Notable headlines: The problem with CES: There's just too damn much of it. Here's a recap of what seems to be the most interesting stuff thus far.
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I've been watching the Bill Gates keynote from CES. He declared that next year will be his last CES keynote, as he devotes his time to his foundation, unless the CES powers that be want a speech about eliminating infectious diseases from the planet.
David has a post with supposed details about Apple's attempts to pry the iPhone name from Cisco's, which has been busy rolling out its own iPhone products.
Dana Gardner brings up a critical issue that tends to get overlooked in the frothiness surrounding the cool products unveiled at the CES and Macworld events. We will certainly have megabytes of coverage of the products and trends this week on ZDNet.
Charlie Wood is like a pioneer trekking across the frontier in a covered wagon, but the dangers aren't an untamed land, broken wheels or hostiles. Charlie, who runs the startup Spanning Partners, which helps companies RSS-enable applications, is on the frontier of using the software-as-a-service, utility computing model to run his business and is coming face-to-face with the unreliability of the on demand services he depends upon.
For our first Dan & David Show after the holiday break, we preview the two major events coming up next week--the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and Macworld in San Francisco. David and a team of dozens of CNET editors will be covering the CES venues, looking for the latest and greatest products and services.
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is more than a nearly week-long peek into the future of home electronics. It's also a panicky mob of people from all over the world trying to figure out who will be the winners and losers in a multibillion-dollar global business.
One of the more interesting technology battles this year (and probably 2008) will pit Microsoft's Office 2007 coupled with SQL Server 2005 against established business intelligence players. Business intelligence is by far one of the more interesting--and important--software categories in the enterprise space.
I'm pleased to announce that we've beefed up our chip coverage with the addition of John Spooner to the ZDNet blog network. John will be manning the ChipLand blog, which will chronicle the travails of Intel and AMD and other semiconductor developments.
While the tech world is talking about Apple tablet PCs, iPhones and such ahead of Macworld, Wall Street rumors are percolating about Steve Jobs' health. In a blog post recapping 10 things he's hearing on Wall Street, Doug Kass, a general partner for two investment partnerships: Seabreeze Partners L.