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Latest Posts

Adobe brings Buzzword into the fold

Adobe is adding to its applications portfolio with the acquisition of Virtual Ubiquity's word processor, Buzzword (see previous coverage). Adobe was an investor in Virtual Ubiquity, which is a marquee application based on the company's Flash and will run on Adobe's AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) OS-independent Web platform.

September 30, 2007 by Dan Farber


Facebook, LinkedIn, Xing making moves

In the social networking arena today, when Facebook sneezes, the entire blogosphere stands at attention. The latest news is that Facebook, as expected, will let its members organize friends into groups, such as business, family and school, enhance the worbvk profile and provide controls for who can see what (see Techmeme).

September 30, 2007 by Dan Farber


Blowing up generators remotely

Researchers at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory have shown that it's possible to remotely hack into a control system for an electrical generator and cause it to fail--not just stop, but actually fly apart. The details of this experiment, called the Aurora Generator Test, were inadvertently disclosed by Dept.

September 28, 2007 by Phil Windley


Doc Searls' digital nirvana scenario

Doc Searls posted his thoughts questioning the role of advertising in the 21st century Web. He asks, "Why do we continue to take advertising for granted as the primary source of the the Bux DeLuxe required to fund technical, social and personal progress?

September 28, 2007 by Dan Farber

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3Tera powers the grid for Web apps

I have been reading a pre-release copy of Nick Carr's forthcoming (January 2008) book, "The Big Switch: Our New Digital Destiny." He makes a clear case that computing resources distributed via vast grids will transform economics, business and culture in the 21st century just as electric utilities did in the last century.

September 27, 2007 by Dan Farber