Last week, David Berlind -- in his report on Google dropping hints about offering hosted email -- suggested that the vast majority of businesses now in-sourcing their email can't possibly justify the practice. Ridiculous, responded many readers -- and some of David's blogging colleagues.
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During a MashupCamp session on mashups and Creative Commons, Stanford Law Professor Larry Lessig laid out the legal challenge for the digital remix/mashup culture. "There is nothing new about mashups.
After the camp rules were set, the various vendors pitched their APIs and then the sessions topics and time slots were allotted. This morning's session on monetization and business models for mashups and API revenue extraction attracted the most attendees so far.
MashupCamp is getting underway this morning at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. About 300 mashers have gathered to geek out on the latest innovations in Web- based applications.
In April of 2005 (I'm still catching up on my reading), Sony patented a technique for using ultrasonic waves to stimulate various centers of the human brain in order to produce extremely high-fidelity sensory impressions. The idea is apparently to build really, really immersive environments for games.
On February 14, security guru Eugene Kaspersky, founder of Kasperksy Lab Founder, was interviewed by New York Times reporter John Markoff at a Churchill Club event. We have a podcast of the interview, during which Kaspersky discussed the age of profit-driven Internet thieves.
Worth reading: My local paper, the San Francisco Chronicle, interviewed Paul Saffo, one of the brightest lights envisioning future scenarios. Here are a few choice quotes from the interview: So far, at least, the technology is not autonomous to be in charge.
I went to the TechCrunch event Friday night, celebrating the publication of Naked Conversations by Shel Israel and Robert Scoble. Many friends, acquaintances and new faces (pictures here).
Jeff Nolan of Venture Chronicles blog and an SAP executive posted a response his colleague Peter Graf's view, expressed during a keynote at the Open Source Business Conference, that the vast majority of open source software is too immature and won’t have a chance to prove itself, meaning it won’t be a good, strategic choice for enterprises.
Tom Krazit has the story on Apple invoking the Digital Millenium Copyright Act to stop two sites, OSx86 Project and Win2osx.net (no longer accessibe), from publishing information about running Mac OS X on x86 processors.