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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)

Is the PR Business Extinct? Yes

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali The short answer is yes. In our estimation, roughly 70% of today's PR firms with their traditional public relations and communications business structures will not survive the fast-approaching social media avalanche. The remaining 30% that need to reinvent their position real fast in their newly morphed industry will prosper, compared to where they were and what they were doing before. For publicly traded companies, current rules dictate that information can be made public by a press release or by a telephone conference call but not simply on a website. Ninety percent of today's PR firms are still in business simply because of this single rule. For the first time three years ago, in 2006, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz asked the SEC to change this rule. Well, the new White House is already posting the President's weekly address... (more)

Microsoft Wants Google's Acquisition of DoubleClick Blocked

Spending money like a sailor on shore leave, Google has agreed to pay $3.1 billion cash for DoubleClick, the $150 million-a-year display ad-targeting cookie-carrying activity-tracking Silicon Alley firm that was also being pursued by Microsoft.  It’s the most money Google has been prepared to pay for an acquisition so far, twice what it paid six months ago for YouTube – which only merited stock – and is obviously both strategic and defensive. Microsoft’s interest may have cost Google in the neighborhood of a billion dollars – or will if the deal goes through. DoubleClick’s rejected suitor as well as AT&T, Time Warner, Yahoo and Viacom are raising antitrust objections to the acquisition with Washington.  Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith, in a statement issued Sunday, said the deal “raises serious competition and privacy c... (more)

Microsoft Retort To Google on Yahoo! Bid: "Microsoft Is Committed to Openness"

"Google has amassed about 75 percent of paid search revenues worldwide and its share continues to grow. ...Microsoft and Yahoo! on the other hand have roughly 30 percent combined in the U.S. and approximately 10 percent combined in Europe." That, in brief, was the reply Microsoft's General Counsel issued this afternoon to the statement by his opposite number at Google suggesting that Microsoft's hostile did for Yahoo! raises "troubling questions." Issued in the name of Brad Smith, Microsoft's General Counsel, the brief statement - issued as a worldwide press release - contained just three paragraphs:"The combination of Microsoft and Yahoo! will create a more competitive marketplace by establishing a compelling number two competitor for Internet search and online advertising. The alternative scenarios only lead to less competition on the Internet. Today, Google is the... (more)

No Salvation for Yahoo! from News Corp.

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, who knows a thing or two about hostile takeovers and last year proposed merging his MySpace property with Yahoo, told Wall Street Monday that he's not interested in Yahoo! and even less interested in AOL. Ditto NBC Universal and Comcast. Google Blinks, Raises Objections to Microsoft-Yahoo Merger Google doesn't like the idea of Microsoft buying Yahoo any more than Microsoft likes the idea of Google buying DoubleClick. In a blog Google general counsel David Drummond posted on Super Bowl Sunday Microsoft's $44.6 billion hostile bid for Yahoo "raises troubling questions." "This is about more than simply a financial transaction, one company taking over another," he wrote. "It's about preserving the underlying principles of the Internet: openness and innovation," throwing in Microsoft's face allegations of possible monopolization and antitrust l... (more)

Microsoft Responds to Yahoo! Rejection Announcement

Microsoft issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Yahoo! that its Board of Directors has rejected Microsoft's previously announced proposal to acquire Yahoo!: It is unfortunate that Yahoo! has not embraced our full and fair proposal to combine our companies. Based on conversations with stakeholders of both companies, we are confident that moving forward promptly to consummate a transaction is in the best interests of all parties. We are offering shareholders superior value and the opportunity to participate in the upside of the combined company. The combination also offers an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online services market. A Microsoft-Yahoo! combination will create a more effective company that would provide greater value and service ... (more)

Advertising on Google.com Requires No Personally Identifiable Information (PII), States Executive

"Advertising on Google.com is contextual, requires no personally identifiable information, is not provided by a third-party, and does not collect any information in addition to the basic information collected to provide search results," asserted Google's Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Alan Davidson, in a letter sent August 8, 2008, to the Congressional Committee on Energy and Commerce. The Committee had asked Google, along with AOL, Microsoft, and a number of other companies, to clarify its custum and practice on personally identifiable information (PPI). Google's Bret Taylor keynoting at AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo in 2007 "We believe that our answers are best understood in the context of broader industry practices, as are many issues relating to online advertising," Davidson wrote in his letter. He continued: "Concerns about online advertising... (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 seeing more being written about Cloud computing and cloud platforms, and there is strong validation that the future of computing will include significant innovation and value in web/cloud platforms. A leading industry analyst firm has listed Cloud Computing as one of the “Top 10 Disruptive T... (more)

Platform Computing Named "Silver Sponsor" of Cloud Computing Conference & Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that the leading cloud technology provider Platform Computing named "Silver Sponsor" of the upcoming Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, (www.cloudcomputingexpo.com) which will take place November 19-21, 2008, at the Fairmont Hotel in the heart of Silicon Valley, in San Jose, California. Platform Computing is a pioneer and the global leader in High Performance Computing (HPC) management software. The company delivers integrated software solutions that enable organizations to improve time-to-results and reduce computing costs. Many of the world’s largest companies rely on Platform to accelerate compute or data intensive applications and manage cluster and grid systems. Platform has over 2,000 global customers and strategic relationships with Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Red Hat and SAS, along with the industry’s broadest support for ... (more)

Twitter, Linked In, Ning and Ulitzer: Easy Personal Branding Strategy

Social Media on Ulitzer I use all of these social media tools and although they haven't put me on my own island in the Caribbean yet, I'm very pleased with the combined results. 1. Twitter – It’s the fastest way to share that you have created something of value. As a bonus, Tweetdeck or CoTweet are good ways to manage your Twitter efforts and research. Huge audience with lots of active participants. There are a few shady characters on Twitter but just like being at Grand Central Station, you just step aside and keep moving. It doesn't mean you eschew the benefit. Micro-blogging is probably here to stay so it's a good idea to get up on good habits regardless of what future tools look like. 2. Linked In – It’s the professional network standard where people will find you. A terrific way to maintain knowledge of what former colleagues are doing now. You can also join gr... (more)

Ulitzer Live! New Media Conference & Expo

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali I live 11 minutes away from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. Friday evening I took a Cessna Caravan for a short 45-minute flight to Martha's Vineyard. This was my first trip to the island. I didn't do any research and had false expectations based on my long-time love affair with the island of Cat Cay in the Bahamas. I found out that Martha's Vineyard was huge. Upon landing on the island, my pilot called a cab for me to take me to my hotel. According to the cab driver the island's population was around 30,000 off-season and well over 100,000 during its peak summer season. These numbers change drastically from driver to driver or whomever you ask, of course. As compared to a maximum three to six neighbors any time I go home to Cat Cay, this was an instant shock to me. I had a relaxing two-day weekend in Martha's Vineyard. As long as I ... (more)