Larry Dignan

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Mercury goes shopping--HP and EMC nowhere to be seen

Rumors have been swirling the HP or EMC would acquire Mercury Interactive, but for now the company is continuing on its own buying binge. "It's further evidence that we want to be the acquiring company as opposed to the acquired company," Christopher Lochhead, Mercury chief marketing officer, told me today after the acquistions were announced.

June 13, 2006 by Dan Farber

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If you could ask AMD anything, what would you ask?

Tomorrow, I'll be recording my interview (for podcast) of AMD's director of commercial software marketing Margaret Lewis.  Lewis is AMD's chief strategist on the software side but probably has enough awareness of what's going on elswhere in the company that just about anything can be asked of her.

June 13, 2006 by David Berlind

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Could Web-based PowerPoint-killers be the last straw for MS-Office?

By way of an entry on Bob Sutor's blog, I found CNET editor Rafe Needleman talking about the various entries in the marketplace that could eventually serve as Web-based replacements for PowerPoint.  Microsoft is already getting some pressure on the word processing and spreadsheet fronts (particularly now that Socialtext has taken on Dan Bricklin and his WikiCalc innovation under its open source wing).

June 13, 2006 by David Berlind

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Step aside Google Spreadsheets. Bricklin's WikiCalc has reinforcements

Dan Bricklin, the co-inventor of the electronic spreadsheet and now the inventor of WikiCalc, and Ross Mayfield, the CEO of wiki solutions provider SocialText, have gotten together in a unique partnership that could be more disruptive to the status quo than most people may realize. Whether it is or not remains to be seen.

June 13, 2006 by David Berlind

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Interoperability is key to disaster preparedness

An unofficial poll of state CIOs conducted at this month's NASCIO showed that 69% either disagreed or strongly disagreed that states are better prepared to face a disaster than they were before Katrina. 79% disagree or strongly disagree with the same question about the Federal government.

June 13, 2006 by Phil Windley

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Baynote applies wisdom of communities to search

Most search engines apply behavioral intelligence--applying clickstream data, such as link structure, to improve search--but Baynote is taking it a step further. The company, founded in November 2004 and employing about 20 people, is mining user behavior on Web pages--what CEO Jack Jia calls the "wisdom of the community"--for improving enterprise search results.

June 12, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Social media--the new growth hormone

It seems that every new Web site now has a social media angle, whether it needs it or not. Nearly every startup now wants to pump itself up with the new form of digital human growth hormone, trying to take a page from MySpace, Facebook, Xanga, Flickr, TagWorld even the aged Classmates.

June 12, 2006 by Dan Farber

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