Friday, July 23, 2004

Courtney Pulitzer's Cyber Scene ~ 7/23/04

* Reunion Year Kicking Off
As mentioned in last week’s edition, activity is brewing around a Silicon Alley reunion. I wanted to let you know that in the coming weeks, I’ll be spear-heading some efforts related to this. If you are interested in being a part of this effort, please let me know. Some events we’ve (that’s me and my trusted friends) been thinking of are anniversaries commemorating the first meeting for WWWAC, Webgrrls, NYNMA and MOUSE.

What other major Silicon Alley events can you name?

What was the seminal event that really marked a beginning of “Silicon Alley” and the web-internet-technology-new media industry here in New York?

Let me know!

* In the past few days the news centered around the 9/11 attacks has been increasing. Recently I read another alarming account, which was on Tucker Goodrich is usually my supplier of really good jokes, however, last week he sent me this link:
leid=711. It is about terrorists making a bomb on an airplane from innocuous parts that can get through security individually. Bomb parts were brought into the airplane in a McDonald’s bag and instrument cases. Her last sentence says it all: “…if 19 terrorists can learn to fly airplanes into buildings, couldn't 14 terrorists learn to play instruments?”

Mark Hurst has a solution to "information fatigue.” He states “are people still talking about that? The cure has been known for years: Bit Literacy.” Bit Literacy ( is about limiting the bits of information that invade our lives. Managing Email ( is a how-to about limiting and controlling the influx of emails. Check it out!

* Ezic, Inc., a high performance digital payment processing company, announced that the newest version of its Digital Payment Platform includes expanded IP Swipe (Swipe-over-IP) functionality capabilities. This new expanded capability eliminates the need for separate POS terminals or separate phone lines for data exchange to occur. Data from a standard card reader is automatically entered into the correct fields in the Ezic system for easy processing. The merchant achieves the full benefit of high-speed Internet based transaction processing at card-present interchange rates. (

* How many pairs of eyeglasses do you have lying around in your dresser drawers? 2.5 billion people around the world who need glasses can't afford them. Your old glasses can help them see, read, work. Glasses For Humanity can get your glasses to those who need them. Please go to:

* I always thought of David Friedensohn as a big star, and he's shining again as the newly appointed CEO at UPOC Networks, which does mobile messaging applications. Previously David was an executive at Prodigy and chairman and CEO of SonicNet, Advaya and BigStar Entertainment.