This week on the Dan & David Show, we discuss Apple's blowout quarter and the latest option-related controversy--former Apple CFO's Fred Anderson's allegation that Steve Jobs wasn't blissfully ignorant about the consequences of back dating. Microsoft also had good quarterly earnings, with Vista and Office 2007 getting some traction.
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I posted a video clip of the panel on Web 2.0 in the enterprise (also known as Enterprise 2.
Some critics (such as ZDNet blogger Andrew Keen, author of "Cult of the Amateur") dismiss user-generated content as mostly amateurish crap. It's also rife with licensing issues.
Microsoft's move to make Windows available for $3 to emerging markets is already having an impact on Linux. According to an AP report, Nicholas Negroponte said the $100 laptop for kids in developing countries actually runs about $175.
Lost in the barrage of metrics included in Microsoft's fiscal third quarter results was this nugget: The software giant has apparently stabilized its online advertising business. even though it's still losing money.
Giants such as Yahoo, Google, eBay and Amazon and their ilk are going to control 50 percent of all consumer purchases by 2016 and wreak havoc on consumer businesses. These stats are tossed out by Gartner to get folks thinking.
Worried about power costs in your data center? Feeling squeezed by the power company?
Notable headlines:Dinosaur Sightings: A visual history of Internet Explorer from 1 to 7 (right).George Ou: MS Office 2007 versus Open Office 2.
While I was at the SAP Sapphire 2007 conference this week I ran into Jeff Raikes, president of Microsoft's Business Division. He was at the event to promote the extended roadmap of Duet, the collaboration between the two companies that integrates Microsoft Office and SAP business processes.
Apple delivered a blowout quarter largely based on lower commodity costs that boosted gross margins to a healthy 35 percent. Think about it: If all the parts of a $1,099 MacBook get cheaper and consumers pay full price that's a great business.