The new year in social networking is picking up where it left off with Plaxo letting loose a Facebook data importer (see Techmeme for the full debate). Robert Scoble was given an alpha version of Plaxo's Facebook contact data importer, and the Facebook engine shut him down.
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After 17 years working together through a variety of publications and online sites, starting with PCWeek (now eWeek) in 1991, my colleague David Berlind is changing teams. While toiling at ZDNet he and Doug Gold developed Mass Event Labs, a producer of unconference-style and custom events such as Mashup Camp and Startup Camp.
Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox, should go public, cash in on its browser success and grab more resources to fight Microsoft. At least that's Henry Blodget's theory.
Dell said Thursday that it is updating its Inspiron 1525 15.4 inch notebooks with smaller versions and new colors.
Lenovo announced plans to enter the consumer market Thursday with a line of laptops that incorporate some interesting features--bezel-less screens, face recognition and linen texture lids. Will those design additions be enough to make a dent in the consumer market?
Netflix's ongoing progression toward digital delivery continues, this time with a set-top box deal with LG. The big question is whether Netflix can capture the set-top box--the Holy Grail and de facto home entertainment server these days.
Notable headlines:George Ou: A comparison of quad-core server CPUsLenovo has eyes on consumer PC marketPhil Wainewright: Eight reasons SaaS will surge in 2008Netflix, LG to offer movie set-top boxTechnology Voters' Guide: Barack Obama. Hillary ClintonAdrian Kingsley-Hughes: Say "No!
I will resist suggesting I am starting off the New Year with a bang when I reveal that a new and very important and/or disturbing (depending on whether you have laced your cornflakes with a David Copperfield mushroom or two) thesis has now been published as a book.The title might interest many of you: "Love and Sex with Robots- The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships" by David Levy.
Bank of America analyst Sumit Dhanda is projecting anything but a happy New Year for AMD.The analyst in a research note Wednesday, kicked off 2008 by downgrading AMD to "sell" and projected "more pain ahead.
Repeat after me. The XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child project is designed for kids.