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The Solution to WordPress 3.5 Add Media Button not Working

Like others, I too upgraded my WordPress Installations to 3.5 with a hope to get a new experience of Media Uploads. On some of the installtions it worked fine, but on Biharprabha News,  it started causing issues.

The Add Media button on the Top of Text Editor didnot render the popup when it was clicked. The same was case with Set Featured Image, which too rendered a popup earlier. If you too face the same problem, here is a quick solution to this.

Add following lines to wp-config.php file.

define(‘CONCATENATE_SCRIPTS’, false );

Make sure you add this just before these lines

require_once(ABSPATH.’wp-settings.php’);

In my case the issue was resolved after adding this. If you face the problem even after trying this, do let me know by commenting below.

For setting Featured Image, it is possible to Open the Link in a New Tab and set the Featured Image, but for adding any image to the content there is no workaround

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Five Rare tricks to win the Search Engine Optimization Race

I was busy past  few days  in boosting the traffic of my website news.biharprabha.com. Thanks to SEO, the number of visitors per day  increased by 500 %  in past 30 days.  Search Engine Optimization has become a very broad term now. Unlike past , where it was limited to the  on-page optimization  and off-page optimization, it has accumulated the feathers of Social Media.

I am sharing few of the strategies  that I used to achieve this feat. This is applicable to any content centered websites like  news, blogs or forums.

1.  Meta Keywords: Just Google for Search Engine Optimization and you  will get lots of results. Remember, the best firm will definitely appear on the top of Search Results for this query. Take the top 5 websites (other than Google) appearing in the search Results and analyse their code. You will find extra Meta Entries for most of them. Include them in all of your pages.

2.  Keyword   Make sure the keyword you are targeting appears in the <TITLE> of your page and inside <Hn> tags   inside the  <BODY>  of the page. Lower the value of <H> you provide, higher weight would the keyword gains w. r. t. that page. So ensure that the target keywords appears inside <H1> or <H2> tags.

Use the formula below for <H> density

Maximum  number of <Hn>= 2^(n-1)  where n=1,2,3,4,5,6

It means  never keep more than 1 <h1> tags or more than 2 <h2> tags. Doing so may invite suspicion on part of Search Engines and impact your reputation.

3: Frequency: The Crawl rate of Search Engines is directly proportional to the frequency at which new content is being added to your website. So instead of adding 5 pages/day  at a time  it is better  to add one page at the interval of every four hours.

4. Duplicate Content: This is the  most controversial  topic in the SEO domain. The impact of keeping Duplicate content varies from  site to site. If the same content appears on Times of India and on Hindustan Times website, both will appear in the search results without any harm done to any of them. But, if a small website copies the content from Times of India,, it will not get any benefit for sure. Google or any search Engine can easily identify  and devoid it of any benefit in the search Results. For  start-up websites or blogs, keep a balance between Duplicate and Original Content. If you are posting duplicate content, make sure that it is beneficial to the readers and proper credits have been given to the owner of the content.

As a thumb rule:

1. Copy in parts  and not in whole.
2. Copy but not cheat.

5. Social Media: Though  officially not stated by Google , but  it has been observed that any page  shared  multiple times  on Facebook and Twitter gains some advantage in terms of SEO. Make sure that all your contents are promoted to Twitter and Facebook whenever they are published.  Use RSS Graphiti app for automatically sharing your posts to Facebook. For Twitter, use Wp-to-Twitter plugin for immediate tweeting upon publication of new posts.

 

These tricks are based on my own experience of Search Engine Optimization. Always remember that

SEO doesnot mean fooling the Search Spiders.
It is like putting your best foot forward.
Never try to cheat the  Search Spiders.
Never Over-Optimize your page
Stay Alert; what works today may not work tomorrow

Thanks for reading. Will keep  posted about new developments in SEO Industry

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Succeed with an Internet Business in Seven Steps

With the Real estate rates rocketing and inflation pouring in, who would think of setting up an online business from scratch? Yet, many people are going online and the internet business sector is booming. So what do you need to be really successful in raising one? We sum it up for you!

