Microsoft has issued a declaration -- something it calls the Open Specification Promise -- that it won't assert certain Web services patents it holds (or may hold in the future). Martin Lamonica reports:Microsoft is pledging not to assert its patents pertaining to nearly three dozen Web services specifications--a move designed to ease concerns among developers by creating a legal environment more friendly to open-source software....
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Sun executives were in New York City to give a boost to its low-end UltraSparc-based servers, cranking up the processor speed with 1.5GHz UltraSparc IIIi processors and the I/O with PCI-X and PCI Express, as well as adding RAID on the motherboard and a redundant power supply.
In the first installment of If the URL exists, you must acquit, I made a case for why Jon Udell had done no wrong when he essentially pointed to a URL from an XML file. I argued that this is really no different than pointing to a URL from an HTML file (aka: a standard Web page) which any Web site is essentially free to do.
This evening, at the reception for Digital ID World, someone asked me what I thought of the conference. I've been to every DIDW since it started (5 years now).
Microsoft upgraded and took the beta label off of most parts of Windows Live Search, the company's latest attempt to slow down the Google train. The new search interface is minimalist, like Google's, and is focused on speed and relevance.
We have some video coverage via Christy Andrade from Demo China, which showcases some of the new products that hope capture the hearts and minds of users in the Asian markets. The event took place in Tianjin from September 5 through 8.
I'm sitting here in my home office in northern Massachusetts trying to find out what Steve Jobs is saying at his product roll-out (taking place right now) and my first choice of sites to visit was Engadget. But I'm apparently not the only one who thinks Engadget is going to have the best blow-by-blow coverage.
Since earlier this summer, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is putting out the equivalent of a red alert about some language that it says has been snuck into an obscure copyright bill -- language that the EFF says could smash Internet fair use. According to the warning:The entertainment industry has sneaked language into an obscure copyright bill that could smash Internet fair use.
I'm at Digital ID World this week, along with Dan Farber, so you'll probably get a spate of identity related posts in the next few days. In Phil Becker's annual "State of Digital Identity" this morning, he mentioned that where "location" was a crutch that computer security leaned in in the past, in the future it will be a critical part of the identity data returned about a user.
If you become the subject of controversy, then you get all the glory too. In hindsight, perhaps the folks at XenSource should be happy about the little soap opera that recently bubbled up around a certain Red Hat senior executive's opinion that XenSource's open source virtualization solution isn't ready for prime time.