Google is releasing applications built on the Open Social API running on Orkut at the end of this month, and is holding "hackathons" February 7-8 and February 14-15 at Google's Mountain View, CA headquarters for OpenSocial developers.In addition, MySpace unveiled its Developer Platform today, which uses the OpenSocial APIs to give developers the capability to run their applications on MySpace or any other "container" that supports OpenSocial.
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Yahoo is reportedly holding out hopes that there's an alternative to Microsoft's $44.6 billion unsolicited takeover, but it's becoming clear that white knights are missing in action.
Last week I chatted with Ben Barnes, vice president and general manager of the HP's Business Intelligence Group. The former general manager of IBM's Global Business Intelligence Solutions Division was hand-picked by HP CEO Mark Hurd to take an old friend--Teradata, the leader in enterprise data warehousing.
Watch the videoVeteran of software wars Mitch Kapor shared his views on the cultural challenges facing Microsoft in its $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo with me.
Fox Interactive gets 27 percent of its revenue from an ad deal between Google and MySpace forged in August 2006. Meanwhile, Google executives complain about how hard it is to monetize social networking traffic.
President Bush unveiled his $3.1 trillion--yes trillion--fiscal 2009 budget and there are a lot of technology highlights to go around.
Notable headlines:Mary Jo Foley: What will run on Windows Server 2008--and whenNo Vista SP1 bits for users until mid-MarchWindows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1 are good to goBallmer outlines Microsoft's eight long-term growth betsVista marketing chief to bid Microsoft adieuGeorge Ou: Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 RTMChristopher Dawson: Will Vista SP1 finally make the upgrade worth it?
Yahoo suitor Microsoft probably isn't looking for an open source collaboration suite with native email, contacts, calendar, and task synchronization to Outlook 2007, but the object of its affection just happens to have one.Zimbra, which Yahoo acquired in September 2007 for about $350 million in cash, is rolling out Zimbra Collaboration Suite 5.
MySpace on Tuesday said that it is launching the MySpace Developer Platform in a move that will open up the site to third party applications.Like Facebook, MySpace is looking to open up an avalanche of third party development for its platform, but there are a few twists.
The LiMo Foundation said the first release of its Linux-based platform for mobile devices is on track for March delivery.LiMo, a consortium of mobile industry players including Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic, Samsung Electronics and Vodafone, added that its handset software and its application programming interface (API) specs will also be delivered in March.