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.
Blogging for Business?
A dozen contributors at Enel now post basic information including HR policies and company news, and they use RSS features to post energy industry news summaries.
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."
Rating The Performance Management Vendors
You want fair, objective software rankings? We've got them. In fact, we run them all the time. And our latest set of reviews, new this week, covers performance management tools.
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
Auld Lang Slime
I.T. security pros may hoist a cup of eggnog this holiday season to an early gift they got this month: an E-mail worm attack with a delivery date.
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.
A Look At Federal Software Spending
If a new study is correct, the feds will be spending a lot of money over the next year on information sharing and management. Let me say: hooray.
Will A Pure-Play BI Firm Be Acquired In '06?
We've seen the big enterprise software giants buy small analytics firms, such as IBM's acquisition of Alphablox in 2004. Nothing new there. But now some people on Wall Street are asking: Is one of the pure-play BI firms ripe for the picking? At least one equity analyst thinks so.
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
Supercool Gadgets For The Holidays
Let's forget business intelligence for a second so I can show you something. If you love gadgetry and hate holiday shopping as much as I do, you've got to see this.