In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: RSS--The Best Technology You're Not Using
2. Today's Top Story
- Time Warner Shuts Out Microsoft, Enters Talks With Google Over $1 Billion Investment
3. Breaking News
- Windows Vista Toughest '06 Test For Microsoft
- Dasher Worm On The Prowl, Infects 3,000 Machines
- New Yahoo Service Looks To Improve ROI Of Online Ads
- Microsoft Agrees To Acquire Business Software Firm
- JBoss Preps 5.0 Platform
- Lenovo Plans More Twists To Update An Old Favorite
- TypePad Down, Leaves Bloggers Mute
- Hispanic IT Students Get Boost From Latin American Grid,
- Dell Recalls 35,000 Laptop Batteries
- Murder Of HP Worker Puts Spotlight On India's Growing
Female Workforce--And The Risks They Face
- India Offshoring Industry Tightens Security After Murder
Of HP Employee
- Cingular To Launch 3G Video Service
- RIM Faces More Pressure To Settle BlackBerry Case
- 'Virtual' Cell Company Aimed At Young Users Launches
- Holiday Shoppers Also Scour The Net For Gas Prices
- Father-Son Doctor Team Aims To Revamp Hospital Business Intelligence
- California Proposes $3 Billion Solar Plan
4. Grab Bag
- Third NTP Patent Rejected, Boosting Research In Motion's
- Google Gmail Now Accessible Via Mobile Phones (Search
- Kazaa Owners Face Contempt Charge (PC World)
5. In Depth
- AMD Memory Spin-Off Clears The Decks For Growth
- AMD Says Court Ruling Gives It Another Victory Over Intel
- Tokyo Court Asks For Release Of Evidence In AMD Suit
- Analysis: Intel Vs. AMD Becomes An Epic
6. Voice Of Authority
- WiMax Versus Wi-Fi: Which One Will Be The King Kong Of Wireless?
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- Enterprise Information Integration: A Foundation For
Applications That Integrates Heterogeneous Data Sources
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Quote of the day:
"An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better
than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup." -- H.L. Mencken
1. Editor's Note: RSS--The Best Technology You're Not Using
I spent a couple of days last week at Syndicate, a smallish
conference in San Francisco focusing on RSS, Atom, feeds, and
(what else?) syndication. I found it wonderful, exhilarating
The conference was wonderful and exhilarating because it had a
lot of the great energy that I remember from the old days on the
Internet, back in 1993-94.
Everybody was enthusiastic about the prospects for the future of
RSS and syndication. There were lots of small vendors populating
the show, each with their own unique angle on RSS. Half of their
ideas are insanely brilliant, the other half are just plain
stupid. Half the people with insanely brilliant ideas will get
insanely rich in a few years and dominate the market. And half
the people with insanely stupid ideas also will get rich; they'll
pocket the money and run before investors figure out that they're
selling worthless service.
Even the big vendors looked small--Yahoo's presence in the
exhibitor area was just a row of tables. It had a couple more
tables than the little guys, but other than that it's
indistinguishable from the small fry.
Of course, all that wonderfulness and exhilaration can be
exhausting when sustained for two full days. When I got back
home, my body was crying out for a dose of mediocrity, so it
could rest. Fortunately, I had a TiVo full of television to relax
me; when you need to even out your metabolism after an excellence
overdose, nothing does the job like network television.
I left the conference wondering why RSS isn't more popular. I'm
flummoxed as to 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, according
to a Forrester study released in September. The percentage
tripled year over year, which is enormously fast growth--but
I asked that question of a few people at the Syndicate
conference. Based on those discussions, and my own thinking, I've
come to the following conclusions: Basically, it comes down to
people not knowing what RSS is. They find it confusing. They
don't know how to sign up. And they think they don't have time to
use RSS--which, to me, is weird, because the whole value of using
RSS is to save time.
For more thoughts about obstacles to RSS adoption, read the rest of this editor's note on
the InformationWeek Weblog. Leave a comment there to let me know:
Do you use RSS? If so, how? If not, why not? What do you think
has to happen to drive further adoption of RSS?
JBoss Preps 5.0 Platform
The open-source platform, due early next year, is the first
commercial product based on Enterprise JavaBeans 3 and
incorporates a new messaging and Web services layer, among other
TypePad Down, Leaves Bloggers Mute
TypePad, a for-fee hosted version of Six Apart Software's
Moveable Type blogging software, has experienced numerous
problems recently. Friday's outage was the most serious yet and
was expected to last at least 12 hours.
Cingular To Launch 3G Video Service
Cingular said that the service will provide on-demand streaming
video, including programming from HBO such as "The Sopranos" and
"Six Feet Under."
RIM Faces More Pressure To Settle BlackBerry Case
The issues have become more complicated in the past few days,
with at least one other legal alternative to RIM's BlackBerry.
NTP has licensed the BlackBerry patents to Visto, which then went
out and sued Microsoft for patent infringement.
California Proposes $3 Billion Solar Plan
The California Public Utilities Commission this week proposed the
nation's largest solar energy plan: an 11-year solar rebate program
for new and retrofit installations of solar photovoltaic systems.
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If you've got a Web-enabled mobile phone and a Gmail account, you
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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 levelheaded executives took a stand.
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