Have A vision: You must have a vision to succeed. A vision so strong and positive that it becomes a mantra for your employees. As a leader, your vision should realize, further, the visions of those following you; be it any of your customers or employees or other clients. So have a strong vision, protect it, nurture it and realize it.

Make a business plan: Nest, You really need to have a business model that you can follow. A strong business plan cannot only find you some really big investments, but also make sure (if, of ‘course you stick to your plans) that you cover your short term goals and gradually realize your vision to be really successful. So make a thorough business plan with your sales projection, marketing plan and other important plans before you start executing them without if’s and buts’.

Find investments: This is the step where almost 70 percent of the people would give up. But if you know that finding investments is a process and giving up is a big mistake, you will succeed in finding your capital. Put up all your savings; make a great sales pitch and bundle up your business plan. In the initial phase, you should ask your family and friends for investments by actually selling yourself and your idea to convince them that they can indeed get healthy returns if they do invest. You can even look for angel investors. And given the quality of your plan and your sales pitch, you will sure find one after knocking up many doors. When you see yourself getting recognized and making marginal profits, it’s time for moving to a Venture Capitalist for funding!

Set up the interface: Now that you have gathered up funds, set up your website. Position yourself in your customer’s shoes and see what kind of an interface can actually enhance your experience, since it’s an online business. Look how your competitions have set up. Try to beat them!

Manage sales and marketing: Now you definitely want your business to go viral. So execute your marketing plan. Social marketing can totally do the job. Send newsletters (email marketing) but do not spam. Hold out sweepstakes and other ways to attract potential customers. A healthy marketing can boost your sales like a miracle.

Master your services: On time delivery, great inventory management and attractive refund policies can do the charm! Trust your customers to gain their trust. Fostering a great customer service team can be a great investment of your time, money and energy.

Bootstrap and grow: Finally, your projections are being met and your turnover is growing. Yet, it’s not the time for cheese and pancakes! Hire quality people and invest in better suppliers to get better returns from your business. Bootstrapping can make your business stable and debt free; the key to growth and success!

 

About the author: Rebecca is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and luxury. Beside this she is fond of gadgets. Recently an article on latest car stereos attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on Portable microwave.

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Thinkvidya going the LinkedIn Way

It has been 6 months since I first wrote about Thinkvidya  and honestly I could not get time (I am lazy :-) ) to visit that site in the meantime. When I visited Thinkvidya  again today,  I was impressed by many statistics presented and the milestones they have accomplished  in such a short term.

About ThinkVidya

It is an online network of Parents, Teachers and Students.  Truthfully, it is a network for 20000 learning providers with over 8000 regular teachers and trainers. No doubt, it is India’s largest Educational Network.

Why Should I Join it?

For those who fail to be impressed by the statistics; Thinkvidya acts as the missing link between Quality Tutors and the students. If you need a top-level Physics  tutor  in Bangalore,  jump to Thinkvidya, make a simple search and you are done. On opposite, if you are in search of students for your tution class or in free time, there is no better alternative than Thinkvidya.Other educational Institutes can easily find bulk number of students easily. So, if you are planning to start you Teaching business, Thinkvidya has lot to offer.   Presently it has a network  in most of the Tier-I and Tier- II cities of India including  Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad,  Pune , Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Coimbatore,Goa, Indore, Jaipur, Lucknow,Nagpur and Vadodara.

Who Should Join?

Honestly, it is not merely regular, curricular teaching  that Thinkvidya has to boast about. A majority of tutors come from co-curricular and extra-curricular domains like, Dancing, Singing, Musical Instruments, Cooking, Martial Arts, Drawing, Swimming  and Yoga. You can view the full list here.   It is very difficult to find such tutors in Indian cities, unless you are willing to pay a lofty sum to brokers.

Business Model

The Business model is simple. It is FREE for all, whether it is a student, a tutor or an institute. They can browse profiles of each other, post  Requirements or contact directly. You can contact 3 students each month for FREE, which is sufficient for a starter.

