On today's podcast:Riffs on the next big Web thing and green data centers.Office 2008 for the Mac is delayed.
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.
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Two years ago, I pondered whether the bill cell phone companies were the next "big tobacco" after it had come to light that cellco's were over-meddling in the work of independent researchers at the University of Washington. Not only did cellco's look to discredit the research before it was published, a lobbying organization for the cell phone industry that dispenses funds for such research attempted to control testing methodologies as a part of its grant process.
Dell said Thursday that it has acquired ASAP Software, which provides applications to manage software licenses and renewals, for $340 million. ASAP is currently a subsidiary of Corporate Express, an office supplies vendor.
Amazon appears to experimenting with grocery deliveries in Seattle. The invite only service, which was highlighted by Michael Arrington at TechCrunch, is dubbed Amazon Fresh and promises a fresh selection, value and convenience of grocery shopping online.
Ubiquitous personal monitoring has its disadvantages, but it will tend to encourage people--even sadistic bus drivers--to behave themselves.
Google's wireless plans are coming into focus, but it will face a big hurdle: Convincing wireless carriers that it is a partner and not a foe.The Wall Street Journal reports today that Google is approaching numerous wireless carriers like T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless with prototype handsets embedded with its search engine, email and mobile browser.
Notable headlines:Dan Farber: The future of virtual worlds.The third Web wave--two degrees of separation.
The majority of datacenters were built 15 years ago when power requirements and densities were much lower. Power consumption has risen from 2 kilowatts to 40 kilowatts over the past decade.
During a panel with venture capitalists at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit O7, Roger McNamee, co-founder of the private equity firm Elevation Partners, gave his view on the latest Internet driving force--the era of social networking."Predicting the future is really an unproductive activity," he said.
At the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit 07 the virtual worlds was under scrutiny. Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier led a panel (below) with Philip Rosedale, CEO of Linden Labs (Second Life); Irving Wladawksy-Berger of IBM; Chris Sherman, CEO of Gaia Online and Chris Melissinos, chief gaming officer at Sun.