4 Yahoo Acquisitions Destined For Utter Failure

Yahoo Acquisitions

Yahoo has a history of buying spectacularly priced companies, then running them into the ground. Unfortunately, this is not good news for recent acquisitions of Yahoo. Though it’s possible that these companies may survive, the past failures say a lot. Over the last few months, Yahoo has purchased a huge number of companies, and it’s going to be interesting to see what happens to them.

Wilkin July 2013, Yahoo purchased Wiki. If you haven’t heard of the company, it’s not surprising. The Wiki app is onions, and it is said that it will stay there. With this app, users are able to make movies with their videos and pictures on their cameras. Said to be purchased by Yahoo for $50 million, Wiki is already having problems. Even before the acquisition, the company was being sued by Chaotic Moon, the company who developed the app. They claim that Wiki never paid them. This doesn’t bode well for the company. Pair this with the well-known fact that Vine is widely popular and Integra just-released video capabilities with their popular filters, and Kiki might quickly disappear.

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Image via Flicker by Joe Ross May 2013 brought the news that Yahoo had purchased the blogging platform Tumbler for $1.1 billion. Unfortunately, this brought with it bad news for the company, as many Tumbler users fled from the platform to other options. Why has the exodus? Remember Geocities, back in the 90’s? If you’re younger than mid-20’s, you probably don’t. People are concerned that Yahoo is going to run Tumbler into the ground, just like it did after the Geocities acquisition. Yahoo is stating that Tumor is going to stay an independent company and retain its own CEO, David Karp. Users, however, are not so confident. Tumbler recently made some big changes to the site that have caused quite a stir among its more committed users. With so many changes and uncertainty, we could see the beginning of the end of this once promising platform.

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Whether you use Hughes net satellite Internet or any other provider for your web browsing, it’s likely you check your email on a regular basis. Yahoo purchased Robin for $40 million, and it’s assumed that this is because the company is known as a great email app. Unfortunately, Robin started out with some major problems, including being accused of spreading malware. When you combine these original accusations with the hacking issues that Yahoo has had with their email client, it doesn’t look good for Robin. Two problematic email clients together make major issues; it doesn’t inspire great confidence in consumers. Users are also flocking to trusted email services like Gmail, as it meshes seamlessly throughout most platforms, like the phone and, of course, the market-leading the Android market. As more and more people adopt Gmail, the less opportunity there is for Yahoo to build up a large enough email bases to warrant such acquisitions.

Loki Studios While it’s a great thing to make sure a company has a focus, if you narrow that focus too much, you’re going to end up stifling creativity. That is some of the concern with the purchase of Loki Studios. While the gaming studio previously produced a variety of games, it is now said that they will only focus on mobile gaming. Mobile gaming is growing, so this is a positive for Loki Studios. However, there is also some concern that the studio will be disbanded, and that Yahoo simply wants the developers, not the games. Regardless, consumers are becoming more and more aware of what mobile games are worth playing and which ones exist only to drive in-app purchases.

This trend could be the nail in the coffin if Yahoo was looking to make a quick buck on the dying in-app purchase mobile gaming phase. There’s a growing demand for low-cost, high-quality games that don’t require any further payment beyond the initial investment to play. Yahoo should make a point to pay attention to these facts. Yahoo doesn’t have a great track record with the companies they purchase. Current CEO Marissa Mayer is on a mission to get the best of a variety of start-up companies. This is why she is on a purchasing rampage. What do you see happening with Yahoo’s most recent acquisitions?

5 Ways Web Hosting is Helping Entrepreneurs

Web Hosting

Back in the day, if a company wanted to have a decent business website, they needed an IT department, servers, software and equipment on site to do it themselves. This basically meant that the only successful online businesses were big corporations and small IT companies since they were the only ones with the resources or the talent to be successful. Luckily for today’s entrepreneurs, things are a lot easier now. Thanks to web hosting services, you can get a domain name from Name.com, get a web hosting service and let your business roll. Here are five ways that web hosting can help entrepreneurs:

Equipment Costs. If you’re the sort of person who can goes through a dumpster and finds exactly what you need to assemble a rack server with all the accompanying bells and whistles, equipment costs probably don’t bother you. If not, you would probably appreciate a web hosting business footing that bill for you.