Teachers or Trainers can optionally subscribe to a paid Alert System,which provides them a regular  and targeted list of students every month. The Paid Members are also featured on the portal giving them a high visibility.

Areas of Improvement

No matter how much we achieve, there is always a better milestone. Thinkvidya also needs to innovate its user experience regularly.  The Individual user profile  design looks obsolete , something like dating  10 years back. It lacks the usual feel of Web 2.0 Design  and must be updated at earliest.

 

Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Well, it is not always that only  Software  Development for Clients pays off. Businesses must look for catering  the existing problems with technical solutions.  This is what Linkedin did, the same was done by SlideShare and of course Thinkvidya is doing the same. In fact I have no hesitation to say, Thinkvidya is India’s answer to LinkedIn. Though  these two cater different segments of people, there are several similarities among them.

 

 

 

 

SPAM in India

How beautifully they SPAM in India ?

Every morning I get an unsolicited email from www.mydala.com offering me a Samsung Galaxy for Rs 99 and as usual  I have to trash it out.

At the footer, there exists an interesting legal disclaimer

Disclaimer: Since India has no anti-spamming law, we follow the US directive passed in Bill 1618 Title III by the 105th US Congress, which states that mail cannot be considered spam if it contains contact information, which this mail does.

FYI  never signed up on Mydala.com or subscribed to their mailers. Infact the first time I paid a visit to this site was today and  that too for unsubscribing from its mailer.

 

Now several questions cascade in my mind

1.  Does this law give someone  the right to pick my email address at random and bombard me with worthless marketing promotions? In US this law came to effect in 2003 See Here, but was never enforced. This law is also known as ‘You-can-SPAM ‘ act providing a legal umbrella to the spammers.

2. How does a law in United States give the legality to SPAMMING in India? Put in other terms, someone can  organize Live Pornography in India, just because it is legal in some countries.

3. The law says that it requires a Physical Address, Email Address and Phone Number for transmission on unsolicited commercial material. Since this email had no physical address, so it fails to abide by even the US which it claims so far.

4. It contained a phone number +91-11-43444444 as contact option. How can I remain assured that the sender is the legitimate holder of this phone number (just to ensure that it fully abides by so called US Anti-Spam Laws)?  Of Course, I am not going to call this number  and waste my money

This way, can I legalize any SPAM email by putting any fake contact options in it.

 

4. What if I pick up the emails of every Who’s Who of Mydala.com  and send this email with the same disclaimer?

 

While I refer here to Mydala.com, I have been constantly victimized by many other similar mailers in the category of Retail, Deals, and Jobs. Even well known portals like BharatMatrimony.com continue to SPAM even after multiple un-subscription request.

Thanks to Gmail’s Anti SPAM technology which prevents 90% of SPAM from featuring in my inbox. And I follow a strict practice of reporting such mailers as SPAM to the Gmail Team.

 

The question is do we need a Anti-SPAM Law like in US. If such a law comes, can it be enforced properly. Would it be effective enough as envisaged?

Or, do we require a regulation like Do- Not- Disturb Service as in  SMS Marketing?

NOTE: This item was previously  post on TheRODINHOODS  with some minor changes

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The viral growth of Shraddha Sharma

Meet a girl named Shraddha Sharma  from Dehradun. She is the latest Internet Sensation in India after Govind Tiwari from Allahabad. Her  Facebook Page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shraddha-Sharma/156074794471305?sk=wall

It was created on August 17th this year and within 4 days she has managed to get over 3000 fans(3100 as of now) on Facebook and it is growing. The girl has a melodious voice  and is definitely good looking. She merely recited some(5-6) of her favorite songs in front of web cam :-) and uploaded it to Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/user/shraddharockin

 

While videos were uploaded sometimes back, the Facebook page was created just few days ago and it was done. She started getting thousands of followers.Just notice the pace at which her fan base is growing which I am sure is bound of cross 5000 by EOD today.

