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Speaking at a panel discussion at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association conference in Las Vegas, Time Warner chief executive Richard Parsons laid down the gauntlet to Google: "The Googles of the world, they are the Custer of the modern world. We are the Sioux nation," Time Warner Inc.
At the Software 2007 conference in Santa Clara, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer paced across the stage explaining Microsoft's software + services platform strategy to the crowd of IT execs and software vendors and promoting the business value of Office Business Applications (OBAs), which uses Office as a front end for line of business applications, such as ERP.
I'm at the 2007 World Wide Web conference in Banff Canada this week. I gave a tutorial on digital identity yesterday.
Web analytics company WebSideStory has changed its name to Visual Sciences and launched a bevy of new software products to expand more into enterprise software. Image Gallery: These screenshots show the latest Web/data analytics software from Visual Sciences.
Red Hat appears to be taking its learnings from the One Laptop Per Child project and commercializing it. Red Hat, which partnered with OLPC project in 2006 to design a user interface and operating system based on its Fedora kernel, announced the Red Hat Global Desktop, a new client that's expected to be lightweight enough for emerging markets and ultimately deployed in corporations.
During a Software 2007 panel on community and the Internet, PayPal co-founder and now CEO of Slide Max Levchin laid out a scenario in a social networking giant that locks in consumers will arise, with great similarities to how Microsoft was able to create a lock in on the desktop. According to Levchin, 20 years ago Microsoft was able to lock in consumers and lock up data and the desktop with complex file formats.
Fresh from blocking Carl Icahn from getting a board seat, Motorola CEO Ed Zander gave a keynote at the Software 2007 Conference. He didn't have anything to say about the boardroom battle, and wasn't asked during a Q&A with conference host M.
Here are the top three stories in three minutes embedded in the News to know podcast:Vista's first 100 days: Mary Jo Foley reports on how many devices now play nice with Vista. Patch fiesta: Microsoft has a whopper Patch Tuesday.
One would think that after a decade of trying that the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Defense would be able to electronically share all medical records. Not quite.