During an interview conducted by Mike Arrington of TechCrunch at the IBDNetwork Under the Radar event, Ross Levinsohn, president of Fox Interactive, just said that he had bought one of the companies in the room (still finishing the paperwork), but didnt' say who. He has a $2 billion war chest to buy new companies, and went on to say he would bet that he will buy five more companies in the room.
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Worth reading: News.com transcribes portions of the a four-hour meeting today with analysts at its Mountain View headquarters, trying to make course corrections after comments by the company's CFO earlier this week sent the shares on a downward spiral.
I'm at IBDNetwork's Under the Radar event titled "Consumer Technology: Why Web 2.0 Matters.
There's a good discussion going on over in Paul Murphy's blog about the pros and cons of outsourcing your mission-critical IT functions. Murphy, never one to pull a punch, started things off with this:Outsourcing is a solution to internal incompetence at either, or both, the business and IT levels...
When people drop in for a visit to my office, they can't help but wonder if I'm running a wireless phone store on the side. The devices -- all of which are on loaner for my evaluation -- are literally lying all over the place.
Just as HP and Intel, along with Oracle, are about to have their Itanium lovefest, Sun CEO Scott McNealy (pictured at the SunRay keyboard presumably typing his letter) fired off his public letter to HP CEO Mark Hurd, encouraging him to shelve HP-UX for Itanium and adopt Solaris 10. Here's the gist of his note:We propose an alternative - that Sun and HP commit to converge HP-UX with Sun's flagship volume UNIX, Solaris 10.
Please don't say I didn't warn you. Regarding Apple's recently introduced iPod Hi-Fi, the first story I read was written by News.
Since my last blog regarding the Treo 700w and how I think both it and the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system could still use some improvement, I've been waiting for it to crash so I could take a picture of it that shows you what a crashed smartphone looks like.
New companies, many under the Web 2.0 umbrella (meaning not boring Web pages or siloed services), are popping up.
Once I realized there needs to be more than just a wiki behind Mashup Camp's Web site (that it needs to be a "smashup"), the next task was to flip the site's structure from that of "a wiki that includes a Web site" to "a Web site that includes a wiki (amongst other components)." This meant that the first thing to do was to figure out where the Web site would be hosted.