 

A Quick Update- Her total  fan-count on Facebook  

40,219 as on September 12, 2011

 74,813 as on October 3, 2011

125,792 on November 29,2011

Just came across her Twitter Page https://twitter.com/shraddhasharma6

Lessons from it


1.If you have  something genuine  to offer, customers will flock around you

The large portion of her visitors come from people who watch her videos  shared on Youtube.Just see the dedication in her when she sings!!

2.She did not spend money on Facebook Ads

These days companies spend millions of bucks on ads, but still cannot achieve this mountain target of 1000 fans/day. What it requires is the inner passion in spreading word  about your product. As some people say word of mouth is the best strategy for brand development.Ask any of the marketing guys and they will name you hundreds of sinks, where to spend money for advertising viz. Facebook Ads, Adwords etc.


3. Had a boy done so, would he have been equally successful?

My answer is NO. The G-Factor is prevalent in almost all spheres of industry. If a girl does something she is bound to get more social appreciations vis-a-vis boys. So, hire a girl PR for your organization.

4. It looks like organic campaigns have started  to give more success than paid ones.A time to change our rudders. Remember Govind Tiwari from Allahabad :-) How many of you will actually do this?

 

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Amazon Vitual Private Cloud comes out of beta

Amazon Web Services has just rolled  the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) out of  its beta . It is now available globally on Pay-as you- go  model.It is equipped with new enterprise capabilities for dedicated networking and identity management. These new capabilities are designed to support the security, network management, dedicated connectivity and access control requirements of enterprises when deploying mission critical applications in the cloud.

In an email Amazon says

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud is now out of beta and is generally available in multiple Availability Zones in all AWS Regions (US East, US West, EU, Singapore, and Tokyo.) Using Amazon VPC, you can provision a private section of the AWS cloud where you can a create virtual network that you control, including selection of IP address range, creation of subnets, and configuration or route tables and network gateways. You can connect your Amazon VPC directly to the Internet while also extending your corporate data center to the cloud using encrypted VPN connections.

With today’s global rollout of Amazon VPC, you can:

 

  • Provision multiple VPCs to support different use cases, for example, a production network, a staging network, and a development and test network.
  • Launch Amazon EC2 instances into subnets in different Availability Zones to protect applications from failure of a single location
  • Connect branch office locations to each other and to your Amazon VPC via encrypted VPN tunnels.

 

In addition, this rollout also includes support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and for Windows SQL Server Reserved Instances in Amazon VPC. To get started using Amazon VPC, visithttp://aws.amazon.com/vpc.

Amazon Direct Connect, also announced today, is a new service that enables you to bypass the Internet and deliver data to and from AWS via a private network connection. With a private connection, you can reduce networking latency and costs, and provide a more consistent network experience when moving data between AWS and your datacenters. With pay-as-you-go pricing and no minimum commitment, you pay only for the network ports used and the data transferred out from AWS over the private connection.

AWS Direct Connect works with all AWS services and is available today for the US-East (Virginia) Region. Additional locations are planned for San Francisco Bay Area (San Jose), Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Singapore in the next several months. To get started using AWS Direct Connect, visit http://aws.amazon.com/directconnect.

AWS has also added new functionality for AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) that enables “identity federation,” or the ability for you to use your existing corporate identities to grant secure and direct access to AWS resources without creating a new AWS identity for those users. This capability enables you to programmatically request security credentials, with configurable expiration and permissions, that grant your corporate identities access to AWS resources controlled by your business. To get started using AWS IAM, visithttp://aws.amazon.com/iam.

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Google Plus updates faster than Google itself

Google Plus, with numerous flaws  and comparative lack of  better user interface, still manages to be a preferred choice when sharing of news is concerned. Recently, in the case of Norway bombings, the updates were available on Google Plus, much before , they were available on Google.

Below is the original story from Mashable, which reports it.

When a massive vehicle bomb went off Friday in Oslo, Norway, it was easier at first to find news about it on Google+ than Google itself. The search giant may have lost the relationship with Twitter that enabled its realtime search, but it has created a tool that can potentially compete with Twitter’s instant information fire hose.

