The Comunicano Communique for Monday March 21st, 2016

 
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Today is the APPLE SHOW..Live and Uncut. Apple, which loves to stream their new product shows, basically uses their own iTunes infrastructure to sell first to their already owning customers. But that also means a lot of the news today and tomorrow is Apple related news....But there's more. Today you can read Micrsoft's own reaction to their massive mistep with "Schoolgirl Skirts" at the Game Developers Conference, what is really new at Facebook and more all in today's COMUNICANO COMMUNIQUE..READ AWAY

By the way, don't miss the API event of the summer in Las Vegas. "All About The API"......

 
 
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Facebook's Messenger Bot Store could be the most important launch since the App Store

If Facebook announces the "Messenger Bot Store" at F8, as many predict, it would be arguably the most consequential event for the tech industry since Apple announced the App Store and iPhone SDK in March 2008.
 
 

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Where to watch the live stream for today's Apple smaller iPhone event

Apple is holding an event today in Cupertino, and the company is planning once again to live stream the event. At 10 AM PT (1 PM ET, 5 PM GMT, 6 PM CET), you'll be able to watch the event on all Apple devices.
 
 

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The Behind-the-Scenes Fight Between Apple and the FBI

On June 2, 2014, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook took the stage at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco to tout the iPhone's latest mobile-operating system, iOS 8. With more than 6,000 developers and technology enthusiasts cheering them on, Cook and other executives showed off new text messaging features, a health-tracking tool and an updated photo app.
 
 

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Live, on Facebook, It's Something Like TV but Not Exactly TV

Facebook likes video and Facebook likes live video. So Facebook is going to get what it wants. Here's the latest example: The E! Entertainment cable channel is going to start streaming a daily infotainment show via Facebook, starting today at 12:30 pm ET. "Live From E!"
 
 

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Dancing 'schoolgirls' damaged the brand, Microsoft execs say

The dancing has stopped, but the gyrations of anger have not. After Microsoft and Xbox were heavily criticized for presenting dancers dressed as "sexy" schoolgirls during its Thursday night party at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Xbox CEO Phil Spencer sent an email to his staff expressing his intense disappointment.
 
 

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Why Your Home Wi-Fi Is Lousy

If you think your home Wi-Fi is annoying now-flaky, slow, riddled with dead zones-just wait until your streaming 4K TVs are battling phones, laptops, game systems and connected gadgets for the available bandwidth. The future depends on your home network, but even today's best home networks aren't ready.
 
 

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When M.L.B. Broke the Ice With a Game in Havana

ANGELOS "We landed in a darkened airport. We were coming in on a commercial flight, but they cleared us to land. Everything was dark. There was a bus there and an official from the Cuban government welcomed us very heartily, and we got on a bus and drove into Havana.
 
 

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Medium spins off Matter into new company owned by Ev Williams

Tweet Share on Facebook Print The self-publishing service and social network Medium is spinning off a prominent web publication that it has owned and hosted for the past three years.
 
 

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Google Chromecast

Chromecast has a long list of superpowers that Apple TV doesn't.
 
 

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The Comunicano Communique for Friday March 18th 2016

 
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The news in the tech world continues to be a bit SLOW. Perhaps its all the Trumpeting about our next president that's causing the news to slow in the business side of things, or perhaps it's all just the post CES, Post MWC, Post SxSW or Post whatever hangover, but most of the news this past week felt to me as being more manufactured than real...so that's why there hasn't been a newsletter all week...So as for today, take a read and see what's new and in the news all in today's COMUNICANO COMMUNIQUE..READ AWAY

By the way, don't miss the API event of the summer in Las Vegas. "All About The API"......

 
 
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Smartphones are ruling our lives and killing our imaginations

One study found the average person looks at their smartphone 221 times per day - once every 4.3 minutes. Photo: Eddie Jim It wasn't too long ago that smartphones were a novelty, something the ardent tech-heads would queue up in the street to buy.
 
 

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Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2016 Results

Every 8 seconds or so, a developer asks a question on Stack Overflow. This year, 56,033 coders in 173 countries answered the call. We asked them 45 questions. Key highlights include the following: For the first time, more developers are using Mac than Linux as their primary OS.
 
