The Internet - The first Worldwide Tool of Unification ("The End of History")

" ... Now I give you something that few think about: What do you think the Internet is all about, historically? Citizens of all the countries on Earth can talk to one another without electronic borders. The young people of those nations can all see each other, talk to each other, and express opinions. No matter what the country does to suppress it, they're doing it anyway. They are putting together a network of consciousness, of oneness, a multicultural consciousness. It's here to stay. It's part of the new energy. The young people know it and are leading the way.... "

" ... I gave you a prophecy more than 10 years ago. I told you there would come a day when everyone could talk to everyone and, therefore, there could be no conspiracy. For conspiracy depends on separation and secrecy - something hiding in the dark that only a few know about. Seen the news lately? What is happening? Could it be that there is a new paradigm happening that seems to go against history?... " Read More …. "The End of History"- Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“…5 - Integrity That May Surprise…

Have you seen innovation and invention in the past decade that required thinking out of the box of an old reality? Indeed, you have. I can't tell you what's coming, because you haven't thought of it yet! But the potentials of it are looming large. Let me give you an example, Let us say that 20 years ago, you predicted that there would be something called the Internet on a device you don't really have yet using technology that you can't imagine. You will have full libraries, buildings filled with books, in your hand - a worldwide encyclopedia of everything knowable, with the ability to look it up instantly! Not only that, but that look-up service isn't going to cost a penny! You can call friends and see them on a video screen, and it won't cost a penny! No matter how long you use this service and to what depth you use it, the service itself will be free.

Now, anyone listening to you back then would perhaps have said, "Even if we can believe the technological part, which we think is impossible, everything costs something. There has to be a charge for it! Otherwise, how would they stay in business?" The answer is this: With new invention comes new paradigms of business. You don't know what you don't know, so don't decide in advance what you think is coming based on an old energy world. ..."
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)



Etiquette mavens say the book on manners must be rewritten, literally, to take into
account new technologies and social media (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)

A 2012 survey by Intel found that in several countries, a majority said they were put
off by "oversharing" of pictures and personal information on the
internet and smartphones (AFP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri)

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls
Logo No Hate Speech Movement

Bundestag passes law to fine social media companies for not deleting hate speech

Honouring computing’s 1843 visionary, Lady Ada Lovelace. (Design of doodle by Kevin Laughlin)

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Internet to revolutionize TV in 5 years: Gates

Saturday January 27, 5:02 pm ET

By Ben Hirschler

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - The Internet is set to revolutionize television within five years, due to an explosion of online video content and the merging of PCs and TV sets, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said on Saturday.

"I'm stunned how people aren't seeing that with TV, in five years from now, people will laugh at what we've had," he told business leaders and politicians at the World Economic Forum.

The rise of high-speed Internet and the popularity of video sites like Google Inc.'s YouTube has already led to a worldwide decline in the number hours spent by young people in front of a TV set.

In the years ahead, more and more viewers will hanker after the flexibility offered by online video and abandon conventional broadcast television, with its fixed program slots and advertisements that interrupt shows, Gates said.

"Certain things like elections or the Olympics really point out how TV is terrible. You have to wait for the guy to talk about the thing you care about or you miss the event and want to go back and see it," he said.

"Internet presentation of these things is vastly superior."

At the moment, watching video clips on a computer is a separate experience from watching sitcoms or documentaries on television.

But convergence is coming, posing new challenges for TV companies and advertisers.

"Because TV is moving into being delivered over the Internet -- and some of the big phone companies are building up the infrastructure for that -- you're going to have that experience all together," Gates said.

YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley said the impact on advertising would be profound, with the future promising far more targeted ads tailored to each viewer's profile.

"In the coming months we're going to do experiments to see how people interact with these ads to build an effective model that works for advertisers and works for users," he said.

Advertisers are already racing to adapt their strategies to the growing power of the Web, and more and more promotional cash is tipped to migrate from television to Web sites in future.

YouTube co-founder says site will begin sharing revenue with users

USA Today

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley made news at a meeting of some of the globe's most powerful people Saturday, announcing that his wildly successful site will start sharing revenue with its millions of users.

Hurley, who became fantastically rich in November when the company he started was bought by Google for $1.65 billion, said one of the major innovations that the site is working on is a way to allow users to be paid for content. YouTube has become an Internet phenomenon since it began to catch on in late 2005. Some 70 million videos are viewed on the site each day.

"We are getting an audience large enough where we have an opportunity to support creativity, to foster creativity through sharing revenue with our users," Hurley said. "So in the coming months we are going to be opening that up."

Hurley, one of the youngest Internet multimillionaires, gave no details of how much users might receive, or what mechanism would be used.

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Vista, for Better and Worse

By Rob Pegoraro , The Washington Post

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Windows Vista lands in stores Tuesday, more than five years after its predecessor Windows XP debuted. With that much time for Microsoft to rewrite its operating system, you might expect it to be a sharp break from the Windows we've known.

