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In his "A Publisher's Ethics" blog entry Blankenhorn writes "SYS-CON is one of the most powerful computer publishing companies in the U.S. While rivals Ziff-Davis, CMP and IDG have fallen on hard times while paying editors well and preaching the value of ethical journalism, Kircaali has become the industry's low cost provider. In the poverty that is 21st century computer publishing, Kircaali's strategy has made business sense. He has delivered large quantities of papers and low ad rates." He is correct in identifying SYS-CON as one of the most powerful technology media companies in the world. However, this man misses the point on SYS-CON's success entirely and accuses the company of a lack of ethical journalism. How can "lack of ethics" make the world's leading tech media company also the most powerful one? SYS-CON's unmatched success lies on the principles of journ... (more)

High-Tech Public Relations and Alan Zeichick - Analyze This!

When I landed in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, October 13, 2007, the last thing on my mind was writing a blog entry about high-tech public relations, until I heard from a PR agent on the day of my arrival. In the past 10 days or so we have been working with her on a breaking news story that is currently under NDA. I was so impressed with her professionalism and her passion for perfection that yesterday I posted a blog entry, recommending the agency she works for, to technology companies that are searching for a highly qualified public relations firm. Within minutes of my blog entry,... (more)

Adobe Hits Record Revenues

Adobe earned $222.2 million, or 38 cents a share, up 21%, on record fourth-quarter revenues of $911.2 million, up 34% year-over-year, exceeding the company's revenue target of $860 million-$890 million. It attributed the results to Acrobat, its Creative Suite 3 products and momentum in its enterprise business. Creative Suite 3, which started coming out in April, includes upgrades to Photoshop, Illustrator and software acquired with Macromedia like Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks. On a non-GAAP basis Adobe earned 49 cents in Q4, a penny more than Wall Street expected. This quarter ... (more)

NetSuite IPO Flies Up, Up and Away

After an initial stumble or two NetSuite managed to make it to a hysterically successful $35.50 on its first day trading as a public company on Thursday. That loud swooshing sound you heard was the opening price of Larry Ellison's unprofitable software-as-a-service play being jacked up from $13 to $26 a share - then moving up another $9.50 its first day out. The venture, a Saleforce.com and Intuit rival, increased its coming-out price three times in the hours before its Google-reminiscent IPO-by-auction December 20. First on Tuesday the number went from $13-$16 to $16-$19 and then ... (more)

Google's Knol vs Ulitzer

Despite Google's $159 billion market cap - or rather, one suspects, because of it - Jimmy Wales, the guy who created - for better or worse - Wikipedia, figures Internet search is broken - because it's proprietary - and needs to be reinvented, freeing "the judgment of information from invisible rules inside an algorithmic black box."  (Odd, he questions the biases of algorithms more than Wikipedia articles. Hmmm.) This was the news story late this summer that summarized Jimmy Wales mega aspirations to directly compete with Google. Anyway, back in the beginning of 2007 he set up a LA... (more)