News.com's John Borland has reported that Intel is forming a joint venture with Revelations Entertainment (actor Morgan Freeman's movie production company) called ClickStar.
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I was just noticing that it has been nearly a month since Sun COO Jonathan Schwartz penned his last blog and more than a month since Sun CTO Greg Papadopoulos penned his. Have the two Sun execs lost their zeal for blogging?
The great thing about getting sucked into debates with vendors is that you end up with so much to write about as a result of doing a bit of digging around the Internet. So this next entry represents the intersection of two conversations.
Intel spokesperson Barbara Grimes has never let me get away with my criticisms of her company's Centrino wireless brand unscathed. Dating back to 2003, I asked if a Centrino is a must have or whether a simple Pentium M would do.
Among the many things that Intel spokesperson Barbara Grimes must do on a semi-annual basis, one of them is to spank yours truly for saying anything remotely derogatory about that company's Centrino brand. As I did last week, I routinely drag my opinion of the Centrino brand out of the closet when I think it's relevant to current events (as I felt it was to AMD's lawsuit against Intel).
This one comes by way of News.com's Michelle Meyers (who credits Engadget and CNN).
News.com's Michael Singer has blogged that AMD has managed to silence the paper shredders at some 30 companies including the biggest PC makers in the business.
Silicon.com's Dan Ilett has a news brief that quotes Mario Juarez, product manager of security at Microsoft, as saying "We know that the percentage of people using Windows XP SP 2 is lower than we would like it to be....
Speaking of Microsoft's media juggernaut, I've been wondering what Microsoft plans to do with its music store. Just like with Apple, to get its media ecosystem off the ground, Microsoft had to make sure a store was in place where you could buy copy-protected recordings that would work in Microsoft's various media players (PC, PocketPC, smartphones, etc.
I've had an e-mail dangling in my inbox since last week that I've been meaning to come back to. It's a reminder of how the ecosystem around Microsoft media technologies is in full bloom and how, if some of the other media platform providers don't do something about their ecosystems, we could be facing a monoculture that's far bigger than the one we have with PCs.