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For the opening session at the D conference this morning, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that his company was a lot more nimble today than when it had 30 people. He was responding to a question from conference co-host Walt Mossberg how the company deals with huge scale of the company, with 78,000 employees.
On today's podcast:What are the prospects for Microsoft's Surface Computer? See photos, video, Mary Jo Foley's take and news story.
As expected Microsoft unveiled its multi-touch computing system and it's shocking how this news announcement played out to script. Microsoft briefed the world, got the coverage (see Techmeme) and gave Bill Gates some ammo for his dog-and-pony show with Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Looks like MySpace's parent is gobbling up key contributors to its service. Fox Interactive Media just announced that it will acquire Photobucket and Flektor.
Notable headlines:Ryan Stewart: New version of ColdFusion aimed at .NET, Ajax crowd.
Presidential candidate Senator John McCain took fielded some tough questions from Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher in the opening interview at the D: All Things Digital conference. One of the more interesting exchanges during the interview, beyond McCain's positions on various campaign issues, was his call for the best and brightest, including Silicon Valley executives, to serve in government, a kind of league of extraordinary gentleman and women harkening back to the administration of John F.
The D conference is well known for its schwag...like the Oscars of the tech world, except no awards are given.
That Google-Salesforce.com partnership reported last week looks like it's set for June 5.
If Google's Street View is so great, why am I wary. Oh yeah, it must be the FOG (the fear of Google Robert Scoble talks about).