Just as Google celebrates its ascendent quarterly earnings release, the family of artist Joan Miro cites copyright violations for remixing the artist works in a Google logo (on Miro's birthdate). "It's a distortion of the original works and in that respect it violates the moral rights of the artist,'' said Theodore Feder, president of Artists Rights Society in a Mercury News story.
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This week on The Dan & David Show, we go on a legal tear, discussing Yahoo's alleged data sharing with the Chinese government that led to the incarceration of a writer, AMD's anti-trust suit against Intel, Microsoft and European Union continuing to battle and Apple's quest gain access to the logs of enthusiast sites that published leaked details of a product supposedly in development--a FireWire audio interface for GarageBand (trade secret or not?).
Dawn Kawamoto has some details on what PeopleSoft founder Dave Duffield is up to with his new company, Workday. Duffield has been quite secretive about what he is cooking up, but is expected to launch the first product--an on demand HR service--next month.
SAP chief blogger Jeff Nolan comments on Martin Lamonica's story on "Software Stack Wars"--the notion that enterprise software vendors are obsessed with building their own pre-certified stacks, from operating system and middleware to applications and databases, or some variation. I wrote about Oracle moving in that direction, based on CEO Larry Ellison's remarks about adding Linux to have a more complete Oracle controlled stack.
Elinor Mills blogs about an effort in honor of Earth Day to reduce the number of phone directories published each year. By signing a petition at PaperlessPetition.
California gas prices. More reasons to telecommute...
If you can imagine a vast army of uncontrollable media programmers storming the gates, you'll start to understand why Hollywood is so fearful of the Internet.
Former head of Microsoft Research and now head of patent foundry Intellectual Ventures Nathan Myhrvold doesn't mind being called a patent troll (video here and here). He wants to be the first "invention capitalist.
As many have been saying for months, beating to death on the Gillmor Gang, Ray Ozzie is leading the new Webified Microsoft strategy. David Kirkpatrick of Fortune tells the inside story, and outlines the brewing battle between Microsoft and the Web giants:Microsoft has to move before Google or even Yahoo!
Last month search engines had a good month, especially Google. Overall searches are up 10 percent from March 05 to March 06, which doesn't seem extraordinary.