It isn't. For all the ways that Vista looks and works differently from XP, it remains recognizably Windows underneath.

And that's not always good. In a week that I've been using Vista full-time on two laptops and one desktop, I've seen many things that I hated in XP: error messages that don't offer any advice on how to correct them, programs that inexplicably fail, annoying stalls and one "blue screen of death" crash.

(At least I didn't have to stare at the same old stupid hourglass icon while the computer chewed its cud -- Vista bores you with a spinning blue circle instead.)

Vista is not a cheap or easy update. The version most home users will want, Home Premium, sells for $159 if you upgrade from an older copy of Windows. But Vista needs far more power under the hood than XP: 15 gigabytes of free disk space and a gigabyte of memory.

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Intel, IBM separately reveal transistor breakthrough

The International Herald Tribune, January 27, 2007

SAN JOSE, California (AP): In dueling announcements, Intel Corp. and International Business Machines Corp. separately say they have solved a puzzle perplexing the semiconductor industry about how to reduce energy loss in microchip transistors as the technology shrinks to the atomic scale.

Each company said it has devised a way to replace problematic but vital materials in the transistors of computer chips that have begun leaking too much electric current as the circuitry on those chips gets smaller.

Technology experts said it is the most dramatic overhaul of transistor technology for computer chips since the 1960s and is crucial in allowing semiconductor companies to continue making ever-smaller devices that are also energy-efficient.

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Top 10 IT News Stories of the Week

Nancy Weil, IDG News Service, CIO.com

1. "Sun to Once Again Sell Intel-Powered Servers,"

CIO.com, Jan. 22

Sun and Intel forged an alliance that will expand Sun’s involvement with Intel and move it along the x86 path. The long-term collaboration will optimize Solaris on Intel processors and also involve joint research and development, executives from the companies said at a press conference in San Francisco, announced just a few hours before it started. Intel will promote Solaris and Sun will build "a complete line of Xeon servers as well as workstations," CEO Jonathan Schwartz said at the announcement event, which was also hosted by Intel CEO and President Paul Otellini. The companies will synchronize releases around chip and OS upgrades. "We want Solaris to absolutely scream on Xeon," said Schwartz with his characteristic enthusiasm.

2. "IBM to Form Joint Venture With Ricoh,"

CIO.com, Jan. 25

IBM is turning its enterprise printing systems division over to Ricoh, the Japanese printer and copier monolith. The companies are forming a joint venture around the IBM unit, which will eventually be a Ricoh subsidiary. At first, Ricoh will acquire a 51 percent stake in the joint venture, called InfoPrint Solutions, and then over the next three years it will gradually take over the other 49 percent of the business. The first part of the deal is expected to be finalized in the second quarter of this year, pending the usual sorts of regulatory approvals and conditions. Ricoh will pay IBM $725 million for the 51 percent and for prepayment of the remaining stake in the venture. The final amount of the deal will be determined at the end of the three-year period depending on how much the venture makes or loses. InfoPrint Solutions will be based in Boulder, Colo., at the same headquarters where IBM has its printing systems division.

3. "Storm Trojan Worst Outbreak Since ’05, Symantec Says,"

CIO.com, Jan. 23

The worst malware outbreak since 2005 hit the Internet when the Storm worm went out in millions of spam messages, infecting hundreds of thousands of computers globally. The messages purported to have attachments with news reports such as "230 Dead as Storm Batters Europe" and "U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice Has Kicked German Chancellor." Tempting as it would be to read either message, the attachments were delivered via .exe files, which astute e-mail users know they shouldn’t open. Those who did unwittingly installed malicious software that then waited for further instructions over the Internet before doing its nasty business. Though it was dubbed a worm, the malware actually was not a worm. Soon after the malware spread, security vendors warned that the e-mail topics were being changed to lure recipients with romantic subject lines such as "A Day in Bed Coupon" and "A Monkey Rose for You."

4. "Microsoft Already Gearing Up for Vista Service Pack,"

Computerworld, Jan. 24

There’s nothing like planning ahead. Testers who are part of Microsoft’s technology adoption program are providing feedback for the first service pack for Vista, which was released to volume-license customers in November. The OS is due for release to home and small business users next Tuesday. The company’s service pack road map doesn’t provide update plans, and a spokesman said the release date for the first service pack isn’t yet available. But we gather it’s just a matter of time. Meanwhile, Microsoft will provide fixes for Vista security problems in its automated patch rollout system.

5. "AMD Pins Hopes on Barcelona Chip,"

Network World, Jan. 24

AMD is staking its hopes for a rebound from a $574 million fourth-quarter loss on the "Barcelona" quad-core Opteron server chip. While rival Intel’s "Clovertown" quad-core Xeon chip, released in November, is mainly being used by high-end research server platforms, AMD is aiming for a broader market, hoping that Barcelona will appeal to small and midsize businesses as well as managers of high-performance computing centers. Barcelona is expected to be out by midyear. Analysts persist in their concerns that quad-core technology is hitting the market too quickly with Intel, and that AMD focused too much on its own chip war and not enough on what users actually want, need and can use.

