On today's podcast:Enterprise search, why it's difficult and why Google is wooing the corporate market.AMD's Barcelona chip could thump Intel.
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Salesforce.com decided last quarter that it won't disclose quarterly subscriber totals.
Much of Hewlett-Packard's earnings were a done deal due to the company's preannouncement, but there were a host of little nuggets from the conference call that are notable. For starters, HP CEO Mark Hurd gave his outlook on component pricing, which can be a window to PC pricing, and addressed Dell's potential entry to the retail market.
Notable headlines:George Ou: AMD Barcelona can potentially smash Intel. Review: ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT.
While Google leads the way with search and advertising dollars, Yahoo is trying to establish its unique market position with a new tagline: “To connect people to their passions, communities, and the world’s knowledge.”Google's tagline--"Organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful"--recently augmented with "Search, Ads & Apps," is a bit more straightforward.
Enterprise search is a mess and technology managers--as well as the vendors selling them stuff--are to blame. In the end, Google will take over the enterprise.
At the Enterprise Search Summit held at the Hilton New York it was particularly galling to be gouged for some quick Internet access. The Wi-Fi network with the best connection was the in-hotel one from Hilton.
In today's podcast:WinHEC picks up steam. Mary Jo Foley looks at Windows Home Server and what Microsoft isn't talking about.
Dell went on the offensive to get ahead of a coming lawsuit from the New York Attorney General. Erica Ogg reports the suit, which will be announced formally today at a press conference, accuses Dell and Dell Financial Services of fraud, false advertising and deceptive business practices, including offering misleading financing, and failing to honor rebates, warranties and service contracts.
Amazon said Wednesday that it will launch a digital music store "later this year" that will feature DRM-free tunes. The online retailer said it will offer millions of songs from more than 12,000 labels.