Throughout the week, we'll be looking at the top news stories, blogs, downloads and reviews of 2006. Here are the most popular news stories of the year based on traffic.
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Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
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If all goes according to plan, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and partner Amazon will launch a socially-charged search engine to compete with Google, Yahoo, Ask and others early next year. According to the story in The Times of London, the project is called Wikiasari--wiki (Hawaiian for "quick" + asari (Japanese for "rummaging search)--and will be launched out of Wikia, Inc, the for-profit, venture-funded branch of Wales' effort to human-empower Web pages.
It's no secret that Research In Motion's Pearl device is a big hit, but folks are already speculating on how the company's next "Indigo" and "Crimson" smartphones will fare. The Indigo and Crimson codenames are rumored to be different flavors of an upcoming BlackBerry 8800.
Red Hat's third quarter went well and the company had bookings of $133 million, well ahead of what analysts were looking for. Meanwhile, the company said 28 percent of its bookings were multiyear deals.
Headlines of the day: Microsoft seeks patent covering Web feed readers. David Berlind's take.
Just when you thought you'd seen it all, Microsoft has apparently applied to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a patent on the Really Simple Syndication protocol (RSS). The blogosphere hasn't worked itself up into a tizzy quite yet.
Red Hat just reported its fiscal third quarter earnings and there are apparently no worries--so far. The company reported adjusted earnings of 14 cents a share, two pennies above Wall Street estimates as compiled by Thomson Financial.
Looking back from 2025, the year 2006 will be remembered for the “You,” the solipsistic Time Magazine Person of the Year selection. The image of the “me’s” and collective “you’s” locked into their computing devices, sloshing around in the primordial Internet social soup, increasingly connected, virtualized, overextended and tracked.
Ask is aiming to double its market share in the search and judging from AskX may just have the mojo to do so. On a conference call Dec.
When Red Hat holds court with financial analysts later today to discuss the company's fiscal third quarter results the conversation is likely to go like this:Analyst: What is the impact on Oracle's Unbreakable Linux on your business? How can you compete?