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Microsoft announced revenue of $13.10 billion for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2009, a 17% decline from the same period of the prior year. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $3.99 billion, $3.05 billion and $0.34 per share, which represented declines of 30%, 29% and 26%, respectively, when compared with the prior year period. "Our business continued to be negatively impacted by weakness in the global PC and server markets," said Chris Liddell, chief financial officer at Microsoft. "In light of that environment, it was an excellent achievement to deliver over $750 million of operational savings compared to the prior year quarter." The financial results for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2009, included the deferral of $276 million of revenue related to the Windows 7 Upgrade Option program that was announced on Jun... (more)

Cyber Security Tip Sheet

For National Cyber Security Awareness Month, www.staysafeonline.org has created a Cybersecurity Awareness Resource tip sheet to help everyone at home, school, and work stay safe. While they list it as a tip sheet, I would refer to it as a checklist of things that you need to do to keep you and your family safe. My suggestion to everyone reading this is to print out the list below (PDF download) and use it as a check list monthly (or at least quarterly) to assess the security you have in place on your computer. Protect your computer, your personal information, and yourself online by taking these necessary precautions. Read below and please share it with your friends. Keep a Clean Machine - Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats. - ... (more)

Using Taxonomy to Drive Online Contextual Advertising

  (Time to get the blog churning again. Today's post is from our friend Rennie Walker at Earley and Associates.) By Rennie Walker It’s a Big Market … …  online advertising.  There are 10,000 stories and data points about it.  Here are two to give some context to the journey below.  First, global online ad spending is projected by ZenithOptimedia to exceed print ad spend by 2015 (note 1).  This 2015 projected spend figure for online advertising is $132.4 billion.  Second, global online ad revenue is projected by another research agency, Digital TV Research, to hit $143 billion by 2017 (note 2). These are prodigious amounts of money for companies to spend to connect with customers.  But … surely it’s easy to connect online customers to web content featuring, or suggesting, products? And surely, online is “better”?  Where can, and do, taxonomy-based approaches add val... (more)

Digital Summit 2012 Delivers Atlanta's Largest Digital Media, Marketing and Web Technology Event on May 9-10th

ATLANTA, GA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/29/12 -- Nearly 1,500 interactive marketers, digital and new media strategists, entrepreneurs and technology professionals will connect at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, May 9-10. More than 75 speakers will deliver over 50 presentations and panel discussions about today's hottest digital business and marketing trends. Topics include social media, mobile applications, e-commerce, SEO & paid search, Internet usability, analytics & measurement, streaming & interactive video, cloud computing and online advertising/branding. Co-founder of the innovative online shopping destination Gilt Groupe, Alexis Maybank will deliver the keynote presentation that promises to be enlightening, inspiring and engaging. The Digital Summit conference opens Wednesday, May 9th at 1pm with Maybank's keynote launching the event. Attendees have more than ... (more)

Canadian banks should target Millennials via mobile channels, reports Mintel

CHICAGO, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobile banking is a hot topic in financial services right now, especially for those targeting the Millennial generation. According to Mintel research, more than half (53%) of younger Canadian Millennials who own a mobile phone have checked their account balance from their cell. Furthermore, Mintel reports that 41% have viewed their transaction history or account statement, and 33% have used their mobile phone to pay bills. (Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100413/MINTELLOGO-b) What's more, 30% of 18-34-year-olds have switched banks at least once in the past five years—the highest percentages of any other age group. Therefore, Mintel recommends that the Millennial generation is a critical group for banks to reach in terms of attracting them—and retaining them—as new customers. "Millennials are the customer of the future... (more)

Sue Bostrom, Former CMO of Cisco, Joins Rocket Fuel Board of Directors

REDWOOD CITY, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/27/13 -- Rocket Fuel Inc., the leading provider of artificial intelligence advertising solutions for digital marketers, today announced that Sue Bostrom, former executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Cisco Systems, will join its board of directors as Chair of the Compensation Committee. Bostrom's addition to Rocket Fuel's board comes at a time of rapid growth for the company. News Facts: During Bostrom's almost 14 years at Cisco, the company's revenue and employee size grew by over five times. During her tenure with its executive staff, Cisco was named one of the top Fortune 100 Companies (#62), one of Interbrand's Best Global Brands (#14), and one of Fortune's 100 Most Admired Companies (#28). Bostrom was responsible for developing Cisco's vision and strategy through positioning, branding, advertising, and pro... (more)

Women's Basketball All-Star Skylar Diggins Joins Team Rockin' Refuel®

PHOENIX, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Shamrock Farms Rockin' Refuel® announced today that women's basketball all-star, Skylar Diggins, is the newest member of Team Rockin' Refuel – an elite group of sports and entertainment personalities who rely on the protein milk beverage to get the proper nutrition they need to perform their best. Balancing hard work and toughness on-the-court with charisma and grace while off- the-court, Diggins is a dynamic personality with fans of all ages. In her second professional basketball season, Skylar was the league's second leading scorer and was named "Most Improved Player" while being named to her first all-star team. A four-time collegiate All-American, Skylar led her university to three national championship games and finished as her alma mater's all-time scoring leader – all while earning her degree in business management-entr... (more)

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

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer Ulitzer.com 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 Jacob Javitz Convention Center, in New York City, with more than 5,000 expected to attend. Detailed information on how to become a Ulitzer blogger can be obtained  here. Ulitzer New Media Power Panel at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, during Cloud Expo 2009 West. "Ulitzer New Media ... (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, SalesForce.com, 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 computing market opportunity would amount to $160bn, including $95bn in business and productivity apps (email, office, CRM, etc.) and $65bn in online advertising. The authors identify 10 companies + 2 “unconventional plays” with exposure to Cloud Computing growth. I tried to sketch their market ... (more)

AJAXWorld Major Sponsorship Opportunities Sold-Out!

SYS-CON Events announced today that AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 West main sponsorship opportunities are now sold-out! The limited number of expo and event sponsorship opportunities that are still available are expected to be sold out soon. The new sponsors who joined the conference this week, and are not yet listed on the conference Website, will also be announced later in the week. The charter sponsors of the most significant Rich Internet Applications event of the year include: Laszlo Systems [Diamond Sponsor]: Laszlo Systems is the original developer of the open source platform OpenLaszlo, and provider of Rich Internet Applications and services that advance the Web experience. OpenLaszlo is an XML-native foundation for building next-generation Web applications that increase customer retention, conversion and brand loyalty. Laszlo provides comprehensive suppo... (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 their shoulders, that they now had a true portal to vent out their innermost thoughts. I was instantly intrigued by such recommendations. People, just like me, were using Ulitzer everywhere. So what had I been fighting against all this time? What was I avoiding? Eventually I succumbed to the in... (more)