6. "Cisco Discloses 3 Router Security Vulnerabilities,"

CIO.com, Jan. 25

Cisco warned that three critical holes in its router operating system could let hackers run arbitrary code and launch denial-of-service attacks. The holes included a TCP packet problem involving a memory leak in some versions of IOS, an IPv6 router header vulnerability preventing the IOS from properly processing IPv6 packets, and a crafted IP option vulnerability affecting how IOS processes IPv4 packets with a specially crafted IP option. CERT said the secondary effects of a denial-of-service attack could be severe because devices running IOS may transmit traffic for a number of networks. Cisco issued workarounds for the holes and an updated IOS version.

7. "Office 2007, OpenOffice Get New Development Tool Kits,"

Computerworld, Jan. 23

Microsoft and the OpenOffice.org project released separate tool kits meant to simplify development of a range of applications that support their rival desktop software. OpenOffice.org’s tool kit enables developers to use that technology as a programming framework to create and process OpenDocument Format documents rather than as a desktop application. Microsoft released three tool kits mean to help developers build applications for components of its new Office 2007 desktop suite and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.

8. "IBM Social Networking Site Looking for Many Eyes,"

Network World, Jan. 24

IBM launched a social networking website called Many Eyes, combining information analysis and discussion features so that business users can work on and chat about data they upload from spreadsheets and other files. Users can create visual representations of data and share the representations, such as graphs. The idea is that business users will combine their "collective intelligence" in their discussions and collaborative work with data on the site. The company also showed off Lotus Connections, which are social networking tools that will ship this year, and said it has more such collaborative tools being developed in its research labs and undergoing testing by its employees that could wind up being released as future products. Many Eyes is up and running at IBM’s alpaWorks Services website.

9. "OSDL, Free Standards Group to Merge,"

CIO.com, Jan. 22

Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group are merging to create the Linux Foundation. The two main Linux evangelizers are in the final stages of merging their operations, with Jim Zemlin, who has been the FSG executive director, set to head up the new organization. Now that Linux is an established OS for embedded, desktop and server systems, the focus will shift from evangelizing to making sure that the Linux community is able to effectively compete with Microsoft and the rival Windows OS. The hope is that the Linux Foundation will be the go-to Linux development center. The two groups have worked closely together all along and have talked about merging in the past, but decided that now is the right time.

10. "Microsoft Said to Offer Payments for Wikipedia Edits,"

CIO.com, Jan. 23

Microsoft offered to pay Australian software engineer Rick Jelliffe to change some Wikipedia entries, he said in a blog posting that set off debate first about the ethics of a company doing such a thing and then about the challenges faced by an online collaborative community where anyone can edit entries. Wikipedia volunteers expressed varying opinions about whether it’s acceptable for a company to change entries, using a paid independent "editor" or otherwise. David Gerard, a volunteer Wikipedia spokesman, suggested that the discussion set off by Microsoft’s deal with Jelliffe is likely to lure more contributors to the pages in question, so that the articles wind up being that much more informative. A Microsoft spokeswoman said the same thing. In short order, multiple changes had been made to the OpenDocument entry at Wikipedia.

Friday, January 26, 2007

NetNames To Protect Unilever Brands Online; Over 6,300 Domain Names to Be Consolidated and Centrally Protected

January 25, 2007; 08:12 AM

NetNames, the UK’s leading domain name management specialist, has been appointed to help protect Unilever’s iconic brands online including Dove, Surf, Cif, Knorr and Vaseline.

As part of a contract awarded to Baker & McKenzie to manage Unilever’s global trademark portfolio, NetNames’ Platinum Service has been selected to manage and protect Unilever’s domain name portfolio which includes addresses for vital web sites used to support and market its many brands. NetNames Platinum Service partners with organizations to protect their identity online by removing the burden of managing domain registrations and renewals.

Jonathan Robinson, Chief Operating Officer for NetNames, commented: “Large corporations such as Unilever, which control some of the most valuable global brands, clearly understand the importance of protecting those brands online. By taking advantage of the Platinum Service to consolidate its vast domain name portfolio, Unilever will have greater visibility of threats to its online brands and greater flexibility to adapt its online brand protection strategy as its business needs change.”

A dedicated NetNames senior account manager has been assigned to proactively manage the domain name portfolio and assist Unilever in the implementation of their comprehensive domain name strategy.

Katrina Burchell, Head of Trademarks at Unilever, commented, "Our brands and trademarks are some of Unilever’s most precious assets and it’s important for us that they are in safe hands. Working with a specialist such as NetNames ensures our brands are well protected online and will enable us to focus more time and resource within the legal group on core competencies.”