Like Twitter, one advantage that Google+ has in breaking news situations is the ability to easily create a feed around any topic. On Twitter, this feed is called a list. On Google+, circles can be used the same way. Google+ user Siegfried Hirsch, for instance, has already suggested a list of Google+ users for following the Oslo bombing that includes reporters and residents of Oslo.

The latter group used Google+ to react to the bombing and post updates, similar to how many have used Twitter or Facebook in the past.

Google+ as a breaking news tool is far from perfect. Ironically, its biggest problem is search. Profiles include a “people search” but no topic search. The platform does have a content recommendation and discovery platform, Sparks, but its results for “Oslo bomb” look sparse compared to the results that a query for “Oslo site:plus.google.com” turns up on Google’s general search engine.

There’s also no way to easily pass on circles to other people. So while assembling a dedicated newsfeed is easy, sharing it requires that someone else visit each profile on the list and add it manually.

Despite its flaws, Google+ seems to be holding its own as a tool for breaking news, especially for a platform that is still invite only. We don’t know what tweaks to the platform are in the pipeline, but if they’re the right ones, there’s a chance that Google won’t miss its Twitter-enabled real-time search as much as we thought.

 

Source : Mashable.com

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How to increase website traffic using Link Buliding

For  content based websites like blogs, news, travel and free classifieds portal, Search Engine is the major source of traffic. Traditionally, the owners of such websites depend on Search Engine Optimization(SEO) to engineer the  porcess of getting maximum Search Visibility. SEO is definitely one of the prime requirement of a good website, however Google’s PageRank  algorithm also takes into account the in-bound(someone linking to you) and out-bound( you linking someone) links  on your site.

To gain better Search Visibility  you must make a rational use of these links.While a link-back from a superior site(in terms of Pagerank) can drastically improve  your Search Visibility, a link to any  inferior website(usually spam or pirate website)  can have negative impact on it.

Here we shall mainly docus upon the first aspect, i.e. getting link back from some  quality websites. You can try the following

1. Link  Exchange Program- Always put a section on your website   for information about the Link Exchange..i.e. Whom to Contact and How?.

You can get a list of websites interested in Link Exchange at various link directories. Few of them are http://www.link-exchange.ws/link-exchange/ and http://www.linkalizer.com/

First get listed on these websites and then try contacting the  relevant website owners  for link exchange partnership. Make Sure to verify the website which you are linking back   for the quality of its content and genuineity.

One Simple trick is  to ask yourself, whether the proposed link will be of any use to your visitors. If NO, then desist from such links.

2. Directory Listings: Web contains many user created directory of websites, most of them have high Page Ranks. Getting a link-back from such sites will definitely boost  your traffic.  It is generally  free to add your websites.Try adding your websites here

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Google  Directory

Make sure that you provide correct and impressive content about your websites otherwise it may not get included.

The above tips are industry-best practices  and have been tested and verified with time. Do let me know if you have any questions

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Apple goes into Cloud introduces ICloud

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs, by introducing a service that shares files across different Internet-linked devices, takes another step toward sidelining the personal-computer industry he pioneered.

Jobs, who helped popularize home computers with the Apple II and the Mac in the 1970s and ‘80s, is counting on the new iCloud product to let users synchronize and access data on Apple devices and Windows PCs running iTunes.

Jobs aims to make Apple the center of consumers’ digital lives, further decreasing dependence on Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s once- dominant Windows software and Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ)’s market- leading PCs. With iCloud, files will be stored by Apple in remote data centers — known as the “cloud” in technology parlance — and automatically synchronize. That means the same content is available from any Apple gadget, without it cluttering up users’ hard drives.

“The PC will be the most visible casualty of the cloud revolution,” said Steve Perlman, a former Apple engineer and the CEO of online game company OnLive Inc. “Apple knows it.”

Apple is trying to parlay the success of the iPhone and iPad into the leading role in the “post-PC” era. Already, customers have bought 25 million iPad tablets, eating into PC sales. Both Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard disappointed investors with their earnings last quarter, hurt in part by tablets weighing on the industry.

