A particularly prominent technology blogger ( see http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/michael_arrington_the_kingmaker_who_would_be_king.php )has now formalized his status as an investor (which he did even before) while relinquishing his editorial duties (which were not much given the blog’s acquisition by AOL and its own formidable line of writers, each one of whom is quite influential). Without going into either sermon mode (thou shall not have conflict of interests) or adulatory mode (wow he sold the blog for 30 mill and now he gets another 20 mill for his funds)- I shall try and present the case for ethics and ethical lapses while as a writer.
New Look Gmail
Now if only they could sell it better to counter MS exchange
What’s new in Gmail?
Preview Gmail’s new look
Gmail is getting a cleaner, more modern look over the next few months. For a sneak peek at some of these changes, check out the “Preview” and “Preview (Dense)” themes on the Themes tab under Settings.
What’s been keeping us busy…
New languages for Gmail on iPhone and Android
Now you can point your phone’s browser to gmail.com and get Gmail in 44 languages, complete with label support, an outbox for messages composed while offline, the ability to mute messages, and more. Watch the video or learn more.
Get through your email faster with Priority Inbox
Email is great, except when there’s too much of it. Priority Inbox automatically identifies your important messages and separates them out from everything else, so you can focus on what really matters. Learn more
Make phone calls from Gmail
Call any phone in the US and Canada for free and at insanely low rates internationally — right from inside Gmail. Make sure you have the voice and video chat plugin, then click “Call phone” at the top of your chat roster. This feature is only available in the US at this time.
A new look for Gmail and updates to Contacts
We’ve pruned our pixels and made it easier to get to Contacts and Tasks. Once in Contacts, you can now sort by last name and add custom labels for phone numbers and other fields — two top requested features. Learn more
Google Buzz in Gmail
Share updates, photos, videos and more right inside of Gmail. Start conversations about the things you find interesting. Learn more at buzz.google.com or in the Help Center.
Gmail now even more secure: HTTPS by default
HTTPS encryption keeps your mail secure as it travels between your web browser and Gmail servers, so someone sharing your favorite coffee shop’s public wifi can’t maliciously read it. Banks and credit card companies use this same protocol to keep your online accounts safe. To protect your Gmail account, we’ve turned on the option to “always use HTTPS” for everyone. This added layer of security can make Gmail slower, so if you don’t use unencrypted wireless connections, you can choose to disable this option in your account Settings. Even if you change this setting, Gmail will always encrypt the login page to protect your password. Learn more
More storage for less money
If you need more space for your email and photos, you can now buy 20 gigabytes of storage for only $5 a year. Extra storage is shared between Gmail and Picasa Web Albums and acts as an overflow if you use up your free storage. Learn more
New features for Gmail on iPhone and Android
Point your phone’s browser to gmail.com and enjoy Gmail complete with full label support, an outbox for messages composed while offline, the ability to mute messages, and more. Learn more
New in Labs: “Got the wrong Bob?” and “Don’t forget Bob”
Ever included Bob (your boss) instead of Bob (your friend) on an email by accident? Oops! Turn on “Got the wrong Bob?” and Gmail will check if you meant to include Bob Smith rather than Bob Jones based on the groups of people you email most often.
With “Don’t forget Bob,” you can start composing an email to a group of people, and Gmail will suggest other contacts you might want to include. Check out these experimental features and more on the Labs tab under Settings.
Four more themes
Make Gmail look like a calm patch of grass or an old school video game. Can’t decide? Choose “Random” and cycle through a different theme each day. Check out all available themes from the Themes tab under Settings.
New in Labs: Message translation
Turn on “Message translation” from the Labs tab under Settings, and whenever you receive an email in a language other than your own, Gmail will automatically translate it into a language you can understand with just one click.
