On today's podcast:Thoughts on NTP's latest patent lawsuit.Why Office 2007 sales are doing well.
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Lenovo is claiming that its latest desktop is the smallest, quietest and most energy efficient. Will it be enough to make desktops cool again?
Sun Microsystems' open source moves continue to snowball. On Wednesday, Sun said it will acquire the majority of Cluster File Systems intellectual property and assets.
Eight years ago, Chris Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger presented the The Cluetrain Manifesto, which came up with the phrase that in the Internet age "markets are conversations."Now Peter Hirshberg, chairman of Technorati, and Steve Hayden, vice-chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, along with Doc Searls are extending Cluetrain concepts to the office, with a paper, "The Manifesto on Monday Morning: How to put the wisdom of Cluetrain into action when you get to your office.
Microsoft and Novell said Wednesday that they have opened an interoperability lab in Cambridge, Mass. to improve collaboration between the two parties.
Notable headlines:Robin Harris: Build a $50 DVD burner.Larry Dignan: NTP: We sue the (wireless) world.
NTP is back for more patent goodies. And this time the patent-holding company is suing a lot more than just RIM.
David Greenfield points to a post by Google Operating System via Google Blogoscoped about a video explaining Google's plans to add a social fabric to its applications, a la Facebook. The video, which has been removed from Google Video, apparently comes from an in-house "tech talk" presentation by Google's Ben Darnell to new Google employees.
Hewlett-Packard plans to name Disney executive Michael Mendenhall chief marketing officer as of Oct. 1.
Sun Microsystems rolled out its latest version of Solaris and the operating system is optimized for virtualization among other items. The update is supposed to make it easier to migrate for new customers to migrate to Solaris.