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I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.  Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possibly already be so old-fangled that an early practitioner like Ichbiah can already no longer be with us? The thought was so disquieting that it took me immediately back to the last time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his language was named. It was in the context ... (more)

Openwave and Thumbspeed to Offer Mobile Instant Messaging

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Openwave Systems Inc. , the leading provider of open software products and services for the communications industry, today announced a strategic reseller agreement with Thumbspeed Inc., a leading developer and publisher of mobile applications, to enable Openwave to offer Thumbspeed's instant messaging (IM) client for both operators and handset manufacturers. The Thumbspeed IM client can either be deployed by operators over-the-air (OTA) or embedded and pre- installed on mobile devices by handset manufacturers. The agreement helps Openwave's operator and handset manufacturer customers bring mobile IM services to market rapidly and easily and is available now. "Mobile instant messaging allows consumers to access the most in-demand applications from leading instant messaging providers like AOL, MSN and Yahoo!, av... (more)

i-Technology Blog: Google Trends on Java, McNealy, AJAX, and SOA Give Pause For Thought

Like so many of the ideas that tumble out of the Googleplex into the public domain, Google Trends is irresistible. SYS-CON group publisher and editorial director Jeremy Geelan puts the application, newly taken out of beta and now available to all cyberspace from the Google main page, through its paces by taking it out for a giddy spin around the i-Technology world. The results are surprising... "See what the world is searching for" says the slogan accompanying http://www.google.com/trends - and that very precisely encapsulates the aspect of Google Trends that makes it addictive. Like Technorati on speed. There really isn't any limit to the number of searches one can do while still assuring oneself that it is diligent journalistic research. Take the usual run-of-the-mill stuff, for example, like comparing "Java" and ".NET": java .net But the real apples-to-apples c... (more)

MarketingProfs Releases a Step-by-Step Guide to Help Organizations Build a Successful Social Media Program

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/17/09 -- MarketingProfs, a trusted online resource for more than 350,000 professional marketers, announces their newest publication: "A Step-by-Step Guide to Building A Successful Social Media Program: What you need to know about establishing your strategy, policy and team." Social media offers marketers and organizations tools that provide a different way to connect and engage with customers, sales prospects, channel partners, media, partners, coworkers and new recruits. It also presents a new way for organizations to manage their brand reputation, influence public perception, monitor competition, establish thought leadership and expand on traditional marketing campaigns. "The buzz around social media's benefits and successes and failures is driving marketers and their organizations to investigate social media and to determin... (more)

High-Tech Public Relations and Alan Zeichick - Analyze This!

When I landed in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, October 13, 2007, the last thing on my mind was writing a blog entry about high-tech public relations, until I heard from a PR agent on the day of my arrival. In the past 10 days or so we have been working with her on a breaking news story that is currently under NDA. I was so impressed with her professionalism and her passion for perfection that yesterday I posted a blog entry, recommending the agency she works for, to technology companies that are searching for a highly qualified public relations firm. Within minutes of my blog entry, I received the strangest email notification, alerting me to another blog written by Alan Zeichick, "co-founder and editorial director of BZ Media, which publishes SD Times and Software Test & Performance, and which also produces the Software Security Summit, Software Test & Performance Conf... (more)

Ulitzer to Launch with OpenID

Google, IBM, Microsoft, Yahoo and Verisign have all become the OpenID Foundation's first corporate board members, giving a push to the seven-month-old group's ideas about portable web identities or OpenIDs and how personal information is shared online, something that Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have all caught flak for. OpenID is a free decentralized sign-on technology that eliminates the need for multiple user names across Internet sites and is supposed to give people more control over their digital identities and what exactly is shared. There are so far 350 million OpenID-enabled URLs in existence. Microsoft has donated legal resources to the cause. Ulitzer, Inc., which initially made the headlines with its “job descriptions from the future,” announced today that it will launch its Ulitzer “beta” site on July 4, 2008, with 5,500 authors and 600,000 original article... (more)

IBM Opens Four Cloud Computing Centers

IBM opened four new cloud computing centers in emerging markets. They are in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bangalore, India; Seoul, Korea; and Hanoi, Vietnam, where there is an increasing demand for Internet-based computing models and skills to help companies compete in highly competitive environments. With previously opened centers in both emerging and mature markets, IBM now has 13 cloud computing centers, the world's largest network of expertise on cloud computing. At a time when organizations of all sizes are facing extreme data overload, skyrocketing energy costs, increasingly complex regulatory requirements and competition from more nimble economies, cloud computing is emerging as a shift across all industries. This computing model allows businesses and consumers alike to remotely access a vast computing resource that can be tapped on-demand to deliver next-generation se... (more)

Ulitzer’s Amazing First 30 Days in Public Beta

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali Today marks the 30th day of Ulitzer's public beta. We had an amazing month and perhaps one of the most widely discussed launches of a "new media" site. Gartner recently asked, "Will Ulitzer dominate news content on the Web eventually?" The answer is yes, and I'll explain why. First, I'd like to share some of the 30-day stats with you. We had more than 140,000 visitors who read 197,000 pages of articles, blogs and news stories. The syndicated page views (outside the Ulitzer domain) exceeded 1,369,983 page views. The legendary technology reporter Maureen O'Gara was the most read Ulitzer author with 231,600 rolling page views, and we syndicated more than 3,000 Ulitzer stories. My First Blackberry, Circa 1999 I remember receiving my first Blackberry 10 years ago at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco. It was a small device similar to a ... (more)

Damn You Google, Damn You Yahoo! Why D'Ya Do This to Us?

A strange dynamic has taken hold on the internet.  Just as people expect sunshine and air to be free, they also expect internet based software applications to be free.  Ok, maybe not completely free… they agree someone should pay, just not them.  Damn you Google, damn you Yahoo! why did you do this to us? With companies left and right offering full versions of their products for free,  users have been conditioned NOT to pay for anything.  This conditioning can be seen across everything from social media sites to messaging to business applications.  The problem with this as I see it is the negative impact on innovation. Users think that they win by getting free software or services, but do they really?  If you ask me the only real winners in the free ecosystem are the investors behind well funded companies.  By locking down markets with free offerings companies can ... (more)

Who is REALLY on Twitter?

Social media has become an integral part of our PR campaigns at BLASTmedia, especially Twitter. Clients often ask us, "Who is using Twitter and why should it matter to us?" eMarketer recently published an article that answers both of those questions, and many more. Want to know the demographics and usage habits of the microblogging crowd? Read this article! Here are a few highlights: More than one-half of all Twitter users (53%) are women, and the majority are young. 75% of all Twitter activity comes from just 5% of users. Not surprisingly, the more followers a user has, the more that person tweets. ... (more)

John Treadway Publishes His "The Bzz on Cloud Computing" Blog on Ulitzer

John Treadway started the syndication of his authoritative Cloud Computing blog "The Bzz on Cloud Computing" on Ulitzer (see FAQ here). John Treadway is a senior enterprise technology marketing and business development executive with significant experience across horizontal IT and financial technology markets. John has founded or co-founded three companies and currently consults to a variety of technology businesses on marketing, strategy and cloud computing opportunities. Sites/Blogs CloudBzz Ulitzer offers to its readers the following Cloud Computing topics. Cloud Computing Cloud Computing Expo Cloud Computing for SMBs Cloud Computing Newswire Cloud Data Analytics Cloud Hosting & Service Providers Journal Cloud Interoperability Cloud Security Journal Cloudonomics Journal Cloudscale Open Cloud Collaboration Open Source and Cloud Computing   ... (more)