 

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Virtual reality girds for test in marketplace

Broomstick flying or red-light ping-pong? Gadgets at German fair Hanover, Germany (AFP) March 17, 2016 - Virtual reality and 3D printing are among top technologies showcased by thousands of IT companies attending this year's technology show CeBIT in the northern German city of Hanover.
 
 

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First Click: 10 virtual reality experiences you can try this weekend

Our exclusive virtual reality interview with First Lady Michelle Obama on how she mastered social media. It's our first ever 360 video and a glimpse at how storytelling will evolve with VR.

 
 

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Drip Joins Kickstarter

We're excited to announce that Drip is joining Kickstarter today. Drip is an inspired community of independent artists, record labels, and audiences who support their work directly.Launched five years ago by Ghostly International founder, Sam…
 
 

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So Much Streaming Music, Just Not in One Place

In the old days, you never knew which CDs the record store would have in stock. That limitation of physical media was supposed to be solved by digital. Back in the 1990s, technology evangelists and music fans alike began to talk about a " celestial jukebox " - a utopian ideal in which every song ever recorded would be available at a click.
 
 

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Let us loop you in: What to expect from Apple's March 21 event

Apple's having an event next Monday. We're going to be on the ground to cover everything the company has to offer, but as usual leakers and rumor sites have outed most of the biggest potential announcements. To get you prepared for the big event, we've rounded up the most likely rumors and added our own educated guesses and commentary.
 
 

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T-Mobile Binge On adds YouTube and more as some changes are made for video providers

Today's a big day for T-Mobile and Binge On, as more services are being added to the free streaming portion of Binge On, and there's on in particular that's a major add. YouTube is now included with free Binge On streaming, meaning that you can watch all of the videos on Google's popular video streaming service (including John Legere's announcement below) without touching your high-speed data allotment.
 
 

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FBI warns car makers and owners about vehicle hacking risks

WASHINGTON (By David Shepardson, Reuters) - The FBI and U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a bulletin Thursday warning that motor vehicles are "increasingly vulnerable" to hacking.
 
 

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Crossing borders: Uber takes San Diego riders to Mexico

Your next trip to Mexico could be just a push of a button away. On Friday, Uber will launch Passport, its first cross-border service, offering one-way transportation from San Diego across the San Ysidro border to anywhere in the northern Baja California region, which extends as far south as Ensenada and as far east as Mexicali.
 
 

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The Return Of Voice-And That Means I'm Watching

I have to admit, the voice space has been, well, rather boring the last few years. And, with it, VoIPWatch has become less and less a VoIP focused blog and more and more a news blog featuring stories that I find interesting, and which I've started to share here and within the Comunicano Communique (which you can subscribe to HERE). 

Thankfully, over the past few weeks, a few Voice related services and apps have renewed my enthusiasm for voice as it is clearly alive (as it has always been) and inventiveness is far from dead.

Let's look at a few of the more interesting activities in Voice that I'm now closely VoipWatching:

Dialpad - The company formerly known as SWITCH.co Perhaps this should be named Dialpad 2.0 as veterans in the voice world will recall the original company, then the acquisition by Yahoo, the creation of Yahoo Voice with it, and then its demise.

The New Dialpad is reminiscent of the line in the The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" ---"Meet the new boss, Same as the old boss" -- as it's almost the same team as the old Dialpad as Craig Walker and Vincent Paquet were two thirds of the Dialpad team that sold it to Yahoo, with YIPTV founder Mike Tribolet (original President of Vonage) being the other executive.

With an updated logo (see the d and p) and new apps for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, a kick butt plug in for Chrome, and most of all, VoIP calling over Wi-Fi and mobile broadband, Dialpad may very well be the first real carrier scale provider of mobile PBX services. With extension dialing coming soon, an app for the iPad around the corner, enhancements to all types of enterprise services, the new Dialpad is a major upfit to Switch.

Telzio - It's always fun to be part of growing an innovative start-up. Telzio is one of those.  About a year ago I became an advisor to the L.A. based VoIP company aimed at bringing really big ideas to small company communications. Now that I'm living here my friendship with founder Peter Rank Schroder has only boosted that engagement. A few weeks ago Telzio rolled out integration with the Amazon Echo, an idea I first proposed after really getting a lot out of the "must have" device while traveling across Europe last summer. First up was the integration with CounterPath's Bria. Next on the innovation front is an native iOS app that's in beta now, as is their Zapier integration (you need to be a customer and invited into the beta) so I have Telzio working with Slack very nicely now. What's so cool about Telzio is the simplicity, speed and elegance of all their integrations, which rivals their insanely low price offer, of $1.00 a month for phone service.

