Why would a company with $2.6 billion in cash lying around as of Dec.
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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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Yahoo said most of its advertisers have transitioned to Panama platform and all will be on board by the end of the quarter. Panama, which is the code name for Yahoo's project to close the Google text advertising gap, will launch on Feb.
As part of my daily reading, I check out Dennis Howlett's AccMan blog, and today was a special treat. He posted about Dan Ziman's hilarious "Greg the Architect" video, which skewers the SOA will save the IT world mentality.
Larry Rosen, the man who wrote the book on Open Source Licensing, has penned an open letter to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) regarding the formalization of a policy that paves the way for patented technologies to become IETF standards. The IETF is the organization that sets the standards for most internetworking technologies.
Following EMC's strong fourth quarter results it's safe to say that buying VMware was the best move the company has made. After all, VMware is driving EMC's growth and that's bad news for server vendors.
The Register reports that in Yeovil, England, fingerprint security systems have been installed in many pubs. They are used to keep out "undesirable" patrons--i.e., those who tend toward drunken violence.
Apple may have an iPhone coming, record financial results and Wall Street's good graces, but its corporate flubs of late make the company look arrogant. At some point--and we're not there yet--the Teflon may actually come off that Apple logo.
Notable headlines: President Bush gives his State of the Union address tonight. Here's the techie way to dissect the speech: Pluggd tees up searchable State of the Union.
I have been complaining about the lack of visibility into what you are getting when you click the play button on a podcast or video. For The Dan & David Show, I blog about what we discuss, but I have been too lazy (or busy) to add time codes for when specific parts of our discussion start and end.
Sun Microsystems and Advanced Micro Devices engineers are on track with the two companies' server transition to the Barcelona chip, AMD's quad-core Opteron processor, says Phil Hughes, a spokesman for AMD. Hughes adds that it too early to see what impact Sun's choice of Intel for some servers will have on the company.