Thursday, July 29, 2010
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
To the President of Syria, Mr. and Mrs. Bashar al-Assad
Mr. and Mrs. President Bashar al-Assad:
At the tender age of 17 months my severely ill daughter Sofia, an American
citizen, was abducted by her mother on Monday, July 26, in Istanbul, Turkey,
and taken to Syria.
Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story
I was informed yesterday by Sofia's mother that she will not be coming back
to the United States nor will she allow Sofia to return home.
Sofia has been diagnosed with a severe medical condition that requires
immediate treatment in the United States. It was scheduled to start on July
27, 2010, in New Jersey, the day after her abduction and was supposed to last
until she reaches the age of 3.
Any delay in the urgently needed treatment will result in a life-long
disability for Sofia and make her dependent for the whole of her a... (more)
At SYS-CON Media we see our inventories are filling up to 100% capacity for
the months of November, December, and January, and we are seeing
better-than-normal RFP activity for the first quarter of 2010.
When I say this, I am comparing the current insertion order activity to the
same period last year. We will be closing 2009 roughly 32% below 2008 in
revenues (far better than any other tech media company), which forced us to
reduce our expenses for the same period by around 40%. Last fall, while the
world was falling apart, we were preparing for a ... (more)
New Media on Ulitzer
Last week we were accidentally copied in on an internal e-mail from a
software company with a market cap in excess of five billion dollars. As I
read through this long e-mail thread, which included references to our
company, I couldn't help but reflect on the past. I forwarded this e-mail to
their CEO and he acknowledged its receipt. History is repeating itself, I
realized, and I wanted to share my thoughts with our readers and with the CEO
of this software company.
In 1985-86 I worked at IBM as a market research analyst in White Plains, NY,
at the company'... (more)
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 Maur... (more)
Diane Macedo of Fox News worked on Sofia's story for more than a month,
studying documents, interviewing more than a dozen people, and fact-checking
before publishing her news story on Monday and airing our interview.
Here is the link to the Fox News on-camera interview.
This morning, on Monday, she also published a detailed article on Sofia:
▸ Fox News Story on Sofia's Abduction to Syria
When Sofia returns safely home, she will pay her first visit to Diane at Fox
News headquarters in New York City.
▸ US Leaves Its Youngest Citizen Behind Syria
I already wrote two blog posts on So... (more)