Wire- Started by pal Alan Duric and many of the Skype ex-pats led by Jonathan Christensen, Wire has been steadily evolving over the past year or so into a Skype replacement for many of the Voice Comms Mafia members who are also regulars on the VUC. Now with encrypted communications, upgraded video capabilities, Wire is picking up where Skype left off after its acquisition by Microsoft. The big benefits are the services elegantly clean UI, a fast set up and a HTML5 version that works within the browser (Chrome for sure) and the end to end encrypted comms.

Slack - One of the most used productivity apps around, Slack is now testing in beta Voice calls. What's neat? Well for starters, they have it working in both within the browser and inside their native apps. More importantly is the integration going on with Slack by others.  

Yodel -A team from Austria, with an aptly named app, have begun to use WebRTC, dial up numbers for inbound and outbound calling. Now in beta.

Ottspott - brought to us by the Apidaze team out of Paris, they know WebRTC rather well and as a result have come up with a more elegant and complete solution than Yodel for now where calls are placed and received using Slack. 

In both cases, Ottspott and Yodel are showing what's possible with WebRTC, apps and services that start outside the browser in an app.

With these new developments, I'm happy to say my VOIPwatching is back..

 


The Comunicano Communique for Friday March 11th 2016

 
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A dozen stories today, and some themes. Also a shout out to my friends at L.A.'s own Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and their story in the WSJ. Ironically, it comes at a time where L.A. (see below) is rapidly becoming one of the most expensive places to visit--which is why I'm glad I live here. The reason..Messaging, encryption and bots. They are also hot topics, as is VR (Virtual Reality)...and the declining attention span, how to counteract that and more....today, all in the COMUNICANO COMMUNIQUE..READ ON

By the way, don't miss the API event of the summer in Las Vegas. "All About The API"......

 
 
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Gannett Plans First Regularly Scheduled News Show in Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is coming to local and national news. While media outlets have experimented in recent years with one-off reports for viewing on a VR headset, Gannett Co. Inc. is going a step further. Its USA Today Network announced Thursday it will launch a regularly scheduled VR news show this spring.
 
 

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A new system from MIT called Polaris claims to reduce web page load times by up to 34 percent. Yow!

It's hard to find anyone who'd argue that websites load too quickly. Mobile pages constantly creak under the weight of complex visual elements and ad networks. It's led to an ad-blocking boom, boutique speed-boost solutions from Google and Facebook, and now, a system from MIT that its creators claim trims page-load times by up to 34 percent.
 
 

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Slovakia Wants Its Own Hyperloop

The hyperloop's first stop? Maybe Slovakia. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. said Thursday it agreed with the Slovakian government to explore building a hyperloop there, the first formal sign of interest from a federal government in building the futuristic tube-transport system.
 
 

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Mobile Use, Attention Spans and How to Reach the Next Generation of Social Customers

The average human attention span is reducing. That's no big surprise - researchers have been talking about it for years, using the inevitable comparison to a goldfish as the benchmark. But how much have our attention spans actually declined? And, importantly, what does that mean for how we optimize our marketing and advertising messages for best effect?
 
 

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Wire, the messaging app backed by Skype's Janus Friis, gets video calls and message encryption

It's been more than 15 months since Wire entered the competitive messaging app fray with the promise to build a Skype for the modern age - a promise given real credence by the backing of Skype cofounder Janus Friis. Available for Android, iOS, and desktop, Wire is making good on that promise today by introducing video calls to the messaging mix.
 
 

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Confide confidential messenger gets $1.6 million, launches premium message retraction

Confide, the messaging platform that keeps everything confidential, has today announced the close of a $1.6 million extension to their seed round, bringing total funding to $3.6 million. Investors include existing investors such as WGI Group, First Round Capital, SV Angel, CrunchFund, Marker, Howard Lerman and others.
 
 

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Cola App Paves The Way For More Interactive Text Messages

Instant messaging can be said to be a compulsory life skill in this day and age, but as with the many different kinds of personalities in which we see in humans, so too, will such nuances of personalities spill over to the interactive text messaging world.
 
 

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Conversational Banking; from branches to bots.

