Blackberry is going black

RIM stock has plummet after the announcement of the latest quarter result. Unless they reinvent quickly, Blackberry is going quickly on the spiral death. An good coverage is also here.

Update: check the stock as well.

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Social Network 2 – sau cum viata bate filmul

Se pare ca exista ceva mai mult adevar in filmul The Social Network. Ba mai mult, pe margine sa incalzeste un nou proces (link aici). Pe langa celebrii frati Winklevoss (cu care tocmai s-a incheiat definitiv procesul) a mai aparut inca un pretended, reclamantul Paul Ceglia.

Este chestionabil reclamantul de ce a asteptat 7 ani pentru pornirea procesului cu sanse inca obscure de castig. Paul Ceglia detine o serie de emailuri care detaliaza debutul proiectului. Ceglia l-a contactat pe Mark pentru realizarea unui site (defunct intre timp) iar Mark i-a oferit 50% din The Facebook cu conditia ca Ceglia sa il finanteze. In emailuri Mark ii explica cum a aflat de alti tipi din Harvard (za fratii W) care vor sa faca un proiect similar dar le impiedica proiectul. Yay! Ba mai mult, ar exista un contract semnat intre Ceglia si Mark. Ceglia a fost acuzat intre timp de frauda in alta firma, etc, povestea e stufoasa si demna de o continuare la SN 1.

Intre timp se incalzeste pe margine seful din 2003 al lui Ceglia care spune ca orice proiect pe care Ceglia l-ar fi realizat trebuie sa fie si parte a lui fiindca Ceglia lucra pentru el la momentul respectiv. Saga va continua SN 3, 4….

Doua scurte concluzii: 1) nu poti sa faci 50 bulioane legal si 2) contractele sunt foarte importante in antrepenoriat.

Asa ca data viitoare, antreprenori IT sa va luati un domeniu si un avocat!

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Value thresholds or limits in public acquisitions Romania (SEAP)

As i receive questions regarding public acquisitions (via SEAP) in Romania, here are the limits:

The contracting authority shall have the right to directly purchase products, services or works to the extent that the purchase price is equal to or less than the equivalent in RON:
· €15,000 for each purchase of goods or services, (According to legislation, the old threshold was $10,000. For comparison, in Poland, that threshold is €14,000 and €15,000 in the Czech Republic)
· €15,000 for each purchase of works. (According to legislation, the old threshold was €10,000. For comparison, in other EU countries this threshold is between €10,000 – €20,000)

The contracting authority will be entitled to apply to the bidding procedure only if the estimated value without VAT of the public procurement contract is equal to or less than the equivalent in lei of the following thresholds:
· For supply contract – €100,000 (This threshold was €75,000 in Romania, in Poland is €80,000 and €100,000 in the Czech Republic)
· For services contract: €100,000 (This threshold was €75,000 in Romania, in Poland is €80,000 and €100,000 in the Czech Republic)
· For works contract: €750,000. (This threshold was € 500,000 in Romania, while in Poland and the Czech Republic this threshold is €750,000)

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Social Media Search Spam

As part of a request of a client to investigate the tools that will allow them to actively track & monitor social media, especially the social networks, i have tested this week several online tools available: UberVu (Romanian company), OneRiot, WhosTakin’, etc.

One common problem I found across all of them is the issue of spam. I have found several types of spam, eg. irrelevant content for the searched word(s) or junk content linked to the searched word(s). It made me feel like in the old days when Altavista and Yahoo would have produced the same type of results in their search engines before Google came with the rank-system.

For sure there will be a company that will address this in a very effective way if there is enough financial incentive. However, if in the case of general search engine the market base is huge, those interested in a social media search engine as they are implemented right now is restricted to those that want to track the value of their brand and the ratings of their products & services. Even if social media search will become relevant to a more broader audience, I still see it more fit in the context of a big search engine such as Google or Bing.

There is a Google Social Search but that feature is limited to your “social circle” (friends from Google Chat, Buzz)

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22% of time spent online on social media sites

Nielsen reports that the time spent by users on social media sites has reached 22% of all online time. More than 400 million active users spend a total of more than 16 billion minutes on social networking site Facebook per day, says Facebook VP of Technical Operations Jonathan Heiliger. YouTube has also announced that users upload 24 hours of video on every minute. The conclusion: where the users are for sure the marketeers will follow. It’s more and more important for companies to capitalize on this usage and markets.

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