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- 75 per cent of UK parents think that children see inappropriate content through online advertisements* - Children as young as five are being exposed to online advertisements and pop-up adverts that contain adult content such as gambling, dating services, as well as sexualised imagery, according to Till Faida, co-founder of Adblock Plus. Online adverts are often embedded on websites from other sources, making it unlikely that web filters (the primary way many parents protect their children online) will pick up on them. As a result, Adblock Plus is offering advice as to how parents can protect their children from illicit and inappropriate material, which appears via online advertising. According to research from Adblock Plus, the average person comes into contact with over 500 online adverts and pop-ups a day. These can range from credit cards and gambling, to 'no... (more)

Confessions of a Ulitzer Addict

John Funnel on Ulitzer Earlier this year one of my staff attended a SYS-CON event and returned to the office a different person. Revitalised and motivated. I asked her what happened at the event to warrant such a transformation? What was her secret? Was it the New York Shopping experience? A business Romance or was it Devine intervention? She simply advised me to ‘check out Ulitzer. – Everyone who is anyone is on it’. She was not the first to introduce me to the innovation. Many of my peers had gone through such noticeable changes, It was like a weight had been lifted from the... (more)

Ulitzer Names the World's 30 Most Influential Cloud Computing Bloggers

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer announced today "the World's 30 most influential Cloud bloggers," who collectively generated more than 24 million Ulitzer page views. Ulitzer's annual "most influential Cloud bloggers" list was announced at Cloud Expo 2009 West, which took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center, California. Cloud Expo 2009 West drew more delegates than all other Cloud-related events put together worldwide. "The world's 50 most influential Cloud bloggers 2010" list will be announced at the Cloud Expo 2010 East, which will take place April 19-21, 2010, at the ... (more)

Third-Party Products

My goal in this article is to raise your awareness of the products available and give you enough information to go on if you choose to investigate them. I'll also discuss some of the main issues involved in searching for and selecting off-the-shelf products. Finally, this article ends by listing a few dozen products you should find useful. What's Out There? Often the only products that are well known are the ones for which large amounts are spent on advertising, which often translates into a high-price tag. It's a paradox of capitalism. For a company to get its product noticed, ... (more)

Merrill Lynch Estimates "Cloud Computing" To Be $100 Billion Market

Marcus Klems' Blog What do the following companies all have in common: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, EMC, VMware, IBM, Sun, Dell, Akamai,, NetSuite, and Activision. Answer: Cloud Computing. Merrill Lynch analysts reckon that by 2011 the volume of cloud computing market opportunity will amount to $160BN, including $95N in business and productivity apps (e-mail, office, CRM, etc.) and $65BN in online advertising. Merrill Lynch recently issued a research note: “The Cloud Wars: $100+ billion at stake” (07 May 2008). The analysts write that by 2011 the volume of cloud com... (more)

Microsoft's Cloud Platform Vision is Coming Together

John C. Stame's "Precipio" Blog We are seeing more being written about Cloud computing and cloud platforms today, and there is strong validation that the future of computing will include significant innovation and value in web/cloud platforms. Microsoft’s Cloud strategy is materializing, and as part of our overall Software plus Services strategy, our Cloud Platform vision is coming together. Back in December 2007, I wrote a post on Cloud Services that was prompted after I read an article in Business Week on another companies ambitions and “wisdom” in the clouds. Today, we are s... (more)