In today's podcast:Microsoft pays $6 billion for aQuantive. Who is aQuantive and did Microsoft panic and overpay?
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The instant messages and emails about Microsoft's $6 billion purchase of aQuantive go something like this:"Whoa that's a big deal.""I'd hate to be short aQuantive.
Microsoft, loser of the DoubleClick sweepstakes and rumored to buy almost every online advertising company on the planet, is now on the bandwagon. Microsoft acquired aQuantive for $6 billion in the largest acquisition in the company's history.
Ask an enterprise search vendor how long it'll take for a customer to deploy the company's software and you get a everything from a few days to a few months. In other words it depends--mostly on the customer.
Notable headlines:Engadget on how iPhone delay story happened. Techmeme discussion.
This week on the Dan & David Show, we discuss Microsoft's accusation that the open-source software industry has infringed 235 Microsoft patents and Dell's Project Hybrid, which appears to be a plan deliver virtualized, plug-and-play servers for datacenters. We also Amazon's new DRM-free music service, Google's Universal search and the colonization of the Web.
I'm just coming off three days at the Internet Identity Workshop (IIW), a workshop I, Kaliya Hamlin, and Doc Searls organize every six months. IIW focuses on what's called "user-centric identity," a set of technologies for building an identity layer for the Internet.
Dell executives met with the press today in San Francisco to have a discussion about the company’s strategic direction, but it turned into more of a lecture about how Dell is going to leapfrog HP and IBM in delivering datacenter solutions.Dell’s CTO Kevin Kettler and Jay Parker, director of PowerEdge servers, announced Project Hybrid, which they said will set a new industry standard for reducing cost and complexity in datacenters.
The Federal Communications Commission has apparently given Apple's iPhone device the green light, according to AppleInsider. AppleInsider reports that the FCC basically cleared the iPhone for sale.
Guess Microsoft just didn't want 24/7 Real Media after all.24/7 Real Media said in a statement that it sold out to advertising giant WPP Group for $649 million today.