June 27: What’s Interesting Today

One of the toughest parts about hosting a conference is all the work that still needs to be done after the lights are turned off. We’re currently busy trying to finalize the video clips — and consolidate them for your viewing pleasure — while at the same time keep the site going. So posting might be a tad slow. In the meantime, here are some of the cool stories/bits I found that might be of interest today:

Where Do You Want to Go Today? Forget the old Microsoft and instead use that line to think about a new service called Trazzler, which recommends trips unique to your both your location and travel personality. And if you’re a blogger with expertise that meets their needs, you can join their publisher program as well.

Search: Is It About Searching for a Needle, or Exploring the Haystack? That’s the question one of our angel investors, Anand Rajaraman, the co-founder of Kosmix, asks. Even though it’s about his new product experiment, it’s a pretty astute summary of the state of search today.

Fiber Growth Pushes GPON Sales. Infonetics Research says the GPON market grew 33 percent worldwide in the first quarter of 2008, as broadband service providers shift their focus from DSL to FTTx for delivering broadband and IPTV. Mitsubishi, Tellabs and Hitachi are the top three vendor in the PON market, while Alcatel-Lucent leads the global GPON business, with Huawei close on its heels.

Mobiles Will Slow Navigation Device Sales. We’ve said this before, and In-Stat makes the case for us with their forecast. Sales of personal navigation devices rose to 30.7 million in 2007 from 13.3 million in 2006 — up 130 percent. They will grow to 68 million units in 2012 for total growth of 121 percent over five years. Nah, that doesn’t sound like much. With competition from mobiles, these guys (as predicted by our readers) are going to get crushed, never mind the price compression.

From our network of sites, I recommend reading:

  • Earth2Tech: Four ways to save energy on cloud computing.
  • WebWorkerDaily: How to declutter your digital workspace.
  • OStatic: Java infrastructure provider SpringSource gets $15 million.
  • NewTeeVee: YouTube founder Chad Hurley says brand display ads will be the primary driver of the monetization of video.