Cisco will be on the prowl for software developers, extend into virtualization and become more consumer friendly as it evolves into being more of a software provider. Those nuggets come from Forrester analyst Robert Whiteley in a blog post.
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Dell's latest march through the retail channel continued Thursday via a pact with Best Buy. Under the deal--the latest in a long line of Dell partnerships--Dell will sell XPS and Inspiron notebook and desktops through more than 900 Best Buy locations.
Windows XP may come to the One Laptop Per Child project as Microsoft ports its operating system to flash-based devices such as Intel's Classmate PC, ASUS Eee PC and the XO laptop. But Microsoft's big motive is to stay relevant in emerging markets where officials are increasingly mulling over Linux-based devices.
Software as a service company NetSuite moved closer to an IPO as it shared more details about its public market debut.In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, NetSuite said it will offer 6.
Notable headlines:Mary Jo Foley: Want to test Vista SP1? Wait til next week.
Om Malik had an interesting post about Google's super-sized datacenters. He posited that Google’s massive infrastructure, customized for its processes, represents a the big barrier to entry for its rivals, and it will continue to give the company an edge as long as it keeps spending the billions on its custom infrastructure.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg did his mea culpa blog post today, but the real tell will be how advertisers and users react to the newfangled opt-in approach.Thoughts about Zuckerburg's thoughts abound (See Techmeme and ZDNet's coverage).
Updated: The new total opt-in for Facebook Beacon that Mark Zuckerberg alluded in his public note today is not now totally preemptive. When Zuckerberg's note was sent out, if you hadn't been to a Beacon partner site, you got this message in the Facebook external Web site privacy control:Privacy Settings for External Websites Show your friends what you like and what you're up to outside of Facebook.
Netflix's return DVD mailers are apparently costing the U.S.
Google announced Wednesday that it has launched a new iPhone application that ties together its various services--search, Gmail, Calendar, Reader and Maps--into one interface.If you're an iPhone user you can see the interface at Google.