Here are the key themes for Thursday, April 8, 2010:
The aftermath of the federal appeals court ruling that is being called the death of Net Neutrality is still growing. What do you think of the whole thing? David Gerwitz went back to the talkbacks on his own post to find some of the more encouraging thoughts came from you readers. At the same time, Larry Dignan points out how the real battle - and true uncertainty - are just starting to begin
Joel Evans' headline sums it up nicely: "iPad: I love it but do I need it?" You're not alone in asking, Joel. Consider Matthew Miller's realization that the iPad is not a computer replacement but rather a companion. Jason Perlow, who considers the launch of the iPad to be a success, still has some lingering questions. Finally, in a podcast, Larry Dignan and Jason Hiner ask the question:"Apple iPad: Is there an ROI for business?"
When it comes to cloud computing, there are still some things to consider. Joe McKendrick predicts that economic conditions will trigger a cloud computing avalanche but others note that security risks still matter and investments by companies to ensure safety and governance in the cloud will be necessary. And then there's that whole skepticism thing.
As Heather Clancy informs us that standards organizations are working together to expose best and worst practices on data center efficiency metrics, Dana Gardner tells us about Valero Energy and its well-planned data center gave them a "green" boost and delivered efficiency paybacks.
Finally, a peek at the Travelocity Travel phone tells us that there isn't much that's original to this device.