Thursday, August 18, 2005

IP Is Flying High - From Vanity Fair to Jeopardy

When we talk about ubiquitous IP, it's usually in the context of carrier networks and desktop applications. Two recent media citings about Skype and Jeopardy are good examples of how ubiquitous IP is becoming in popular culture, at least here in North America.

The Jeopardy citing was sparked by Jeff Pulver's posting the other day about seeing VoIP used as a question on an episode that ran last November. More recently, today's Financial Post ran a nice article discussing VoIP being used on Jeopardy as a sign of the times. Unfortunately, I'm not a subscriber, and don't have a link to pass on.

More interesting to me is the current issue of Vanity Fair, which has a nice piece on Skype. No link to the article here - you'll have to go out and buy it, and if you're a Skype fan you probably should. The article is based on the writer spending time with Niklas and Janus at 3GSM, and then over in Tallin with them and their developers. Nothing really new in the article for Skype followers, but it paints a good picture of how disruptive Skype is becoming and why the Yahoos and AOLs of the world have a rising urgency to court them.

Best part comes at the end, where Niklas talks about The Godfather being "the best management movie ever". He goes on about the scene where Sonny proclaims he's going to take out a cop for revenge. His ailing father points out "it's not personal - it's strictly business". Even though Skype has little business to speak of, at least in revenues, the article concludes that Skype has nothing personal against the RBOCs - they just want to redefine the business.

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