I got a press release from mamma.com announcing an innovative health search site that "conquers the deep Web.
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Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
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You've seen the movies. Scientists with Zeus-like powers in their secret labs using super powerful computers make discoveries that change the world...
The recently announced XML-based file formats for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- formats that Microsoft has claimed to be "open" -- are getting some heat for not only pushing the boundaries on the definition of open, but also for the validity of the patents behind them. In addition, the patents behind other Microsoft XML technologies are under heavy scrutiny as well.
Over at Digital Identity World, Eric Norlin reacted with incredulity to MasterCard's PR spin on the loss of 13.9 million customer card numbers by card processor CardSystem Solutions.
News.com's Ed Frauenheim is the most recent to open that perennial can of worms involving digital pornography in the workplace.
OK. So, the European Union's antitrust case hasn't gone quite back to square one.
I just got done reading Sun president and COO Jonathan Schwartz's most recent blog entry, most of which describes the business model that put Red Hat on the map with Linux -- but that does so in the context of Sun's recently released OpenSolaris and how, by crossing the digital divide, all technology boats will float a little higher. Wrote Schwartz, "And I'd rather get 20% of a business that's planetary in scope, than 100% of a business with 17 customers.
News.com's Martin Lamonica surveys several industry executives on whether they believe that computing will eventually flow like electricity.
So, maybe I wasn't so crazy after all when, the other day, I suggested that Dell might now be the perfect company to resell systems loaded with Apple's OS X now that Apple is cutting bait with IBM's PowerPC and switching to Intel chips. According to a report in Fortune Magazine, Dell founder Michael Dell said "If Apple decides to open the Mac OS to others, we would be happy to offer it to our customers.
Next week I'll be at the SuperNova 2005 conference in San Francisco. The focus of the conference is on the network as the platform for commerce, social interaction, work and entertainment.