Paul Rawlinson, Head of the Global IP Practice Group at Baker & McKenzie, added, "NetNames shares our philosophy of how to deliver portfolio management services for international clients. We wanted to engage a specialist provider and their domain name Platinum Service is a particularly good fit with our global IP services."

About NetNames

NetNames is part of London listed Group NBT plc (LSE: NBT). Through its industry leading domain name management service, NetNames Platinum Service, the company is responsible for managing and protecting online brands for international corporates, including in excess of 30% of the FTSE 100. The company provides domain names, website hosting and email services for a range of customers – from the home user up to enterprise level. NetNames is an ICANN Accredited Registrar with the ability to register domain names in all available suffixes worldwide. The company is headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Nice, Frankfurt and Madrid. For further information, visit www.netnames.com.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Best E-Commerce Stock for 2007: CNET

By Rick Aristotle Munarriz

January 24, 2007, The Motley Fool

In the click-happy world of e-commerce, there's no shortage of companies eager to sell you stuff. However, how many online outfits aspire to make you a smarter shopper? How many dot-com darlings use editorially superior content to make themselves your first stop -- before you even know you want to buy something in the first place?

That's where CNET Networks (Nasdaq: CNET) comes in. You're probably familiar with some of CNET's many popular websites, but I'll bet you don't know them all. Some of the company's most active properties include:

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Retailer TJX reports massive data breach

Credit, Debit data stolen. Extent of breach still unknown

By Paul F. Roberts, Infoworld, January 17, 2007

The TJX Companies, a large retailer that operates over 2,000 retails stores under brands such as Bob's Stores, HomeGoods, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx and A.J. Wright said on Wednesday that it suffered a massive computer breach on a portion of its network that handles credit card, debit card, check, and merchandise transactions in the U.S. and abroad.

The company does not know the extent of the breach, which was first discovered in December, 2006. However, hackers may have made off with credit and debit information from transactions in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico in 2003 as well as transactions between May and December, 2006, according to a company statement.

Banking officials in Massachusetts say that the TJX breach is behind a recent warning by Visa to banks in Massachusetts, which have contacted customers in recent days and had to reissue thousands of ATM and debit cards. In the end, the hack may affect a wide range of credit card companies and thousands of consumers in the U.S. and in countries like the U.K. and Ireland, experts say.

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Could this be the final chapter in the life of the book

The world's libraries are heading for the internet, says Bryan Appleyard. If this means we lose touch with real books and treat their content as 'information', civilisation is the loser.

The Sunday Times

‘The majority of information,” said Jens Redmer, director of Google Book Search in Europe, “lies outside the internet.”

Redmer was speaking last week at Unbound, an invitation-only conference at the New York Public Library (NYPL). It was a groovy, bleeding-edge-of-the-internet kind of affair. There was Chris Anderson, editor of Wired magazine and author of The Long Tail, a book about the new business economics of the net. There was Arianna Huffington, grand panjandrum of both the blogosphere and smart East Coast society.

But this wasn’t just another jolly. There were also publishers and Google execs, two groups of people who might one day soon be fighting for their professional lives before the Supreme Court.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Better Keep IT Simple

BY ELANA VARON, CIO MAGAZINE

Simplicity is the key to better IT, according to a recent study by The Hackett Group consultancy.

Even though world-class IT departments spend 7 percent more per end user on IT than their peers, they return more to the bottom line through reduced back-office costs, according to the study. These top-notch IT departments accomplish this in part by reducing architecture complexity.

That a streamlined architecture can improve IT operations isn't a new idea. But Scott Holland, senior director with Hackett, found that this practice, among others that promote good IT governance (such as the use of project management offices and service models such as the Information Technology Infrastructure Library, ITIL), contributes directly to financial performance. In companies with world-class IT departments, back-office functional groups such as finance, human resources and procurement were able to save between $2.1 million and $5.5 million for every $1 billion in revenue. Meanwhile, the cost of operating these functions, as a percent of revenue, is at least 13 percent and as much as 45 percent lower than at other companies.

One key factor: "World-class companies buy enterprise systems at the functional level," notes Holland. While Holland acknowledges that it could be a stretch for a mid-market company to invest in an ERP system, "there's a price to enter."

Hackett defines world-class companies as those that fall within the top quartile of the consultancy's benchmarks for efficiency (based on use of resources) and effectiveness (based on skills and processes).

In its analysis of data from about 200 companies, Hackett found that the best performing IT departments deployed 31 percent fewer applications for every 1,000 end users.

They were also much more likely to be operating a single ERP system, especially for financial management.

Simplification of the IT portfolio extends to the technology infrastructure. The top IT shops also use fewer development platforms, fewer databases and operate fewer data centers per 1,000 end users.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Banks Don't Spend Wisely on IT

Chris Burton of Amdocs says that by upgrading their IT systems, traditional financial-services providers could bundle products and better retain customers

by Chris Burton, Businessweek.com

With all the new challenges banks now face, one of the oldest and biggest still remains: competition. And that competition goes far beyond a bank's typical rivals. Even retailers like Wal-Mart are getting into financial services, offering basic banking to their shoppers.

