Oracle CEO Larry Ellision was a no-show for his keynote this afternoon at the RSA Conference, out with the flu according to his substitute, Hasan Rizvi, vice president of identity management and security at Oracle (pictured below). Ellison is one of hardest acts to follow, and Rizvi did not attempt to mimic the master--no pacing of the stage, sniping at competitors or quotable statements.
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Worth watching: Michael Wesch, an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University, has posted a captivating and incisive 4-minute and 31-second video explaining the basic premise of Web 2.0, concluding that Web 2.
The folks that wanted EMC to carve out VMware in an initial public offering are getting their wish. EMC said after market close that it will sell 10 percent of VMware in an IPO.
Kodak released an inkjet printer line that aims to cut ink costs. Kodak's argument: Buy our printers and save money on ink.
MySpace's fiscal 2007 sales are on track to top $500 million with more growth to come in 2008, said News Corp. chief operating officer Peter Chernin.
ID theft is decreasing because of increased awareness by consumers of the dangers.
As any witness of a Macworld keynote knows Apple CEO Steve Jobs doesn't do much of anything that isn't well scripted and thought out. That strategy and advance preparation is what makes his open letter to the music industry about digital rights management so interesting.
Notable headlines:Wi-Fi hacking, with a handheld PDA. Images.
The morning RSA keynotes were mostly warmed over common wisdom--layer approachs, risk management, intelligence sharing, managing user identities, governance, focusing on users, etc.--about information security, with the exception of the cryptographer panel, which had some good moments.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a blog post today says his company would embrace DRM-free music "in a heartbeat" if "the big four music companies would license Apple their music without the requirement that it be protected with a DRM." If that scenario were to play out, Jobs says "we would switch to selling only DRM-free music on our iTunes store.