Notable headlines:Google, Salesforce.com reportedly in alliance.
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With his typical heralding of the end of software , salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff now says that his company is bringing the "end of software to SOA" and removing "the barriers of software infrastructure that have been imposed by SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft.
Steve Lohr of the New York Times has an well reported story on the how various corporations, cities, crime fighters, financial institutions and even cement companies are using data mining to improve performance. Data mining isn't new to the world, but it is becoming more mainstream, Lohr reports.
According to Parks Associates, 12 million LCD picture frames will be sold in 2010, up from 700,000 in 2005. They attribute this explosive (projected) growth to falling hardware costs and people's increased comfort with digital imaging technology.
Yesterday I ran across a cool little Web application called Schmedley. The best way to describe it is a desktop inside the browser.
Is aQuantive worth twice as much as DoubleClick? Why would Microsoft pay an 85 percent premium?
Intuit reported a stellar third quarter and delivered $1 billion in revenue over three months for the first time. Fueled by tax season, Intuit reported net income of $367 million, or $1.
In today's podcast:Microsoft pays $6 billion for aQuantive. Who is aQuantive and did Microsoft panic and overpay?
The instant messages and emails about Microsoft's $6 billion purchase of aQuantive go something like this:"Whoa that's a big deal.""I'd hate to be short aQuantive.
Microsoft, loser of the DoubleClick sweepstakes and rumored to buy almost every online advertising company on the planet, is now on the bandwagon. Microsoft acquired aQuantive for $6 billion in the largest acquisition in the company's history.