Here at MIT's Emerging Technologies Conference, Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos kicked things off with a discussion of something he calls muck. It's a dicussion that very much resonates with how I've been talking about why small and medium businesses are better off outsourcing as much of their non-differentiating initiatives as possible.
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If you've been following the HP privacy debacle at all, then you'd know that one of the techniques that investigators tried on CNET News.com's Dawn Kawamoto (in order to figure out who her source inside HP was) was to send her a traceable e-mail.
Rafe Needleman and Daniel Terdiman of CNET.com are covering many of the consumery mobile phone products introduced at a DemoFall 2006.
DemoFall 2006 has its share of social networking startups this year, as it has in years past. One difference from past convocations of the digerati is that the realm of social networking is dominated by MySpace and Facebook--at least for the 15-to-25-year-old crowd.
At DemoFall 2006, several companies introduced Web-based content management applications that fall under the 2.0 moniker.
Cory Doctorow, who is probably the world's best communicator when it comes to the dangers of digital rights management technology, is issuing a stern warning about HDTV.
At DemoFall 2006, Void Communications introduced VaporStream, a Web-based, recordless communications platform. In other words, it's for people and organizations who want real privacy and confidentiality.
I am at the DemoFall 2006 conference, along with fellow ZDNet (Marc Orchant and Mitch Ratcliffe) and CNET blogger (Rafe Needleman) who are covering the 70 products featured over the two-day event. One of the highlights of the morning session was Pluggd’s HearHere software that combines semantic/topic analysis and speech recognition to allow searching of audio files for specific content.
WebEx is pushing beyond the boundaries of its Web conferencing, adding a custom workflow engine and composite application framework to its collaborative environment. The new service, called WebEx Connect, is due for release in Q1 2007, and is built on the company’s on-demand MediaTone network.
In it's first major step towards reconciling a scandalous breach in corporate integrity and character, HP CEO Mark Hurd finally came forward last week to clear the air over what I've been referring to as PatriciaGate here on ZDNet (it's referred to that elsewhere too and I am not taking credit for coining the term). Or, at least to clear as much air as HP's lawyers felt was safe to clear.