Enterprise content management provider Stellent agreed to take $440 million of Oracle's money today. Stellent has been looking for a suitor and Oracle continues its shopping spree to be the Wal-Mart of enterprise software.
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HP CEO Mark Hurd can't seem to recall much related to his company's spying campaign in his responses to questions from the House subcommittee. He could have said "on the advice of lawyers my memory is fuzzy.
If you're into cryptography, you'll want to check out the photos,slides, and podcasts from the Thirty Years of Public KeyCryptography event held at the Computer History Museum on Oct 26.
The future of Web-based office tools isn't in displacing their offline cousins. Rather, it's in doing things that they don't do well. Once such niche is collaboration.
With Google (JotSpot), Microsoft (Office Live) and others working on deliver some notion of Office 2.0, Ramana Rao, formerly of Xerox PARC, posted his list of barriers to Office 2.
VMware co-founder Mendel Rosenblum gives me a tutorial on virtualization and the coming age of virtual appliances, which are changing the role of operating systems. With virtual appliances, an OS just needs to provide interfaces for the applications running on top of it. As a result, OSs will get smaller and thinner, and applications more reliable and easier to manage.
AccMan Dennis Howlett and Zoli Erdos reminded me of a brief chat I had with JotSpot founder and CEO Joe Kraus at an Enterprise Irregular dinner during the Office 2.0 Conference on October 11.
The U.S. intelligence community has caught wiki fever, and it may do the array of agencies trying to paint of picture of global security threats some good.
David already weighed in on Google acquiring JotSpot. It seems that Google is buying rather than building a collaborative applications platform, first with Blogger, Writely and now with JotSpot and more to come.
Yesterday, as my colleague Dan Farber pointed out, when you merge Microsoft's Sharepoint with Socialtext namesake wiki, you get SocialPoint. Wrote Dan at the end of the post in which he interviews Socialtext CEO Ross Mayfield about the deal:In the meantime, Ross and his team of 30 employees will have to run hard to stay ahead of many competitors from the bottom and the top.