In a rare public statement about a subject other than iPods or Macs, Steve Jobs said that "unionization and lifetime employment of K-12 teachers is off-the-charts crazy," and that technology in the classroom isn't going to improve public schools until principals can fire bad teachers. He also talked about a textbook-free education system, using free online information like Wikipedia (but with more oversight) and freeing up money for investing in better technology for schools.
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In an interview with news.com's Joris Evers, Symantec CEO John Thompson was asked if he subscribed to the Microsoft's notion that buying Vista makes you much safer online than with XP: Consumers should not be confused.
This week on the Dan & David Show, David checks out Microsoft's Windows Mobile version 6 platform. We also discuss how competition in the virtualization space in heating up (always good for buyers), what Microsoft means by Vista "Ready" and Vista "Capable," and how SOA methods (mashups, assemblers, widgets, etc.
As the music industry transforms and ultimately ditches DRM--and it will happen probably sooner than we think--one question is left hanging: What happens to the tunes you bought already with DRM restrictions? On a feature at RealMoney (subscription required) called Columnist Conversation Michael Comeau asks an interesting question: "If DRM gets abolished, I wonder if Apple (AAPL) will allow people to download songs they've already purchased in the unrestricted mp3 format.
John Panzer works in AOL's identity group. On Valentine's Day, he announced that AOL is supporting OpenID, a URL-based, open standard for user-centric identity on the 'Net.
Michael Dell has been quickly making some necessary changes to his namesake PC maker. First, comes a shakeup.
Bear Stearns analyst Robert Peck says Google's new AdWords algorithm that changes quality scores could boost the company's first quarter revenue. Why?
Visto, a mobile email provider, said Friday it landed $35 million in funding from Altitude Capital Partners. The funds, in addition to $51 million raised in September, "completes the financing at $86 million.
Notable headlines: Apple, Cisco extend negotiations on iPhone name. Apple to re-enter the sub-notebook market.
For many years SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture--building composite applications by assembling components from multiple sources within and beyond an enterprise) and its antecedents have been the province of the developer priesthood. Mere mortals, lacking programming skills, have not been privy to arcane, powerful secrets of SOA codes.