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  • drdianehamilton 6:30 pm on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: April Fools Day, , , , Holidays, prank, , ,   

    Google and Facebook April Fool’s Day Jokes 

    On April Fool’s Day the Internet is full of contributors trying to play on our gullibility.  Facebook has its share of people listing today as their birthday or reporting unusual updates.  The following is Google’s attempt at playing the game:

     
  • drdianehamilton 8:42 pm on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chile, , , , , Japan Earthquake, , Person Finder, ,   

    Google, Twitter and YouTube Helping Japanese Earthquake Survivors Find Loved Ones and Shelter 

    Google’s person find is an online tool dedicated to helping Japanese earthquake survivors find their loved ones.  This tool was developed after the 2010 earthquake in Chile and was used in the New Zealand earthquake as well. Bloomberg reported, “The Google Person Finder service, which collects information about people’s locations and their safety status, is intended to help users find out if their friends and families are safe,” Visit the Google Person Finder 2011 Earthquake site here.

    Google reported, “Searching the Internet on sites such as Google, Twitter and their local variants has become more effective in finding loved ones than sifting through wreckage following Japan’s devastating tsunami.”

    Youtube has also set up a channel to help victims communicate.  This channel contains messages to help survivors find shelters and others affected by the earthquake. 

     
  • drdianehamilton 2:03 pm on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , movabletype, , TypePad,   

    Blog Overload: Who Has Time to Read it All? 

     

    There is no question that the blogosphere is growing.  According to webdesignerdepot “WordPress has statistics for both WordPress.com (15.1 million blogs and counting) and self-hosted WordPress installations (17.4 million active installations), which gives part of the picture. There are more than 10 million tumblogs on Tumblr. Blogger doesn’t offer any public statistics on how many blogs they host. Technorati is currently tracking more than 1.2 million blogs. And there are likely millions of other blogs out there hosted on other services like Movable Type, TypePad, Expression Engine, and other CMSs.”

    There is no shortage of blog search engines to find blogs that contain information of interest. There are also lots of articles by sites like Forbes and others who occasionally list their idea of top blogging sites.  Google and Google News features can be incorporated into an iGoogle page, and can be another way to keep up with topics to follow. 

    With all of this information out there, who has time to read it all?  Bloggers know it can be good form to make comments on others’ blogs.  However, finding the time to not only read these blogs but formulate insightful comments may be difficult. Even if people find a good blog to follow and subscribe to their RSS feed, as sites continue to be added to the feed, the feed reader may have more information than people have time to visit. 

    There has been speculation about when blogging popularity will die down.  The latest discussion is whether Facebook will replace blogging and company websites.  Cnet reported, “Even if Facebook doesn’t somehow supplant lots of Web sites, though, there’s no denying the social network is becoming more important to marketing, and it’s adapting to the idea.

    With technology constantly changing, people may find it difficult to keep up with it all.  To get an idea of just how many blogs and how much information is out there, check out the following graph:

     

    Ever wondered how many blogs are there on internet?how big is the blogosphere‘. How much revenue is generated from blogs? what are the key demographics for the blogging publishers? and what are the languages used used online? This Infographics is an answer to these questions.
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  • drdianehamilton 10:34 pm on March 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aaron Levie, , , , , Michael Hatfield, San Jose California, , , Venture Fund   

    Top 50 Venture-Funded Companies for 2011 

    The Wall Street Journal had a couple of very interesting articles about start-up companies and their ability to obtain funding.  The following list of top 50 venture-funded companies for 2011 came from one of those articles.  Of particular interest to me was the ease that some young entrepreneurs are finding in terms of ways to obtain capital, should their startups be technology-based.  Everyone is looking to get in on the next Facebook or Google.  Entrepreneur Aaron Levie, 26, was able to raise $48 million in less than 3 weeks for Box.net, his online storage company.  Check out what WSJ.com claims are the top 50 start ups for 2011 below:

