Larry Smarr believes that the emerging Internet information grid is going to be far more pervasive than the electric power grid is today. He is the Harry E.
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Marge Breya left Sun after ten years—most recently as senior vice president of marketing for the Global Sales Operations--to join BEA, where she is chief marketing officer. Both companies are regularly viewed by analysts and armchair quarterbacks (including myself) as navigating rough seas.
Language and culture are inseparable. An estimated 7,000 languages, and the associated social and cultural artifacts that accompany them, exist today, but many are on the verge of extinction.
Siebel VP and GM for OnDemand and SMB (small/medium business) Bruce Cleveland has put a stake in the ground of sorts. Though he doesn't mention any competitor by' name, Cleveland circulated a letter to the press this week that left me with the impression that, after hibernating for the winter, he's now emerging from some bunker under Siebel's headquarters, ready to take on Salesforce.
The last day the Future in Review conference focused on big societal issues, rather than the usual techno-centric topics. During a panel on the future of nano-biotechnology, Alan Russell, head of regenerative medicine at the University of Pittsburg, described progress in moving from treating symptoms to generating cures and regenerating tissues as a result of the convergence of nanotechnology and biology.
At the Future in Review conference, , general manager, Strategic Development Department, China Mobile Communications, provided some data about her company’s market and the cultural impact on the vast country. Even today, China has more mobile phone subscribers/SMS messengers than the entire population of the U.
Ross Mayfield (Socialtext) says that the primary driver for corporate blogging is fear, while greed is driving adoption of social software. "The emergent attention forming structure of the blogosphere can take a fit message and self-organize around it with a moment's notice.
When it comes to getting teamwork done, SocialText CEO Ross Mayfield says there ain't nothing like a wiki. His company's tagline is "The quickest way to get everyone on the same page.
OK, here's something new for Between the Lines. I'm calling it ZDNet's "threadlogs.