Salesforce.com is taking another step in its quest to become a dominant platform for enterprise applications with the announcement of Apex, which opens up its multi-tenant, on demand infrastructure and an enhanced programming language to any developer.
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For companies looking to speed up integration between new and legacy systems (or, just new and new systems), I've seen a lot of products out that there that use Web services standards (namely XML) to (1) give everything that needs to be integrated a common XML interface and (2) provide the graphical app dev environment for stringing everything together in rapid fashion. But what many of these XML soaking rapid app dev solutions have no concept of is scalability.
I just went to make a phone call with the Motorola Q smartphone that I'm testing and, when I activated the sleeping display (by the way, there's no single button that does this without doing something else too.... something else you may not want to do), here's what I saw: I'm not sure what exactly went wrong.
Dovetailing my blog post from yesterday about why an Intel acquisition of Nvidia makes sense (answer: appliance innovators need a flexible platform that's not a PC motherboard that gets them 95 percent of the way "there"), this post gives an example of the sort of appliance I was thinking about.
Back when I first started complaining about how a 99 cent song (purchased at the iTunes Music Store) couldn't be played back on my $20,000 whole-home entertainment system (a shining example of the problem with DRM technology), a bunch of people suggested that I could legally buy music that would work from a Russian-based source of unprotected MP3 files called AllofMP3.com.
This week on The Dan & David Show, we listen to the California Attorney General grandstanding as he brings down the indictments of Patty Dunn and others. Dunn, who is seriously ill with cancer, allows her lawyer to claim that she is the victim of a "well financed and highly orchestrated disinformation campaign.
Launched today, Google is making the rounds talking about it's newest search product: Google CodeSearch. To find out more about it, I interviewed Google product manager Tom Stocky.
Last night I attended a dinner to celebrate the release of The Business of Changing The World: Twenty Great Leaders on Strategic Corporate Philanthropy, a book by salesforce.com's Marc Benioff (written with Carlye Adler) that covers corporate philanthropy, with essays by Michael Dell, Craig Barrett (Intel), Mike Eskew (UPS), Jean-Pierre Garnier (GlaxoSmithKline), Phil Marineau (Levi Strauss), Steve Case (AOL) and a dozen other executives.
Fellow ZDNet blogger Denise Howell and I went to an AttentionTrust luncheon, where Michael Goldhaber decoded the concept of attention and Seth Goldstein and Steve Gillmor rolled out some AttentionTrust and GestureBank announcements. Denise covers Goldhaber's talk and the Goldstein/Gillmor announcements with her usual thoroughness.
Forbes.com's Mary Crane: Nvidia shares soared on Wednesday following rumors of a possible takeover by Intel.