    Rank Company Name Location Industry Why It’s Hot 2010 Rank Total Equity Raised in Millions
    1 Castlight Health Inc. San Francisco Health Care As consumers pay more of their health-care bills, Castlight lifts the veil on medical costs. 14 $81.00
    2 Xirrus Inc. Thousand Oaks, Calif. Information Technology Founder Dirk Gates previously took another start-up, Xircom, public and then sold it to Intel. 9 $80.25
    3 Xactly Corp. San Jose, Calif. Business and Financial Services Xactly’s partners include Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce.com, which invested last June.   $69.00
    4 Recycle Rewards Inc. New York Business and Financial Services Recyclebank is expanding internationally and currently operates in 29 states. 25 $73.35
    5 ExteNet Systems Inc. Lisle, Ill. Information Technology ExteNet raised $128 million in a January 2010 round led by George Soros’s investment firm.   $191.90
    6 Cyan Optics Inc. Petaluma, Calif. Information Technology CEO Michael Hatfield previously founded Calix Networks, which held an IPO last year.   $90.83
    7 Aster Data Systems Inc. San Carlos, Calif. Information Technology Aster helps companies analyze data to understand customer behavior and detect fraud.   $47.00
    8 Glam Media Inc. Brisbane, Calif. Consumer Services Glam’s sites attract 198 million monthly visitors world-wide. 13 $154.20
    9 Carrier IQ Inc. Mountain View, Calif. Information Technology The software sits on 140 million devices world-wide, providing data to Sprint and Vodafone.   $48.00
    10 Imperva Inc. Redwood Shores, Calif. Information Technology CEO Shlomo Kramer co-founded one of Israel’s largest tech companies, Check Point Software.   $54.00
    11 Vidyo Inc. Hackensack, N.J. Information Technology Vidyo powers Google Chat and bundles its software on Hewlett-Packard PCs. 35 $61.19
    12 Etsy Inc. Brooklyn, N.Y. Consumer Services It’s profitable and in August it estimated 2010 revenue of $30 million to $50 million.   $51.25
    13 RGB Networks Inc. Sunnyvale, Calif. Information Technology RGB acquired mobile-video rival RipCode in June.   $119.00
    14 IronKey Inc. Sunnyvale, Calif. Information Technology Founder and Chairman David Jevans helped develop Apple’s Internet strategy.   $50.30
    15 Appia Inc. Durham, N.C. Information Technology Appia is moving to build app marketplaces for the likes of AT&T and Samsung.   $18.25
    16 The Active Network Inc. San Diego Business and Financial Services Having raised at least $275 million, Active has made numerous acquisitions.   $272.44
    17 Nimble Storage Inc. San Jose, Calif. Information Technology Nimble has built an appliance that provides primary and backup storage in one box.   $24.27
    18 PatientSafe Solutions Inc. San Diego Health Care After raising $30 million in February, PatientSafe completed and launched its iPod Touch system.   $71.50
    19 Glaukos Corp. Laguna Hills, Calif. Health Care Glaukos is developing a new medical-device treatment for open-angle glaucoma.   $117.55
    20 Fusion-io Inc. Salt Lake City Information Technology Executive team boasts Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. 2 $111.50
    21 Achaogen Inc. South San Francisco, Calif. Health Care Has support from the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense.   $103.00
    22 NeuroPace Inc. Mountain View, Calif. Health Care Filed for approval of a system to monitor and stop epileptic seizures. 12 $130.30
    23 Xoom Corp. San Francisco Business and Financial Services Two large, undisclosed public equities firms led its last $33 million round.   $81.44
    24 Workday Inc. Pleasanton, Calif. Business and Financial Services The latest effort from Dave Duffield is challenging his earlier creation, PeopleSoft. 16 $110.00
    25 SpiderCloud Wireless Inc. Santa Clara, Calif. Information Technology Helps carriers meet the growing demand for mobile broadband on corporate campuses.   $54.10