As chat platforms and bots replace browsers and apps, the way we access bank services will change. This is a good thing. It's Christmas 2015 and I am in Delhi for my friend's wedding. He's French and naturally his parents have flown in (smelly) cheese and (good) wine for a little pre-party.
 
 

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Ask Amazon Alexa to pay your bills, with new Capital One app

Amazon Echo is on a roll. From being named the top choice for consumers looking to automate their home, to adding two new voice-activated companions , Echo's latest collaboration makes it more useful for financially conscious users.

 
 

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Companies Assessing Business Value of APIs 

Application programming interfaces can extend the reach of an organization's core assets, allowing them to be shared, reused, or even resold as a new source of revenue. Application programming interfaces (APIs) are moving from tactical development technique to business model driver.

 
 

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L.A. jumps up to world's 8th most expensive city for travelers and expats, study says

Los Angeles is now the eighth most expensive city in the world for tourists and foreign businesspeople, a study released Thursday said, as a rising U.S. dollar has pushed the City of Angels ahead of pricey metropolises including Tokyo and Shanghai. L.A. - which ranked 27th last year - is now only...
 
 

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21 hot programming trends -- and 21 going cold

Programmers love to sneer at the world of fashion where trends blow through like breezes. Skirt lengths rise and fall, pigments come and go, ties get fatter, then thinner. But in the world of technology, rigor, science, math, and precision rule over fad. That's not to say programming is a profession devoid of trends.
 
 

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The Comunicano Communique for Thursday March 10th 2016

 
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"If you want to walk the walk, you have to talk the talk." Getting quoted is about just that. Today, once again, I was quoted by a leading media outlet. Network World. This time by their News Editor, Bob Brown on the subject of Wi-Fi hotspot blocking. Having been the victim of this in the past, it was rewarding to see how well Brown captured the story as told by facts, everyday people and experts. It's a nice read, and perhaps one of the most accurately written stories on the subject.

Beyond that story, lots of hard news is in the newsletter. I'm elated to see client YIPTV now thought of in the same stories as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast. Actually, YIPTV is farther ahead than those guys in the world of OTT television, or as we call it Mobile Cable. The other news items, well, no more hints. Just READ ON..

By the way, don't miss the API event of the summer in Las Vegas. "All About The API"......

 
 
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Wi-Fi hotspot blocking persists despite FCC crackdown

The FCC has slapped hotels and other organizations with nearly $2.1 million in fines since the fall of 2014 for blocking patrons' portable Wi-Fi hotspots in the name of IT security, or more likely, to gouge customers for Internet service.
 
 

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Studios, Exhibitors Consider Revolutionary Plan for Day-and-Date Movies at Home (EXCLUSIVE)

Five years ago, major studios attempts to offer first-run movies in the home months early set off a fierce standoff with theater owners. Now, a startup backed by Sean Parker of Facebook and Napster fame is trying to encourage Hollywood studios and exhibitors to wade back into those controversial...
 
 

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Sonos announces layoffs, refocuses on streaming and voice tech

Macfarlane says it's an inevitable change - and that's why the company is now focusing on these users over customers that are playing from non-streamed files and physical music collections. How? He's not saying, but it'll apparently involve "building incredibly rich experiences that were all but unimaginable when we started the company."
 
 

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YIPTV, Sling TV, DirecTV Now: 10 services leading pay-TV's IP-delivery revolution

Within the last 12 months, no less than five virtual MVPD services from major operators have debuted, some in the testing phase and some as full-fledged, fully available consumer products. These services threaten to revolutionize the pay-TV industry, replacing expensive CPE, truck rolls and credit checks with simple, app-based delivery of video.

 
 

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Join Friends in VR with New Oculus Social Features

Now you can experience games, videos, and more with friends in VR! Starting tomorrow, people with a Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus, can create a profile and then easily search for others on the platform by real name or Oculus username.
 
 

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Nest can now use your phone to tell when you've left the house

Nest's products are about to get better at telling when you're out of the house and when you're about to come back home. An update to Nest's iOS and Android app today will allow it to start monitoring your phone's location.
 
 

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Mobile messaging giant Line now supports group voice calls for up to 200 people

Mobile messaging giant Line has announced that it now caters for conference calls with the latest update to its mobile and desktop app. Available on Android, iOS, and Windows desktop (Mac will be added soon), the new group-call feature supports up to 200 people, and is aimed at anyone from families and friends to businesses.
 