Tasks: the first graduate of Gmail Labs
Available in Gmail, Google Calendar, iGoogle and on your mobile phone, Tasks is the simple to-do list that’s with you everywhere you go. Click “Tasks” above your chat list to get started (no need to turn it on from the Labs tab anymore). Learn more
Drag and drop labels
You can now drag labels onto messages and messages into labels, just like folders. The labels you use most often are easier to access right above your chat list. The rest are hidden but still accessible under “more.” Customize which labels you see from the Labels tab under Settings. Learn more
New in Labs: YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, and Yelp previews
Instead of just links, see previews of photos, videos, and reviews right in your email. Turn on these and other experimental features from the Labs tab under Settings.
New in Labs: Undo send
Oops, hit “Send” too soon? Give yourself a grace period of a few seconds to cancel sending, then edit your message before sending again. Turn it on from the Labs tab under Settings.
Take your to-do list everywhere you go. Just go to gmail.com/tasks from your mobile browser.
New in Labs: Offline
Make Gmail work even when you’re not connected to the internet. Turn on offline access from the Labs tab under Settings.
Labels: auto-complete and “move to”
The buttons and menus at the top of your inbox look a bit different: there’s a new “Labels” button that makes labeling messages even easier. Turn on keyboard shortcuts and hit “L” to bring up your labels, and auto-complete will take it from there. Use the “Move to” button to label and archive in just one step — just like you would with a folder. Learn more
Gmail is usually all about speedy electronic communication, but for a limited time we went old school with snail mail. If you sent in a self-addressed stamped envelope, we’d send you some free Gmail stickers. Free stickers are no longer available, but you can see what they looked like on the Gmail blog.
Fast PDF previews
Now you can preview PDFs right in your browser without waiting for them to download and open in another application. Just click the “View” link next to any .pdf attachments you receive.
New in Labs: Tasks
Keep track of what you need to do with a lightweight task list right inside of Gmail. Just click and type to add new tasks, convert emails into tasks, and (most satisfyingly) check them off as you’re done. Once you turn on this Labs feature, look for the Tasks link to the left of your inbox under Contacts. Turn on tasks and more from the Labs tab under Settings. Learn more
New in Labs: Text Messaging in Chat
Send SMS text messages right from Gmail. You chat from your comfy computer and reach your friends on the go; they get your messages as texts and can peck out replies on their little keyboards. Turn on SMS text messaging and more from the Labs tab under Settings. Learn more
Spice up your inbox with Gmail Themes
From minimalist grays to dynamic mountain landscapes, choose from over 30 options to personalize the look and feel of your Gmail account. To get started, check out the Themes tab under Settings. Learn more
Talk face to face with Gmail voice and video chat
See and hear friends and family right from within Gmail. All you need is a webcam and a small download that takes seconds to install. Learn more
15 new Labs features to try out
There’s a whole lot more to play with in Gmail Labs, our testing ground for experimental features. Google Calendar and Docs gadgets, a forgotten attachment detector, advanced IMAP controls, and canned responses are just a taste. Turn on these and more from the Labs tab under Settings. Learn more
Gmail on Android
Gmail is now available on the world’s first Android-powered phone, the T-Mobile G1. All of the features you love about Gmail on your computer, plus real time push email so you never need to refresh your inbox. Learn more
Emoticons – they’re not just for chat anymore
Express yourself with emoticons from to or even . Click the button when composing a message in “Rich formatting” mode, or choose the new emoticons tab in chat, and express yourself to your ‘s desire. Learn more
Gmail for mobile 2.0
Save multiple mobile drafts, compose and read recent email offline, use new shortcut keys and more. Download Gmail for mobile 2.0 for your BlackBerry or J2ME phone by going to m.google.com/mail in your mobile browser.
Gmail Labs: A testing ground for experimental new features
Try out features in development and let us know what you think. To get started with Labs, click the Labs tab under Settings.Learn more
Gmail has a new look on the iPhone browser
Now with auto-complete when composing, automatic refreshing, and faster load times when viewing email. Learn more
More friends are more fun. Gmail welcomes your AIM® friends.
