Prediction markets may be the next big thing. Maybe.
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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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While much of the attention has been focused on Yahoo's alleged pursuit of Facebook the company would be better served in the long run by buying LinkedIn. Why?
Afternoon happenings of note:Can Microsoft stay a step ahead of the Vista pirates? Mary Jo Foley revisits the dreaded WGA issue.
AMD CTO Phil Hester said the semiconductor industry made a big mistake by entering megahertz wars at the expense of power management and how applications were actually used. And now the industry could be headed for a similar mistake by playing a game of "I have more cores than you do.
At the AMD analyst meeting officials outlined the company's roadmaps.
Marty Seyer, senior vice president of AMD's commercial segment, looked to "set the record straight" on the chipmaker's performance vs. Intel in the server market.
The key headlines of the day:Google Ad Creation Marketplace auditioning radio talent: Exclusive First LookWindows Vista Randomization Gets OEM Thumbs UpProfits rise at Microsoft joint venture.Building better mosquitoes.
David Pennock of Yahoo Research gave a presentation at the company's headquarters as part of an evening “confab” with a number of experts in the prediction market field. As part of a virtual environment called Yootopia, Pennock said the Yahoo has created a currency, called the "Yootle," for prediction markets or for buying favors from other people on the network.
It hardly seems like a year has passed since the idea of a Mashup Camp first crossed my mind. But that's exactly how long it has been since I first shared the idea with a few other people the day after I attended some after hours events that were being run in conjunction the Syndicate Conference in San Francisco.
Yesterday, I was interviewed by Amy Scott on NPR's Day-to-Day show and the subject of the interview was a Wall St. Journal story that reported on how, in true the enemy of my enemy is my friend fashion, a bunch of television broadcasters are considering a joint Web venture that would compete against YouTube.