To address this new tide of competition, banks are looking for novel ways to retain and attract customers. But cosmetic enhancements and branch renovations can only go so far. Financial-services providers have to make extensive changes in how they sell to customers. The key to these changes will be upgrading information technology systems. In fact, if banks don't transform these systems, they stand to lose customers and substantial revenue.

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Software Notebook: What they're saying about iPhone

Apple may be leading a new tech revolution, some believe

By TODD BISHOP, P-I REPORTER

The unveiling of Apple's multipurpose iPhone was the talk of the tech world last week, not only for its advanced features and design but also for the dispute over its name.

The device combines the functions of a mobile phone, an iPod media player and a wireless Internet communicator behind a touch-sensitive screen. A day after Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs took the wraps off iPhone, Cisco Systems sued for trademark infringement.

But whatever it's called, what impact will Apple's iPhone have? With that question in mind, we made calls and sent e-mails to gather a variety of perspectives. Here's a sampling of what people are saying:

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

A laptop for every child

By Thomas McLachlan, Daily Dispatch, January 2007

A laptop computer which is aimed at assisting school children in developing countries and costs only R910 ($130) was unveiled in Beijing on Thursday.

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Initiative revealed its final industrial prototype of an operating laptop computer with a toy-like design known as the XO.

It is intended to bring the most isolated villages into the information age, with the ultimate goal of having one laptop available to every child on the planet.

The initiative hoped to make the laptops even more accessible to those living in poorer communities by bringing down the price to $100, or about R700, by next year.

The XO's design is intended to operate in the most power-sparse environments where electricity for recharging is hard to come by. It is equipped with a battery recharger that operates like a wind-up toy. Users attach a yo-yo like device to a fixed object such as a door and then yank a pull-string to recharge the battery.


While a typical modern laptop requires 40 watts of power, the XO laptop needs a miniscule three watts in order to let the user browse the Internet, and less than a single watt to display an electronic book.

The XO's screen can operate in either colour or black and white. The reason for this is that in black-and-white mode it can be viewed clearly even in bright sunlight. This makes it ideal for rural villages where many activities occur outside.

The keyboard has also been designed for children's small hands with the keys placed a little too close together for an adult to type comfortably.


The XO runs on a Linux-based operating system, which assisted in the product development by keeping costs down as Linux is an open-source free operating system. This also allows users to develop programmes aimed at children such as games and other software with ease.

Whether the units will be given away for free has not been clarified. OLPC expects to start delivering the machines in mid-2007, with the goal of delivering 5-million units within the first year.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Yahoo Adds Web Search to Mobile Suite

Yahoo Go 2.0 beta includes a new search app designed for mobile devices.

Marc Ferranti and Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service

Tuesday, January 09, 2007 10:00 AM PST

LAS VEGAS -- Yahoo has released a test upgrade of its suite for mobile devices, which includes a new search application, as the company keeps trying to extend its products to cell phones.

A beta version of Yahoo Go 2.0, unveiled here on Monday, can be downloaded to more than 70 mobile devices from various vendors worldwide. Handset makers supporting Yahoo Go 2.0 include Research In Motion, Motorola, Samsung, and Nokia. The suite can be used on "most" wireless networks, Yahoo officials said.

By the end of the year, Yahoo expects users to be able to download Yahoo Go 2.0 onto more than 400 devices, according to Marco Boerries, senior vice president for Yahoo Connected Life.

Get Facts Instead of Links

A key feature of Yahoo Go 2.0 is oneSearch, a new search engine designed specifically for mobile devices that, instead of returning a list of Web sites, provides facts related to the query term, according to Boerries. For example, if a user enters the name of a sports team, oneSearch will display relevant game scores, team information, photos, news articles and the like.

In a demonstration, Boerries showed how, if a user types in pizza, local listings for pizza restaurants will be displayed automatically.

"Consumers want an experience optimized for mobile," Boerries said. "No matter how good the screen gets, no matter how fast it gets ... the mobile phone is different from the PC."

Yahoo Go 2.0 also features local maps, news tickers, a mobile version of the Flickr photo management service, and e-mail.

Yahoo will provide the Yahoo Go 2.0 software for free and make money from advertising and sponsored search results, Boerries said. Ads and sponsored results will be clearly distinguished from results generated by search algorithms, Boerries said.

Mobile Search Market Taking Off

The mobile business generated by Internet search companies such as Yahoo and Google is currently dwarfed by PC-based search revenue, according to Takami Kono, vice president of equity global research at Nomura Securities International. But Yahoo is taking necessary steps to make sure it is well positioned in the mobile market, he said.

