I'm at the San Francisco City Hall, where Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and team are getting set to provide an update on the Fusion roadmap.
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According to a Reuters news story, Cingular started shipping a new smartphone (the 2125) today that's based on the new Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone OS.
By way of Eric Norlin, Om Malik talks about a Google led federation of XMPP-compliant companies that are connecting their VoIP and instant messaging systems: What this means is that now Google Talk’s XMPP servers can talk to other XMPP servers such as Earthlink and Gizmo Project. (I had written about GTalk-Gizmo Link Up earlier.
I have been on Yahoo (US) a few times a day for many years, and I was somewhat flummoxed today when I went to click on the Finance icon. As I remember, it's always at the top of the page, left side.
News.com's Martin Lamonica reports: [Free Software Foundation general counsel Eben] Moglen said that DRM technology, which places limits on how users can play movies, music or other digital content, is "fundamentally incompatible" with the principles of the Free Software Foundation.
In the end, Homeland Security can't force other government agencies to abandon Windows or Linux.
Biometrics is a very fine security technology in principle, but it does pose some subtle hazards--not least of which is the potential loss of key body parts.
I was in Salt Lake this morning for a meeting and stopped by the KCPW offices at Library Square to talk to the News Director, Bryan Schott. Bryan was telling me about Open Source, a radio program that they air in the evenings and it's innovative mix of podcasting, blogging, and radio programming.
Worth reading: Our resident software-as-a-service blogger Phil Wainewright offers his take on both salesforce.com's AppExchange and NetSuite's NetFlex platform.
Shock and awe is about the only phrase I can come up with to describe the success with which Apple is pushing its Fairplay-laden technology into the marketplace. Fairplay is Apple's form of digital restrictions management and is what keeps content that's purchased from the iTunes Music Store from playing on anything but what Apple says it can play on (eg: Apple's iPods).