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Commercial OpenSolaris ships

Commercial OpenSolaris ships

After a three-year incubation period, Sun’s long promised OpenSolaris, the third open source variant of Unix, was officially delivered Monday."It's the first Opensolaris operating system that's fully supported," said Jim McHugh, vice president of Solaris marketing for Sun.

May 4, 2008 by in Open Source

MSFT walks away from YHOO: The antitrust connection

MSFT walks away from YHOO: The antitrust connection

It’s interesting that such a large part of Steve Ballmer’s letter giving up on the Yahoo deal focused on the antitrust implications of Yahoo’s deal with Google. In four separate bullet points, Steve explains Microsoft’s “particular concern” over the arrangement: undermining Panama, harming engineer retention, giving Google even greater dominance over search advertising rates.

May 4, 2008 by in Microsoft

Stane or Ballmer?

Stane or Ballmer?

Obadiah Stane description from the Iron Man website: "As ... a top executive in Stark Industries, Stane is a calculating genius who is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

May 4, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

AT&T disables free Wi-Fi for iPhone users

AT&T disables free Wi-Fi for iPhone users

You'll recall that around Wednesday or Thursday of last week AT&T began offering free Wi-Fi access to iPhone users at select Airports, Borders and Starbucks locations. The Internet was quite giddy over the concept of the deal which seemed like a nice way for the locations to get more iPhone toting customers into stores.

May 4, 2008 by in Networking

Sugar on Windows looking inevitable

Sugar on Windows looking inevitable

Now that Walter Bender has resigned from OLPC, Technology Review featured an article on the group's new president, Charles Kane. The article makes it very clear that OLPC, under the direction of Kane and Nicholas Negroponte, will definitely be seeking to deploy Windows on XOs and future products from OLPC.

May 4, 2008 by in Windows

MobileTechRoundup show #132, AT&T/iPhone rumors, new REDFLY, Advantage, Kindle and more

MobileTechRoundup show #132, AT&T/iPhone rumors, new REDFLY, Advantage, Kindle and more

T-Mobile is finally starting to rollout their 3G network and there was much rejoicing to start off MobileTechRoundup show #132. We also kicked around the rumor that AT&T may subsidize the next 3G iPhone and last week they were offering WiFi access for iPhone owners. However, that pipe may have been closed now. I just purchased a Celio REDFLY and it actually just arrived yesterday so look for some more feedback on my blog. The HTC Advantage 7510 updated model is coming out soon and James is quite excited. We also talked about the Kindle and Kevin has actually been using James' for a bit and offers some thoughts. Kevin and James are also a part of the amazing HP 31 Days of the Dragon contest so make sure to enter as often as you can to win this sweet setup worth over US$5,000.

May 4, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Brain waves used for faster image sorting

Brain waves used for faster image sorting

Computers are fast for many tasks, but humans are faster for identifying objects or people in images. But is it possible to combine the speed of a computer with the sensitivity of the human brain? According to a IEEE Spectrum Online article, 'A Brainy Approach to Image Sorting,' several teams at Honeywell, Teledyne Scientific and Imaging, and Columbia University think so. They're working on a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's program called 'Neurotechnology for Intelligence Analysts' (NIA). One of the teams said intelligence analysts can sort images six times faster than before. But there is a culprit: they'll need to carry for hours a 32-electrode EEG cap which detects their brain activity. But read more...

May 4, 2008 by in CXO

Microsoft withdrawals bid for Yahoo, Google wins

Microsoft withdrawals bid for Yahoo, Google wins

In a press release from Microsoft yesterday, Steve Ballmer said that it officially withdrawals it's bid for the acquisition of Yahoo, and cites the deal with Google as the main contributing factor for his decision."In our view, such an arrangement with [Google] would make an acquisition of Yahoo!

May 4, 2008 by in Microsoft

Effect on Yahoo will be debilitating

Effect on Yahoo will be debilitating

At Yahoo the effects may be irreversible, but even at Microsoft heads are going to roll over this - look for some key executive resignations and re-assignments a couple of months from now as the dust settles and the winners consolidate their positions.

May 4, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

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