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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)

CDD Joins Yahoogle Opposition

The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), one of those public interest media watchdogs that never cottoned to the whole Yahoogle business, has asked Senator Herb Kohl, chairman of the antitrust wing of the Senator Judiciary Committee, to tell the Justice Department to “either oppose or ensure meaningful safeguards” are attached to the pending Google and Yahoo online advertising alliance. It said in a letter to Kohl dated Thursday that the axis “raises very troubling consolidation and monopolistic issues” given advertising’s “emerging core role as the principal means of supporting online editorial content” and unmodified will inflict “serious competitive harm…on this vital sector of the US economy.” It figures payments to newspapers will be reduced and journalism will suffer, an argument that the Paris-based World Association of Newspapers made last week in opposing ... (more)

Schmidt Says Google Not Copying PayPal

Recent remarks by Scot Wingo, chief executive of ChannelAdvisor, a Morrisville, N.C. e-commerce consulting firm, at a financial conference indicated that he thought Google would be launching against PayPal later this year. http://webservices.sys-con.com/read/101680.htm Now Google CEO Eric Schmidt has denied this intention in a sort of non-denial fashion, stating that Google does "not intend to offer a person-to-person, stored-value payments system." He did say that the company is developing "payment services (that) are a natural evolution of Google's existing online products and advertising programs." Google has created a subsidiary named Google Payment Corp. One analyst said he believes Google will develop a service to complment its Froogle shopping-comparison service, rather than develop something that could potentially compete with eBay's PayPal across the board fo... (more)

Although Yahoo! Looks Pretty Boxed In by Microsoft, It Could Try For More Money

Microsoft this morning made a $44.6 billion hostile bid for the floundering Yahoo, striking at a point when it has become evident to all and sundry that Yahoo doesn’t have a pray of turning things around on its own let alone getting competitive. Yahoo’s first official reaction was basically to say it’ll think about it. It said it would evaluate the offer “carefully and promptly in the context of Yahoo’s strategic plans.” It did not give a timeframe for a response. Although it looks pretty boxed in, it could of course try for more money. Microsoft’s move throws open the door to rival bids, but Microsoft thinks Google’s hands are tied. Its market share would raise insuperable antitrust issues, Microsoft said, to a counter-offer. Yahoo is the most visited site on the Internet, though it has failed to monetize its popularity a... (more)

Microsoft To Unleash Windows Cloud

At the end of this month, at its Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft intends to unveil something that CEO Steve Ballmer yesterday referred to as "Windows Cloud." Ballmer explained that "Just like Windows Server looked a lot like Windows but with new properties, new characteristics and new features, so will Windows Cloud look a lot like Windows Server." Speaking at an IT event in London, Ballmer explained that Microsoft recognized the need for a new operating system designed for the cloud. "We will introduce one in about four weeks," Ballmer said, adding: "We’ll even have a name to give you by then. But let’s just call it for the purposes of today ‘Windows Cloud’." Such a move by Microsoft has been long anticipated, though at this stage experts don't know whether Microsoft's plan is to release a version of Windows Server built to manage the special needs of ser... (more)

Regarding Google’s $750 Million Acquisition of AdMob

Dave Gwozdz, CEO of Mojiva Inc. today issued the following statement. “The news that Google acquired mobile advertising player AdMob for $750 million confirms the legitimacy of the mobile advertising industry, and overcomes any skepticism of whether small screens can offer big opportunities to reach mobile consumers,” says Dave Gwozdz, CEO of Mojiva Inc., which operates a mobile ad serving platform and mobile ad network. “The fact that Google has placed a premium on owning a mobile ad network is very notable. The market has definitely matured to the point where it makes sense for online behemoths to try to combine networks, analytics and delivery technologies in the hopes of capturing a share of this growing market.” Gwozdz, one of the nation’s most qualified mobile ad experts, has tremendous insight into the mobile advertising industry and can speak directly to t... (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)

Cloud Expo Show Prospectus Reaches 10,000 IT Marketing Managers

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer SYS-CON Events (http://events.sys-con.com) announced today that the "show prospectus" for the 5th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com) is now shipping. 5th International Cloud Expo will take place April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City with more than 5,000 delegates and over 100 sponsors and exhibitors participating in the conference. Cloud Expo is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held five times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley, Europe, Japan, and Brazil. Over 200 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals became part of Cloud Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together worldwide. "Cloud Expo was announced on February 24, 2007, the day the term ‘cloud computing' was coined," said Fuat Kircaali, founder and C... (more)

MAX 2005 – Macromedia's Tessa Ragan on Designing and Developing with Rich Media

Teresa Ragan, in an exclusive guest editorial for MX Developer's Journal, writes: Aside from the sheer excitement of digging into new technology, why bother designing and developing with rich media in mind? From a business standpoint, does it really pay off? According to key organizations, the response is an absolute "yes," and the data is rolling in to prove it. Previously regarded as experimental, expensive, or difficult to implement, rich media-centric Web sites are now critical to companies' business strategies. Gartner's research found "Companies that emphasize customer experience as a strategic objective enjoy up to 60% higher profitability and are twice as likely to exceed analyst expectations." A university study concluded that products displaying interactive features are 70% more likely to be purchased than products with static images. And for companies doi... (more)

SEO/SEM SearchForce Launches New Search Marketing Management Platform

SearchForce, a leading provider of on-demand paid search marketing solutions, has formally unveiled its flagship product that optimizes online advertising campaigns. SearchForce's Search Marketing Management Platform empowers companies to optimize keyword selection, manage large-scale campaigns, control bid management, and create landing pages for pay-per-click (PPC) marketing. SearchForce's Search Marketing Management Platform stands apart with its optimized algorithmic keyword bidding, extensive automation, and centralized functionality to support advertisers' complex requirements. "We were impressed with the breadth of functionality and lower total cost of ownership that SearchForce's system provides," stated Sherman Hsieh, Group Director for Web Marketing at Siebel Systems. "Using SearchForce, we expect to realize an increase of 50% in our search marketing ROI and... (more)

Google Kicks Off Worldwide Consumer Privacy Crusade

According to Associated Press reports, confirmed by Reuters, Google will propose at a meeting of European policymakers in Strasbourg, France today that national regulators agree on a basic set of global privacy protections. Peter Fleischer, Google's Chief Privacy Officer, will argue that the future health of the Internet, the global economy and Google's own business agenda depends on the world's success in moving beyond the current patchwork of conflicting privacy rules. As Reuters' Eric Auchard explains: "Google has recently stepped up a push for policy changes and industry self-regulation to fend off criticism over the unprecedented access to personal information the Web provides. Because its stated mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible, Google has come under fire for the threat its services pose to privacy. A recent move ... (more)