Cisco Web Conferencing TellMe for Windows Mobile(Someday) and Google Privacy Measures

Cisco just bought Webex. That’s the web conferencing company you’ve probably seen before.

Also reported by TechCrunch, 1-800-free-411 is claiming a? 6% market share If you’re willing to listen to short ad to get free information? from your cell phone, you could become part of that 6%. has an article with ten steps to creating your first blog. No need to wait any longer.

Microsoft is buying TellMe has some Google-like search features aimed at mobile users. Microsoft also signed a distribution deal with Lenovo. They make the ThinkPad laptop and all sorts of desktop computers.

Finally, Google is anonymizing it’s records to help protect? their users privacy. In-depth coverage over at? search engine land.? 

From Aloha Workshops on the Big Island of Hawai`i this is Brent Norris for the World Organization of Webmasters and the Wow Technology Minute..

Additional Resources

Cisco Buys WebEx for $3.2 Billion

1-800-Free-411 Has 6% Market Share of U.S. 411 Market – article on creating your first blog by Donna Gunter

Microsoft Announces Tellme Acquisition

Microsoft To Acquire TellMe, Part II

Microsoft Inks Distribution Deal With Lenovo

Google Anonymizing Search Records To Protect Privacy

Turkey Stops Blocking YouTube Viacom Starts Battle with Google

The Turkish Government is letting their? citizens tune into again after blocking the service.? YouTube removed offending videos exacerbating the situtation and showing a complete lack of ethics themselves. Yeah we know, the people of Turkey will benefit more in the longterm.

Meanwhile Viacom is sueing? YouTube for a billion dollars.? 

WebPronews is covering the story and I found a quote from an interview with Google CEO, Eric Schmidt regarding the future of online video and YouTube. In the interview with Bloomberg?€™s Jonathan Thaw, Mr. Schmidt said, “Eventually all of the copyrighted content will be available on virtually all of the sites.”

Eric Schmidt says, “The growth of YouTube, the growth of online, is so fundamental that these companies are going to be forced to work with and in the Internet.”? That’s right Mr. Schmidt and I think the train ride will be very lonely for Viacom after they’ve thrown everyone else off.

This is all about money over ethics so look for Viacom to come out of this richer in the short-term. Also look for their ultimate demise in the long term.

Additional Resources

Schmidt: YouTube Growth ‘Fundamental’

Google’s Schmidt Says Media Companies Need YouTube (Update3)

Viacom Drops a $1 Billion Nuke on Google

Ban on YouTube in Turkey Is Lifted

Turkish Court Lifts YouTube Ban After Two Days,2933,258307,00.html

Microsoft AP Video, Yahoo! Facelifts and Skype Prime

Microsoft and the Associated Press are working on a video site together.

Microsoft is also building a Google Apps competitor. Will anyone want to use Google Apps if Microsoft brings their Office suite online?

Yahoo! Answers has added some social features to their popular Answers website. These seem to be just the kind of features that are super popular on other social networking sites. They also released an all new, My Yahoo! In spite of CEO Terry Semel, Yahoo! seems to be doing a? solid job at keeping up and in some areas, leading.

Skype has released, Skype Prime. This is a service that lets you set fees for the time you spend meeting with someone on Skype. You can set your rate and Skype will bridge the call and fees. I like this model and it seems like a great way for some? folks to monetize their time when they want. I smell freedom!

From Aloha Workshops on the Big Island of Hawai`i this is Brent Norris for the World Organization of Webmasters and the Wow Technology Minute.

Additional Resources

Microsoft, AP Forge Online Video Network

Yahoo Answers Add Simple Social Networking Feature

All New My Yahoo

Skype Prime



2006 Good – Online Advertising Remains Strong For Now

WebProNews is reporting some Internet Advertising Bureau numbers showing a 34% increase over? 2005 numbers bringing total online ad revenues up to 16.8 billion.

Traditional big media continues to buy into the surge and they continue to build out websites with the intention of providing ad space. That goal doesn’t jive with me as it seems a more natural growth of the Internet focused on user needs more than advertiser needs would foster sustain-ability.

Trying to convince ad publishers to provide value to visitors is a bit like asking spammers to write content for English Professors. I don’t see people clicking on more ads because more ads are available.

There’s a new version of Picasa out and more updates in a moment.

From Aloha Workshops on the Big Island of Hawai`i this is Brent Norris for the World Organization of Webmasters and the Wow Technology Minute.

Additional Resources

Online Ads Racked Up $16.8 Billion In 2006

Web Publishing and Riding The Online Ad Rocket

IAB Press Release

Federated Media Raising More Money, Looking to Sell

Picass by Google

One user/pass for WordPress and Soon, the World

It looks like Google will be releasing a phone soon.

The Xbox is getting a memory boost.

WordPress users rejoice. You can now use your WordPress user name and password as an OpenID. That’s right, no more remembering usernames and passwords, you can just use your WordPress credentials. With more and more companies adopting OpenID, this is really sweet.

