Friday, August 27, 2010

Google's Voice Calling Feature Inside Gmail..The Tipping Point For VOIP

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Can you see the tipping point that just occurred with voip (voice over internet protocol)?

The voice calling feature inside of Gmail is like a trojan horse. So many people are using Gmail, and the idea of just clicking on a phone number inside your email, will allow Google to soon dominate the voice over Internet market.

I am imagining how Google will turn all Internet ads into hyperlinks to a url or phone numbers to be dialed.

When Google announced yesterday that Gmail Users Made 1 Million Calls in 24 Hours, I think Skype, and every major service provider, just realized the inevitable.

Gmail has over 175 million monthly users, and the new feature is basically a combination of two popular services Gmail Voice Chat and Google Voice.

The feature is not yet available to all U.S. Gmail users. It's quite simple to use, however--at the top of your chat bar there is a "call phone" option. Simply click on it and a number pad will appear, on which you can dial your desired number and place a phone call.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Digital Chocolate Sues Zynga Over Mafia Wars Name

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What's in a name?

Digital Chocolate just filed suit against Zynga, the leader in social gaming, because they says they owns the exclusive rights to the name "Mafia Wars."

They allegedly notified Zynga last year and received a written response that they would stop using the name.

Maybe CEO Mark Pincus is being rewarded for his spyware tricks.

There is also a class action suit against Zynga for deceptive advertising.

Investors are valuing Facebook at $33b

full story from TG Daily

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Internet Privacy...We Like To Call It "Digital Content Insurance"

Several major transformations are taking place on the Internet.

Individuals have always generated the majority of traffic on the Net, but now they are responsible for creating the majority of content on it as well. Applications on Internet enabled devices and social networking sites are enabling the ability to generate, publish AND share content with ease. The ease of creating and publishing pictures, emails, videos, Tweets, Facebook posts has a price, privacy.

You've heard the expression "Once it's on the Internet, it's there forever".

The ability to control ANY of your digital content AFTER you uploaded, emailed or published it will soon be in great demand.

The largest social networking site Facebook is under pressure for their lack of privacy and that's AFTER users agreed to their privacy policy. (story)

Flickr (largest photo sharing site) just starting offering members the ability to protect their images from being downloaded. Images can still be shared though.

Look at the controversy and security issues WikiLeaks has generated. (story)

As privacy concerns continue to increase, the ability to control your proprietary information and manage your digital rights will be in great demand.

Digital content insurance provides the ability to prevent forwarding/printing, COMPLETELY retracting, limit viewing times of ANY digital content that has ALREADY been published on the Net.

We believe "digital content insurance" and the ability to protect your proprietary information will be more valuable than any search engine or social networking site.

Just like other types of insurance (health, home, auto), you don't really appreciate it until you need to use it.

There are two very powerful transformations on the Internet; managing digital rights and the billions of advertising dollars generated from individual's content.

We discovered a company with proprietary technology that provides a new level of privacy and security for those who wish to protect their proprietary information and manage their digital rights.

Wall Street has yet to discover this company but a recent patent approval and a social networking site licensing deal won't keep it a secret much longer.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Shift Away From Google To Facebook Has Happened...The Powerful Group Page


Have you noticed how many companies are now using their Facebook group page website in advertising?

No longer do you see at the bottom of an ad, but

Some of the largest consumer brands are using Facebook (a FB website) to directly connect with consumers. Are big name brands cutting back on their search engine keyword expense?

Is it cheaper to build a Facebook Group page than a website?

So does that mean Facebook could start charging corporations for domains?
What does this do to the domain name marketplace?

Will Facebook ever start offering direct keywords? For example, coke would take you to the Coke Group page. What could they charge?

Could Facebook become a domain name seller? Is the prefix big enough that the word following the ".com" becomes a direct link itself?

Remember the big fight with companies using trademarks and competitor's names as keywords to get search results?

What Facebook Group pages also do, is eliminate the email list subscription.

How many times have you been asked to be added to a company's email list for special offers etc?

When a consumer "likes" a company's Facebook Group page, they are giving that company the permission to advertise to them thru Facebook.

The big question is though....who owns that data? What permissions are given when a user subscribes to a FB Group page?

