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 Michael Hickins

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Articles by Michael Hickins
posted in July 2009

When Online Marketers Betray

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.

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Microsoft Is Following Me On Twitter

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).

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SaaS Under A Cloud Of FUD

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.

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Strickling To Incumbent Carriers: Put Up Or Shut Up

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.

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Can Microsoft Win By Channeling Its Inner Burger King?

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.

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How Microsoft And Habit Abetted Twitter Hack

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.

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Google Solicits Broadband Plan Ideas

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.

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Michael Arrington Should Step Down

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.

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Volunteers Will Screen Stimulus Applications

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.

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Will Cyber Attack Promote Einstein?

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.

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Making Sense Of Broadband Stimulus

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.

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