Google plans for something cool & wireless – $4.6 Billion

OK, this could be very interesting – and is so relevant for us because of KCRG and the move to HD.

The speculation is over about whether Google is interested in directly participating in the wireless world. On Friday, the Mountain View, California-based company said it would participate as a bidder in the upcoming federal auction of wireless spectrum in the 700-MHz band — to the tune of at least $4.6 billion.

Basically – this could mean Google could offer up free internet for all on the 700 MHz band and this could open up a whole new world…literally.

Designing for Web 2.0

OK – we have to have a Web 2.0 site. “Now What Do We Do?!”

Enter enter – advice on managing and building websites.

This is an interesting site and seems to have a good bit of information on it. I like the idea that there is a podcast and the text on the site. It seems sometimes people do one of many different options – but doing two of many (text and podcast) seems like an interesting model.

I really like the links at the bottom of the page. Without hearing the podcast yet – I assume it is links from the show. Good Stuff!

eBay deals are getting weak.

So – I need a new cordless telephone…and let me tell you – I am a cheapskate when it comes to consumer electronics. My old unit got a bit too much of last week’s lightning.

So I head off and find a model I like – the Uniden TRU9280-4 (the “-4” stands for 4 handsets; “-3” is three and so on.) So I put the search into eBay and find 3 main “auctions” and 20+ hits in the eBay stores section.

But instantly I’m a little miffed – because all 3 of these so called auctions are “Buy it Now” – OK, I love the concept of buy it now…but it was not meant to be used as a fix price auction – that is what the eBay stores are for. So I decide to look over at Amazon – and boom, for almost the same money I can get a brand new model with free shipping.

It just compliments what I have been saying for a while about eBay – the deals are getting harder and harder to find. I still think you can find some stuff there, but it takes more work and more work is not what the consumer is looking for.

This could be a major thing that drives traffic back to the local retailers. With innovations like we saw at the Web 2.0 conference – where intuit is teaming up with and acquiring companies who can take the inventory people are entering into Quickbooks and displaying it online…hyper local is becoming more of a reality. If I can log onto a local retailer’s site and see exactly what they have, now that is information I can use.

Facebook – the Operating System?

UPDATE: I found this article: 12 Ways to Use Facebook Professionally – I’m not sure I totally agree with using Facebook professionally, but some of the same things apply to LinkedIn.

Published: 7/23/2007 6:57 AM
Wow – when Facebook opened up its API’s (special channels into their system which allows others to leverage their software) to the world, they took it up a notch.

I was listening to a podcast last week where a college student said many of his classmates do not even like to use email anymore – they log onto Facebook and send messages to each other from within the system. WOW – that is powerful.

Some have went as far to say “The Facebook Platform reminds many of us of Windows; and people are calling it “the social operating system” on which you can develop your Internet apps.” If this is true – we may have reached a new bar for social applications.

Web 2.0 is built on Open Source

This one is a little scary for me, some people (cough-Lyman-cough) have called me a Microsoft fanboy…and I have been know for carrying the blue & white flag from time to time, but if you look at this guy’s research, it is pretty hard to dispute that open source IS web 2.0 at this point.

The only 2.0 site I can think of which is not here is LinkedIn, but they have “Powered by Sun” at the bottom…so that is definetly not Bill and the gang.

If you can think of any other sites…I’ll check them out and see if we can figure out what they are using.