or as services for their users, and to "federate" waves, that is, to share waves with each other and with Google Wave. In this way users from differe... (more)

HTTP is Dead, Long Live The Realtime Cloud

Last week Google announced a new service called Google Wave. Loosely it can be thought of as a realtime communication and collaboration platform & protocol. The platform is based on hosted XML documents (called waves) which focus on supporting massive concurrency and low-latency updates on top of a decentralized XMPP architecture. It's taken me a few days to fully understand what this announcement really means and the importance it may have in terms of the future of the Internet and how we use and consume it. The Internet for all intents and purposes is a living organism, continually adapting and changing. It has evolved from a somewhat static medium where content updates were typically pulled from fairly simple syndication and transfer sources to a network of realtime data sources continually changing at an ever quickening pace. Combined with the ability to semantica... (more)

Ulitzer Live! New Media Power Panel at Santa Clara Convention Center

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)

Google Targets Mobile Marketing Business

Google will be acquiring AdMob, a network for ads on mobile gadgets for $750 million broadening its advertising reach to include mobile segments. Omar Hamoui, CEO of Admob launched the company 4 year ago and has been a pioneer in the way he has maneuvered the controls imposed by wireless carriers to produce an effective mobile network for advertising. The platform has allowed Independent apps developers to find cost-effective ways to sell their product in targeted spots. Till date, Admob has displayed 140 billion ads on mobile Web sites and applications and it's revenue is expected to be anywhere between $45 million and $60 million this year. Google plans on leveraging AdMob's headstart in the mobile ads space that pundits predict is going to explode in the next four years, and takes a natural step sideways from its main source of revenue in online advertising. The pr... (more)

Did Yelp Catch The First Anti- Google Wave?

LBS on Ulitzer Location Based Services on Ulitzer - On December 21st, as we all got ready for the 2009 Holiday “unplug”, it was reported that local business rating and review information aggregator Yelp rejected a hefty $500+Million takeover offer from Google. Bold move, but why did they walk away? No one seems to be certain. Yelp’s window stickers tell a tale of building local merchant trust and a lot of grunt work by “boots on the ground”. By this I mean the literal and figurative wearing out of shoe leather for the purpose of winning over single-door business owners one by one. Explaining the power of Location-Based advertising and the impact of having real people maintain a fresh and vibrant listing infused with reviews, offers, specials, and the “inside scoop” is something best done live and in-person. This crucial element of Local Search is hard to scale and... (more)

Apple Tries Pissing on Google’s Shoes

Hours before Google was due to trot out its Nexus One Google Phone Tuesday, Apple sent out a statement saying that more than three billion apps have been downloaded in the roughly 18 months that its iTunes App Store has been open. Reminding Google who’s king of the hill, Apple CEO Steve Jobs (pictured) added, “This is like nothing we’ve ever seen before. The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.” And just to show they’re not in different businesses Apple went and bought the mobile advertising firm Quattro Wireless for a reported $275 million. Quattro has confirmed the news on its blog where it assures customers it’ll be device-neutral – at least for now. Google reportedly beat out Apple in winning the hand of Quatt... (more)

Consumer Watchdog Files White House FOIA Request For Ex-Googler’s Email

Google on Ulitzer Consumer Watchdog  filed a Freedom of Information Act request today with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy seeking copies of email between Internet Policy chief Andrew McLaughlin and his former employer, Google Inc. The nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer group made the request after an online publication printed an article showing that McLaughlin's "Buzz" profile revealed that many of his most frequent email correspondents were Google employees. Before being appointed the OSTP's Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy, McLaughlin was Google's head of Global Public Policy, its top global lobbyist. Consumer Watchdog opposed McLaughlin's appointment by President Obama saying that it violated the intent of the Administration's ethics rules meant to end the revolving door between lobbyists and the executive branch. "The ... (more)

Google Application, New Version of Cloud-based Suite of Applications

I remember 3 years ago having a conversation with Vint Cerf and Lewis Shepherd about federal data in the Google Cloud.  Lewis and I both shared what we believed to be key obstacles Google would have to surmount before gaining widespread acceptance of their cloud capabilities by US feds.  In my opinion, today’s announcements by Google are certainly welcome enhancements, and I’m sure their service in the federal space will improve because of this.  But there are other very important mega-trends to track in the space. As for today’s news: this was a very exciting announcement– Google Apps for Government.  This is a new version of their cloud-based suite of applications that have been hardened to make it easier for governments to trust increasing their use of Google products and services. The following is an excerpt from their announcement at Introducing Google Apps f... (more)

Facepalm: Google Wave Choice of XMPP Not the Death of HTTP

Okay, folks, it’s time to stop declaring the death of protocols/technologies prematurely. Please? Especially when such proclamations are clearly not representative of reality. From ElasticVapor :: Life in the Cloud In Google's announcement what I found most fascinating was the protocol they choose for the basis of their new realtime vision. It wasn't HTTP but instead XMPP was selected as the foundation for this decentralized and interoperable vision. What this means in very simple terms is Google has declared the HTTP protocol is dead, an inefficient relic of the past. A protocol that was never designed with the requirements for the reality of a global realtime cloud. [emphasis added] If you dig into the Google WAVE Embed API code far enough, you’ll get to a core RPC/gadget library that clearly indicates the API is still taking advantage of HTTP. It’s using XMLHttp... (more)

Twitter's Value

Twitter has captured the imagination of those who are looking for a way to have a presence and communicate.  It is the current hot story in social media, but what the discussion around Twitter does not seem to highlight is the unfulfilled need. There is a great deal of dialogue around and on Twitter these days.  In a recent report from Hubspot, it was shown that Twitter's users may not be actively using the micro-blogging or distributed instant message service.  Nielsen Online said the same thing in April of 2009 showing that 60% of the users abandoned the site after one month.  At this point, Twitter is solid market research for what communication utility users want, but can the company quickly get it to the next level of general usefulness?  It has brought to the forefront an unfulfilled user need.  That's the market research takeaway and the real value at this p... (more)

Meh. It's Just Data.

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)