Sony BMG Music Entertainment is reportedly planning to sell its songs without copyright protection. When a Sony--the company that brought you that infamous rootkit fiasco--calls it a day on DRM you can officially turn out the lights.
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Customer relationship management software, particularly from Salesforce.com, has come the closest to being an "anywhere application," but other enterprise tools still need work, according to a report by the Yankee Group.
Dion Hinchcliffe offers 12 predictions for enterprise Web 2.0 in 2008, citing the following as a foundation for reshaping corporate IT:The driving forces for change this year will be the aging of existing IT systems, the rise of up-and-coming new approaches such as highly capable new Web-based applications, mashups, collective intelligence powered business software, Web-oriented architectures, and last but certainly not least, social software.
Another analyst has hopped off the Intel bandwagon, this time over concerns about waning PC sales.In a research note on Friday, J.
Intel's brief partnership with the One Laptop Per Child project has officially ended.According to multiple reports , mostly following The Wall Street Journal, Intel and OLPC head Nicholas Negroponte split over one irreconcilable difference.
Notable headlines:Larry Dignan: Intel's OLPC pullout sets up XO vs Classmate PC duel Christopher Dawson: OLPC and Intel part ways. What would my ideal education ultraportable look like?
My good friend Om Malik, master of the enterprising GigaOm family of tech Web sites, suffered a heart attack over the holidays. He is thankfully on the mend and hopefully will be at full strength and back on the circuit soon.
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.
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.