All posts by Gaines

Time Warner Jacks up Broadband Prices for East Texas Porn Junkies

Time Warner is testing a pilot program in Beaumont, TX that charges overage fees to users who download files in excess of 30GB per month. The move comes in a response to a study that showed that 5% of their users were taking up over 50% of their bandwidth. Some experts say the move is a defensive position to address the potential loss of cable TV subscriptions to internet downloads of TV programs. Continue Reading →

Google v. at&t in a battle for a $10 billion wireless network

In the immortal words of Michael Buffer: “Ladies and Gentlemen, for the nearly 200 potential bidders and the millions watching around the world, LLLLLLET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!!!!” It looks like round one is over and the score card heavily favors Google. So what am I talking about? Yesterday bidding began on a government auction of radio airwaves valued at nearly $10 billion. Experts say it’s probably the most important spectrum auction the government has ever had. The auction involves several blocks of airwaves with varying applications. Continue Reading →

The Races tend to form Cliques on social networks.

As reported on CNN, a study performed at the University of Illinois indicates a level of racial divide in social networking sites. White students tend to prefer FaceBook while Hispanics preferred MySpace and Asians preferred Xanga or Friendster. There was no clear preference among Black students. Continue Reading →

Let Your MySpace Profile reflect your Bloging Prowess

Online-media syndication company Pluck has developed an application for web publishers that will allow them to link their websites to social networks like Facebook and MySpace. If you post a blog entry on USA Today, one of their clients, it will automatically post your entry on your social network profile along with a link back to the article. Continue Reading →

Digital Music Taking Over

Despite the music industries efforts to fight the distribution of music through digital formats such as iTunes, experts predict that digital music will account for 1/3 of total music sales in the US by 2012. Unfortunately, increased digital music purchases will not compensate for decreased CD sales. What this article does not talk about is the increased profit margins that come with digital distribution. Continue Reading →

Buy the Old West on E-Bay

Today an AP article on CNN totes the sale of a small 13-acre hill country town named Albert to an un-named Italian Buyer for $3.8 million. Look out Realtors of America. E-Bay is coming!!! I have some inside information on this deal because I know the seller. He has owned Albert, Texas for quite some time and has been an opportunistic seller for some time now, maintaining the attitude that he loves Albert, Texas but would sell it for the right price. Continue Reading →

Spybot Zaps CJ Sales

Apparently, the immunize function in the latest version of Spybot won’t allow you to open CJ links. This is totally unacceptable. CJ and its advertisers need to fix this problem immediately. Continue Reading →

Google offers big rewards for innovations to “Android” mobile operating system

Google offer $10 million in prizes for innovation to their Android mobile operating system that seeks to compete with mobile operating systems made by Microsoft Corp., Palm Inc., Research In Motion Ltd., and Symbian, which is owned by Nokia Corp. Motorola, Samsung and LG will try to integrate the software into thousands of mobile devices. Another smart move by Google. Shocking. Continue Reading →

80% of US Adults Online

Nearly 8 in 10 US adults now use the internet, accounting for 178 million users nationwide. These users are now spending 11 hours per week on the web. Continue Reading →

Online Ad Spends Expected to Triple by 2010

US online marketing is expended to double by 2010. During that same period, online spending is expected to triple, rising from $16.9 billion to $42 billion. 69 of the top 100 advertisers reduced their spending on traditional media from 2005 to 2006, while 70 of the same top 100 advertisers increased their spending on online ad campaigns during the same period. 2007 ad spending online will be higher than radio. Advertisers will be spending $100 per person to reach people online in 2007 and that number is expected to increase to $200 per person by 2011. Continue Reading →