    26 Jive Software Inc. Palo Alto, Calif. Information Technology Financed by Google backers Kleiner and Sequoia, Jive Software brings social-networking tools to big business.   $57.57
    27 Federated Media Publishing San Francisco Consumer Services Federated Media has made three acquisitions since August to bulk up its advertising and publishing network.   $57.25
    28 Boku Inc. San Francisco Business and Financial Services CEO Mark Britto previously led Ingenio to an acquisition by AT&T and Accept.com to Amazon.   $38.00
    29 Zoosk Inc. San Francisco Consumer Services The “social” online-dating company has more than 15 million active monthy users. 42 $40.10
    30 EndoGastric Solutions Inc. Redmond, Wash. Health Care With $120 million total raised, EndoGastric is pushing to profitability.   $128.68
    31 Chegg Inc. Santa Clara, Calif. Consumer Services Chegg recently acquired two firms to expand into other student services. 32 $166.20
    32 Everyday Health Inc. New York Consumer Services Everyday Health’s sites host 26.5 million visitors a month. In January, it partnered with AOL.   $77.20
    33 Xsigo Systems Inc. San Jose, Calif. Business and Financial Services Xsigo’s board of directors includes Veritas Software’s Mark Leslie and HP’s chairman Ray Lane.   $60.00
    34 Soasta Inc. Mountain View, Calif. Information Technology Soasta tests the mettle of online services prior to launch by simulating heavy traffic. 36 $21.05
    35 Rally Software Development Corp. Boulder, Colo. Information Technology Rally was named the sixth best place to work in the U.S. by Outside magazine last year.   $49.25
    36 Prosper Marketplace Inc. San Francisco Business and Financial Services Prosper leveraged the credit crisis to build a service matching lenders and borrowers.   $54.24
    37 Pivot3 Inc. Houston Information Technology It says bookings doubled each of the last four years.   $78.00
    38 Suniva Inc. Norcross, Ga. Energy and Utilities One of the only start-up solar-cell makers in the U.S. that’s enjoying rising demand. 15 $130.50
    39 Veracyte Inc. South San Francisco, Calif. Health Care Developing minimally invasive molecular tests to provide earlier cancer diagnoses.   $49.00
    40 ExactTarget Inc. Indianapolis Business and Financial Services Exact Target scrapped an IPO in 2009 and has bought three companies in 17 months.   $155.50
    41 OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc. Redwood City, Calif. Health Care OncoMed has shown an ability to attack cancer stem cells, which resist traditional chemotherapy.   $168.02
    42 ExaGrid Systems Inc. Westborough, Mass. Information Technology ExaGrid’s technology is similar to that of Data Domain, the subject of a $2.2 billion EMC-NetApp bidding war.   $78.10
    43 SeeSaw Networks Inc. San Francisco Business and Financial Services Founder Monte Zweben previously founded Blue Martini Software and Red Pepper.   $19.59
    44 Silver Peak Systems Inc. Santa Clara, Calif. Information Technology Silver Peak is growing quickly and taking on larger rival Riverbed Technology. 20 $59.80
    45 Zilliant Inc. Austin, Texas Information Technology Zilliant uses scientific data to maximize profits by fine-tuning pricing.   $62.47
    46 Yammer Inc. San Francisco Business and Financial Services Called “Facebook for business,” Yammer has been embraced by employees at large companies.   $40.00
    47 Bivio Networks Inc. Pleasanton, Calif. Information Technology Its government contracts helped it navigate the recession better than most.   $78.30
    48 TxVia Inc. New York Business and Financial Services CEO Anil Aggarwal has a decade of experience running electronic-payments firms.   $51.50
    49 Service-now.com Inc. Del Mar, Calif. Information Technology Founder and CEO Fred Luddy was CTO of Peregrine Systems and Remedy. Former Documentum CEO Jeff Miller and Proflowers.com CEO Bill Strauss became directors last year. 45 $54.86
    50 Aprius Inc. Sunnyvale, Calif. Information Technology Cofounder Peter Kirkpatrick hails from Intel and CEO Varun Nagaraj led NetContinuum.   $31.00