Backing up data. As an Entrepreneur.com article correctly points out, you not only need backups for equipment failures, but also for human error. When the new guy accidently deletes everyone in your customer database whose name begins with a letter J, it’s handy to have your files stored on the remote server through a web hosting service.

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Servicing multiple sites. Often an entrepreneur will not keep all of his eggs in one basket, opting to run several different websites of varying size and complexity. For a do-it-yourselfer, that could mean multiple servers and extensive costs. For a web hosting service, it’s really pretty simple–they can usually set you up with a single virtual server that can handle the web hosting needs for all of your sites. A virtual server also lends itself to more easily doing renovations and upgrading security than a normal server as well.

Support. When you manage your own website, who do you call when the site goes down and you start losing money? Well, if you have a web hosting service, you can call that service for many technical problems, depending on the type of support package you choose. Sometimes just having a number to call can make the event less stressful.

Application installation. Also related to support is the issue of upgrading and adding new applications to a server. A web hosting service can take care of all that if you want them to, allowing you to basically tell them what you want and let them do it. Again, there is a cost associated with this, but for many entrepreneurs, the cost is well worth it.

There are many different ways to run a website these days, but for someone who doesn’t have the time or the IT background to run the physical portion of the website themselves, web hosting can be a real benefit. Between the equipment cost savings, the ability to back up data, the ability to run multiple sites and the luxury of having a support team to help with problems and the installation of new features and applications, web hosting can make a small company run like a big one.

4 Essential Tips For Designing Optical Fiber System

Optical Fiber System

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The design and planning of a facility-based optical fiber for Professional Audio & Video A / V transmission (Broadcast) should not be a problem for experienced system integrator or project engineer. But keep in mind that working with optical fiber is different from working with the distribution of copper wire. The optical fiber has unique and beneficial characteristics which can be exploited only if taken into account at the start during the planning stage. Here are 4 essential tips to consider when designing a fiber optic system for professional audio and video.1 – Start with a blank sheet of paper.

One of the most common mistakes when starting a new design using a fiber optic system or Audio and Video Transmission System (Broadcast) is to design the system with the traditional products of copper wire. Using design techniques and then substituting therein the optical fiber elements. Thus, restricting the use of fiber optic technology limits the copper cable. The fiber optic technology and products are susceptible to be implemented so that the copper wire can not be used as the bidirectional transmission of baseband signals, multiplexes several different signals with an optical fiber.2 – Thinking in Audio & Video and Data.

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In the design of optical fiber, we may have to work with the IT staff of the facility or its consultants. Remember one thing: when it comes to how to understand baseband audio and video signals and how they communicate and the implications of any fiber optic infrastructure, IT people think very differently.

Although modern signals baseband audio and video to be transmitted over optical fiber is transmitted as “ones” and “zeros” and no data are transmitted as IT people used in IP packets, using various schemes compression. The biggest difference is that the band Audio and Video, including SDI, are transmitted unidirectionally without error detection or correction protocols. This results in a need of bandwidth much higher and a lower rate of bit errors to end infrastructure.3 – Determine what kind of fiber optic needs.

There are two types of fiber optic cables: multimode (MM) and single mode (SM). And they are not compatible. If the optical fiber is installed and there is no other option, it is imperative to know whether it is SM or MM, and if MM, what type of MM as 62.5 or 50 pm. Knowing what type of fiber is being used will be necessary for the specification of optical converters for the types of signals that communicate and other auxiliary equipment in the system. It is also used in calculating losses and estimate the maximum cable lengths. Given a choice, we recommend using SM fiber for its lower cost and higher bandwidth and low loss.4 – Determining the lengths of the segments of optical fiber cable.

It is important to know the lengths of the individual segments of an optical fiber, especially if the MM fiber is being used in one of the segments. When video signals are transmitted uncompressed baseband, such as HD-SDI, the bandwidth required distance severely limit the use of optical fiber dispersion due to MM. As a practical matter, this is usually not a concern with single-mode fiber, only in exceptional cases, such as long-distance calls.

If you are forced to work with optical fiber segments of different types such as SM optical fiber between buildings and MM fiber inside the building, do not worry. There is active and passive equipment that can be deployed across different types of fibers successfully and some products on the market that work with both types of fibers eliminating this concern.