Techdirt has an interesting anecdote: it seems hotels are setting up internal blogs for their customers, so that they can share experience about their hotel, its surroundings, and maybe hang out together.
SixApart!!! Have you sold this idea to Paris Hilton yet ? (sorry for the link... she's more *that*, than the heiress to a hotel empire :oP)
"Concurrence dans les télécommunications mobiles : les MVNO ont-ils un sens ?
* Etat du marché de la téléphonie mobile
* Quelle est la valeur ajoutée des opérateurs virtuels ?
* Quel sera l'impact de leur arrivée sur le marché de la téléphonie mobile ?
* Quel sont les modèles techniques et économiques des accords MVNO signés en France ?
* Le positionnement des nouveaux entrants :
commercial (tarification, abonnements, formules prépayées)
en terme de services (multimédia mobile, portail de services …)
* Perspectives : saturation du marché, type et nombre de MVNO possibles, éléments de convergence fixe - mobile ...
* DEBITEL - Jean-Pierre Champion, président du directoire
* ORANGE - Patrick Roussel, directeur MVNO
* TELE2 - Jean-Louis Constanza, directeur général
* THE PHONE HOUSE - Jean François Blondel, vice président
Two additional extensions for Firefox that I like include the ability to preview the content of a link:
- GooglePreview previews the results with thumbnails (a bit like what A9.com does); I suppose it's because they use the alexa.com engine;
- LinkPreview shows the destination link on mouseover of a link.
Well, I have finally decided to live on the dangerous edge and upgrade my professional laptop to Windows XP Service Pack 2. (Yeah I know... although I run full linux at home, I still carry around a windows machine. mea maxima culpa).
Many posts around the blogosphere will tell you not to upgrade, because somewhere in the fine print, Micro$oft asks you to agree that they can scan everything you have on your computer and eventually disable it. Uck!
Anyways, I did upgrade, and although I haven't noticed any of the new features yet, I did notice that my Wi-Fi icon and applet have changed (looks better), and that there is a new firewall feature (reminds me of what ZoneAlarm Pro used to behave). I suppose it blocks any suspicious outgoing traffic, and the first thing Microsoft did, of couse, was to challenge the competition to its own built-in IM client...
The screenshot below shows you it doesn't like Skype and Trillian. (I haven't had any other alert yet, so the coincidence is disturbing...).
PS: other new stuff: it seems WindowsUpdate now offers me to download WindowsMedia Player 10. Who cares? I use Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes and VideoLan.
I also noticed they have a new popup blocker with a little frame that shows on top of the browser. Hey, Firefox has being doing this for a long time now!
After similar distribution deals with Carrefour, Philips, AOL, it is my pleasure to announce (now that it is public on the Journal du Net) that we have recently launched a great distribution deal with France Loisirs, the mail order company from Bertelmann in France (books, CDs, etc.). This partnership is structured around a specific offering (including new prices for FL members), and a strong presence in their point of sales + magazines mailed to their 4,5m customers.
Informed sources would argue that a deal with msn.fr and Tele2 are also also under way, but have not yet been formally announced...
IT IS AMAZING. Not because by just clicking on a ad, you can decide not to display the ad anymore, but because it redesigns the layout of the page taking ownership back of the spaces that used to be reserved for ads. No need to ask for a printer preview anymore. And configuration is super easy. A quick example is below.
Of course, it only runs on Firefox and Mozilla, not on MS has-been browsers.
Just back from a fun dinner tonight in Paris with Loic, Barak, Hanson and the ladies. We had a great meal at l'Atelier Berger (some of the dishes: artichoke soup with foie gras + white wine from Languedoc, lobster penne or dos de mulet et sa purée à l'huile d'olive + a great white Saint Romain, moelleux au chocolat or pêche pochée à l'ibiscus...).
Of course we discussed blogging, exchanged cool apps on symbian phones (funnily enough everyone had a Nokia phone) such as AgileMessenger or Mobiluck, and we did a lot of moblogging tests.
Well, this comes both as a surprise and as an inevitable consequence of market developments.
This week, a Canadian company based in Montreal raised lots of money for a fast emerging market that will revolutionize mobile communications. Remember in my last post about stuff I'd like on my phone, this is THE #1 application I want on my phone.
From their press release:
"Silicon Valley, CA and Montreal, Canada (September 21, 2004) – OZ today announced the completion of a US$27.3 million investment from VantagePoint Venture Partners of Silicon Valley."
"“Based on the early success and market reaction from our existing deployments, we know that branded mobile IM in North America has the opportunity to become what SMS is in Europe,” stated Skuli Mogensen, CEO and President of OZ."
"Today there are over 4 billion PC-to-PC instant messages being sent everyday around the world."
"According to a recent IDC Research report(1), the US mobile instant messaging market alone, is poised to reach US$365 million in 2004, and is expected to reach US$1.2 billion by 2008. "
Interestingly the founding team includes a co-founder and European representative, Per Lauridsen, that until less than a year ago was leading AOL Europe's efforts in mobility, in particular in the IM space...