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"It's been many years. But whenever Sept 11 occurs, I remember where I was that day -- in the SYS-CON offices, watching the disasters on the computer monitors. And I always think about your reaction to it all -- how much you love this country, and how horrified you were. I also always ...
When I turned 50 I decided to live in Istanbul as I had been away from home for the past 30 years. After my experience (my luck) with realtors, architects and a landlord straight from a horror movie, I closed my Istanbul home after a year and ran back to my Florida paradise this Januar...
According to the story published by The Guardian, Twitter closed down a string of accounts purporting to be authored by the Syrian president and the first lady, emails revealed. A senior aide to Asma al-Assad, Fares Kallas, took issue with the site over 11 accounts. Half of the accoun...
I was 25-26 years old when I worked at IBM. Steve was not much older. IBM, like many companies, plots a career path for every new employee it hires. It moves them from job to job grooming them from their first day on the job until their retirement. Whenever I took an elevator with Mill...
Between 1991 and 1994 I worked for the French company Rhône-Poulenc in its U.S. headquarters in Cranbury, New Jersey. Rhône-Poulenc is the biggest French company in the world and is owned by the French government. During those three years I designed, coded and delivered a state-of-t...
According to a recent study from IDC the Turkish enterprise application software, or EAS, market has slowed significantly as a result of the global economic crisis. The EAS market grew 2.6 percent year-on-year in 2008 to reach $89.19 million, as compared to 21.8 percent growth in the p...
I can't comprehend that any event producer anywhere in the world today would answer this question by picking any one of the five available options presented. "A leading tool?" What do you mean by "a leading tool?" What other tools would you possibly have in this day and age? This quest...
SYS-CON Events announced on Monday that the first International "iPad Summit" (www.ipadsummit.net), will take place November 1, 2010, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. The Summit is co-located with the 7th International Cloud Expo and the 10th Internat...
I was on the road driving Saturday and Sunday. We celebrated Lauren's 13th birthday late last night. Today was a very busy work day. Before I went to bed I browsed through "60 Minutes" and "Saturday Night Live" shows from this weekend which I missed during my 48-hour drive. I realized ...
Well, online media businesses should beware. Media moved on to "new media" and TechTarget's media technology is last century. Look at our Cloud Expo home page! The content on this page is self-generating through our Ulitzer engine. The best content on Cloud Computing and it's ...
The last time I saw Turhan Selçuk (88) was at a dinner at his brother İlhan Selçuk's house in 1982 that I attended with my boss Doğan Hızlan. Turhan Ağabey came to dinner with his wife Füruzan and daughter Aslı Selçuk. He loved his daughter Aslı very much. There were six of us tha...
When I saw David Skok's name on recent Ulitzer authors page I was pleasantly surprised. David is one of the key figures in the technology space for the past two decades, including his venture capital activities. Throughout his long career, he successfully launched a number of companies...
We had beautiful weather this weekend in South Florida and the Bahamas. I spent all day Saturday and Sunday doing outdoor activities. I played 9 holes with my friend Roger Strukhoff before he left for Manila, Philippines. Roger and I visited the church on the island Sunday morning. The...
GoAdv, one of Europe's fastest growing digital media companies (http://www.goadv.com), has acquired Italy's top blog network as part of its worldwide growth strategy. Blogosfere, launched in 2005, now counts more than 210 professional blogs across its network and has a user base of ...
On2 Technologies on Wednesday announced that its stockholders approved the merger of On2 with a wholly owned subsidiary of Google Inc. at its Reconvened Special Meeting held earlier today. On2 stockholders holding in excess of a majority of the outstanding shares of On2 Common Stock...
The Right Honorable Hubert Alexander Ingraham, Prime Minister of The Bahamas arrived in Cat Cay on Saturday, February 13, 2010 to begin the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Cat Cay. Prime Minister is accompanied with Hon. O.A.T. Tommy Turnquest MP and Mrs. Turnquest, Minister of Nati...
SAP AG announced late Sunday that the SAP Supervisory Board has reached a mutual agreement with CEO Leo Apotheker not to extend his contract as a member of the SAP Executive Board. The company press release on Sunday read as follows: "Leo Apotheker has resigned as CEO and member ...
I left SYS-CON's offices in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, right on time just before the snow storm closed the airports. These live pictures below show East Saddle River Road through my iPhone on my way to the airport. This driver in front of me slipped and hit the sidewalk outside Yossi'...
We are observing three groups of new media participants on blog portals, Twitter and Facebook as we enter a new decade for online media. 1) Old school journalists with their traditional values - I personally come from a traditional journalism background as I recently described towar...
I remember seeing this woman, Barbara Corcoran, on TV walking inside a house with a fortune teller, spreading fumes as the fortune teller whispered some sort of prayer so that the house would sell real fast. What a crackpot scene that was. Anyway, Barbara Corcoran's fortune teller and ...
