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City of Boston drops Microsoft Exchange for Gmail


It’s another win for Google — Boston city employees make the switch to some of the search giant’s business services.

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As Google gears up for its big week in the spotlight, it’s making another notch in its business software belt. The city of Boston has decided to switch the e-mail provider of its 20,000 employees from Microsoft to Google, The Boston Globe reported Friday.

In addition to using Gmail instead of Microsoft Exchange, Boston will also swap in Google Docs for word processing and Google’s cloud service for storing documents. The city will pay Google about $800,000 for the move but will save around $280,000 a year for dropping the Microsoft products.
Google told the Globe that about 5 million businesses use its cloud applications, including the U.S. Department of the Interior, the state of Colorado, and Princeton University.

It’s another big win for Google as the company and rival Microsoft continue to battle over the enterprise solutions space. Microsoft has been known to throw quite a few barbs Google’s way in the form of aggressive ad campaigns criticizing Google’s products, including search and Gmail. One ad that debuted Friday characterized Google Docs as a gamble on security.

Microsoft should get its jabs in while it still can, especially since Google will dominate the media’s attention during its Google I/O developers conference next week.

(VIA. CNET)

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New Google Nexus phone to replace de-stocked Nexus 4?


Some retailers are taking the Nexus 4 off shelves, leading to speculation that there could be a smartphone surprise scheduled for Google I/O.

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The Android faithful are getting giddy over what Google goodies could be revealed at next week’s Google I/O developers’ conference, and the de-shelving of the Nexus 4 at retailers has some wondering if a new pure Android phone is about to replace it.

Two U.K. retailers, Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U, have discontinued sales of the Nexus 4 this week, and the number of U.S. retailers still offering the phone online also seems to be shrinking. Check Google’s official retail locator for the latest pure Google phone and the only outlets that pop up in most places (I checked New York, San Francisco, and Denver) are all T-Mobile stores.

Yet, when I checked Best Buy’s Web site and clicked on the only Nexus 4 on offer (the T-Mobile version), I got a mysterious “Page Not Found” error. It certainly appears someone thinks the Nexus 4 has run its course and is looking to make room for something new.

The mind automatically jumps to fancy-free dreams of a Nexus 5, Motorola “X Phone,” or perhaps the mighty LG “Megalodon” rumored to be the next Nexus. Few of the rumors surrounding such mythic devices actually line up with a reveal at Google I/O. The smart money for next week’s event in terms of smartphone releases is on something far more modest, like a 4G version of the Nexus 4.

Nonetheless, I’ll spend part of this weekend slumbering with visions of terrifying Megalodons and cute little Androids dancing in my head.
What do you expect to see at I/O? Take our poll here and let us know in the comments what you want in a new Nexus.

(Hat tilt to Android Headlines for the U.K retailer tip.)

(VIA. Eric Mack – CNET)

Twitter legal director to White House tech post

Twitter legal director to White House tech post


Twitter legal director to White House tech post

Chatter is that the White House is bringing in some high-powered legal talent to beef up its technology shop.

We’re told that Twitter legal director Nicole Wong, who had been vice president and deputy general counsel at Google, is to be named senior adviser to White House chief technology officer Todd Park focusing on Internet privacy and cybersecurity issues.

The expected move, first noted Tuesday by tech media Web site CNET, would fill a newly created position as the White House works on cyber threats.

(VIA. Washington Post)

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Why Facebook would buy Waze: To fight Google for mobile search


The navigation app would give the social network a way to insert itself into the lucrative mobile search business owned by Google.

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Rumors that Facebook is in late-stage talks to buy Waze for as much as $1 billion have many wondering if the social network’s next great ambition is to tackle the maps and navigation market. Maybe — but only because maps would be Facebook’s best way to route around Google and make money from mobile search.

Founded in 2007, Waze makes a navigation application for iPhone and Android used by roughly 45 million people. The app’s mapping service is powered by the people who use it. Waze ingests all types of location data as shared, either implicitly or explicitly, by drivers. The app also connects to Facebook and incorporates social-networking functions so drivers can see their friends’ whereabouts on the map, share their location, and even send private messages.

Should Facebook buy Waze, the social network will send a clear message to Google: “Watch out! We’re on your tail.”

Facebook would like to be a formidable force on mobile and not just capture attention, but ad dollars. If it has to get into the maps business to do so, so be it.

Waze Chief Executive Noam Bardin inadvertently said as much when he spoke at AllThingsD’s D: Dive Into Mobile conference last month. The full interview is embedded below.

“What search is for the Web, maps are for mobile,” he said. “The searches you do on mobile that actually are monetizable, and are different from the Web, are searches that have to do with location.”

The search mechanism on mobile devices is the map, he said.

In Bardin’s view of the mobile search land-grab, which revolves around great maps, there are just two players: Google and Waze.

“Google is out there creating a new standard in terms of quality, and we feel that we’re the only reasonable competition to them in this market of creating maps that are really geared for mobile, for real-time, for consumers — for the new world that we’re moving into.”