Now you can talk to your AIM® friends using an integrated chat list right inside Gmail. Learn more
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Better organize your email with new colored labels. Just click the color swatch next to each label to assign a color. Learn more
Chat with multiple people without multiple windows. Invite your friends to a group discussion. To start a group chat, click ‘Group chat’ from the ‘Options’ menu when chatting. Learn more
Start sending richer expressions to your friends. Learn more
Sync your inbox across devices instantly and automatically. Whether you read or write your email on your phone or on your desktop, changes you make to Gmail will be seen from anywhere you access your inbox. Another way to use Gmail on your iPhone is through the browser. By going to m.gmail.com you get the full Gmail experience including conversation view, search, and more. Learn how to set up IMAP on other devices.
Set up IMAP on your iPhone. Watch the video
Facebook Gmail Killer Threatens to commit Hara Kari live on AOL Techcrunch if unsucessful
As per Techcrunch–http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/11/facebook-gmail-titan/
Project Titan — a web-based email client that we hear is unofficially referred to internally as its “Gmail killer”. Now we’ve heard from sources that this is indeed what’s coming on Monday during Facebook’s special event, alongside personal @facebook.com email addresses for users.
Now Techcrunch always tells the Truth and the Gospel as per Mike is always right, especially when he is talking of gates of heaven and Angels.
Again as per the newly rich Mike Arringotn (who qualifies to be an Angel Investor himself except AOL has locked in his err wings)
Our understanding is that this is more than just a UI refresh for Facebook’s existing messaging service with POP access tacked on. Rather, Facebook is building a full-fledged webmail client, and while it may only be in early stages come its launch Monday, there’s a huge amount of potential here.
Facebook has the world’s most popular photos product, the most popular events product, and soon will have a very popular local deals product as well. It can tweak the design of its webmail client to display content from each of these in a seamless fashion (and don’t forget messages from games, or payments via Facebook Credits). And there’s also the social element: Facebook knows who your friends are and how closely you’re connected to them; it can probably do a pretty good job figuring out which personal emails you want to read most and prioritize them accordingly.
Oh, and assuming our sources prove accurate, this explains the timing of the Google/Facebook slap fight over contact information.
In an exclusive chat with Decisionstats, Senior VP Eduard Patel Bumberg said- This is it. I am going to kill Gmail. This movie I just had a small part in the mens room while they had the groupies. If we finally kill Gmail, I hope to get a much bigger part in Social Network 3.
New The new Facebook email gives you lesses spam (primarily) as it leans on its contacts in the Cosa Nostra of Spam- and tell them no spam to .fb books.
Yes Anyone is someone in spam has had a connection in the spam pie in Facebook, like creating duplicate 50 million accounts just before the movie got launched, inflating the number of daily Farmville players, invites, links .
Arringutan even covered some of it in an earlier FB game called scamville.
Saint Mark and Mike would have approved Senior VP Eduard Patel Bumberg decision to either kill Gmail or commit hara kari live on U Stream. It is good for the sequel.
Here is the brand new release from Jaspersoft at a groovy price of 9000$. Somebody stop these guys!
It’s a great company to watch for buyouts as well- given their expertise in REPORTING and clientele- especially for anyone looking to im prove thier standing in both open source world and reporting software branding.
From AOL owned Arrogantion’s site http://www.crunchbase.com/company/jaspersoft
|Series D, 8/07 1
Scale Venture Partners
Doll Capital Management
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Adams Street Partners
Doll Capital Management
Announcing JasperReports Server Professional
Webinar: Introducing JasperReports Server Professional
Thursday October 14
In this live webinar, learn how a new solution from Jaspersoft combines the world’s favorite reporting server with powerful, mature report server functionality—for about 80% less.
