I ran into my old friend Dave Winer at the San Francisco airport on Wednesday last week. He was on his way to Boston for the Public Media Conference.
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Vinnie Mirchandani has some fun in a blog post applying a technology twist to the revealing and often humorous "two cows" question, such as how political systems or corporations are different from one another (Communism: You have two cows. The government takes both of them and gives you a share of the milk).
Salesforce.com's big enterprise customer that will be announced Tuesday is apparently Merrill Lynch.
Google Apps doesn't compete with Office, it complements it. And because of how it's delivered, it creates an ecosystem that allows other companies to add value to the overall mix, enriching Google in the process.
If three technologists could tell the U.S. government what to do one of the first items would be to fix the patent system.
Broadband over powerline technology may be coming to your home, but first electric companies need to read your meter in real time. That's the takeaway from a roundtable that focused Current Communications, a startup that is selling electric utilities on the need for better grid monitoring and management and software and broadband over powerline technology.
Federal Express is running a "limited pilot" that couples sensor technologies to track a package's temperature, location, humidity levels and delivery status with Web 2.0 tools such as Google Earth, according to FedEx CIO Robert Carter.
Update below: Phil Wainewright raises an interesting beef in his post on SaaS data worries. In a nutshell, Phil says it's strange that people are trotting out the "your data may not be safe" argument when talking about Google Office.
Notable headlines: Ryan Naraine: eEye spies first MS Office 2007 remote exploit. Yet another ‘critical’ Firefox flaw.
RFID has been a much hyped technology over the last several years. You would have thought that by now radio frequency identification chips would be attached to multitudes of products and embedded in our bodies.