Will Collaboration Pit Cisco Against Microsoft, Google?

Cisco Systems (CSCO) reported its fiscal fourth-quarter 2008 financials last week, but while the San Jose, Calif.-based networking giant beat Wall Street estimates, thanks to the hurdle posed by the law of large numbers, it forecast more modest growth going forward. “The market is clearly in transition, and we will use this time as an opportunity to expand our share of customer spend and to aggressively move into market adjacencies,” CEO John Chambers said in statement.

The question is, what are those markets adjacencies? After all, in order to move the needle, Cisco needs to find as-yet untapped markets that it can serve. Such a challenge comes at a particularly difficult time: The telecom market has consolidated in the hands of a few carriers, new opportunities are few and far between, and the overall trend is towards hardware becoming a service. [digg=http://digg.com/tech_news/Will_Collaboration_Pit_Cisco_Against_Microsoft_Google]

Therein lies Cisco’s solution: It needs to start thinking like a software company, one that assumes that “the network is the corporation.” If it does that it will see that one of the biggest potential areas for growth lies with the (seemingly boring) infrastructure found in data centers, since (as a reader points out) the growing popularity of cloud computing means corporate data centers will increasingly start to look like Internet data centers. Read More about Will Collaboration Pit Cisco Against Microsoft, Google?

How To Stand Out in a Sea of Storage Startups

Online storage companies pop up more frequently than mushrooms after a downpour in Southern France. And like the wild-growing fungus, not all of them are easily digested. Case in point: AOL’s Xdrive, which despite corporate backing recently joined the likes of Omnidrive on the proverbial technology garbage dump. So how does one survive in this sea of startups? Continue Reading & Find Out.

Vid-Biz: NBC, Local Ads, Praan

NBC Buys The Weather Channel; the peacock, along with private equity firms Bain Capital and the Blackstone Group, have reportedly agreed to pony up just shy of $3.5 billion for the channel. (NYT)

Local Online Video Advertising to Grow; Kelsey Group says revenues will hit $1.5 billion by 2012. (eMarketer)

High School Musician Gets Big Exposure From Online Vid; 17-year-old Palbasha Siddique cracked the Amazon Top 100 MP3 downloads with her rendition of Praan, which was featured in a Where the Hell Is Matt video. (Silicon Alley Insider)

Muslim YouTube Launches; U.S. Islamic organization rolls out MuslimChannels.tv, which will combine UCG elements with Muslim-oriented TV programming from across the globe. (C21 Media)

Holiday Inn Back for More Smart Show; hotel chain has hooked up with blip.tv to release the second season of its business travel web series. (TVWeek)

BBC Proposes Download Function to its iPlayer; service would allow consumers to pre-order single episodes or full series before they air on TV, but shows wouldn’t be watchable until after broadcast. (Digital Spy)

YouTube Gets Entire Revision3 Catalog; full-length shows like Diggnation and Tekzilla now available on the video site. (emailed release) (Disclosure: Revision3 produces The GigaOM Show.)

HP Jumps Into Online Storage Fray with Upline

logoFollowing on the heels of DropBox, SugarSync, and Box.Net, HP has officially announced Upline, a storage service that is useful for those who are seeking a way to share files with others or take advantage of online backup.

Online storage has its advantages.  Your files are available remotely from any computer you have HP’s software installed on.  If you migrate computers, you just download your files onto the new machine.  Also, Upline will grant you a URL to easily share files with co-workers and friends/family.

To kick things off, HP is offering businesses and consumers a free 1 year subscription to their limited service.

These free accounts grant users 1GB of storage.  For unlimited storage, HP is charging between $59-299 per year, depending on how many users/PCs will have access.

Unfortunately, the software only works on Windows PCs.  If you’re seeking a service like this for use between Mac and Windows computers, take a look at DropBox.  Their free service provides 5GB of disk space.  However, having the HP brand behind your online storage solution is an attractive trait.

Drop It Like It’s DropBox

Personal file storage, sharing and syncing is one of those categories of technology problems that, despite all efforts, no one ever seems to get right. But one service that comes pretty close is DropBox, which is available via a public beta today.

Box.net Closes $6 Million Second Round

Box.net, an online digital media and file storage provider, has received $6 million in its second round funding led by U.S. Venture Partners…

Reach Out & Store on Box.net

[qi:_webworkerdaily] Want to store and collaborate on files online? Free online storage provider Box.net is branching out in new directions, opening up its application to work with a slew of other services. In addition to storing and sharing files, new OpenBox services let you do everything from editing images to working on files within online productivity applications. Continue Reading.

Introducing the HTC Advantage and Shift

HTC just announced two devices for the US market, the Advantage which has been discussed for a while and a new device they’ve managed to keep under wraps, the Shift.  The Advantage is the Windows Mobile based PDA with a a detachable keyboard, 5 inch VGA screen, and a slew of connectivity options, such as UMTS/HSDPA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi.  Whew, that’s should just about cover all the bases.  You’ll also find a 8 GB hard drive, 256 MB ROM, 128 MB RAM, and a miniSD slot.  The HTC Advantage is the same device that has been released in Europe as the Ameo.  That little keyboard connects to the PDA magnetically which is innovative to say the least.

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The HTC Shift looks very much like the Advantage but with some key differences, it has a 7 inch screen and runs Vista Business.  This puts it squarely in the realm of the UMPC and it looks like the Advantage just slightly larger.  The press release doesn’t give up too much information about the hardware other than the screen size and that it comes with a 30 GB hard drive.  The Shift offers the same connectivity options as the Advantage.  It’s not clear if this is a convertible or has some slide hinge mechanism for the screen.  In the press photo below we see it running the Flip 3D utility which I believe requires the ability to run Aero Glass.

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“The HTC Shift is combining the power of Windows Vista with advanced connectivity in a sleek mobile computer design,“ said Bill Mitchell, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile Platforms Division. “HTC and Microsoft have been innovating on smartphones for years, so it is exciting to see them bring that experience and innovation to mobile computers.”

The Shift is to be available in Q3 with pricing announced at that time.

Press release after the jump.

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Why wait for iTunes 4.9, when you got Bad Apple

Folks who are waiting for Apple’s iTunes 4.9 with built-in Podcast support should take a gander at BadFruit.com’s BadApple plugin. The developer of this plugin is going to add support for all sorts of podcasts, not just Apple approved podcasts. It is right now a Windows-only plugin. Essentially it mimics the Music Store experience and helps you find the right podcast. Here is an FAQ with all the information. Since it runs on Windows, I have not tried it. If you do, let me know what you think? I am still in fog from a very busy week, so please excuse for lack of details!