While search algorithms and new products get the headlines, the business processes–human resources, financial systems and the ranking of projects–underpinning Google's growth is the real asset.
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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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Cisco and Apple are taking a little extra time to work out the iPhone trademark spat. A terse joint statement reads:"Apple and Cisco have agreed to extend the time for Apple to respond to the lawsuit to allow for discussions between the companies with the aim of reaching agreement on trademark rights and interoperability.
Jeff Jarvis at BuzzMachine notes how he slammed PayPerPost, which pays bloggers to promote products. He takes PayPerPost to task for not mandating disclosure earlier and being a murky on the topic.
Notable headlines:Michael Dell reclaims Dell CEO throne, Dell 2.0 begins.
At Demo 07, San Francisco Giant star Barry Bonds, and regardless of controversy one of the greatest baseball players ever, made a surprise appearance for Bling Software, which introduced an AJAX client for mobile applications. It turns out that Bling powers Barry Bonds' site for mobile devices.
SailPoint Technologies is trying to bring more automation, visualization and intelligence to managing regulatory compliance with Compliance IQ. SailPoint founder and CEO Mark McClain describes Compliance IQ as "identity intelligence," or "identity cubes" in datawarehousing parlance, for managing governance, risk management and compliance.
Michael Dell is CEO again of his namesake company. Kevin Rollins is out.
Alcatel-Lucent showed a prototype of its Mobile Endpoint Management System (which the company called the Evros Project for some reason), a 3G wireless platform for managing remote mobile computers. The 3G-based PCMCIA card includes a processor, operating system, battery, memory, GPS, a VPN client and two-factor authentication.
Google spent heavily on information technology in the fourth quarter and sees "significant capital expenditures" ahead in 2007.At least Google can afford it.
6th Sense Analytics demoed an on-demand tool for gathering performance metrics in software development projects. 6th Sense measures active time (time spent coding, testing, debugging) and flow time (uninterrupted periods of active time of at least 20 minutes).