- Date: Thu, Oct 14
- Time: 10:00 AM PDT
- Duration: 60 minutes
The World’s Most Powerful and Affordable Reporting Server
Limited Time Introductory Offer: Starting from $9,000 (restrictions apply)
JasperReports Server is the recommended product for organizations requiring an affordable reporting solution for interactive, operational, and production-based reporting. Deployed as a standalone reporting server or integrated inside another application, JasperReports Server is a flexible, powerful, interactive reporting environment for small or large enterprises.
Powered by the world’s most popular reporting tools in JasperReports and iReport, developers and users can take advantage of more interactivity, security, and scheduling of their reports.
- Affordable: Unlimited reports for unlimited users starting at $9,000
- Powerful: Report scheduling and distribution to 1,000s of users on a single server
- Flexible: Web service architecture simplifies application integration
- Secure: Centralized repository authenticates report access
- Interactive: Easy to interact, self-serve parameterized-based reports
- Visual appeal: Flash-based charts and maps engage users and enhance applications
- Open: Access to any data source including relational, XML, Hibernate, EJB, POJO, and custom
or just watch the 5 min video-
Speaking of videos -here is a great video on BI from good ol Tennessee-a great 27 min tutorial on BI for newbies
- Jaspersoft launches cost-effective BI reporting server (v3.co.uk)
- Revolution Analytics Introduces Enterprise-Class Application Integration, Deployment & Administration for R (eon.businesswire.com)
- Webinar September 22: Deploying R (r-bloggers.com)
- Reducing the Cost of Business Intelligence with Open Source (itexpertvoice.com)
- Open Source Business Intelligence: Pentaho and Jaspersoft (r-bloggers.com)
- New Report Details The Rise of Business Intelligence Software (ostatic.com)
- Endeca adds Twitter and email to BI searches (v3.co.uk)
- Red Hat and Jaspersoft Extend the Reach of Open Source for Fat Spaniel Technologies (eon.businesswire.com)
Interesting Interview with Quentin G,AsterData
Here is an interesting interview with Quentin G, CEO AsterData, Marketing trumpeting aside apart-the insights on the whats next vision thing are quite good.
As you look down the road, what are the three major challenges you see for vendors who keep trying to solve big data and other “now” problems with old tools?
Old tools and traditional architectures cannot scale effectively to handle massive data volumes that reach 100’s of terabytes nor can they effectively process large data volumes in a high performance manner. Further, they are restricted to what SQL querying allows. The three challenges I have noted are:
First, performance, specifically, poor performance on large data volumes and heavy workloads: The pre-existing systems rely on storing data in a traditional DBMS or data warehouse and then extracting a sample of data to a separate processing tier. This greatly restricts data insights and analytics as only a sample of data is analyzed and understood. As more data is stored in these systems they suffer from performance degradation as more users try to access the system concurrently. Additionally moving masses of data out of the traditional DBMS to a separate processing tier adds latency and slows down analytics and response times. This pre-existing architecture greatly limits performance especially as data sizes grow.
Second, limited analytics: Pre-existing systems rely mostly on SQL for data querying and analysis. SQL poses several limitations and is not suited for ad hoc querying, deep data exploration and a range of other analytics. MapReduce overcomes the limitations of SQL and SQL-MapReduce in particular opens up a new class of analytics that cannot be achieved with SQL alone.
And, third, limitations of types of data that can be stored and analyzed: Traditional systems are not designed for non-relational or unstructured data. New solutions such as Aster Data’s are designed from the ground up to handle both relational and non-relational data. Organizations want to store and process a range of data types and do this in a single platform. New solutions allow for different data types to be handled in a single platform whereas pre-existing architectures and solutions are specialized around a single data type or format – this restricts the diversity of analytics that can be performed on these systems.
Read the whole interview at –http://www.arnoldit.com/search-wizards-speak/aster-data.html
Speaking of which- there is a new webinar by Merv Adrian (interview on Decisionstats) and Colin White-
and from the famous AOL website- a profile of AsterData’s money flow which kind of hints at an IPO two years onwards-