"Mobile advertising is less than 5 percent of all search advertising revenue, but it should grow at two or three times per year for the next few years," Kono said. "Google makes more money from search advertising, but Yahoo's content is better," he said. Yahoo Go is a good way for the company to leverage its strength, he said.

Yahoo also announced at CES that Opera Software chose it as the exclusive search engine provider for its Opera Mini and Opera Mobile Web browsers, and that Opera plans to adopt oneSearch this quarter.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

In Cingular-Apple Deal, Only Phone Was Missing

By MATT RICHTEL, The New York Times

Published: January 10, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 9 — When Cingular executives went to the company’s board last year to get approval for a deal with Apple, they did so without so much as a prototype of an Apple phone to show the directors. The board signed off anyway.

“We got this deal approved without them ever seeing the device,” said Glenn Lurie, president for national distribution at Cingular Wireless, who was responsible for the project on the Cingular side.

The approval was a leap of faith on Cingular’s part that Apple Computer could produce a phone as groundbreaking as its iPod music players.

Apple came up with the iPhone. The phone was unveiled Tuesday and will not be released until June, but it is already shaking up the market for high-end cellphones. Shares of the companies that make Treo and BlackBerry devices, the iPhone’s most obvious competitors, began to slide while Steven P. Jobs was still on stage in San Francisco, demonstrating the phone’s features.

Cingular and Apple may be fast-moving technology companies, but they took their sweet time putting the iPhone deal together. Officials of the two companies began discussions nearly two years ago, in February 2005. They quickly agreed that they should work together on a phone project, but there were far-reaching conversations and brainstorms about what the product should be.

They considered an Apple-branded mobile phone service that would piggyback on the Cingular network, but rejected the idea. Then, a year ago, they settled on the final concept, an Apple-made phone for subscribers of Cingular, which is owned by AT&T.

Details of the negotiations and partnership were provided in interviews with Mr. Lurie and Eddy Cue, a vice president of Apple who is in charge of its iTunes service and oversaw the relationship on Apple’s end. They said they had spoken nearly every workday over the last two years and had, above all, one mandate: to maintain secrecy.

In keeping with Apple’s tradition of keeping silent about product development, they were fiercely protective of the iPhone, and colleagues and co-workers knew to say nothing about it outside their circle.

Mr. Lurie, in particular, said Cingular wanted to prove to Apple it could be trusted to keep the project secret so that it could be disclosed on the companies’ terms. “We were going to try to be like Apple and keep things quiet,” Mr. Lurie said. “A big part of the partnership is trust.”

The deal marries two companies with considerable heft, though with somewhat different goals. Cingular, the nation’s largest wireless carrier, hopes the iPhone will help it attract new subscribers and keep disgruntled ones from fleeing to competitors, like Verizon Wireless.

Apple, a major innovator in consumer electronics, hopes to break into the market for a product “everyone wants to use and uses every day,” Mr. Cue said.

But the potentially powerful combination of Cingular and Apple may not be as attractive to consumers as they hope, said Roger Entner, a wireless industry analyst with Ovum Research. Mr. Entner said the device would doubtless be state of the art, but that is not the whole battle. He noted that some laptop computers are cheaper than the $499 iPhone.

“Is it futuristic? Yes,” Mr. Entner said. “Is it affordable? No.”

Mr. Entner said phones costing $500 or more represent less than 1 percent of those sold in the United States. As a result, he said, Apple could initially be competing for the attention of a few million consumers who rely on advanced devices like the Treo from Palm Inc. and the BlackBerry from Research In Motion. “This sets a high bar for the high-end device, but on the low end it has no impact,” Mr. Entner said.

Mr. Jobs’s announcement had perhaps its most immediate effect in the stock market, where Palm’s shares fell 5.7 percent and R.I.M.’s dived 7.9 percent. Shares of Motorola, which makes a broader array of phones, fell 1.8 percent. Apple’s stock surged more than 8 percent.

Executives of R.I.M., based in Waterloo, Ontario, did not answer phone messages seeking comment on the iPhone. Nick Agostino, a technology analyst with Research Capital in Toronto, said the decline in the stock most likely reflected investors’ concerns about the fate of R.I.M.’s BlackBerry Pearl consumer model.

But that concern appears to center more on lost potential for R.I.M. in the broad consumer market than on any threat to the company’s core market of business users. The e-mail system the iPhone will use lacks the security features and other properties of the BlackBerry e-mail service, making it unlikely that business users will switch to Apple’s offering, Mr. Agostino said.

As part of its pitch to consumers, however, the Pearl is the first BlackBerry to include multimedia entertainment abilities and a digital camera. Mr. Agostino said that R.I.M. might have trouble attracting customers who are interested in those additional features. “A guy who has e-mail at the top of his list is likely to want a Pearl,” he said. “A guy who has e-mail fifth or sixth on his list is going to look at the iPhone.”

The relatively high price of the iPhone may also swing some buyers to the BlackBerry offering. T-Mobile, for example, is now offering the Pearl for $200 with some of its plans.

