In response to a patent infringement suit file against the video and game rental giant by snail-mail rental Cinderella Netflix, Blockbuster is now claiming that Netflix's patents are baseless. According to Reuters: Blockbuster on Tuesday said the lawsuit is based on patents that Netflix obtained deceptively in a bid to monopolize online rentals.....
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If hackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in a kernel mode driver for any operating system, they'd essentially end up with control of the entire system. But, according to a story by News.
Rumors have been swirling the HP or EMC would acquire Mercury Interactive, but for now the company is continuing on its own buying binge. "It's further evidence that we want to be the acquiring company as opposed to the acquired company," Christopher Lochhead, Mercury chief marketing officer, told me today after the acquistions were announced.
Tomorrow, I'll be recording my interview (for podcast) of AMD's director of commercial software marketing Margaret Lewis. Lewis is AMD's chief strategist on the software side but probably has enough awareness of what's going on elswhere in the company that just about anything can be asked of her.
By way of an entry on Bob Sutor's blog, I found CNET editor Rafe Needleman talking about the various entries in the marketplace that could eventually serve as Web-based replacements for PowerPoint. Microsoft is already getting some pressure on the word processing and spreadsheet fronts (particularly now that Socialtext has taken on Dan Bricklin and his WikiCalc innovation under its open source wing).
Dan Bricklin, the co-inventor of the electronic spreadsheet and now the inventor of WikiCalc, and Ross Mayfield, the CEO of wiki solutions provider SocialText, have gotten together in a unique partnership that could be more disruptive to the status quo than most people may realize. Whether it is or not remains to be seen.
An unofficial poll of state CIOs conducted at this month's NASCIO showed that 69% either disagreed or strongly disagreed that states are better prepared to face a disaster than they were before Katrina. 79% disagree or strongly disagree with the same question about the Federal government.
Most search engines apply behavioral intelligence--applying clickstream data, such as link structure, to improve search--but Baynote is taking it a step further. The company, founded in November 2004 and employing about 20 people, is mining user behavior on Web pages--what CEO Jack Jia calls the "wisdom of the community"--for improving enterprise search results.
It seems that every new Web site now has a social media angle, whether it needs it or not. Nearly every startup now wants to pump itself up with the new form of digital human growth hormone, trying to take a page from MySpace, Facebook, Xanga, Flickr, TagWorld even the aged Classmates.
I checked in with Joe Kraus, CEO of JotSpot, about the impact of Google Spreadsheets, which after an initial, widely observed and ballyhooed launch (will it kill Microsoft Excel?), has gone into blogospheric hybernation.