Worth reading: Nick Carr ruminates on the millenialist rhetoric around Web 2.0--which he says represents participation, collectivism, virtual communities and amateurism --and the potential hegemony of the amateur, which is exemplified by Wikipedia in his view.
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A panel entitled "Search by another name: New ideas in Search" didn't yield much in the way of new ideas or Web 2.0 breakthroughs.
ThinkFree's functions in association with Google's Blogger service is a no-brainer.
Nicholas Negroponte's plan to distribute 150 million $100 laptops to third-world children by 2007 may be impossibly ambitious. But Microsoft ought to be paying attention anyway.
Late last week, I was inspired to write a Declaration of InDRMpendence (declaring my freedom from Digital Restrictions Management [DRM] technology) by my good friend who mistakenly recommended Sonos' wireless-mesh based whole home audio system. He was certain that it could play all of the songs he's purchased through iTunes as long as he hooked on Sonos device to one of the PCs in his house running iTunes.
The Google-Sun collaboration has kept us busy the last two days--trying to figure out what was in the works and now deciphering the actual announcement. There was rampant speculation that Google would launch an MS Office killer based on OpenOffice bits, but that wasn't even close.
During the Google-Sun press conference [Stephen Shankland's coverage here] [video clip here], Eric Schmidt was asked about Google’s plans to take on Microsoft in the applications space. He basically responded that Google is a search company that sells ads.
As my colleague Dan Farber has already pointed out, News.com's Stephen Shankland has penned an analysis piece that pretty much exhausts all of the possibilities that could come out of a Sun-Google partnership (being announced as I press the publish button).
I'm forbidden to do something that is otherwise perfectly legal -- access my own music in a fashion that is convenient to me but that does not otherwise violate the copyright.
What's Sun gonna do, tell him to get in line behind Microsoft?