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.
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
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.
I woke up Saturday morning to an email from Sun's Francois "Mr. JavaDB" Orsini that alerted me to Google Browser Sync.
The major weekend news, at least according to Technorati's blog search, was A-list blogger Robert Scoble leaving Microsoft to join PodTech.net.
In case you missed it, in my ongoing attempt to enlighten the world about the evils of digital rights management technology (aka: C.R.
Worth reading: Dan Zambonini at O'Reilly's XML.com provides some constructive criticism of the elusive Semantic Web, outlining seven flaws.
CNET senior associate editor Bonnie Cha gives a short video review of the new Motorola Q smartphone which runs Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone operating system.
The recent controversy over Microsoft's usage of Windows Update to install anti-piracy software that apparently phones home to Microsoft's servers over the Internet on a daily basis has drawn a poorly constructed response (I analyze it here) from the company that is at best mistaken or incomplete and at worst, disingenuous about how the software installs itself and works.
After its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) anti-piracy software (pushed to end users via Windows Update) starting phoning home to Microsoft's servers on a daily basis thus earning Microsoft a place in the public spotlight in recent days, the software giant's public relations engine was apparently very busy yesterday figuring out what to do about users' concerns and then getting the word out. The result?
With all the news and speculation about Google building a collaborative Web Office of sorts, with a browser-based spreadsheet, word processor, email and calendar for starters, I wanted to get Microsoft's point of view on Web versus rich client Office suites. Can Web apps match the capababilities of desktop apps?