Marlene Somsak, a spokeswoman for Palm, said the iPhone did not appear to be aimed at the business market, “where e-mail and quick and easy text entry for messaging and Web navigation are a requirement.”

The iPhone has a touch screen that can display a kind of virtual keyboard. Ms. Somsak said Palm believed that full keyboards like those on its devices were essential.

Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies, a Silicon Valley consulting firm, said the iPhone would make current so-called smartphones obsolete. “It’s certainly going to cause them to go back to the drawing board,” Mr. Bajarin said, referring to phone manufacturers.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

P&G’s CIO on Making IT Matter





I recently had the chance to chat with Filippo Passerini, the global CIO of CPG icon Procter & Gamble (P&G). P&G is well known for its innovative, best practices approaches in R&D, manufacturing, supply chain management and brand management.

Passerini, in the two years he’s been in the CIO seat, has been driving innovative practices throughout P&G’s IT organization, primarily through 1) extensive leverage of external service providers for many routine IT services, and 2) refocusing of internal IT resources on the development of high-value, IT-enabled business services. What he shared about IT’s evolving "value-added" role at P&G offers an excellent example of migrating the IT organization up the stack, aligning it with the core business strategies of the company, and creating an expanding portfolio of almost appliance-like, tightly-focused business services that support those strategies.

Frank Gens (FG): How does your boss know you’re doing a good job? What are P&G’s KPIs for measuring your and your organization’s success?

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Sunday, January 7, 2007

IDC: Asia Pacific IT market to reach US$132b in 2007

By Computerworld Philippines

Updated: 06 Jan 2007

The overall IT market in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) is forecasted to reach US$132 billion in 2007, fueled by increasing domestic demand and economic growth in the region spearheaded by India and China, according to IDC’s annual forecast.

“The region’s astounding rates of economic and IT market growth have resulted in dynamic and rapidly evolving corporate and consumer markets. This is a role the region has gradually accepted, but the growth is now taking off explosively,” said Eva Au, managing director for IDC Asia/Pacific.

According to her, the region’s economic empowerment has created more discerning and demanding IT users “who now require technology which is sensitive to the region’s unique demands and are increasingly responsive to the needs of mobile communications, converged devices, and results-oriented IT projects."

IDC predicts the IT market in Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) to reach US$132 billion in 2007, a 10 percent growth over 2006.

Together, China and India will make up more than 43 percent of the region’s IT spend, with China remaining the largest IT market consisting 32 percent of the region’s IT spending and India growing at a remarkable 23 percent.

While the major economies are expected to continue to deliver strong results, both China and India will begin a more serious look internally, focusing on bridging urban/rural divides and developing infrastructure.

"These changes will require specific knowledge of domestic markets for companies to successfully compete within these major markets,” said Au.

IDC believes there will be three major areas of focus in 2007 in relation to the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) market in the region:

Innovative and useful services:

With the wireless internet experience becoming a reality for businesses and consumers, this will provide added impetus for companies to roll out mobility services to help us work and play.

Standardization to simplify and reduce costs:

Asian enterprises will simplify and adopt a service orientation in IT architectures by standardizing on components. System Integration vendors will look at reducing risk for project delivery by standardizing their service offerings.

Smarter approaches to markets:

Software vendors in APEJ are responding to the need for competitive offerings, particularly for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMB), as larger firms lag with practical and straightforward SMB offerings; Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) vendors are seeking to build longer term relationships with Asian firms, which have been slow to take advantage of the BPO phenomenon.

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Here comes the terabyte hard drive

With a terabyte drive, consumers can store 250,000 MP3 songs. That's enough for two solid years of listening without a single repeat.

By Michael Kanellos, CNET News.com

Last year, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies predicted hard-drive companies would announce 1 terabyte drives by the end of 2006. Hitachi was only off by a few days.

The company said on Thursday that it will come out with a 3.5-inch-diameter 1 terabyte drive for desktops in the first quarter, then follow up in the second quarter with 3.5-inch terabyte drives for digital video recorders, bundled with software called Audio-Visual Storage Manager for easier retrieval of data, and corporate storage systems.

The Deskstar 7K1000 will cost $399 when it comes out. That comes to about 40 cents a gigabyte. Hitachi will also come out with a similar 750GB drive. Rival Seagate Technology will come out with a 1 terabyte drive in the first half of 2007.

The two companies, along with others, will tout their new drives at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and will show off hybrid hard drives, as well.

A terabyte is a trillion bytes, or a million megabytes, or 1,000 gigabytes, as measured by the hard-drive industry. (There are actually two conventions for calculating megabytes, but this is how the drive industry counts it.) As a reference, the print collection in the Library of Congress comes to about 10 terabytes of information, according to the How Much Information study from U.C. Berkeley. The report also found that 400,000 terabytes of e-mail get produced per year. About 50,000 trees would be necessary to create enough paper to hold a terabyte of information, according to the report.

