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.
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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.
Good idea: One of the featured products at the Demo conference in San Diego this week will be Moixa Energy's USBCELL, a AA NiMH rechargeable battery that takes a charge from any USB port. Pricing for a two-cell pack in the UK is £12.
Stephen Speicher has posted an editorial on Engadget that makes it sound as if the reason there's so much opposition to DRM is that people want the freedom to pirate content. The title of the post is Digital Content: Why the sense of entitlement.
BuzzLogic hopes to solve one of the riddles of the Web--who is influential within the millions of conversations taking place in social Web, especially blogs. I have been following the progress of BuzzLogic for a few years.