May 2010

Youtube figures

  • May 2010 – 2 billion billion views per day
  • March 2010 – 24 hours of video uploaded every minute
  • October 2009 – 1 billion views per day
  • January 2008 – 10 hours of video uploaded every minute
  • December 2005 – 8 million views per day

“Two billion video streams is a large number but on average people are only spending 15 minutes a day on the site compared to five hours a day watching TV.”

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Back in Saudi

Back in Saudi Arabia. I think it’s more than two years ago since my last visit. It’s always  a very special experience traveling to Saudi. This is not the typical travel destination, besides for making the pilgrimage to mecca. Getting a visa is quite difficult. You need a offical invitation from a local sponsor, some kind of official letter from the German trade chamber (if i’m correct) and only then you can apply for a business visa.

On the way from the airport to the hotel i discovered some new construction sites. One main project currently under construction is the King Abdullah Financial district. The other huge project is the new University Princess Noura bint AbdulRahman University for Women. Both are $ USD billion projects.

Below a photo from the view of the Kingdom Tower. You can see down town Riyadh an the Al Faisaliah Tower in the background. Blue sky, a few clouds and a clear view. Sorry for the low quality shot, but my business cellphone lacks a decent camera.

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Facebook’s success, as well as the rise …

Facebook’s success, as well as the rise of other new technologies like YouTube, devices like the iPhone and the iPad and models like Cloud Computing are evidence of a huge shift happening in computing — and it’s bigger than anything we have seen before. And although Microsoft is a casualty, it certainly is not the cause. This is the fundamental nature of our industry in which every 10 years or so a radical new paradigm of computing emerges. From mainframes (70s) to minicomputers (80s) to PCs and LANs (90s) to Cloud 1-the desktop Internet (2000s) to Cloud 2-the mobile Internet (2010+), we can safely say that the only constant in the last 50 years of computing is change. And no company or individual can escape the velocity of change of our industry.

Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO

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