 

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Facebook will soon let you disable seeing all notifications for live videos - Digiday

Facebook will soon let you disable seeing all notifications for live videos Relief is on the way. If you've noticed an influx of Facebook notifications from brands or publishers every time they kick off a live video stream, you're not alone.
 
 

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Cisco Spark Is Here

Yes, Cisco Spark has arrived! That cool mobile business messaging app we launched a year ago has grown up. It's now a full-blown business communications service from the Cisco cloud. We are really excited about bringing this to market and are encouraged by some of the early reactions, including an analyst who said "I have seen the future."
 
 

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Skype is killing its smart TV app

Skype, the Microsoft-owned video calling service, has quietly announced that it will no longer offer an app for smart TVs from June. Confirmation of the shutdown comes via a support page - first spotted by the BBC - which explains that smartphones and tablets have proven to be a more popular platform for Skype users.
 
 

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How to sign up for the Android Beta Program

Google on Wednesday released the developer preview of Android N. The company also went against its normal tradition of releasing only the system image files and forcing developers to install the update using command line code and developer tools, Google also announced the Android Beta Program.
 
 

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The Comunicano Communique for Tuesday March 8th 2016

 
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Today I'm over at Business Rockstars, on the air, talking about apps you need to know about. You can catch me live at 2:45 PM Before then, lots of interesting news articles, features and tips today. I really like the Medium article on the Internet being mobile and the shifting patterns of acquisitions going on. Read that and more...

By the way, don't miss the API event of the summer in Las Vegas. "All About The API"......

 
 
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Amazon debuts its first live show that lets you shop while you watch

Amazon's foray into fashion continues today with the launch of what will be the company's first daily live show, called Style Code Live, which will feature fashion and beauty tips and advice from style experts and viewers.
 
 

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M&A 2015: Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo made fewer acquisitions in 2015 than in 2014, while Microsoft, Salesforce, and Amazon made more 

The essential tech news of the moment. Technology's news site of record. Not for dummies.

 
 

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Collaboration in Office-chat with your co-editors in real time via Skype! - Office Blogs

With the co-authoring capabilities of Office Online, you may find yourself in a OneDrive document with your friends and family at the same time. When this happens, you can now communicate with your fellow editors in real time via Skype, without leaving the document!
 
 

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Newsonomics: The New York Times re-invents Page One - and it's better than print ever was

Ah, the art of the broadsheet Page One, with its mystical above-the-fold, below-the-fold double secret handshake code, its photo telegraphing The Big Story, its fonts delivering nuance, and its italics offering their own sweet siren song of understanding? Our never-thought-about assumption: this is what newspapers should look like, and they did, city to city, nation to nation.
 
 

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FCC to propose monthly broadband subsidy for the poor

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday will announce a monthly subsidy for broadband internet access in low-income households, The New York Times reports, in an effort to narrow a digital divide between the rich and poor.
 
 

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Facebook releases a WordPress plugin that lets publishers easily create Instant Articles

As Facebook prepares to roll out Instant Articles to all publishers next month, the company said Monday that it's partnering with WordPress parent Automattic to release an Instant Article WordPress plugin. The plugin creates a special RSS feed that automatically optimizes posts to appear as Instant Articles. The plugin is open-source and customizable.
 
 

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Mobile Is Tantalizingly Close To Becoming The Actual Internet

Way back when - well, a few years back anyway- I wrote a series of posts around the idea of " metaservices." As I mused, I engaged in a bit of derision around the current state (at that point) of the mobile ecosystem, calling it " chiclet-ized " - silos of useful data without a true Internet between them.

 
 

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You can now sign up for Google's Project Fi without an invite

You can now sign up for Project Fi, Google's first foray into offering its own cell phone service, without an invite. The service, which launched ten months ago, was an invite-only project until now - though getting an invite wasn't all that hard. Starting today, anybody in the U.S.
 
 

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WiFi access on cruises has led to shrinking of Internet cafes: 

In a trend that appears to foretell an end to Internet cafes at sea, cruise lines are increasingly shrinking the footprint of their publicly accessible computer areas as onboard WiFi improves and more passengers bring their own mobile devices.

 
 

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Private jet mobile revolution drives sales

Mobile apps have become the latest driver of growth for private jet hire, opening up a whole new market of corporate and private customers. Just as Uber has changed the way taxis operate, mobile app booking is absorbing market share from private jet brokers who have traditionally matched customers to companies.
 
