David Berlind, Dana Blankenhorn and others have been noting how open source could be in trouble if there aren't standard definitions for it. The gist: So many software makers claim something is open source that the whole movement loses meaning.
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Zillow has $57 million in venture funding and a technology greenfield to create new online real estate features such as Make Me Move, a system that enables you to name a price so good you'll sell your home. Zillow's conundrum: How do you build technology infrastructure that can enable rapid product development and prepare for the long term?
Headlines of the day: Is MS Office becoming a zero-day liability all year long? Also playing it safe with Vista.
Tim O'Reilly takes another whack at defining Web 2.0 with new, more compact paragraph to capture the essence of the term, concept, movement, trend, fad, flavor or whatever you want to call it.
Interesting post by Keith Teare on the how the Internet is moving away from mammoth, centralized portals. Traffic, he said, is moving out toward the edges of the network, flattening out as users move from habituating portals like Yahoo to a more distributed network of content and services.
Google Earth adds another layer--this time one that incorporates information from Wikipedia, Panoramio and the Google Earth Community. As a result you can go anywhere in the world and see what people have said about it.
Thomas Otter, a solution architect at SAP and fellow Enterprise Irregular, has a good summary of the blogger coverage from SAP's fourth annual Analyst Summit, which took place on December 4 and 5 in Las Vegas. Many of those who commented on the substance of the analyst day did not attend the event, but viewed it via a Webcast or through the lens of those of us who were in Las Vegas to cover the event.
Yahoo scheduled some maintenance for its instant messenger from 5:30 to 7:30 PM PST, warning users that some problems may occur. Indeed, as of 9:40 Yahoo Messenger was still spawning windows by the minute and eating up system resources.
Microsoft has found its new Scoble, although there is only one Scoble. Jon Udell, who spent many years anchoring Infoworld and an early member of the Gillmor Gang, is going to be an evangelist for Microsoft, but not at the expense of his well- earned credibility.
This week on the Dan & David Show, we discuss the recent shakeup at Yahoo, the latest in the HPgate scandal, the substance of SAP's analyst summit, standardization of Microsoft's Open XML format, and whether Apple's rumored iPhone can succeed. David starts off the show talking about his ZDNet new blog, Testbed, and points to a recent post about a post on Code Green Networks as an example of where he is heading with product coverage.