Lost in the barrage of metrics included in Microsoft's fiscal third quarter results was this nugget: The software giant has apparently stabilized its online advertising business. even though it's still losing money.
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Giants such as Yahoo, Google, eBay and Amazon and their ilk are going to control 50 percent of all consumer purchases by 2016 and wreak havoc on consumer businesses. These stats are tossed out by Gartner to get folks thinking.
Worried about power costs in your data center? Feeling squeezed by the power company?
Notable headlines:Dinosaur Sightings: A visual history of Internet Explorer from 1 to 7 (right).George Ou: MS Office 2007 versus Open Office 2.
While I was at the SAP Sapphire 2007 conference this week I ran into Jeff Raikes, president of Microsoft's Business Division. He was at the event to promote the extended roadmap of Duet, the collaboration between the two companies that integrates Microsoft Office and SAP business processes.
Apple delivered a blowout quarter largely based on lower commodity costs that boosted gross margins to a healthy 35 percent. Think about it: If all the parts of a $1,099 MacBook get cheaper and consumers pay full price that's a great business.
Security has fallen out of the top 10 business priorities and complacency may be setting in without big attacks grabbing headlines. That was the message from Gartner security analyst John Pescatore, arguably the best observer in the firm.
There's an environmental storm about to hit the technology industry. Information and communication technology accounts for 2 percent of global CO2 emissions, according to Gartner.
Notable headlines: IBM to wed game chip with mainframes.David Berlind: Google gets an F for planned weekday disruption to Google Calendar.
Speaking at the 2007 MySQL Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, CA, MySQL CEO Marten Mickos said the company is working toward an IPO, isn't bleeding cash and did $50 million in revenue last year, compared to an estimated $34 million in 2005 (see Stephen Shankland's full report). That success and growth is also causing frustration among customers, including ZDNet's database guru.