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With Yahoo shares down better than 15% in the two trading days since it climbed into bed with Microsoft, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the cat who ate the canary and maybe forgot there for a moment that he didn’t buy the company, told Microsoft’s annual analyst meeting Thursday that “It’s sort of, like, unbelievable….Nobody gets it.” Instead of carping about Yahoo not getting a boatload of money upfront, he said they should focus on the $500 million boost to operating income it’ll see. “This is a company that makes $700 million. You’re talking about a 70% expansion just for doing the deal.” “Did they sell their search business? No.” But it’ll get 88% of the revenue with zero costs. One of the popular opinion pieces being passed around contends that “Yahoo committed seppuku…The once-proud warrior of the Internet space laid down its sword, knelt at the feet of Micro... (more)

Google Voice

Quick note from my iPhone — my friend (and my wife’s high school classmate) Kevin Mullet told me over the weekend that he had just been approved for Google Voice. I was SO jealous! If you haven’t explored what it will do — you need to take a look, and apply, right away! (Check it out here! Google GIVES you a phone number FREE! Then, you program in your existing numbers. When someone calls your Google number, it rings ALL your phones. You’ll only need one number again…ever. And, it doesn’t matter if your home or cell or office numbers change. The Google Voice number will always ... (more)

More Technology Forecasts for 2010

New Year 2010 on Ulitzer I just can't help but share more technology forecasts for 2010, as it is January 1, 2010. Dan Grabham and the team from TechRadar put together some quality thoughts and I've included some of those and others below. First, let's address mobile phones during 2010. "It's the beginning of the end for the featurephone, those pretty but less functional handsets," says mobile phone specialist Gareth Beavis. "It's not that the segment is dying, rather that it's re-inventing itself as part of the smartphone revolution, meaning more applications for everyone." "Sam... (more)

New #IoT Ad Campaign By @Splunk at @ThingsExpo | #M2M #API #DevOps

SYS-CON Media announced that Splunk, a provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, has launched an ad campaign on Big Data Journal. Splunk software and cloud services enable organizations to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine-generated Big Data coming from websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors and mobile devices. The ads focus on delivering ROI - how improved uptime delivered $6M in annual ROI, improving customer operations by mining large volumes of unstructured data, and how data tracking delivers uptime when it mat... (more)

Bigger Memory, Zombie Vampires, and the Quest for Personal Wealth, Stardom, and Immortality

Many of us suffer from an incurable addiction to data. We randomly seek random information, frequently...and when we have questions, we don't just want the answers....we need them. Worse, we need them NOW. As a result, "search engine gymnastics" is a new discipline in which many of us have become highly skilled. Armed with internet-connected devices, we expect to answer any question in a matter of seconds. It's just data. It should always be at our fingertips. ALL of it. Memory to the Rescue Memory lies at the heart of the instantaneous access we require. So when "Zombie Vampire... (more)

Research Confirms Twitter Is Bulls**t

A recent study confirms it: Twitter is the biggest BS of recent years, hyped by the mai stream media but no one understands why they are hyping it. Like Larry King of CNN. This man never touched a computer keyboard, has never seen a web page and yet he plugs his Twitter page every night at 9 PM. HubSpot released its June 2009 State of the Twittersphere (http://bit.ly/SOTblog0609) (Twitter hashtag: #SOTwitter) report, analyzing data from more than 4.5 million Twitter accounts over a nine month period to measure Twitter growth and report statistics on tweets, the Twitter user base ... (more)