 

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How you will buy your house in 2025: drones, virtual reality and big data

Unlike the current process of scrolling endlessly through Rightmove, with just a few filters such as the number of bedrooms, house hunters of the future will have access to highly specific, personalised search engines. These will scoop up big data, including social media interactions and web history, to form a 'psychographic' profile of the buyer's lifestyle, in order to present their dream home.
 
 

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How Amazon Shames Warehouse Workers for Alleged Theft

While waiting to clock in each morning, workers at some Amazon.com warehouses get a steady stream of company-provided reading: the stories of co-workers fired for theft. In an effort to discourage stealing, Amazon has put up flatscreen TVs that display examples of alleged on-the-job theft, say 11 of the company's current and former warehouse workers and antitheft staff.
 
 

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Virginia becomes first state to formally legalize daily fantasy sports

Virginia today signed into law the " Fantasy Contests Act," a bill outlining how daily fantasy sport sites like DraftKings and FanDuel can operate legally in the state. The law is the nation's first formal recognition of the industry after months of heated legal activity in multiple states.
 
 

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MVP your team to excellence

When you hear "MVP" you probably think: "Ya, ya, I know, heard it all before." But today, I want to share with you how you can take the framework of a minimum viable product, and apply it to things OTHER than your product.
 
 

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Here's 2015's Biggest Fundraising Rounds In The Most Active States

Continuing our theme of finding new ways to discuss data, the following interactive tool is worth playing with if you want to better understand the US venture market. Not everything in life is a spreadsheet. Just most things worthwhile. Today, however, we have something different for you to enjoy: A nifty tree that you can ...

 
 

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The Comunicano Communique for Monday March 7th 2016

 
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Over the weekend my Switch app Switched to Dialpad. Long time voice over IP mavens will recall the company that was one of of the pioneers in VOIP competing with DeltaThree, MediaRing and Net2Phone for Voice traffic as an alternative to the PSTN. This weekend, pal Craig Walker and the team at Switch changed their name to Dialpad after purchasing the name from Yahoo, the company which bought Dialpad back in 2005. My blog post is the first story today. Read that and more...

By the way, don't miss the API event of the summer in Las Vegas. "All About The API"......

 
 
 

Switch Makes the Switch to Dialpad, Kicks off Massive Mobile Enterprise Push

 
  Craig Walker may quickly be finding his face on someone's "Most Wanted List." Given his most recent move at his GV (Google Ventures) and A16Z backed startup, he'll possibly be thought of as the this Internet era's Willie Sutton, Clyde Barrow or John Dillinger after what he just pulled off this weekend.  
 

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Android Co-Founder Rich Miner Joins Board at Dialpad, The Former Switch.co

Rich Miner, a co-founder of the mobile operating system Android, the company that gave birth to Google's mobile operating system, has joined the board of Dialpad, a cloud-based office phone and communications company that until today had been known as Switch.co.
 
 

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Twilio Paves Private, Secure Paths to its Cloud Services

 
  Michelle Burbick | March 07, 2016 | The public Internet is no longer the only way to connect to the Twilio cloud. The cloud is great for communications, as I'm sure you've all heard from the legions of providers. But, as I'm sure you also know, the cloud, in its public form, doesn't work for businesses of all shapes and sizes.  
 

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Tech Companies, New and Old, Clamor to Entice Cloud Computing Experts

SAN FRANCISCO - Amazon Web Services, a globe-spanning cloud computing network that is part of the online retailing giant Amazon, has rapidly become one of the most powerful forces in technology. It has also become a target for poachers.
 
 

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Spotify is using 50,000 anonymous hipsters to find your next favorite song

Spotify's personalized Discover Weekly playlist has won millions of fans with its uncanny ability to find music based on your musical preferences. But what if you're tired of the music that it feeds you? The music streaming giant is taking a new approach with the expansion of its Fresh Finds playlists.
 
 

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Why You Should Put Yourself Out There and Try New Products

In 2006 I started using Facebook and most of my friends & colleagues thought I was strange. They thought it was like MySpace and why did I need a MySpace page? In 2007 I started using Twitter and most of my friends & colleagues wondered why people would care what I ate for lunch.

