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June 2, 2009  12:56 PM

Google e-book plans target Amazon

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Amazon, Android, Cloud computing, Google

Google wants to sell e-books and is working to sign up authors and create a framework for the deal, which would obviously compete with Amazon’s Kindle. We think the two companies have seen each other...

June 1, 2009  1:48 PM

Google’s Wave: Early assessments a bit “off”

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Google, IM, IMS, UC, unified communications

Google’s Wave is gathering a lot of comment, but in our view, much of it is missing the key points about the notion. Part of that problem lies with Google’s own...

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May 29, 2009  2:10 PM

Google’s Wave redefines UC market; challenges Twitter?

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Google, Social networking, UC, unified communications

Google may not be saying it, but they’ve just showed their hand in (and maybe redefined) the UC market. Google Wave, announced at the Google development conference, blends...

April 29, 2009  8:14 PM

DOJ opens Google publishing deal inquiry

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Department of Justice, digital media, Google, Obama Administration

The DoJ is opening an anti-trust inquiry into Google’s settlement with authors and book publishers, a deal whose execution was delayed by an...

April 4, 2009  2:45 AM

Clearwire to deploy “developer sandbox”

Posted by: Tom Nolle
4G, Cisco, Clearwire, Google, Intel, LTE, WiMAX, Wireless broadband

Clearwire is going to deploy a WiMAX “sandbox” network in Silicon Valley, supported in part by Google, Intel, and Cisco. Each of the backers has its own motives here, of...

March 12, 2009  4:34 PM

Over-the-top VoIP: Comparing Google and Skype

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Google, over-the-top, Skype, voice, VoIP

Over-the-top (OTT) voice over IP may be finally coming into its own, driven primarily by a desire to make cheap international calls. In its last earnings call, eBay reported good numbers for Skype, which has so far failed to create any of the often-touted...

March 9, 2009  1:33 PM

Yahoo’s best strategy for success, but does it know?

Posted by: Tom Nolle
email, Google, over-the-top, Yahoo

Yahoo may be staring its path to success in the face, but may or may not recognize it. The Yahoo Zimbra paid email system is outstripping Google (including Gmail and Google Apps) and most other webmail systems, too.


February 26, 2009  3:52 PM

Nokia’s migration of smartphone OSs to netbooks

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Google, Microsoft, netbooks, Nokia, smartphone OS

Nokia is planning to release a netbook line based on Symbian, according to reports. The move is certainly a reaction to the Google plans to introduce netbooks based on Android. The barriers to the use of a smartphone OS as the basis for a computer are less with netbooks because more of the usage...

January 29, 2009  2:49 PM

The Internet access traffic management flap, net neutrality and reality

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, Comcast, Cox, FCC, Google, net neutrality, regulation

Google is releasing a set of tools from its Measurement Lab that are intended to help consumers figure out if their ISPs are doing them wrong with traffic management. The new tools capitalize on the flap created by the Comcast-FCC war on bandwidth management policies.

At the same time,...

January 15, 2009  1:03 AM

Online developments at AOL and Yahoo

Posted by: Tom Nolle
AOL, Google, Microsoft, search, Yahoo

Big news in the online game: AOL is creating a new division and Yahoo has finally found a new CEO. The AOL move creates MediaGlow, which is formed of two groups—Platform A for advertising and People Networks focused on social media. Yahoo has selected Carol Bartz, formerly of Autodesk, in a...

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