Ulitzer has several topic sites on the subject of "email marketing" including Content Marketing Journal, Internet Marketing Journal, Marketing & Sales on Ulitzer, Marketing Automation, and Sales Coaching on Ulitzer. If you read the articles on these Ulitzer sites on the Dos and Don'...
That was our 2010 projection two months ago. Today, as of January 28, 2010, we booked more revenue for 2010 than the entire fiscal year 2009 actuals, including unearned income with record sponsorship sales for Cloud Expo East, Cloud Expo West and Cloud Expo Europe events. Our revise...
Ulitzer.com, the first revolutionary "new-media" platform in the world, announced today that the news syndication for Holocaust Research Project topic on Ulitzer has been expanded. HEART on Ulitzer was launched on April 9, 2009. The aim of H.E.A.R.T is to inform and educate people abou...
Today, I received an email from Inday Vinas, one of our Ulitzer authors, and her photo meeting and shaking hands with Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Republic of the Philippines. She writes, "as a leading Filipino blogger whose success depends on Ulitzer to reach a worldwi...
With the news that Chinese graft-busters have targeted officials in the Guangdong city of Maoming in their on-going anti-corruption drive, foreign businesses operating in China need to reassess their dealings with government officials to identify whether they have been involved in acti...
During another staff meeting, as I told the story of the two frogs that fell into the milk bucket (the lazy one drowned in minutes but the hard-working frog created a layer of cream to climb on and saved its life), one of the new staff members raised his hand and said at his previous j...
After the dot-com crash and the planes hit the buildings, everything stopped, of course. The last phone call I received on this subject involved the possibility of us buying one of their recent acquisitions at a liquidation price. That was possibly a good opportunity for SYS-CON, but w...
"The Future of News" brings together some of the brightest minds in new and traditional media. The new 10-part television series produced by the Newseum in Washington, D.C., debuts in Janury 2010 on American Public Television. Featuring lively discussions and cutting-edge conversations...
Newspapers around the country are struggling. 2009 saw a few newspapers change their business model to an online focus or shut down completely. 2010 will most likely see the same struggle and, perhaps, new business models emerge for these media entities. One thing is clear, the era of ...
Today, Berkery Noyes released its "2009 Software Industry Merger & Acquisition Trends" report. Software Industry M&A activity experienced a significant half-to-half gain as exhibited by the 83% increase in the median EV/revenue multiple from 1.2 in 1st Half 2009 to 2.2 in 2nd Half 2009...
Let's read the analysis of this Turkish newspaper Zaman looking for answers in the age of columnists. The older your columnist, the faster your circulation goes down the tube is the theory presented in the article. "Turkey has a young population, with almost half of its citizens under ...
During my college years, between 1979-82, I worked at Hürriyet as an editorial cartoonist reporting to Doğan Hızlan. I also published my political cartoons in Cumhuriyet and Gırgır. My first cartoon appeared in Oğuz Aral's Girgir in 1974, when I was 14, which was also the beginning of ...
This year we have seen almost every company, every blogger and his duck, feverishly posting their "annual predictions" before the December 31 deadline, as if there is such a deadline, and as if anyone cares what they think in most cases. This is followed by a dozen or so 'paid' predict...
In 2009, we saw the monetary inflation created by the Federal Reserve's zero percent interest rates drive up the prices of U.S. stocks, without dramatically increasing the prices of U.S. consumer goods. We consider 2009 to have been a brief period of euphoria, before a rapid increase i...
I remember Sheldon Adelson as one of the most impressive salesmen in the business. He built Comdex one exhibitor at a time. I met him once at the PC Expo in New York City, as he was working the floor. He would visit each booth at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, introduce himself, g...
A JetBlue Embraer ERJ-190, registration N279JB performing flight B6-904 from Chicago O'Hare, IL to New York JFK, NY (USA) with 64 passengers and 4 crew, was on final visual approach to JFK's runway 31R descending through 2000 feet, when the crew reported they needed to abort the approa...
Cloud Expo is the new PC Expo, Comdex or InternetWorld, and will be the next global IT event for the decade starting with 2010. This year's West Coast conference had 1,700 pre-registered delegates on the Friday before the conference opened. More than 500 additional registrations came i...
Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk o...
Yesterday morning I checked the Ulitzer home page on my iPhone on my way to the office and I realized two of the top three stories were about the "Typhoon Ondoy" in Philippines. 36 hours later we still have three stories filed from Manila on Ulitzer's home page. Top Ulitzer stories on ...
Publisher and author associations sought today to cancel a key hearing in the Google Books case to allow private negotiations with Google over digitizing books online. Consumer Watchdog warned that important issues affecting copyright law should not be negotiated behind closed doors. N...