Speaking in front of the group Center for Democracy and Technology, Bill Gates urged for Federal laws to help data privacy issues. Specifically he’s asking for transparency from data collectors, granting users access to their own data and what companies must do that compromise your security.

Internap says they have integrated Vital Stream’s One-Click video publishing service into Adobe Premiere Pro. This is supposed to let us export Flash Video files directly from Premiere to the web.

From Aloha Workshops on the Big Island of Hawaii`i this is Brent Norris for the World Organization of Webmasters and the Wow Technology Minute.

Additional Resources

Goggle Phone Inches Toward Reality

Giacomo ?» Forget phone, Think Goggle Phone

The future for Orange could soon be Goggle in your pocket | World …,,1973885,00.html

Xbox Upgrades Memory Units to 512MB

Microsoft Boosts Size Of Xbox Memory Unit

The Case for OpenID

OpenID: Growing Quickly

OpenID Viki

Gates urges federal data privacy law

750 Million Net Users Can't Be Wrong

Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 has been announced and like very other mobile application, it works on “some” phones.

The Barvarian State Library in Germany is offering up it’s books to Google for indexing. Thomas Rubin – Microsoft’s associate general counsel for copyright, trademark and trade secrets say’s the whole thing is wrong because they are using copyrighted work to sell ads. The whole idea sounds pretty kewl to me.

Friendster apparently agrees.? They just offered up some ad space to Google in an ad? partnership that excludes former partner, Yahoo! In semi-related news, Google just released their new Google Desktop 5.

Turkey has banned YouTube. Apparently, their government sucks.

According to comScore Networks, nearly 750 million people on the planet used the Internet in January. Only a few were in space.

The opinions are mine and I’m Brent Norris from Aloha Workshops on the Big Island of Hawai`i for the World Organization of Webmasters and the Wow Technology Minute.

Additional Resources

Yahoo’s Super Duper Widget-tastic Mobile Deal

Google wins German library’s support

Microsoft counsel bags Google book search

Friendster Partners With Google & Drops Yahoo

Friendster Drops Yahoo, Gets New Best Friend

YouTube banned in Turkey after video insults (Tim Hames/Times of London)

Global Internet Audience Grows 10%

Photoshop Going Online – Fireworks Ramblings

Look for an online version of Photoshop in the near future. Adobe has confirmed their plans to release a hosted version of the best photo editing software ever created. I’m diehard Fireworks user but like so many others, Photoshop? is my roots. I’ve always preferred Photoshop but the speed increase I’ve gotten over the last? few years? from using Fireworks has been worth it.

? I don’t think many people are ready for editing of? 80 meg photos online, especially not the bandwidth providers.

I’ve noticed Fireworks has been getting buried? in the content? CS3 is being announced in March 27th. Please tell? us the features from Fireworks are going to be neatly tucked into an IDE with xhtml, css, rss,? xmlrpc and that gorgeous Adobe UI.

And no,? especially not Adobe paid us or me to say this about any of their products. But go tell’em we sent you there and maybe they will!

All the links to dig deeper into this are at

From Aloha Workshops? on the Big Island of Hawai`i this is Brent Norris for the World Organization of Webmasters and the Wow Technology Minute.

Additional Resources

Photoshop Goes Online?

Adobe Creative Suite 3 to be unveiled this month -? Announcement March 27th

Photoshop Online Within Six Months

Adobe to take Photoshop online

Adobe Brings Video Editing Tools Online

Google Click Fraud Numbers, Paid Diggs and the RIAA Still Sucks

Google has published numbers on their click fraud rates. They reveal some details but there are some solid dissections of the data over at Search Engine Land.

In unrelated news, Information Week is reporting the Recording Industry of America?€™s efforts to pressure College kids into rethinking their habits with music. Prosecuting teenagers apparently hasn’t been working. Their goal seems to be to force their will and the law on a younger generation to effect long-term mindshare. They’re certainly doing that.

Annalee Newitz? over at bought some Diggs and shares her experience in a story at Wired. Michael Arrignton over at TechCrunch has some interesting thoughts on this one.

CitySearch is buying The local search and directory markets are still sorting themselves out.? There still? lots of opportunity for marketers and advertisers and anyone that can harness the disruptions.

From Aloha Workshops on the Big Island of Hawai`i this is Brent Norris for the World Organization of Webmasters and the Wow Technology Minute.

Additional Resources

Inside AdWords : Invalid Clicks ?€“ Google?€™s Overall Numbers

Search Engine Land : Google: Click Fraud Is 0.02% Of Clicks

RIAA Pressures Students To Stop Illegal Downloads

Got a letter from the RIAA? Settle out of court here:

I Bought Votes on Digg – More from Annalee,72832-1.html?tw=wn_story_page_next1

Citysearch snaps up Insider Pages in local search race

Michael Arrington at TechCrunch

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