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2006: The year in pictures

I put together a slide show with some of my photos taken throughout the year at various events. The collection is somewhat random and I'll probably add a few more as they surface from deep within my hard disk.

December 19, 2006 by Dan Farber


Bill Gates stumps for robotic future

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates lays out the robotic future in the cover story of January's Scientific American magazine, which has a C-3PO type robot on the cover. In the story, Gates argues that the robot industry is akin to the PC industry 30 years ago.

December 19, 2006 by


Akamai lands PlayStation, Wii networks

Akamai has added two heavy hitters to its customer roster. On Tuesday, Akamai's Japan unit said that its technology will be adopted as a content delivery platform for Sony's PlayStation Network, an online service for the PlayStation 3.

December 19, 2006 by


Oracle eyes vertical warfare; search gains

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is banking on two things for the future growth in the company's applications business: Winning battles among various verticals such as retail and telecom billing and betting heavily on search. Oracle, which reported second quarter earnings earlier today, projected third quarter results in line with current expectations of earnings of 22 cents a share on sales of $4.

December 18, 2006 by


XRIs and i-names

A nw naming convention, XRIs, provides real value for identity on the 'Net.

December 18, 2006 by Phil Windley


HP's Satjiv Chahil: Making HP resonate with TV

While I was attending the Churchill Club event, Making a List: Fourth Annual What's Hot and What's Not in Personal Technology, I managed to snag Satjiv Chahil, senior vice president of marketing for HP's Personal Systems Group. I have know Satjiv since his days as a marketing whiz at Apple, Sony and Palm.

December 18, 2006 by Dan Farber


Oracle kicks BEA; financials solid

Oracle used its fiscal second quarter earnings release to kick around another competitor--BEA Systems. "We continue to gain market share in applications from SAP, in middleware from BEA, and in database from IBM," said Oracle President, Charles Phillips.

December 18, 2006 by


Oracle up to bat: Red Hat bashing possible

In what's expected to be an otherwise so-so second quarter report, Oracle may shed some light on its two-month-old plan to support Red Hat Linux. Oracle reports its fiscal second quarter results after the market closes today and analysts aren't expecting a blow-out quarter with earnings of 22 cents a share on sales of $4.

December 18, 2006 by