Is Yahoo Working On A Cell Phone?
Earlier this week Michael Arrington at TechCrunch dropped a bombshell that has yet to be explained: Yahoo is supposedly working on a cell phone.
iPhone Impresses Europeans. Almost.
Not all of them, obviously, but during my tip to London this week anyone within sight of my iPhone sidled up next to me quickly for a demonstration of how it worked. There were lots of oohs and aahs, quickly followed by bahs.
Engadget managing editor Ryan Block struck a nerve yesterday when he posted a scathing attack on keyword popovers, such as those supplied by "IntelliTXT / Vibrant Media and like ad services whose entire business depends on polluting your content, confusing your audience, and tricking them into clicking on ads that just won't go away."
Letting Crazy People Set Intellectual-Property Policy
Three stories in the news this week demonstrate that intellectual-property policy is set by crazy people. NBC is threatening to dump iTunes unless Apple violates the laws of nature. An organization of science fiction writers is sending willy-nilly takedown notices for property it doesn't control. And Viacom pirated a YouTube video, and then sent down a takedown notice against the video's real author.
And the Winner of the Waiting Game isï¿¼.Microsoft!!
Hey, want to win a lawsuit even if you lose? Or better yet, want to get a verdict against you overturned even when it isn't? Just drag the original lawsuit out, oh, say about four years and when you lose in court file an appeal and let that drag on another four years.
It worked like a charm for Microsoft.
The Lighter Side of Outsourcing
Consumer confidence faltering in a sputtering economy, jobs continuing to move offshore at rapid pace… is this a time to laugh at outsourcing? Why not? As outsourcing vendors get increasingly sophisticated, and as corporate America gets increasingly greedy about the cost savings, here are a few glorious changes that we can look forward to.
The IRS Gets A New CIO
If there's a CIO hot seat, it's got to be at the Internal Revenue Service. Who would want that job, anyway?
Gear6 Aims To Speed Storage Access
For most applications, the storage industry is fairly adept at delivering requisite performance. All, that is, except for large data set processing. Think: Financial market modeling, or digital image rendering, or seismic analysis for the gas and oil industry. For these applications, thousands of servers churn away for days before the job is finished. And when there's a lot of data fetching, the speed of the storage system is critical, and in most cases, currently inadequate. Gear6 thinks it ca
Stonebraker Raises Vertica's DW Profile
I had a long briefing with database legend Michael Stonebraker today, and I feel compelled to share a few highlights of the conversation. Stonebraker is known as a visionary, and he has consistently turned those visions into long-term bets through commercial startups. Today's prediction? "Sooner or later, the entire data warehousing market is going to move to column-store solutions," Stonebraker asserts, column-store being the architectural basis of his latest venture, a startup called Vertica.
Another CIO Priority: Managing Uncertainty
Management philosophers have held forth for years on the chief role of the chief information officer. We've been told that they must be adept at managing complexity and managing the ever-accelerating pace of change and even managing their bosses' expectations. Let's hurl another esoteric priority into the mix: managing uncertainty.
Microsoft Spooning BlackBerry? I Think Not
The ripple effects in the mobile and wireless market continue to spread, in ever more Byzantine ways. Today Reuters reports that "Research in Motion Ltd shares rose more than 3 percent on Thursday on renewed market speculation that Microsoft Corp could be interested in buying the BlackBerry maker."
This according to one analyst would be "in response to Google's recent announcement that it is interested in ma
Mobile Computing Makes For Risky Business
Here's one we all already know -- mobile computer users take more security risks than office-bound computer users. A new survey shows just how risky their behavior is.
To Dream the Impossible Wi-Fi Dream
The efforts in certain cities to provide free Wi-fi access to all reminds me of the efforts to provide universal health care coverage in this country: Everyone agrees that it's a great idea; everyone knows that it would be beneficial to many; but a combination of politics and finances keep stalling those efforts.
The latest Quixotic attempt to provide free Wi-fi access came in Chicago. The city wanted to create a citywide wireless Internet network but after less than two years of trying to get
Nokia Parties Up London
After the day-long confab called Go Play, Nokia hosted 400 journalists, analysts, customers and staffers at a big old bash at London's Ministry of Sound night club. Maroon 5 was rocking the house, and so were the beat mixers.
The Future of E-mail
With the emergence of so many communications options, does e-mail still make sense?
Are You Linked In Or Facing The Book?
Lately, I've been getting two similar appeals in my business e-mail: from LinkedIn members wanting to add me as a connection, and from Facebook members adding me as a friend. So now I'm wondering: Which network should I actually take the time to cultivate?
Google To Follow Apple into the Cell Phone Market?
By Paul Korzeniowski
Cell phones seem to be primary currency in todayï¿¼s high tech market. Now that the Apple iPhone buzz is dying down, reports
are that Google, is about to become the next industry heavyweight to jump into the market. These vendors seem to think that cell phones are a good way to connect with the young, hip buyers who dictate which products are cool and which are passï¿¼
EarthLink Muni Wi-Fi Head is History
As I reported earlier today, EarthLink CEO Rolla Huff says that his company is "not exiting" the municipal wireless business but will not invest in future projects unless the costs, and the risk, are spread across multiple stakeholders. That's a hollow claim. For evidence, take a look at this SEC filing, in which EarthLink spells out the "Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities." At the bo
Reports: Apple Announcing iPods Sept. 5, Mockup Photos Available
Looks like Apple is launching a new line of iPods next Wednesday, and bloggers are posting speculative mockup photos. They include a square nano -- nicknamed the "phatty" -- and another one that looks a lot like an iPhone. Read on for links to the photos, and more discussion of the announcement.
iWork's Play for the Small Biz Desktop
"Productivity suite" used to mean one thing and one thing only: Microsoft Office. Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint. Love it or hate it, most of us use Office daily to grind out bargeloads of documents, spreadsheets, email, and presentations.
Open Text Keeps Up With Legal Sector
Enterprise Content Management (ECM) vendor Open Text recently announced that it will deliver a major upgrade to the acquired (ex-Hummingbird) eDocs technology for the Legal sector. Not earth-shattering, but important news nonetheless... It reaffirms Open Text's commitment to building on other repositories where sensible - in this case Microsoft - the platform that dominates Legal.
WebTrends Upgrade: The Price is Wrong!
What troubles me is how pricing based on "unique requirements" has become the standard operating procedure among the largest Web analytics firms - not just WebTrends. Perhaps this is just a reflection of a software space maturing and coming up with more enterprisey licensing models - "whatever you've got is what you'll pay" - but for you, the customer, this is not a good thing. I rarely meet a customer who completely understands their license or contract agreement.