As expected, Sun and Intel announced an mutually beneficial alliance to promote each other's products. For Sun, Intel embraces Solaris with engineering, support, OEM distribution and marketing, and for Intel, Sun will add Xeon (Woodcrest, Clovertown, etc)-based systems to its x86 product line, currently AMD only.
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Is it any coincidence that IBM announced new social networking software and Getafirstlife, a Second Life parody, debuted within a few hours of each other? Of course not, IBM getting into social networking is the equivalent of the cab driver touting stocks and the dunce down the street trying to flip real estate.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini and Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz have called a press conference at 10 a.m.
First, the Open Source Development Lab lays off a third of its staff in December. Now it's merging with the Free Software Standards Foundation Group in a deal that may have been brokered by IBM, HP and Intel.
As Dion Hinchcliffe recently explained on his ZDNet blog, enterprise mashups are getting ready for prime-time. He points to new tools, such as IBM's new wiki platform, as an example of the transition of mashups from Web hackerdom to corporate respectability.
Notable headlines:Genuine Advantage: Can Microsoft recast itself as protector, not punisher? Enterprise mashups get ready for prime-time.
Do you know how many personal devices are on your corporate network? Ever wonder how many iPods are tapped into your corporate network?
Sun Microsystems has had one partner in the low-end server market--Advanced Micro Devices. That appears to be changing, according to a research note from Bank of America Securities analyst Sumit Dhanda.
In 2000, Salesforce.com started selling a basic CRM solution delivered via the Internet.
Cringely continues his exploration into what Google really plans to be when it grows up. He speculates that Google's fixation on buying up real estate near power sources and building datacenters like hot-spotted Starbucks coffee shops is part of the company's goal to become your indispensable phone, cable company and plain old Internet service provider, disintermediating the current set of service providers trying to hold on in the digital age.