On today's podcast:Ed Burnette previews of Google's Developer Day.Dell does Wal-Mart and plans to sell PCs there June 10.
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John Newton brings 25 years of experience in information management software to his latest project: a new ZDNet blog, Newton's Theory, which intends to follow the development of information management in the enterprise "with an open source twist."
Network Appliance (NTAP) reported strong fiscal 2007 results, but cut its first quarter outlook due to a technology slowdown in March. Network Appliance, which sells storage gear, called March an "air pocket" and said business rebounded in April.
Update: A few updates to the prior post, including a hard date. Dell confirmed the Wal-Mart deal to News.
Dell officially launched three consumer systems loaded with Ubuntu 7.04 installed and sales kick off today.
Notable headlines:Ed Burnette: Google Developer Day sneak peek with Bret Taylor.Russell Shaw: Google patent app shows extensive Google plans for mobile search.
I wrote about Cisco CEO John Chambers' Interop keynote yesterday in which he proclaimed that the future is Web 2.0, which he defined as collaboration.
"What has changed is the way we think about how we work across the industry in terms of providing interoperable solutions. Our focus has shifted over the last few years.
Updated below: Dell's potential move into the retail channel has been growing every since Michael Dell said in a memo that the direct model "is not a religion."If (more likely when) Dell moves into retail it frankly won't be much of a surprise.
Splunk continues to ramp up what it calls an "IT search engine," which captures log data and other kinds of information that can help identify problems and provide proof of compliance with various regulations, such as Sarbanes-Oxley and the Payment Card Industry standard.