Citrix buys Bytemobile, targets mobile operators

Desktop virtualization and cloud computing vendor Citrix Systems is expanding into the mobile infrastructure market, announcing on Thursday it plans to acquire mobile traffic optimization company Bytemobile. The companies didn’t disclose the terms of the deal, but they expect it to close in the third quarter.

Level 3 concurs: Comcast appears to be prioritizing traffic

Comcast may have given users a break on Thursday by raising its monthly data cap to 300 GB, but Level 3, the backbone Internet provider and content delivery network, wants people to know that Comcast is still likely prioritizing its Xfinity traffic over others’.

He said, she said: Is Comcast prioritizing traffic or not?

Comcast, once again, has some explaining to do. An engineer has conducted experiments that he says show the nation’s largest broadband provider is prioritizing traffic– something it’s not supposed to do under the conditions the government imposed when the cable company bought NBC-Universal.

My Dirty Little Task Management Secret

Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but I have a little problem with my task list. About a week ago, I noticed that my task list had this distribution for prioritization: 90 percent “highest,” 4 percent “high,” 1 percent” normal,” and no tasks at all at the “low” and “lowest” priorities.

Pulled in Too Many Directions? Get Focused

arrowIf you’re a small business owner or freelancer, you probably feel like you’re being pulled in about a thousand directions. Everything seems to be competing for your attention, and you can’t figure out what’s the most important priority for this very second. You have phone calls and emails to return, projects to complete, quotes to compile, and somehow, you have to figure out how to generate more business (that you really aren’t sure how you’ll keep up with).
At the end of the day, you feel spent, yet you don’t feel that you’ve made any real progress toward your goals. You’re left feeling frustrated, like you’re floundering and can’t find solid ground.
The good news is, it’s actually fairly easy to get out of this mess and start moving forward again. All it takes is laser focus and the willingness to let go. Read More about Pulled in Too Many Directions? Get Focused

Options, Not Obligations: Being a “Family First Entrepreneur”

ONO, Options not ObligationsMost business books on the market cover the gamut of how to make more money, gain fame, grow, get work done, and manage people. But few talk about business from the perspective of “family first” like Marc Warnke’s book “ONO, Options Not Obligations.” Many web workers love what they do, especially those who work virtually, because it allows them to spend more time with their families or live fulfilling lives outside of their careers.

Warnke says that Wal-Mart (s wmt) and Sam’s Warehouse Club Founder Sam Walton’s last words were, “I blew it.” How could one of the richest people in the world think this? According to the author, Walton wasn’t reflecting on his massive wealth and business successes, but rather on missing family time. Read More about Options, Not Obligations: Being a “Family First Entrepreneur”