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IBM's Sutor, Sun's Phipps give lukewarm reception to Microsoft patent covenants

IBM's Sutor, Sun's Phipps give lukewarm reception to Microsoft patent covenants

In yesterday's post regarding Microsoft's remarkable step in the right direction (with regards to its issuance of some patent non-assertion covenants), I mentioned that silence on behalf of the normally quick-to-respond-to-such-news Bob Sutor (IBM's open source and standards veep) and Simon Phipps (Sun's chief open source officer) might have been a good sign that there were no major gotchas in those covenants. Well-known open source lawyer Larry Rosen gave Microsoft good marks on the news.

September 14, 2006 by in Open Source

Go ahead.   Try calling 1-800-ROADSIDE with the Motorola Q.  OK, bad idea.

Go ahead. Try calling 1-800-ROADSIDE with the Motorola Q. OK, bad idea.

In one of my first segments in this series of real-world takes on Motorola's Q smartphone, I criticized it for the difficulty I had in accessing those company directories that you sometimes navigate when the business your calling has no receptionist on duty. You know, the kind where it asks you to spell the name of the person you're trying to reach?

September 14, 2006 by in Mobility

Dogster plans to embrace all critters

Dogster plans to embrace all critters

After three years of tapping into the passion of dog (Dogster) and cat (Catster) lovers, Dogster the company is ready to expand to all pets and even non-pet categories. The 10-person company is profitable, and expects to generate $1 million in revenue this year, and just inked a $1 million Series A capital infusion from a dozen angel investors, including Michael Parekh, Joshua Schachter, Brad Feld and Jeff Clavier, to build out new areas.

September 13, 2006 by in Tech Industry

Google's formula for product development

Google's formula for product development

Carl Sjogreen, who led the development of Google Calendar, provided a deep look into how Google develops products during a presentation at The Future of Web Apps Summit.  What follows is a play-by-play of his presentation, which is self explanatory.

September 13, 2006 by in Google

Microsoft patent non-assertion covenant is remarkable

Microsoft patent non-assertion covenant is remarkable

Microsoft has issued a declaration -- something it calls the Open Specification Promise -- that it won't assert certain Web services patents it holds (or may hold in the future). Martin Lamonica reports:Microsoft is pledging not to assert its patents pertaining to nearly three dozen Web services specifications--a move designed to ease concerns among developers by creating a legal environment more friendly to open-source software....

September 13, 2006 by in Open Source

Sun rolls out new products

Sun rolls out new products

Sun executives were in New York City to give a boost to its low-end UltraSparc-based servers, cranking up the processor speed with 1.5GHz UltraSparc IIIi processors and the I/O with PCI-X and PCI Express, as well as adding RAID on the motherboard and a redundant power supply.

September 13, 2006 by in Hardware

If the URL exists, you must acquit: Part II

If the URL exists, you must acquit: Part II

In the first installment of If the URL exists, you must acquit, I made a case for why Jon Udell had done no wrong when  he essentially pointed to a URL from an XML file. I argued that this is really no different than pointing to a URL from an HTML file (aka: a standard Web page) which any Web site is essentially free to do.

September 13, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

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