Breaking Up (Microsoft) Is Hard To Do
For nearly two years, Microsoft has played European antitrust regulators the same way it played U.S. regulators: as a bunch of hapless nitwits. This time, however, Microsoft has misjudged its opponents -- and instead of a slap on the wrist, it may face an executioner's ax for its trouble.
It's Too Early To Say
The only thing that is a certainty about the Internet, I believe, is that the next generation will blow anything we're doing right out of the water.
Google And Microsoft Settle Bitter Lawsuit
Google said today that it has settled the lawsuit brought by Microsoft in July to enforce a noncompetition agreement against Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, a former Microsoft executive who left the company to work for Google.
In a prepared statement, Lee, president of engineering, product and public affairs for Google China, said, "I am pleased with the terms of the settlement agreement."
Who Gets Intellectual Property Rights? Everyone
Collaboration ain't always easy.
Sometimes it takes many months, occasionally more than a year, for IT vendors and university researchers to agree on who owns the intellectual property of industry-funded IT research at some of America's top schools. Such delays have prompted some vendors to direct some of their university-bound R&D funding to universities overseas, institutions less fussy about IP rights. Those concerns are voiced in a
Is Google Investing In An Obsolete Business?
I startled myself the other day when I realized I didn't know whether my laptop computer has a modem. I had to think about it a couple of minutes. It's been that long since I've used a dial-up connection.
Not long ago, having a laptop computer without a modem was like having one without a display or keyboard--completely useless. But these days, everywhere I go, I can count on a high-speed Internet connection, and in many places I can get a Wi-Fi connection. That's been true for quite some time
Bracing For A Nation Of CrackBerry Addicts
I was chatting with a few people I'd just met at a holiday cocktail party Friday night, trying to do the infamous appetizer-plate-and-drink-glass balancing act, when one of them starts bemoaning his BlackBerry balancing act. He can never get away from work when he's home, he says, because he always has his BlackBerry.
The recent uproar over a fake Wikipedia entry on journalist John Siegenthaler, Sr. should teach us all an important lesson: If you get the itch to libel someone, try to avoid prominent journalists from powerful families -- especially when they have carte blanche to use the USA Today editorial page to hunt you down.
Google's AOL Deal Undermines Its Principles
According to reports over the weekend in The New York Times and elsewhere, Time Warner is expected to announce tomorrow that it will renew its partnership with Google, which will make a $1 billion investment in AOL in exchange for a 5% stake in the company.
While the actual terms have yet to be disclosed, one aspect of the deal is troubling. The Times reports, "Google, which pride
Podcast: Symbol Takes RFID Into New Markets And Regions In 2006
Research firm Gartner expects the radio frequency identification technology market worldwide to reach $504 million this year, up 39 percent from last year. As more industries adopt the technology toward the end of 2006, new license revenue will climb to $751 million. By 2010, Gartner forecasts worldwide RFID spending to surpass $3 billion dollars.
Symbol Technologies, which manufacturers RFID tags and readers, is stepping up efforts in 2006, expanding operations to meet demand. It already has a
Why Don't More People Use RSS Feeds?
I'm flummoxed why more people aren't using RSS feeds as their primary means of accessing frequently-visited Web sites. It's so much faster and easier for me to check my RSS reader than it is for me to visit a sequence of bookmarks to see if there's anything that's new on my regular sites. Why doesn't everyone feel that way?
The vast majority of Internet users don't use RSS feeds. Only 6% of Internet users consume RSS
WiMax Versus Wi-Fi: Which One Will Be The King Kong Of Wireless?
A mix of testosterone, coffee, and a really hot wireless topic got everyone's blood boiling at one panel discussion during this week's Interop conference, taking place in New York City. It was a King Kong (WiMax) versus T-Rex (Wi-Fi) debate where even the most level-headed executives took a stand.
Party Like It's 1993
The Syndicate conference, which was this week in San Francisco, has a lot of the great energy that I remember from the old days on the Internet, back in 1993-94.
At Google, Missteps Are A Key Part Of Innovation
Sometimes, when you're trying to innovate, your best intentions can be misinterpreted. And when you're Google, and your phenomenal success results in a growing "kick me" sign on your back, you have to take this into account. So would be the lesson Google should take from a note InformationWeek received from an alert reader recently in response to our coverage of
BI Gaps Haunt the Supply Chain
Most BI platforms and supply chain management (SCM) applications fall short in capturing and modeling the intricacies of global supply chain networks.
Voice of Our Readers: The 2006 Strategic Management Survey
What's top of mind with Intelligent Enterprise readers? The more than 1,100 who responded to our Web Poll say inadequate security, misplaced vendor priorities, disparate systems and poor IT planning are big problems. Here's what your peers are doing to refocus spending and deliver better, more timely insight.
Like It Or Not, You Will Be More Productive, Microsoft Says
Analysis: IT's Weak Link Is Remote and Mobile Support
Hip executives may talk up their real-time process alerts and anytime-access
business activity dashboards, but chances are their IT departments haven't
developed a clear strategy for the burgeoning mobile computing era.
Firefox 1.5: Some Pig!
In the Editor's Note for this week's Linux Pipeline newsletter, I praised Mozilla for fixing the memory-management bugs that had plagued Firefox for such a long time, but which no longer seemed to be a problem in Firefox 1.5. Today, if I could add just two words to that Editor's Note, I would call upon the immortal wisdom of Rosanne Rosanna Danna: Never mind.
In Focus: Q&A with Process & Architecture Guru Jan Popkin
Jan Popkin has been a pioneer in developing technologies and setting standards for both process modeling and enterprise architecture. Chief
strategist at Telelogic, he explores the ties between business process
management (BPM) and service-oriented architecture (SOA).
Analysis: A "Green" Utility Chooses Blogging for Business
Enel North America initially took advantage of blogging software to deliver
basic intranet-type information; the dozen contributors also exploited RSS
features to post news summaries on renewable energy and the utility
Sun Combativeness, Open-Source Peacekeeping A Good Match?
Sun Microsystems took the plunge Nov. 30 and committed itself to convert much of its software product line to open-source code. Sun will give you its software ... if only you will use it. As a statement of business strategy, the move sums up multiple past failures, but maybe, just maybe, this time its approach will work.
Decline In ISP Workers: Don't Believe It
Numbers never tell the whole story. Take, for instance, Friday's Labor Department's payroll report, which lumps together companies offering ISPs, search portals, and data processing hosting services. That segment experienced its second consecutive monthly decline in November. That's strange, considering increased Internet use and the popularity of Google and other portals.
In the dotcom bubble, a term that cropped up frequently was "disintermediation," the notion of leveraging the power of the Internet to eliminate middlemen that added little value and decreased the efficiency of a business. If you were on the receiving end of it, your business was toast. The concept is worth revisiting today in the context of the classified advertising business of daily newspapers and recent moves by tech giants. The big question: are the dailies being disintermediated in one of