Who needs this sort of storage capacity? You will, eventually, said Doug Pickford, director of market and product strategy at Hitachi. Demand for data storage capacity at corporations continues to grow, and it shows no sign of abating. A single terabyte drive takes up less space than four 250GB drives, which lets IT managers conserve on computing room real estate. The drive can hold about 330,000 3MB photos or 250,000 MP3s, according to Hitachi's math.

Consumers, meanwhile, are gobbling up more drive capacity because of content like video. An hour of standard video takes up about 1GB, while an hour of high-definition video sucks up 4GB, Pickford said.

Consumers, though, tend to be skeptical of ever needing more storage capacity.

"We heard that when we brought out 1 gigabyte drives," Pickford said.

The boost in capacity for desktop drives comes in part through the introduction of perpendicular recording technology to 3.5-inch-diameter drives. In perpendicular drives, data can be stored in vertical columns, rather than on a single plane. Drive makers have already released notebook drives, which sport smaller 2.5-inch-diameter drives, with perpendicular recording. The 1 terabyte drives will be Hitachi's first 3.5-inch drives with perpendicular recording.

Currently, Hitachi sells 3.5-inch drives that hold 500GB of data, while Seagate has come out with a 750GB data drive.

Drive makers convert to perpendicular recording when the need for areal density, the measure of how much data can be crammed into a square inch, passes 125 gigabits. The terabyte drive (and the 750GB drive) can hold 148 gigabits per square inch, or 148 billion bits. Hitachi's previous 3.5-inch drives maxed out at 115 gigabits per square inch.

The hard drive turned 50 last year, and over the past five decades data capacity has increased at a fairly regular and rapid pace. The first drive, which came with the RAMAC computer, weighed about a ton and held 5MB of data.

Hard-drive scientists say that increases in capacity will continue because of technologies like heat-assisted recording and patterned media.

Monday, January 1, 2007

French space agency to publish UFO archive online

Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:16am ET162

PARIS (Reuters) - The French space agency is to publish its archive of UFO sightings and other phenomena online, but will keep the names of those who reported them off the site to protect them from pestering by space fanatics.

Jacques Arnould, an official at the National Space Studies Center (CNES), said the French database of around 1,600 incidents would go live in late January or mid-February.

He said the CNES had been collecting statements and documents for almost 30 years to archive and study them.

"Often they are made to the Gendarmerie, which provides an official witness statement ... and some come from airline pilots," he said by telephone.

Given the success of films about visitations from outer space like "E.T.", "Close Encounters of The Third Kind" and "Independence Day", the CNES archive is likely to prove a hit.

It consists of around 6,000 reports, many relating to the same incident, filed by the public and airline professionals. Their names would not be published to protect their privacy, Anould said.

Advances in technology over the past three decades had prompted the decision to put the archive online, he said, adding it would likely be available via the CNES website www.cnes.fr.

Costly Gift From Microsoft Is an Invitation to Blog

By MARIA ASPAN, The New York Times

Published: January 1, 2007

In Microsoft’s latest attempt to reach out to bloggers, the company recently gave away expensive laptops loaded with its new Windows Vista operating system. But the gifts generated controversy as well as good will, as many in that community accused Microsoft of bribery and their peers of unethical behavior.

Several bloggers reported last week that they had received Acer Ferrari laptops, which can sell for more than $2,200, from Microsoft. A spokeswoman for Microsoft confirmed on Friday that the company had sent out about 90 computers to bloggers who write about technology and other subjects (such as photography and, oddly, parenting) that could be affected by the new operating system.

But while those on Microsoft’s mailing list initially greeted the machines with enthusiasm, many in the blogging community soon objected — and not only because they were left off the list — arguing that bloggers are bound by the same rules as traditional journalists, who should not accept expensive gifts from companies they cover.

Long Zheng, an Australian blogger (istartedsomething.com) who received one of the computers, had over 160 comments on his post about the computers, ranging from envy to disgust. “It’s a bribe. Plain and simple,” wrote one commenter.

Others disagreed. “Being provided an evaluation computer from Acer is not a ‘bribe,’ ” Blake Handler, a Los Angeles blogger (bhandler.spaces.live.com) who received a laptop and who plans to keep it, wrote in a comment to Mr. Zheng’s original post. “It simply allows me to accelerate my evaluations, documentation and demonstrations of Windows Vista.”

Microsoft has recently made several efforts to engage the technologically aware, and often anti-Microsoft, blogging community. After the criticisms of the laptop giveaway began, a Microsoft employee sent an e-mail message to some of the recipients, asking them to return or give away the machines when they were finished evaluating Vista. However, Microsoft’s spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement that the followup message had caused confusion, and that the bloggers were still welcome to keep the computers.

“Microsoft’s official position is that once these bloggers are done experiencing the product, they can choose what they want to do with them,” she said. MARIA ASPAN