Perusing the revamped Ask.com a few thoughts quickly come to the fore: Nice interface, like the icons, the results aren't bad and it'll never catch Google.
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Six Apart is revamping its leading Movable Type blogging software and turning it into a componentized platform with new enterprise and social media capabilities. I talked to Chris Alden, executive vice president and general manager of Movable Type, about the new version, MT 4, which is being rolled out in beta this week as a free download and is expected to go into general release in Q3.
Notable headlines:Intel readies new chipsets. AMD hopes Barcelona demos whet IT's appetite.
The salesforce.com and Google partnership turned out to be not a grand alliance or acquisition pitting the two companies against Microsoft, but a refinement of the AdWords campaign management software that salesforce.
Ask has breathed some new life into search with a major site overhaul. Dubbed Ask3D, the revamped site combines search suggestions, results and related structured data on a single page.
A week or so ago, I published a podcast at IT Conversation with Scott Mace interviewing Gary Edwards about OpenDocument. Edwards is the president of the OpenDocument Foundation.
Mike Arrington of TechCrunch offers his chessboard logic as to why salesforce.com is acquisition bait and reasons that the company is a good fit for being absorbed by Google.
McAfee on Monday issued another report on the safety of search engines and found that 4 percent of results link to risky Web sites.The good news is that search engines are generally safer than they were in May 2006 when 5 percent of search engines linked to dangerous sites.
In today's podcast:Palm tries to capture some Apple magic.iPhone coming June 29.
The iPhone frenzy has begun, but let's cut to brass tacks: Can the iPhone really ship 10 million units in 2008?That 10 million figure is what Apple is tossing out there as expectations for iPhone sales (see conference call transcript confirming the figure).