 
 

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Jeff Salway: Rise of the robots is like dotcom bubble

AT THE end of the last millennium I worked for a large publishing company that assumed, as they all did, that websites were a licence to print money. That's why I spent a year trying to sell internet advertising to food processing companies. It was mostly in vain.
 
 

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4 principles that will shape the future of IT

Over the past year, I've had the opportunity to attend a number of conferences, ranging from the most establishment events you can think of all the way to highly technical yet informal meetups. The dress at the events ranged from suits and ties to t-shirts and shorts.
 
 

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You Didn't Notice It, But Google Fiber Just Began the Golden Age of High Speed Internet Access

Its "dark fiber" project in Huntsville creates a model that might finally thrust US Internet access into the 21st Century T his week, Google launched what amounts to a religious war in American telecom land.

 
 

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Here's Where Startups Raised In The US During 2015 - Mattermark

tl;dr: Everything you thought was true actually is, and we put it on a cool map. Where did companies raise venture dollars in the United States during 2015? If your first gut reaction was to say New York and California, you are correct! But there is more to the picture.
 
 

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Switch Makes the Switch to Dialpad, Kicks off Massive Mobile Enterprise Push

Craig Walker may quickly be finding his face on someone’s “Most Wanted List.” Given his most recent move at his GV (Google Ventures) and A16Z backed startup,  he’ll possibly be thought of as the this Internet era’s Willie Sutton, Clyde Barrow or John Dillinger after what he just pulled off this weekend. That and adding Android co-founder Rich Miner to his board, further linking the company to a mobile enterprise first strategy.

Walker, the co-founder of GrandCentral, which is now known as Google Voice, as well as UberConference and Switch.co just made the steal of the year, harking back the kind of stolen base memories of Cardinals’ baseball great and demon on the basepaths, Lou Brock that made him a legend. Walker just stole one of the most valued brands in telecom away from Yahoo...DIALPAD, a brand ironically mentioned last Thursday in the post, Where Have You Gone...A Look Back At Some Famous VoIP Companies.

Dialpad_LogoJust about 10 years ago, Dialpad was acquired by Yahoo after raising some $68 million in venture funding. Walker, and his partners in crime, Vincent Paquet who like Walker started Google Voice as GrandCentral, and now YIP TV founder, and former Vonage President, Mike Tribolet, rebuilt Dialpad from an ad driven telephony service into a telephony arbitrage and fraud prevention platform that allowed for least cost routing of international calls. In its heydey Dialpad was a competitor to Delta Three and Net2Phone in moving voice traffic over the Internet long before Skype and Vonage, and was turned by Yahoo into their Skype competitor, Yahoo Voice.

Fast forward ten years, Dialpad was a mothballed asset for Yahoo, collecting dust as a company name and a domain. Along came Walker with an offer and over the weekend Switch switched in name to Dialpad. The price, which Walker said, “was clearly minus a few zeros from what we sold it for,” was undisclosed.

As part of the weekend’s makeover Dialpad has also launched a new logo with the d and the p conjoined logo and the name as a logotype.

In addition to the new name, Dialpad released new native apps for Macs and Windows users, updated their browser extensions and mobile apps for iOS and Android. The apps include Dialpad’s first true mobile VoIP integration, allowing users to make and receive calls over Wi-Fi or broadband mobile networks. An iPad version is expected soon and video, which has been in beta for a while, and which I've tested with Walker as far back as August, is likely also just around the corner.

Given the integrations with Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps for Work, Salesforce and social applications LinkedIn and Twitter for context about the caller, ala Rapportive and Crystal Knows, Dialpad has more that’s relevant today than other Enterprise calling solutions. Add in their global, carrier-scale approach, with 7 data centers around the world, plus a war chest of $53 million in funding, Dialpad has enough to attract global business type customers, as they have done with Motorola, who need many thousands of people supported. Other VoIP companies like 8x8, Vonage and RingCentral focus on the smaller size, mid-market companies further pitting Dialpad against Microsoft's Skype for Business, Mitel and the incumbent telcos like BT, AT&T and Verizon.

Based on my trials of the mobile app the VoIP service works very well over AT&T. Verizon and T-Mobile’s LTE networks, as well as Wi-Fi with HD like quality due to the use of the SILK codec on Peer to Peer connections (P2P) and G711 for calls that end up on the PSTN.

Overall, the change in name is a great move for the company, but the real win is for the customers as the service and app upgrades are the real news.