Google grabs DoubleClick. Yahoo grabs Right Media.
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How many lawyers does it take to cut and paste "deny allegations" a few hundred times? That's the most interesting question raised by Google's response to Viacom's $1 billion copyright suit over videos posted on YouTube (see Techmeme discussion).
Notable headlines: Google denies Viacom copyright charges. Full response (PDF).
I met with Charles Fitzgerald this afternoon to talk about the MIX07 Silverlight and related announcements. He is general manger of platform strategy for Microsoft, which means he carries the evolving script for understanding how all the pieces at the company should fit together and cohere as an underlying, point of leverage platform.
In a little under an hour, researchers at the University of Texas in Austin plan to reveal a fully functional prototype of a new computer processor it's proponents claim will scale to the "end of silicon." The processor is called TRIPS, which stands for Tera-op, Reliable, Intelligently adaptive Processing System.
After demos of Silverlight to the MIX07 crowd, Techcrunch founder and editor Mike Arrington interviewed Ray Ozzie, chief software architect, and Scott Guthrie, general manager of Microsoft's developer platform. Arrington first asked Ozzie about the notion of a Web OS, a term Ozzie didn't use in his answer.
Rackable Systems said former CA CTO Mark J. Barrenechea will take over as CEO of Rackable Systems, the beleaguered server and storage system maker.
Yahoo acquires Right Media and we hear about the democratization of online advertising, a few thinly-veiled Google barbs and some tough talk from the likes of Yahoo CEO Terry Semel and CFO Susan Decker. I don't doubt that Right Media is of strategic importance to Yahoo, which spent $680 million to preempt an upcoming DoubleClick (soon to be Google's) ad network.
Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie opened the MIX07 conference announcing that .NET technology is being paired up with Silverlight, Microsoft's cross-platform multi-browser plug-in for developing media rich interactive Web applications and a competitor to Adobe's Flash/Apollo.
In a CIO Sessions interview, Ray Gilbert, assistant vice president for IT Enterprise Collaboration at Alcatel Lucent discusses how the telecom services provider is addressing mobility needs and convergence challenges for the next generation of devices.