Headlines of the day: Is MS Office becoming a zero-day liability all year long? Also playing it safe with Vista.
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Tim O'Reilly takes another whack at defining Web 2.0 with new, more compact paragraph to capture the essence of the term, concept, movement, trend, fad, flavor or whatever you want to call it.
Interesting post by Keith Teare on the how the Internet is moving away from mammoth, centralized portals. Traffic, he said, is moving out toward the edges of the network, flattening out as users move from habituating portals like Yahoo to a more distributed network of content and services.
Google Earth adds another layer--this time one that incorporates information from Wikipedia, Panoramio and the Google Earth Community. As a result you can go anywhere in the world and see what people have said about it.
Thomas Otter, a solution architect at SAP and fellow Enterprise Irregular, has a good summary of the blogger coverage from SAP's fourth annual Analyst Summit, which took place on December 4 and 5 in Las Vegas. Many of those who commented on the substance of the analyst day did not attend the event, but viewed it via a Webcast or through the lens of those of us who were in Las Vegas to cover the event.
Yahoo scheduled some maintenance for its instant messenger from 5:30 to 7:30 PM PST, warning users that some problems may occur. Indeed, as of 9:40 Yahoo Messenger was still spawning windows by the minute and eating up system resources.
Microsoft has found its new Scoble, although there is only one Scoble. Jon Udell, who spent many years anchoring Infoworld and an early member of the Gillmor Gang, is going to be an evangelist for Microsoft, but not at the expense of his well- earned credibility.
This week on the Dan & David Show, we discuss the recent shakeup at Yahoo, the latest in the HPgate scandal, the substance of SAP's analyst summit, standardization of Microsoft's Open XML format, and whether Apple's rumored iPhone can succeed. David starts off the show talking about his ZDNet new blog, Testbed, and points to a recent post about a post on Code Green Networks as an example of where he is heading with product coverage.
Are Microsoft service packs about to go extinct? It's possible according to Mary Jo Foley, who reports that the servicing model for Exchange Server 2007 will be delivered in 6 to 8-week increments.
Mark Cuban, gave a presentation at the UBS media and communications conference Thursday, and walked through the future of high-definition television and what it means for TV and Internet video. Cuban owns HDNet and is admittedly partial to high-def video.