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Seaplane project to start Oct 31

Will Seaplanes boost the tourism Industry in India? India is all set to start Seaplane based air transport starting Oct 31. Initially it will be between waterfronts in Gujarat and expanded further. The first seaplane will be operated by India’s SpiceJet airlines using a 19 seater accommodating 12-14 passengers. Its expected to give big boost […]

MNOs strike back – Can JOYN save them?

Telecom companies across the world are really in a double-bind. From Verizon to Telefonica to Airtel, are all feeling the heat from services like Facebook, Youtube, IMs etc. Commonly referred as Over-The-Top (OTT) providers, services like Instant Messaging, Video Streaming (Netfilix), VO-IP calls (Google Voice,Skype) have slowly started to eat both revenue and bandwidth from the […]

Why aren’t More Indians Using Twitter? – Pandodaily is wrong

I frequent the recently launched Pandodaily.com for its excellent coverage on Startups and Technology trends. Their recent coverage on Google’s Search-Your-world fiasco was splendid. Especially Sarah Lucy’s (former Techcrunch Blogger) articles are a treat to read. But her recent post on Indians’ twitter usage is factually wrong. You can read the orignal article by clicking here […]

Facebook Deals And Other Top Local Deals Sites

Who doesn’t want great deals? By launching its deals service, Facebook is new entrant in the fast growing Local Deals business. So what are the popular Social sites that you can use to get the best deal on the product or service you have been longing for? 1. Facebook Deals : Its the most straightforward […]

Can Yahoo! do it?

[dailymotion id=xg1avd] Yahoo is struggling to keep up with the current Web trend. Carol may sound more optimistic in the above video, but the latest news suggests that Yahoo is planning to cut 5% of workforce. Nevertheless, she does has a point about the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal. The ten year deal allows Bing to power […]

Oracle and Open Source

> Oracle’s War on Open Source Oracle has been in the news for the past few weeks not only because of its  stunning quarterly results but also its dealing with the opensource products it  bought along with Sun. Oracle claims it is world’s largest OpenSource Company and does offer numerous Opensource products. Though Redhat rebuts […]

Private Equity Firm bids for Novell

> Novell has announced that it is considering a bid by Private Equity Firm Elliot Associates to acquire it. At a price of $5.75 /share it will be an acquisition worth $1.8 billion. The price is almost 21.1% premium of what Novell’s share was selling earlier. The news has sent Novell’s share sky high in latest […]

Open Source Business Model – Part I

>Open Source Software is the most disruptive business model in tech industry in the last decade. Still there are lot of myths, confusion, skepticism around it among developers,enterprises, software companies, channel partners etc. That includes me too. This is true especially when we see an Open source company clocking double digit growth in recession (Redhat) […]

My Write-Up published in Rediff.com

>Rediff.com recently published my write-up about iPad. It is available here. I am also pasting it below… ________________________________________Apple’s other iProducts are usually an improvement over existing products in that category and usually revolutionises the way people use them. A good example is the iPod which was not a brand new product in that category but […]

bJargons – I Marginal Revenue

>It is the revenue per additional unit of an item sold. For eg lets say the price of an item A is 10$. And a company C sells 100 units on an average. So the revenue is 1000$. To sell an additional unit the company might have to reduce the price of the item. Why..? […]

Oracle hints on Sun SParc Assets Part II

> With US DoJ approving Oracle-Sun deal, Oracle is slowly revealing its plans for Sun H/W assets. Here is another teaser/advt that Oracle runs about Suns hardware assets. I have seen this on most prominent web sites. It looks Oracle is willing to keep the Sun’s Hardware business with itself and is ready to invest […]

VMWare acquires SpringSource

>VMWare is acquiring SpringSource for around half a billion dollars.For the people who wonder what is a Virtualization/Datacenter has to do with a Java Enterprise application software company, you are not alone. I was too puzzled when I heard the news. Whatever the explanation CEO of VMWare gives or SpringSource’s CEO gives it doesnt somehow […]

Back again

>After a very long time I am back to business facts blogging. I willtry to be regular in writing new interesting business posts. Keepwatching this area. — Cheers,Balaje Sankarhttp://balajesankar.wordpress.com

Deals2buy stats

>Deals2buy.com which I (most indians) visit to see latest deals has been following cheap tactics of claiming to give away free laptops if you subscribe to their alert emails. I was wondering why they suddenly started decieving people of giving away stuff for free. Going thru the traffic details of this site gave me the […]

Its time to quit

> This business blog speaks more about Sun than any other company though thats not its intention. Lets put aside the reasons behind that. Sun has posted record loss this quarter. Nobody has any clue that how is Sun going to make any money in the already troubled market. Jonathan with all his love for […]

Markets Collapse

>Finally its here. Though I am writing the blog after a gap of around 7 months nothing has changed but it has gone from bad to worse. The markets all over the world has collapsed and they have done so repeatedly for the past few months. The FED and Central banks all over the world […]

Sun says its my SQL

>Suns acquisition of mysql didnt surprise me at all. Given Sun’s recent flirting with Open Source movement this is a logical outcome. But what surprised me is the cost of this acquisition. A staggering 1 billion dollars. Now how could Sun gets the maximum returns out of it..? Sun might want to convert the popular […]

Recession Looms…?

> Is US economy on the verge of plunging into recession…? Now many say this question is insignificant as they feel its already inside one. Now even if its not in middle of one its not so far away. The next quarter will see the industrial output and employment rate getting plunged. Already US economy […]

Crab Fishing in Alaska

> Coming back to bfacts after a wide gap. You know why..?Went in hunt for Ethanol industry data hunt. Now I know you wont believe that. But I dont have any other excuse. Jokes aside. This post is about some interesting stuff you wont believe either. You know which is the highest paid job in […]

Ethanol

>The idea of using ethanol as alternate fuel has gained more momentum in this decade. The ethanol industry has grown leaps and bounds in these years. Knowing about it is a curious thing for all. I am preparing for a write up on this in the coming weeks. Soon you can see a detailed blog […]

Uncertainty Continues

>Not sure whether it is coincidence or not, after I have started bfacts I only get to see adverse situations in global markets. The uncertainity prevails across global markets as a continuation of the US prime mortgage meltdown. CountryWide is struggling to assure its customers over their deposits as they have started knocking its branches […]

Sun spreads its Rays

> Its always interesting to watch the growth and strategies of Sun Microsystems. One of the biggest successes of Silicon Valley enterpreneurship, Sun has always fascinated me. But the past few years has been miserable for Sun. Its topline fall and the reason….? Low cost intel machines running Linux. The much hyped win of Linux […]

SubPrime Meltdown

> Financial markets across the world are experiencing jitters. India is also not insulated. Sensex plunged to 14,xxx shattering the dreams of touching 16000. Reason..? Subprime Mortgage meltdown. (Subprime Mortgage : Loans given to consumers who have poor credit history. The loans have high interest rate and lot of strings attached to it). Subprime defaulting […]

Appreciating Rupee

> Leave all the hifi statistics and business jargons the Rupee is Appreciating and that is the fact. Now the real quesiton is it really because of India’ strong economic growth or just the dollar is week. There are variety of reasons and facts that support both theory. If the rupee is reallly rising why […]