It's getting ugly. Something has apparently gone terribly awry in the recent legal pact between Microsoft and Novell.
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There's a lot of legal mumbo jumbo in this post. So, let me preface it with the official disclaimer that I am not a lawyer.
Would you sacrifice $10 million in sales to prevent $1 billion in software piracy? How about $100 million?
My personal belief is that mashup style software development, as ecosytems go, will easily overtake most other software development ecosystems in number of developers and applications. To help acclerate that process, ZDNet, in conjunction with Mashup University (the event) now brings Mashup U directly to you, on your desktop at no cost to you.
The Wall Street Journal publishes a Yahoo memo penned by Brad Garlinghouse and it took bloggers about an hour to start pondering conspiracy theories. Among the questions summed up and raised by Donna Bogatin and a few hundred other bloggers: How did the Journal get the memo?
One of this morning's headlines really stopped me in my tracks. Over on CNN.
Yahoo's new ad platform, dubbed Panama, appears to be making progress, according to a report by UBS analyst Benjamin Schachter. In a research note, Schachter said "Yahoo is ramping up efforts to migrate advertisers to the new user interface (campaign management application).
Some companies just spread themselves to thin and Yahoo increasingly looks like one of them. It's targeting too many markets and that needs to change, reports The Wall Street Journal.
This week on the Dan & David Show, David goes deep on the assertion by Steve Ballmer that Linux infringes on patents from Microsoft's IP treasure chest. The Novell-Microsoft deal is just a first step in Microsoft's quest to assert its alleged and as yet unspecified IP rights related to Linux.
As of the time that I started writing this blog post,it's the top story on Techmeme right now. If you're reading this post to get some other insight into Jason Calacanis the man or AOL the company now that Calacanis (founder of Weblogs, Inc.