    Source:Dow Jones VentureSource

     
  • drdianehamilton 3:32 pm on February 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cloud Connect, , , , , , Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows, Office suite, Share Documents   

    Google Using Cloud to Share Microsoft Files 

    Many networkers have found that Google Docs has been a great way to share information on Linkedin.  Now Google is adding some more useful ways to use Google Docs to share Microsoft documents.  WSJ.com reported, “Google plans to formally introduce the new Google tool, called Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, later this week after releasing it to early testers in November. The company says it takes Office files, uploads them to Google’s servers and gives them a unique Web address so they and can be accessed through Google Docs from any Internet-connected device. The files can also be accessed from within Office.”

    With this new service, files will be on the “cloud” and can be shared by multiple people.  This new Google Connect feature will only be available for Windows users.  The Inquirer reported, “Google’s Cloud Connect is a shrewd move, giving the firm the chance to present existing users of Microsoft Office with the benefits of its free, cloud based office suite. The firm admitted the move is intended to “help bring more people to the cloud” and this could be just the carrot needed to help users get off Microsoft’s software.”

    For more about Google Docs and how to utilize their free service to import presentations into Linkedin, click here.

     
    • Brian Robison 11:35 pm on February 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Great information here! The cloud and services like Google Docs allows teachers to share documents with their students and colleagues very easily and normally for free. I only see this technology getting better and faster.

      Thanks for the knowledge.

      • drdianehamilton 11:43 pm on February 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Brian . . . anything that makes it easier for teachers sounds good to me! 🙂

  • drdianehamilton 5:02 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Browsers, , Firefox, , , Linkedin InMaps, Map Social Connections, Social Connections, ,   

    InMaps from Linkedin: Map Your Social Connections If You Can Get It To Work 

    Have you ever wondered what your network actually looks like?  With Linkedin InMaps, they claim you can get a map of colors to show your connections and how they inter-relate.  Colors represent groups within your professional connections.  It’s a way to see how you know people and visualize relationships.

    It sounded very interesting so I thought I’d check it out.  I was unable to view InMaps through Explorer or AOL.  It suggested using Google’s Chrome or Firefox but it never worked with those applications either.  It just gives a never-ending processing swirl on the page.  I was curious if it had to do with Windows 7 so I tried it on my Mac with no luck either. Granted, I have a lot of connections on Linkedin, but the processing swirl never stopped. 

    Perhaps they are just having problems with the site that will resolve.  If anyone has had good or bad things to say about InMaps, I’d be curious to hear about it.

     
  • drdianehamilton 5:53 pm on February 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Acquisitions, , , , , , Mergers, , , , , ,   

    Google and Facebook Looking At Twitter: Could Twitter’s $10 Billion Buzz Value Lead to $100 Billion? 

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    Facebook and Google are just some of the companies that are looking at the possibilities of acquiring Twitter. There is a lot of buzz and tweeting going on about the value of Twitter. WJS.com reported, “Discussions with at least some potential suitors have produced an estimated valuation of $8 billion to $10 billion. A Twitter spokesman declined to comment on its finances, valuations and interest by other companies. Google and Facebook also declined to comment.”

    If Twitter is considering being acquired by either company, not only are they not admitting to it, but they are also working hard on building their team of executives. This makes it appear that they are working to build a strong independent company. There are reports that Twitter’s size could reach $100 billion.

     
  • drdianehamilton 4:44 pm on January 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , HTML5, , , , , ,   

    Job Seekers: The Demand is in Apps so Consider Learning HTML5 

    This year will be about tablets and apps.  For those looking for a job right now, there are plenty of companies including Google who are looking for app experts. 

    Apps are everywhere these days.  Look at iPhones, Androids, iPads and such and you’ll see plenty of little mobile programs that are the fasting growing thing out there.  Angry Birds and Cut the Rope are just a few of those fun little games that people are playing.  Not all apps are games.  Many are used for productivity. 

    It has become a very competitive field out there with Google, Itunes, Facebook and other companies expanding in the area of apps.  The Wall Street Journal reported, “World-wide, revenue from mobile apps is expected to triple this year to $15.1 billion, including paid downloads and advertising revenue generated by free apps, according to research firm Gartner Inc. Besides the potential of making money directly from such creations, more and better apps can help devices powered by Google’s Android operating system continue to gain ground on Apple’s iPhones and iPads.”