‘Demote the PC’

In all, Apple has sold more than 200 million iOS devices, a category that includes the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, the Cupertino, California-based company said yesterday when it unveiled iCloud. Apple’s App Store now has more than 425,000 applications that work with iOS.

“We’re going to demote the PC and the Mac to just be a device — just like an iPad, an iPhone or an iPod Touch,” Jobs, dressed in a black sweater and jeans, said yesterday. “We’re going to move the hub of your digital life to the cloud.”

Apple recently completed a $1 billion data center in North Carolina that will serve as the backbone of the iCloud service. It will help devices synchronize calendar items, contacts, mail, iTunes songs, photos, apps and other files.

“If you don’t think we’re serious about this, you’re wrong,” Jobs said while showing pictures of the data center. Yesterday’s event marked Jobs’s second public appearance of 2011. Though he has been on medical leave since Jan. 17, Jobs remains involved in Apple’s decision making. His absence is the third since 2004 as he copes with a rare form of cancer.

Amazon, Google

In racing to the cloud, Apple is competing with Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), the biggest online retailer, and Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android software, which runs rival smartphones and tablet computers.

Amazon is the top seller of e-books, and offers its own cloud service. Google’s Android, meanwhile, runs smartphones from Samsung Electronics Co., HTC Corp. and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. Android accounted for 36 percent of smartphone sales in the first quarter of 2011, compared with 17 percent for iPhone, according to Gartner Inc.

A major piece of Apple’s effort to dislodge the PC is eliminating the need for customers to plug their devices into a computer for updates. With the software upgrades announced by Apple yesterday, devices will synchronize wirelessly. For example, a picture that’s taken with an iPhone will become immediately available to view on an iPad or Mac.

“Keeping these devices in sync is driving us crazy,” Jobs said yesterday.

Closed Ecosystem

The various Internet services Jobs introduced will only work with Apple’s mobile devices. That improves the chance customers will stay within its ecosystem of gadgets and services, saidGene Munster, an analyst for Piper Jaffray Cos. in Minneapolis.

“Apple is increasing the likelihood that consumers buy multiple Apple devices,” he said in a note to clients.

At the same time, Apple’s closed approach presents an opportunity for rivals, including Google and online file-storage service Dropbox Inc., said Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com Inc. in San Francisco, which offers cloud services to businesses. Those competitors can offer services that will work with different platforms, not just Apple’s, he said.

Apple fell $5.40, or 1.6 percent, to $338.04 yesterday on the Nasdaq Stock Market, mirroring a broader decline in the markets. The shares have climbed 4.8 percent this year. Today, the stock dropped 0.7 percent to the equivalent of $339.58 in German trading as of 9:14 a.m. in Frankfurt.

As part of iCloud, Apple introduced a $24.99 music feature called iTunes Match that will scan every song in users’ libraries and match it with a copy in the cloud. That means customers don’t have to upload all their music song by song — a requirement on services introduced by Google and Amazon.

Free Download

ICloud will be available as a free download when Apple releases the new version of iOS this fall. The feature will include 5 gigabytes of free storage for users’ files, plus unlimited room for purchased apps and books, and recent photos.

The new version of iOS will come with a notification system to alert users when they get text messages and updates from applications such as Facebook. It also will make it easier to see Web articles and save them for future reading.

A new Twitter Inc. partnership will help users access the social-networking service and post photos. And a feature called Newsstand lets customers purchase and organize newspaper and magazine subscriptions for the iPad and iPhone.

New Features

Apple also is adding 250 new features to the Mac OS X Lion software, including more touch-control options and a service called AirDrop that shares files over Wi-Fi. The Lion operating system will be available for downloading in July for $29.99.

The company’s earlier foray into Web-based services, MobileMe, got off to a slow start, dogged by breakdowns, including one that kept users from sending or receiving e-mails. MobileMe, with a $99 annual subscription fee, eventually gained 3 million users, according to Forrester Research Inc. That’s a fraction of the potential customer base for iCloud.

“We learned a lot,” Jobs said yesterday. MobileMe “wasn’t our finest hour.”