When Apple reported its most recent quarter it toned down its outlook based on an expected rise in component prices.Apparently that expected rise is right on schedule.
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On today's podcast:Skype says patches had a role in its outage. Ryan Naraine has more.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Cisco CEO John Chambers are holding court with interviewer Charlie Rose in New York City, discussing how they view the market transition, Google, coopetition and industry cooperation. The two industry titans both view the market as in an early stage transition, with lots of potential to reap rewards.
In a programming note, Mary Jo Foley is live at a John Chambers, Steve Ballmer dog and pony show in New York City. She'll be blogging from the event as developments warrant.
Skype has its official response to its nearly two-day outage: A software bug was unearthed after numerous restarts over a Microsoft patch download.Russell Shaw has more, but here's what Skype had to say:On Thursday, 16th August 2007, the Skype peer-to-peer network became unstable and suffered a critical disruption.
Notable headlines:Dan Farber: Workday unveils Financials and Work Tags. Dennis Howlett: Workday financials: accounting isn't real.
Since Workday publicly appeared on the scene in January 2006, it has been self-described as a "revolutionary application platform and the next generation of business applications to drive your enterprise's performance," with applications that will be "dramatically easy to use, be responsive to your organization's changing needs and will significantly lower your total cost of ownership.
Much has been written lately about open standards and APIs for social networks, allowing users to sprinkled and manage their social graphs (circle of friends and business associates) across disparate services--a kind of decentralized and more accessible, rather than siloed, social graph. Brad Fitzpatrick laid out the problem with the social graph and offered some suggestions for moving forward.
One of the problems with social networking sites like Facebook is you've got to check them all the time. Things like Facebook's recent skin for the iPhone are just band-aids--increasing the number of touch points, but not changing them in fundamental ways.
Skype (eBay), Cisco, salesforce.com, Yahoo, Google, Netflix, Six Apart, Craigslist, ZDNet and other CNET site--the list goes of of sites that have suffered more than a few hours of downtime downtime for various services.