This week on the Dan & David Show, Larry Dignan fills in for David, who is taking a few days off to chase the little white, dimpled ball around the countryside with a stick and his son. Larry and I riff on the messy, infectious Windows animated cursor flaw, EMI and Apple partnering to free up music from DRM for an additional 30 cents and whether Yahoo made a misstep by not acquiring Facebook months ago.
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The National Institute of Standards says that facial recognition technology can be better than human identification with accuracy rates approaching 99 percent. Iris scanning, however, could improve.
I'm pleased to announce that Dan Kusnetzky has joined ZDNet to man a new blog dedicated to virtualization. Dan is the General Manager, Research of Acuity Group, LLC.
If European Union regulators have their way Microsoft will have to turn over technical information about its Windows operating system for little to no compensation. According to documents seen by the Financial Times the EU and Microsoft remain far apart on the details of the EU's antitrust ruling three years ago.
I didn't know this but Technorati has gone from being a company that basically searches blogs to being the "recognized authority on user-generated content search" and "pre-eminent authority on what people are saying online." In any case, despite the lofty self references, the company issued its latest today state of the blogosphere, now called the “State of the Live Web” (thanks to Doc Searls).
Russell Shaw flags a monstrous U.S. patent application by Research in Motion that outlines plans to bring a lot of autoformatting features to the Blackberry.
Notable headlines: Russell Shaw: Major new Blackberry patent.Jason O'Grady: Apple release octo-core Mac Pro.
Yahoo should have paid dearly for Facebook and was silly for worrying about little things like valuation. Yahoo's inability to Facebook is especially troublesome since the social networking has blown past Yahoo's initial assumptions.
Knowledge@Wharton has an interview with Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie. He doesn't offer much in the way of new revelations about Microsoft strategy, but provide more nuance to the multi-headed vision that Microsoft General Manager of Platform Strategy Charles Fitzgerald discussed with me last week.
In the future we're all going to become gofers for computers. Pleasant thought isn't it?