Enter Facebook, a company that surely doesn’t want to be left behind in the race to own mobile search.

By eMarketer’s estimates, Facebook is the No. 2 mobile ad publisher in the U.S — second only to Google. The social network accounted for 9.5 percent of mobile ad revenue in 2012 and will eat up 13.2 percent of the U.S. mobile ad market this year, thanks to its strength in the display category. Google, however, will take home more than half of all mobile ad revenue in 2013, according to the market research firm.

But when it comes to making money from mobile search, the real cash cow on mobile, Google is the uncontested leader.

The search giant netted 93.3 percent of all U.S. mobile search ad dollars last year, and it will continue to maintain a suffocating hold over this particular mobile ad market through 2015, according to estimates from eMarketer. The firm anticipates that U.S. mobile Internet search ad revenue will total $7.85 billion in 2015; it pegs Google’s share at around $7.1 billion, or 90 percent of the market.

Should Facebook buy Waze, the social network will have a way to insert itself into this lucrative business and help its 751 million mobile users better find what they’re searching for on their smartphones.

Waze would also make for an attractive addition to what Bardin called Facebook’s “meta operating system” for mobile, or the growing collection of Facebook mobile applications that ensure that no matter the phone or operating system, people will find themselves inside a Facebook environment.

It’s a strategy the social network has actively pushed forward with its nascent Android Home software suite, as well with single app releases like Facebook Camera, Messenger, and Poke.

(VIA. CNET)

Ban Samsung sales in the US? Sorry, Apple- Tech titans say 'No'

Ban Samsung sales in the US? Sorry, Apple: Tech titans say ‘No’ All except Nokia, that is


A group of technology companies led by Google has asked permission to let their collective opinion be known in the long-running patent dispute between Apple and its South Korean rival, Samsung.

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The group, consisting of Google, HTC, Rackspace, Red Hat, and SAP, filed a motion with the US District Court of Northern California on Wednesday, requesting leave to submit an amici curiae brief – Latin for “friends of the court” – advising Judge Lucy Koh of their concerns regarding the outcome of the case.

In case you’ve lost track, the case in question is “the Big One” – the one in which a jury found that Samsung’s tablets and phones had infringed Apple patents and awarded the fruity firm $1.05bn in damages.

Since then, the two companies have been bickering over the amount of the judgment. First Judge Koh denied a motion by Apple to triple the damages. Then she reduced the award to $600m and ordered a new trial over the remaining $450m – and on it goes.

In the wake of the original judgment, however, Apple also requested a permanent injunction banning Samsung from selling its infringing products in the US. Judge Koh denied that request, but Cupertino appealed – and that appeal is what Google and the other tech firms would like to weigh in on.

The companies’ motion, obtained by Groklaw, doesn’t say exactly what their position is, but its wording strongly suggests that they think an injunction should remain off the table:

Amici are all innovative technology companies that develop and provide a variety of products and services that, like the mobile devices at issue in this appeal, incorporate a wide array of features. As such, an issue presented in this appeal – whether a court may enjoin the sale of innovative and technologically complex products based on the incorporation of trivial patented features without evidence that the accused features drive sales of the products – is a matter of great concern to amici.
Apple, naturally, would prefer Google and the others to keep out of it, and has filed its own brief arguing that Google, in particular, has no business trying to influence Judge Koh’s ruling:

The lead party on the brief, Google, Inc., admittedly has a direct interest in the outcome of this appeal. As the motion explains, Google is the developer of the Android operating system running on the Samsung smartphones that Apple seeks to enjoin in this case. That interest conflicts with the traditional role of an amicus as “an impartial friend of the court – not an adversary party in interest in the litigation.”
Despite that argument, however, it’s likely the companies’ brief will still be accepted, even if it has to be entered without Google’s name on it. HTC competes directly with Samsung, but none of the other companies involved is even in the mobile phone business.

They do care about patents, though. Rackspace, in particular, has been on the warpath of late, challenging patent trolls in court and urging other companies to join its quest to reform patent laws.

Meanwhile, Nokia has already filed an amicus brief in Apple v. Samsung, only the Finnish firm says it doesn’t support either side. Instead, it argues that Judge Koh got it all wrong when she denied Apple’s request for an injunction, and that her decision should be reversed “based on the application of the wrong legal standard.”

Confused yet? In a nutshell, Nokia claims that by requiring Apple to prove that Samsung’s infringing features were the main reason consumers were buying the Korean company’s kit, Judge Koh’s ruling made it too difficult for companies to obtain injunctions – something that apparently concerns Nokia a great deal.

“The district court imposed an overly-strict and undue burden on the patent holder and invented new law out of whole cloth, which threatens to turn the traditional purpose of patent law on its head,” Nokia’s attorneys write.

If you’re thinking that sounds an awful lot like Nokia would like to see Apple’s request for an injunction granted because it’s planning to sue for similar injunctions of its own, we’d tend to agree.

