As you may know, I'm not a huge fan of the Second Life buzz and especially the now-cliche Second Life meeting-press conference-party-brainstorming session. My biggest hurdle: I just don't get the appeal for companies or gamers.
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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.
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Notable headlines from here and elsewhere...CNET editor James Kim and his family are missing.
Dave Winer and Robert Scoble debate the topic of whether Microsoft is an innovator or follower, often playing catch-up with rivals, in the Wall Street Journal. The fact the two friends and rabble rousers are debating the topic in the bastion of business reporting, the WSJ, is a good sign that big media is not just inhaling its own fumes.
You may have heard that an 18-year-old Welshman had his friends film him as he stole a pair of glasses from a charity worker. He then (I can barely type this) posted the video to YouTube.
Social network site operators could gain competitive advantage relative to the bigger players by adopting open identity standards like OpenID.
Let's ponder some of the recent events surrounding Intuit, maker of QuickBooks--the de facto ERP system for small enterprises. --Today: Intuit acquires Digital Insight, an on-demand applications provider for the banking industry, for $1.
Monkchip James Governor is at an IBM Software event in Stamford, Connecticut, and posted on IBM software chief Steve Mills' comments on why his company doesn't get into the ERP applications business. Mills said: "We're a huge multibillion dollar ERP company.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer finally announced the business availability of Vista and the company calls it the "most significant" release in its history.Significant?
A look at some notable headlines of the day:Work...Vista is everywhere.
The blogosphere isn't exactly aflame conversing about a canonical definition for software-as-a-service, but some good debate has been sparked. David Terrar wraps up the discussion with contributions from Thomas Otter, Nick Carr, Dennis Howlett and Vinnie Mirchandani, and then presents five questions as an SaaS litmus test:1.