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Link Phanfare Reaches Profitability

To our customers, I am delighted to announce that Phanfare has reached profitability. We had our first profitable month ever in June 2010 and will continue to be profitable going forward on both a cash and accrual basis. This is a significant accomplishment for the company and I am incredibly proud of our team for [...]

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Link The End of Unlimited Data at ATT is Mostly a Good Thing

ATT today announced the end of unlimited data plans for wireless customers. Why did they do it? It was not about revenue. They sat around the table at ATT and asked: What’s the number one issue with customer satisfaction today? And the universal answer is network performance. How do they fix it? Well, they could [...]

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Link HD Video for All

We are pleased to announce that we have changed our pricing plans to now offer HD video to all customers, a feature previously offered only to Phanfare Pro customers. Here is a full summary of the additional features now being offered to our Phanfare Premium customers: HD Video. Display your videos on the web in [...]

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Link Phanfare Price Increases

We raised our subscription prices today for new customers and renewals. The new prices reflect the value we deliver to customers and will increase our margins to the point where we can continue to invest in the business. Phanfare stores all customer photos and videos at Amazon S3 and we encourage customers to store all [...]

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Link Phanfare Subsites Explained

This Thursday we plan to remove the Phanfare Social Network, the ability to add friends, family and create groups within Phanfare (read just the bold parts of this post for the Executive Summary). We are doing this because the social network never really caught on, is a bit confusing, and requires viewers to maintain registration [...]

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Link The Panasonic GF-1 heralds the second rise of the point and shoot

Photography enthusiasts of a certain age remember that it was not long ago that the SLR camera was declared all but dead, a niche product for die hard tinkerers. The date was 1995. Film was the name of the game. Point and shoot cameras (P&S) were getting better and better. Enthusiasts were buying Yashica T4 [...]

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Link Danger data loss give hosted services a bad name

Last week we learned that Danger, a subsidiary of Microsoft, has lost huge amounts of customer data. Danger makes the sidekick smartphone, and they offer a service to synchronize the phone (contacts, photos, etc) to hosted servers, aka, the Cloud. The critics wanted to know “why was there no backup?” And of course then there [...]

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Link Freemium did not work for Phanfare

Fred Wilson of Union Square Venture is a big proponent of the freemium business model on the internet. He recently reiterated that when it comes to delivering media on the net, freemium is a great way to go. Fred originally endorsed Freemium back in March of 2006. I have a tremendous amount of respect for [...]

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Link Underdogs drive innovation

The innovator’s dilemma is that when you are an established player, listening to your best customers results in dismissing the disruptive technology that will eventually lead to your undoing. When I worked at SGI, our best customers were not asking for low-end cheap PC card graphics. But every year those Nvidia and ATI cards got [...]

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Link Major new release of Phanfare Photon for the iPhone

A new Phanfare Photon update just hit the app store that adds some great features that we are really proud of: Musical slideshows Image editing including Sepia, Black and White and Auto Levels, and the ability to revert to the original image Much improved import from the local rolls on the phone. You can select [...]

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