Quoted – Google Begins Buttressing Its Net Neutrality Argument

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fter a few days of absorbing the criticism of its joint proposal with VerizonGoogle (Nasdaq: GOOG) — a company that was once counted as a stalwart in the push for Net neutrality — is defending itself.

In a nutshell, the plan calls for excluding the mobile Internet from most of the consumer protections that would apply to the wired Internet. It would allow the creation of a “private” Internet, where service providers such as Verizon could offer as-yet-undefined broadband services.

Both companies were hit with a wave of criticism following their announcement, but the comments aimed at Google have been more withering because of the perception that it has sacrificed Net neutrality principles.

In making its defense, Google noted that even if people don’t agree with all of its points, the proposal at least represents progress toward resolving what has become a contentious issue. It also took pains to address what it called several “myths” circulating about the proposal, starting with the notion that Google has sold out on Net neutrality. (Its rebuttal: No progress was being made in Washington, and partnering with a provider would move the debate forward.)

Average citizens may not understand all the nuances of Net neutrality policy, but they are starting to hear about it one way or another, if only because of the ink devoted to the joint Google-Verizon proposal, said Scott Testa, a business professor at Cabrini College.

It is the type of debate that can easily devolve into evil versus good, he observed, depending on who is framing the issue.

“I think at a certain level, people’s gut reaction when they hear the bare-bones argument is to side with Net neutrality,” said Testa. “People are leery of the Internet being “controlled” by any one party.”

http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/Google-Begins-Buttressing-Its-Net-Neutrality-Argument-70618.html?wlc=1281823953

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Help Wanted – Marketing Intern

Internet Marketing Internship

About Applied Systems Technology, Inc. (AST)

Applied Systems Technology is a software development and management consulting firm exclusively serving the staffing industry.

Since 1985, we have helped staffing firms re-engineer their business processes and better realize the potential of technology to drive change, improve efficiency, and enhance profitability.

AST currently has 15 employees, and is based out of the Hudson Valley, NY. We have remote offices in Albany, NY, and Philadelphia, PA.

AST and Internet Marketing

Everett Reiss is the Director of Marketing and Communication for AST, overseeing and being hands-on in the following areas of Internet Marketing:

  • Maintaining main website: http://www.astusa.com and Staffing Energy Center, which is directed at clients: http://astusa.com/staffingenergycenter.
  • Running Mad Staffing Blog: http://astusa.com/staffing-blog.
  • Weekly and monthly email marketing campaigns to clients, prospects, and industry leaders.
  • Direct mail campaigns to clients through Sendoutcards.com.
  • Writing and posting monthly press releases on website and through PRWeb.
  • Producing and posting helpful YouTube videos for the staffing industry.
  • Directing AST’s social media presence on Linkedin, Twitter, and Facebook.
  • Weekly and monthly email and website analytical reporting.
  • Webinars and association speaking engagements on technology and social media.

AST continues to devote more and more time and resources to Internet marketing because of its low cost (excluding time), the ROI thus far, and ability to directly interact with target audience (staffing executives and managers).

How Does an Internet Marketing Internship Fit into the Mix?

AST is a small business, so everyone wears multiple hats.  In addition to marketing, Everett is involved with project management and account management.  Additional hands are needed to help in the following areas:

  • Keyword and SEO research using Google’s Keyword Research Tool.
  • Search engine optimizing the content that Everett and other AST employees write for main website and blogs.
  • Formatting the content that Everett writes for distribution on Mad Staffing Blog, email campaigns, and through other channels such as PRWeb.
  • Keeping our email database up-to-date and carving it up into additional segments: type of staffing firm, women-owned, geographic, etc…
  • Monitoring conversations on Twitter and Linkedin that AST should be aware of and could potentially participate in, or encourage clients to participate in.
  • Edit and posting some of the video content that AST produces on YouTube and blog.
  • Researching other tools and areas of social media that either intern or Everett sees value in potentially adopting.
  • Potentially work one-on-one with AST staff members to build out their Linkedin profiles and maybe even Twitter profiles.
  • Post updates on AST’s Facebook Fan Page and Twitter profile.
  • Potentially contribute content for the Mad Staffing Blog, Squidoo pages, Linkedin discussions, and even Wikipedia.

