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posted in February 2009

Death Of Local Newspapers Spells Trouble

2/28/2009
The Rocky Mountain News is dead, and the San Francisco Chronicle is on life support. The Detroit Free Press, which just won the George Polk Award and Worth Bingham Prize for investigative reporting that led to the perjury conviction of a popular mayor, is reducing home delivery to three days a week. Community newspapers are dying, and online news media isn't filling the void. It's a bad situation.

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Memo To Google: I Know 600 Students Who Depend On Your Gmail

2/24/2009
I couldn't help but take Google's Gmail outage today a bit personally. I'm in the midst of my one, big yearly contribution to my son's school: computerizing the school's heavily paper-based read-a-thon competition, using Gmail as the platform. So I'm asking you please, Google, don't mess up my PTO project. For once I look like a hero rather than the under-involved parent.

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Dave Duffield Explains The Stickiness Of SaaS

2/10/2009
I had a chat the other day with Dave Duffield, a software industry icon who founded PeopleSoft and, more recently, SaaS company Workday. Why, Dave, I asked, are you so confident in the profitability and growth potential of the SaaS model? After all, there's a lot more red than black on the industry's SaaS balance sheets. I share with you Duffield's thinking on the sustainability of SaaS.

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Three Execs Reportedly Out At Salesforce.com

2/6/2009
Reuters reports that three high-level execs are out at Salesforce.com. The on-demand software company hasn't issued a statement, and I can't yet reach the PR team this morning (it's 7 a.m. on the West Coast). But I do find it interesting that it reportedly showed the door to Gary Hanna, executive VP of enterprise sales, a market segment viewed critical to Salesforce.com's continuing growth.

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SAP Acknowledges Problems Of Monolithic Software

2/4/2009
SAP called it one of its most significant announcements of the year. It leaked its announcement to the Wall Street Journal, which posted a story last night that referenced "Web-based software" and quoted a Salesforce.com executive. But today's big announcement didn't have much to do with SaaS at all. Rather, it was an acknowledgment that SAP's traditionally monolithic approach to software has created problems for customers.

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