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While a lot of talk centers on the power law when people pitch Web 2.0 apps, Britt Blaser argues that the real power is with people and it always will be.
Last night at a Sun event featuring Tim Bray and Mike Arrington talking about Web 2.0, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz made a brief appearance.
Virtualization vendors would like you to believe that software that allows you to run more applications on one server actually helps server sales. The argument, which I heard from a few analysts and VMware after I questioned that logic here and here, goes like this: Virtualization means you'll upgrade servers.
Updated: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was spreading the love for his competitors on the company's third quarter conference call. Notably, Ellison said Oracle replaced Red Hat for Linux support at Yahoo.
Oracle's third quarter delivered better-than-expected results on the back of strong middleware. Meanwhile, Oracle took a few swipes at BEA and SAP.
Cognition Technologies entered the search engine arena with CognitionSearch, which applies linguistic analysis of queries and documents to render more precise results than the popular search engines for English language queries. Currently, CognitionSearch is technology demonstration, focused on three discrete content categories--medicine, politics and legal.
Unstrung is reporting that Palm is looking to sell itself by March 22 to either Nokia, Motorola or a private bidder. This end game isn't all that surprising given that Palm doesn't have the resources to compete with a larger player.
When executives bow out of speaking engagements--whether it's a trade show or investment conference--interested parties go hmmm. Put on your hmmm hats folks because Motorola CEO Ed Zander has backed out of giving the CTIA Wireless 2007 keynote in Orlando.
Peter Rip has heard the last call for what technology history buffs may refer to as the "Web 2.0 period.