At DEMOfall 07, CoComment and Relevant Mind showed off products that tap into the wisdom of conversations. Both services crawl millions of conversations (comments, discussions, forum on more than 200,000 Web sites) to create searchable databases.
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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.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
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Amazon on Tuesday launched a beta of its DRM-free music store with two million songs available. The effort is the latest in several milestones pointing to the death of digital rights management software for music.
PlanHQ has a focused plan--to provide startups, established businesses, investors and advisors with a customizable, on demand planning tool. It's not exactly project management with Gantt charts or an Excel spreadsheet, but more of a living, breathing wiki that captures and manages the elements that make up a strategic plan.
What's the launch of Halo 3 mean for Microsoft? Aside from midnight lines and happy gamers it means that Microsoft's entertainment and devices division could be pushed over the profitability line.
Notable headlines:Larry Dignan: Apple to nuke unlocked iPhones with next update. Garett Rogers: Google launches 2 apps for the iPhone.
IBM is rolling out new kiosks and point of sale systems designed to make self-service more enjoyable via video and 3D capabilities. We've all seen self-service kiosks in action.
The Google train keeps coming. If you extrapolate from all the reporting, Google is going to out Facebook Facebook, suck out all the ad revenue from newspapers, gradually reformat the telco business model, virtualize the earth at Second Life's expense and take Microsoft and Yahoo out.
LongJump has joined the parade of companies building development platforms and marketplaces for collaborative, Web-based business applications aimed at SMBs. At DEMOfall 07 the company launched 14 applications ranging from customer service to human resource management.
If you've ever wanted to be a venture capitalist betting on whether a technical innovation will succeed, Fluid Innovation will let you do so virtually. At DEMOfall 07 the company debuted Virtual Ventures, a fantasy VC game that applies crowd sourcing and prediction markets to determine the viability of technologies that are not fantasy.
Apple is playing hardball with the unlocked iPhone movement. In a terse statement, Apple said "many of the unauthorized iPhone unlocking programs available on the Internet cause irreparable damage to the iPhone's software, which will likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iPhone software update is installed.