On today's podcast:Is Intel trying to torpedo the OLPC?Facebook is the prince of social media, says Dan Farber.
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Nicholas Negroponte, head of the One Laptop Per Child project, blasted Intel for trying to usurp any momentum his effort is getting. Negroponte's argument delivered via 60 Minutes: Intel was pitching its wares and a cheap PC dubbed the Classmate to torpedo the OLPC effort, which needs 3 million orders to start manufacturing.
Given how many friend requests I am getting on Facebook from people who I would expect to hear from on LinkedIn, it's clear that the number two social network, trailing the massive MySpace, is poised to become the prince of social networking. By that I mean the company 23-year-old Mark Zuckerberg founded is becoming the preferred destination for the most attractive demographics--college age and beyond.
Patni Computer Systems, an Indian outsourcing company, plans to aim its services at private equity firms in a move that makes a lot of sense given the acquisition barrage in the U.S.
Notable headlines:Google, Salesforce.com reportedly in alliance.
With his typical heralding of the end of software , salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff now says that his company is bringing the "end of software to SOA" and removing "the barriers of software infrastructure that have been imposed by SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft.
Steve Lohr of the New York Times has an well reported story on the how various corporations, cities, crime fighters, financial institutions and even cement companies are using data mining to improve performance. Data mining isn't new to the world, but it is becoming more mainstream, Lohr reports.
According to Parks Associates, 12 million LCD picture frames will be sold in 2010, up from 700,000 in 2005. They attribute this explosive (projected) growth to falling hardware costs and people's increased comfort with digital imaging technology.
Yesterday I ran across a cool little Web application called Schmedley. The best way to describe it is a desktop inside the browser.
Is aQuantive worth twice as much as DoubleClick? Why would Microsoft pay an 85 percent premium?