    [GOOGAPP]

    Because of the popularity of apps, Google is taking this very seriously and is in the market to hire app experts.  For more about this, check out the Wall Street Journal article that reported,“Google executives in October said the company was on track to generate $1 billion a year in mobile-related revenue, though it declined to provide a breakdown of the revenue sources. Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., last week said it planned to hire more than 6,000 employees this year, and a spokesman said mobile would continue to be an important area for the company.”

    The increase in jobs is great if people have the skills.  What is required to get a job creating apps?  The applicant must have strong HTML5 skills.  The number of job listings that include the words HTML5 or apps is increasing.  Tech. professionals looking for jobs may want to check out Dice.com.  This job board lists opportunities for people with high tech skills. 

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  • drdianehamilton 4:03 pm on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Top 10 Company Mission Statements 

    Image via n2growth.com

    Companies often list their vision and their mission statements on their sites. The difference between a mission statement and a vision statement is that a mission statement focuses on a company’s present state while a vision statement focuses on a company’s future.  However, some companies tend to blend these statements.  The following are some of the top technology-based company mission statements:

    Amazon:  Amazon’s vision is to be earth’s most customer centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online.  (They list this as their mission as a combination mission/vision on their site).

    Apple:  Apple is committed to bringing the best personal computing experience to students, educators, creative professionals and consumers around the world through its innovative hardware, software and Internet offerings.

    Dell:  Dell’s mission is to be the most successful computer company in the world at delivering the best customer experience in markets we serve. 

    Facebook:  Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

    Google:  Google’s mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

    Microsoft:  Microsoft’s mission is to enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential.

    Skype:  Skype’s mission is to be the fabric of real-time communication on the web.

    Twitter:  Twitter lists its mission as “a work in progress” as it has yet to be fully developed.

    Yahoo!:  Yahoo!’s mission is to be the most essential global Internet service for consumers and businesses

    YouTube:  YouTube’s mission is to provide fast and easy video access and the ability to share videos frequently

     
  • drdianehamilton 2:44 pm on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , Mobile content, Qik, , SkypeJournal, SkypeNumerology,   

    2011 Another Big Year for Skype 

    With rumors of Skype going IPO and their recent purchase of Qik (provider of mobile video software), Skype is making a lot of headlines lately.  It is anticipated that this may be an even bigger year for the growing company. 

    In a recent article explaining how company names are becoming used as verbs, companies like Google and Facebook were used as examples.  Skype is now being added to that list.  The Wall Street Journal reported, “Making audio and video calls between computers over Skype is now so common that the company’s name has become a verb. People ask others to “Skype me” or say they are “Skyping.”

    With the recent announcement that Verizon will be offering the iPhone, apps are becoming the topic of many a conversation.  Skype is now going to be available for use with Verizon’s new service.  WSJ reported, “A couple of weeks ago, Skype introduced free mobile video calling to its iPhone app and has plans to extend the same functionality to certain Android-based phones running on Verizon’s new high-speed 4G network later this year. And, last week, at the Consumer Electronics Show, it launched a paid service it had been testing that allows for group video calling on computers.”

    Universities, including one where I work, have required professors to have a Skype account. Video-conferencing is the way of the future.  What is nice about Skype is that you can connect between computers and cell phones now.  In fact, “Group calling, which can handle between three and 10 people, is a feature of the latest Windows version of Skype, and of the latest beta version for the Mac.”

    Skype does face some competition with Tango and FaceTime. FaceTime is video software developed by Apple for the iPhone.  Tango enables anyone with an iPhone or Android phone to make free mobile video calls over 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi to their friends and family around the world.

    How big is Skype?  According to SkypeNumerology, over 27 million people were online using Skype this week.  SkypeJournal reported that “Skype maintained 20% of all international minutes in 2010.  Skype will be reporting about $1 billion in revenue this year.”

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    Skype’s International Market Share 2010

     
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