Requirements

We are looking for applicants with the following skills, experience, and disposition:

  • Microsoft Office products, especially Word and Excel.
  • Some college-level marketing coursework and/or experience.
  • Comfort and familiarity with social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and blogging).
  • Creative and business-writing experience.
  • Ability to do a thorough job on structured tasks such as maintaining an email database, while being able to do more open-ended research and writing assignments.
  • Familiarity with HTML, basic video editing, and graphic design experience is a plus.

Other Details About Internship

  • This is an unpaid internship.
  • 10 to 20 hours per week.
  • Flexible hours.
  • This is a “remote internship”: meetings will take place in public places, coffee shops, or on campus in areas with Wi-Fi.  Most of the work can be done remotely.
  • Intern can use their own laptop, or a laptop can be provided.

If Interested…

Email your resume to Everett Reiss at ev@astusa.com, and in the body of the email explain why this internship interests you and why you would be a good candidate for it.

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Quoted – AOL Back in Black – Ecommerce Times

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AOL Back in Black

AOL posted a slim profit during its first quarter on its own again, even though its revenue was down from a year ago, and subscriptions continued their sharp decline. Cost-cutting — particularly by reducing its workforce — is credited for the improvement.

AOL’s profit could also be attributed to some savvy financial management — at least from the perspective of shareholders.

It significantly reduced its headcount as it launched.

“Employees are usually the biggest expense for these companies, so that was a smart move,” noted Scott Testa, a business professor at Cabrini College.

http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/AOL-Back-in-Black-69263.html

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Rating my Predictions for 2009 – Looking 2010 – KFed and Britney still not together. .

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  • Many Newspapers continue to struggle those that have high debt levels will consolidate, retrench through bankruptcy, or good old liquidation. .continue trend of starting to limit home delivery or not produce “physical paper” and go with pure web strategy like the Christian Science Monitor.

B – Right on this “old” media is dead . . release of new ereaders like Apple‘s ISlate or whatever it is going to be called. . continues to kill physical newspaper companies. . Amazon will release a color screened Kindle by year end. .

  • Yahoo gets bought – Maybe News Corp, maybe Disney, probably Microsoft. This train wreck has got to end. (What was Jerry Yang and the board thinking when they rebuffed multiple offers from Microsoft?)

B- – Microsoft tried then did search deal. . .whatever next party is over . . Google has won. .

  • Facebook blows away MySpace Already happening MySpace is the Yahoo toFacebook’s Google . . .Niche social networking like Linkedin find place and start to chip at dominance of “general” social networking sites.

A- – No brainer

  • Android becomes more prominent Google’s open source smart phone OS challenges major phone Operating Systems with the exception of Apple’s Iphone.  Google releases smart phone with major carrier that is free and is supported by advertising. Android powered Netbook released by year-end

B – yes and no . . before my time with free Google phone but will eventually happen

  • Iphone becomes more dominant moves into second spot behind Nokia for the most handsets shipped 2009. Apple release Iphone nano smaller, more compact, cheaper

B- – no Iphone nano but keeps whipping more and world best-selling smart phone

  • Twitter becomes hottest and most prevalent new social networking technology

A – yep right on

  • RFID technology begins to take hold in retail starts to supplement bar code technology to enhance retail experience. .ie checkout and inventory control. Huge shot in the dark without Wal-Mart this will never happen this is an idea whose time has come but will probably be pushed out a few years.

D– Wrong too early. . buy some more time will happen. .eventually

  • Google tries to make big social networking push (again) via its own technology or through a variety of in house development and key acquisitions (Twitter)

F– Still struggling in this area. .no key deals

  • New Apple products will include Netbook, New Mac Mini, and Iphone Nano

D – Tablet coming

  • Hottest Retailer – Justice

B – yep for tweens -but these are probably hotter. .  Aeropostale . .Hollister. . Pacsun. . Juicy Couture. .really like  Forever 21 and Tilly’s

  • Big Three turns into Big Two Ford has legs, Chrysler has no value with the exception of Jeep division and Hemi technology, GM who  knows  . . . but if they were smart they would jettison US operations and focus on international.

