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Adjacent to a booth hosting all of Microsoft's software was a rather odd sight at Interop. A karaoke, guitar-laden extravaganza (exaggeration alert).
Google Matthew Glotzbach, Product Management Director Google Enterprise, gave a keynote on innovation at the Interop 2007 and the talk was so dry I was forced to innovate.After 45 minutes of innovation cliches--fail wisely, move fast, etc.
Doc Searls is complaining that Facebook takes too much time. He's right.
Notable headlines:Ryan Naraine: Attack of the PDFs. Zero-day flaw in Macrovision DRM app under attack.
Along the road to an expected IPO this year, NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson announced SuiteBundler, a new set of capabilities for building and customizing applications with the company's software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform. The major innovation is that customizations and configurations created in one NetSuite account can be reused in another account without recoding or rewriting, Nelson said.
Amazon reported strong third quarter earnings and upped its outlook for the fourth quarter, but it's unclear whether that's good enough to keep the e-tailer in that elite club that has been carrying the Nasdaq.On Tuesday, Amazon reported third quarter net income of $80 million, or 19 cents a share, up from $19 million, or 5 cents a share, a year ago.
Verizon on Tuesday announced a new FiOS service that offers 20 megabits per second downloads and uploads.I have no clue what I would do with 20 Mbps upload speeds.
When Michael Dell took the reins of his namesake company back better product designs were high on his to-do list. Now there are a few are early signs that Dell is making progress.
Oracle and Cisco are mashing up their on demand services, with Oracle's Siebel CRM On Demand offering running on Cisco's WebEx Connect application platform. The Oracle mashup appears to be a way for Cisco WebEx to demonstrate that it has some traction with its composite application platform, competing with the likes of salesforce.