While Amazon delivered a blow-out quarter it remains quiet about detailing how much it is spending on the fast-growing EC2 and S3 Web services. On the first quarter earnings conference call, Bear Stearns analyst Robert Peck tried to pin down Amazon (AMZN) executives on the capital spending issue for 2007, but CEO Jeff Bezos didn't bite.
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Amazon reported its first quarter earnings that handily beat expectations. It also sees clear sailing in the second quarter.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is apparently taking legal action in the Apple options backdating probe against Apple's former general counsel Nancy Heinen. Steve Jobs is supposedly in the clear, and Apple's former CFO Fred Anderson has settled with the SEC, paying a modest fine and repaying option gains without admitting any wrongdoing.
During his keynote, SAP CEO Henning Kagermann showed how SAP is beginning to embrace the concepts of Web 2.0.
Updated below: Phillip Rosedale, founder and CEO of Second Life, said Tuesday that the company plans to roll out 3D voice applications in the next few months. And more business applications could arise with voice in Second Life.
We all get bombarded with new things all the time. That's the world we live in.
Judging from a presentation by Gartner analyst David Gootzit, it's clear we're portaled out. The solution: Aggregation.
SAP and Microsoft revealed an extended roadmap for Duet, which integrates Microsoft Office with SAP business processes and data. Duet 1.
Hewlett-Packard executives believe that a tipping point has been reached, and we are entering a new era. "Technology is moving into a new context--IT as we know it is over," Deborah Nelson, HP’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Alliances Technology Solutions Group.