Profile of Michael Hickins
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Articles by Michael Hickins
posted in July 2009
One day soon, some marketing company is going to go too far in its quest for short term gains, and betray our real identities to one of its customers. Or it will turn out that one of them has been doing it all along for years.
I'll admit to experiencing a tiny ego frisson upon reading the email notification that Microsoft News is now following me on Twitter (and since I'll be Tweeting this, I assume someone at Microsoft News will feel the cool pleasure of a python having taken the measure of its prey).
Cloud computing is still a long way from becoming a mainstream technology because of persistent fears about security and reliability that are stoked by entrenched vendors at every opportunity.
In a small but important victory for public-private applicants, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) chief Larry Strickling told incumbent carriers that they'll have to prove their cases just like everyone else if they want to challenge broadband grant proposals from smaller players.
It turns out the White House doesn't hate Twitter as reported, or at least not as much, or at least not for very much longer.
If you've had an uneasy feeling over the past decade or three that things are going to hell in a handbasket, there might be some empirical evidence to support you.
Something few people could have foreseen is the impact that apps have on smartphone and feature phone sales; as the iPhone has demonstrated, apps really are the tail wagging the handheld dog.
Twitter continues to change the way people do business, and more importantly, how customers relate to businesses. We've already seen large corporations like Comcast use Twitter to monitor what their customers think of them, but small companies can also use it to great effect.
Microsoft is pursuing the Burger King store location strategy, announcing that it will basically shadow Apple's retail stores with stores of its own. It has doubled down on that approach by snagging Apple's former vice president of real estate, George Blankenship.
Unfortunately, we all know a lot more about Twitter's business plans than we'd like, since TechCrunch made the ill-conceived editorial decision to publish the stolen contents of files it received from a French cybercriminal.
Google is asking us to submit ideas for a national broadband strategy that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), led by chairman Julius Genakowski, is required to present to Congress in February 2010.
By publishing documents stolen by a hacker, Michael Arrington has proven he doesn't have the judgment necessary to run a news organization. He should have the decency to step down.
I'm all for holding companies responsible for their actions, but sometimes it's hard to predict how those actions play out.
The Internet is afire on account of the immortal words of fifteen-year-old Morgan Stanley intern Matthew Robson: "teenagers do not use twitter."
I didn't agree with everything David Pogue wrote in his glowing review of Bing last week, but I did agree that Google would try to duplicate or surpass any improvements Microsoft would bring to search.
Professional baseball scouts as well as managers and, yes, fans, will be soon have access to technology allowing them to measure the heretofore unmeasurable and forever-debatable: who is the best shortstop in all of baseball? Is it Derek Jeter or Omar Vizquel?
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is calling for "qualified" volunteers to screen applications for the $4.7 billion it has to spend as part of the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus package.
Government Web sites were subjected to a denial of service attack over the past few days, which may have the unintended consequence of helping the Obama Administration sweep away privacy concerns as it begins implementing a controversial cybersecurity plan.
Twitter is at the heart of yet another controversy, this one involving Internet viruses and spam.
Sarah Palin's abrupt resignation on Friday wasn't a surprise to anyone who follows her on Twitter or Facebook, and that's all the former vice-presidential candiate really cares about.
Leaving aside for the moment the question of whether we really need real-time search, I'd like to dispense with the notion that Bing is now providing real-time search of anything relevant on Twitter.
Vice President Joe Biden is in Pennsylvania today to kick off the Administration's $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program, announcing the release of the federal agency regulations, also known as the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA), that set eligibility rules.