B – Chrysler now owned by Fiat, GM is a shell and Ford by far the strongest and still has legs

  • Real Estate market through most of the US gets worse before it gets better no recovery until spring 2010 at earliest. Although I do see Obama administration switch some focus of bailouts from big companies to homeowners who are in danger of foreclosure.

A – Obama administration stepped up with tax incentives and low interest rates. .

  • Brittany and Kfed reconcile and become greatest husband-wife team since Sonny and Cher

F– Sorry . .what can I say. .

Predictions 2010

  1. Location aware technology becomes huge. .  serving up ads and social networking . . to name a few . .Twitter and Facebook location aware posts going to happen this year. . providers will know where you are and serve up some really cool . .apps and services
  2. Hottest Retailer. . Slow Growth . .Privately owned but very cool store. . Tilley’s . . . Southern California cool. .combined with discipled financials and expansion strategy. .
  3. Green  continues to be hot. .  Solar cheaper. . Chinese manufacturer’s continue to make cheaper and cheaper cells squeezing other manufacturers. .wind is big. .  solar will be bigger. .
  4. e-commerce continues to grow . .but. . .consolidation starts happening. . would love to see Amazon buy Ebay. .but may have anti-trust issues. . Amazon continues to dominate and make good acquisitions like Zappo’s this year.. . will continue to grow. .  nobody can beat Amazon online including Wal-Mart. .  this year. .  after 2010 . .look for Wal-Mart going straight at them. .
  5. Google phone coming sold directly by Google over T-Mobile network . .Motorola and other partners not happy but no other alternative. .  continue to get beaten in smart phone market by Apple
  6. Apple in US brings in other partner for network other then ATT. . I say Verizon. . total long shot is Sprint Nextel. . which in turn may be bought by Comcast in 2010. . maybe T-mobile gets bought by Google. .maybe antitrust issue but would be very cool. .and allow Google to deliver universal WiMax type of service to United States. .
  7. Google Chrome OS released . . Chrome browser continue to take market share. . hurt Microsoft and Firefox but biggest casualty will be Safari and MacOS . . this year
  8. Apple tablet released. . Color screen Kindle released. .eventually be two horse race between Apple and Amazon. . in tablet. . ereader category
  9. KFed gets back in action. .  gets back in shape and cleans up. . and reconciles with Britney. .

Happy New Year. . .

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Quoted – T-Mobile Offers Glimmer of Hope – or $100 Credit – in Data Loss Debacle – ECommerce Times

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T-Mobile Offers Glimmer of Hope – or $100 Credit – in Data Loss Debacle

T-Mobile has indicated that some of the data Sidekick users lost due to a Microsoft server failure may be retrievable after all. Those who can’t get their data back will receive a $100 credit toward purchases or bill payments at T-Mobile. All data customers will get a month of free service — and, no doubt, many more apologies as the company struggles to manage the problem.

Right now, the company is probably feeling its way through the crisis, Scott Testa, a business professor at Cabrini College, told the E-Commerce Times. Offering customers $100 for their trouble is a good first step — but the carrier is going to have to do much more if it wants to restore faith among its customer Boost customer satisfaction + retention with Salesforce.com Service Cloud 2. Click to learn more. base, he said.

“It will have to come clean about the server failure and how it happened — and, more importantly, the steps it is taking to make sure it never happens again.” For example, he said, T-Mobile should release a detailed plan — a, say, five-point plan for backup — in the near future. “Right now, they are doing a good job managing expectations by telling customer to expect the worst. So they have some credibility in this respect.”

That appears to be the smartest game plan T-Mobile can adopt going forward.

http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/T-Mobile-Offers-Glimmer-of-Hope—or-100-Credit—in-Data-Loss-Debacle-68361.html?wlc=1255537135

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