Do you see Facebook charging companies for these Group pages?

This goes along with a shift that is occurring in/on the is dead according to Wired Magazine.

The Web Is Dead

"one of the most important shifts in the digital world has been the move from the wide-open Web to semiclosed platforms that use the Internet for transport but not the browser for display,"

Are Google's best days over? Has Facebook taken over search? Have search keyword prices peaked?

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Mr. Obama Here's How I Would Create Jobs And Turn This Country Around

AmeriCAN (Capitalism America Needs)

Looking at the continuing jobless claims, record number of people on food stamps, consumer confidence numbers and then seeing how our government is getting us into unprecedented debt levels, I say to myself.."there has to be a better way".

America is the promised land. We are the world leader in technological achievement. We have abundant resources, plenty of people looking for work, loads of innovators and a huge checkbook (we'll pay for it later).

What will it take to get the largest corporation in the world turned around?

Here's what I would do Mr. Obama

Let's take $50 billion dollars (the way you are spending money it could be more) and create AmeriCAN (Capitalism America Needs)

Call up a few people, like a Meg Whitman and ask her to run AmeriCAN.

Hire a couple guys from Kleiner Perkins, Draper Fisher, Mohr Davidow (top VC firms). These are guys that can read a business plan and determine its potential. Will this business ever make money, how much capital will it need, what pitfalls does it face. These are all questions they ask start up companies every day..they are the experts.

President Obama makes a prime time TV appearance and outlines AmeriCAN (Capitalism American Needs)

(this is what I would say)

"As President of the greatest country in the world, today I am offering EVERY American a chance to fulfill the American dream, to be their own boss. I believe in this country and in the spirit of innovation and capitalism. No good idea should ever be shelved due to financial resources.

We are spending billions of dollars each day while our military fights to provide freedom for other countries.

Here is the proposal I have for EVERY American.

Bring us your business idea or idea that will either create jobs or provide cost savings for an individual/corporation. We will review EVERY idea. If we think your business opportunity has potential, we will provide a zero interest forgivable loan.

Your business idea must either create jobs and/or save companies/consumers money, and we WILL fund it. It's that easy. Some of the most experienced early stage investors and most innovative executives will review every business idea and determine its viability.

You keep 100% ownership of your company if we fund it. If your company needs further financing (and we determine it's necessary), we will provide a low interest loan. We will also allow ZERO capital gains tax if your company is sold within 5 years.

The United States is the largest corporation in the world and we believe in our citizens/employees. Innovation is considered a major driver of the economy and Americans are the most innovative people in the world. Almost 75% of our employment comes from small businesses. They are the heart of this country.

I campaigned on the promise of hope and change. Today I am giving EVERY American the opportunity to change their lives forever with AmeriCAN."


Next up, marketing. Hire a few marketing firms to create the ads for AmeriCAN. Buy ads in magazines, newspapers, and the Internet.

In my opinion, the influx of money that comes from this program will create jobs and boost our economy. This would be a real "stimulus package" because the money will touch many people in many ways. The Govt is essentially investing in the American dream. We have spent billions of dollars on programs I feel were useless and "one time" only.

Allocate $50 or $100 billion dollars for this program. That is a drop in the bucket to what we are spending in Afghanistan or on those new roads we really needed.

Just think about it. Let's say the government provides x number of 100k or 200k loans for start up businesses. What have they done? First they have given x number of people jobs. They know they have a steady paycheck and they become a consumer again. They pay their mortgage again (help the banks out). They buy goods for their business..helping other businesses. One dollar given to a person with a good idea touches many hands.

A good idea or just a "dream"?

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The "Three Es" Every Investor Should Know About

Chris Martenson, analyzes macro trends, published a great article outlining the Three Es Every Investor Should Know About

"Three Es" -- the economy, energy and the environment -- are interconnected and why we need to consider all three at once.

As I see it, trends in energy and the environment have gained too much momentum to mitigate, and global economic stagnation is the new normal. Though more effort will be required than in the past, those who can understand this and adapt have a good chance of preserving and even growing their wealth.

In a nutshell, 3 components are entering (or have entered) major transformations. With every transformation, and is this case 3, there will be winners and losers. Visionaries can see the changes coming and act accordingly.

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