And so, the slowly turning wheels of the seemingly endless litigation between Apple and Samsung trundle ever forward. Judge Koh is expected to rule on Google & friends’ motion to submit an amici brief in the coming days. The trial over the remaining $450m in damages that’s still in dispute is set to begin in November. ®

(VIA. The Register)

Top Mobile Issues Right Now – An Overview


People everywhere are increasing the time they are spending on their mobile devices, according to Visually, Inc. We are using our phones to browse the Internet, stay on top of emails, check in on social networks, play games, read news, listen to music and much more. In fact, we are adopting new uses for our mobile devices daily. Research firm Gartner estimates that in 2013, we will use our mobile phones more than our PCs to access the Web.

In the article, “Mobile growth is about to be staggering,” Forbes notes we are consuming wireless data at spectacular rates. In 2012, smartphones made up 16 percent of wirelessly-connected devices, using 44 percent of total traffic. By 2017, Forbes estimates, smartphones will make up 27 percent of connected devices, eating up nearly 70 percent of data.

Mobile Trends

Because of this increase, businesses are striving to make their products and services more mobile-friendly. Some of the trends already being spotted include:

  • Businesses are finding news way to utilize mobility, opting for specialized apps to create more efficiencies in running the business.  
  • Hot mobile areas that are socially stylish and interactive are helping to drive up the desire for new mobile cooperation
  • More business are using mobile accessibility for payments for products like Mother’s Day flowers and services like marketing consulting.

Mobile for Email

Survey after survey has confirmed that checking e-mail has become the most common mobile activity. Experian Marketing Services notes that 23 percent of mobile users spend time checking e-mail via their phone rather than through a desktop or laptop computer. Marketers are seeing a renewed emphasis on using email to reach their target audience.

Mobile for Social

The number of apps designed for both mobile and desktop use is growing. LinkedIn’s new app helps users stay in touch with important contacts, bringing together contact information spread across a range of devices. Facebook has created a new look for mobile users, making it easier to utilize options like messaging.

The rise of content marketing is also driving more mobile adoption. Approximately 91 percent of business to business (B2B) marketers use content marketing, and 87 percent use social media to share it, notes ÜberFlip.

Mobile for Budgets

One of the great uses for smartphone apps is the ability to manage your business (or personal) finances from your hands. Budget and banking app allow you to check your debt, spending and savings. Here are a few:

Mint – Smartphone users like Mint because it connects your banking and credit card accounts, while checking real-time spending patterns. You can set up categories for different business expenses (like entertainment, auto, food, etc) and you Mint account will synch this data across all platforms. This app is a a free download in both the Apple Store and Google Play. 

Pageonce – Another popular, free mobile app is Pageonce. It can pay bills, organize your spending and track your cash. The app also services users with notifications and email reminders to avoid missing any monthly payments. Pageonce charges users to pay bills with a credit or debit card, but there is no fee for paying bills via your bank account. 

Quicken – This free app needs to be set up once you have Quicken on your corresponding desktop/laptop. When you synch the two together, you’ll have your finances at your fingertips anytime, anywhere. Quicken speeds up your online budgeting easily and dependably. 

In the end, your business will have to weigh the benefits and the disadvantages of mobilizing all aspects of your operation. But mobile development for businesses is here to stay and it may be better for your company to move sooner rather than later. Find your company’s sweet mobile spot and start your ascent. 

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The Importance of Silence in Business


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Silence has been a trait of every one of my mentors. When you don’t have a response or haven’t formulated your thoughts pausing and saying nothing can be the best and most honest choice. This can be uncomfortable for both you and the person you’re engaging with but it is a must.

Silence prevents you from stating an ill formed or incorrect thought. It also gives others with possible solutions and ideas a chance to step forward. Even in a one on one conversation, just not responding, if you don’t have a response can be the most powerful statement of all. It lets the other person know in a way even the words “I don’t know” can’t achieve that you in fact do not know or haven’t cemented your thinking to the point of making a statement.

In a pitch or sales meeting, it gives your audience a chance to give feedback and move the conversation forward. If you just keep talking, they won’t respond, you’ll conclude and they’ll just thank you and you’ll leave. This is the worst of all pitch meetings.

Less is more. Say more with fewer words. Drop the mic and wait for responses. Keep your meetings tight, pause and ask questions, and allow for silence for them to respond into. One of my partners at BuzzFeed Andy Wiedlin, our Chief Revenue Officer, uses the phrase, “give people the gift of time.” People love salespeople who are short with their pitches, ask a few questions, and end the meeting after 30 or 40 minutes with a thank you and some action items.

My father, a leading New York City residential real estate broker, is also fond of the phrase “cut and run.” When you’re talking to someone at an event or cocktail party, be the one to “cut” the conversation and “run.” After a few minutes of talking say, “it’s been great catching up, I’ll let you get to other people I know you want to say hello to.” The person will appreciate this, they’ll be happy to see you in the future, knowing that you’re not the kind of person who corners them and won’t stop talking.

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(VIA. Jon Steinberg – LinkedIn – President and Chief Operating Officer at BuzzFeed)