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Bummer: Motorola Q requires "reboots" a little too often

This is another in what is now a series of installments about my experiences with Motorola's new Q smartphone.  The Q is based on the latest greatest smartphone operating system to come out of Microsoft (Windows Mobile 5 for Smartphones).

September 14, 2006 by David Berlind


Dogster plans to embrace all critters

After three years of tapping into the passion of dog (Dogster) and cat (Catster) lovers, Dogster the company is ready to expand to all pets and even non-pet categories. The 10-person company is profitable, and expects to generate $1 million in revenue this year, and just inked a $1 million Series A capital infusion from a dozen angel investors, including Michael Parekh, Joshua Schachter, Brad Feld and Jeff Clavier, to build out new areas.

September 13, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Google's formula for product development

Carl Sjogreen, who led the development of Google Calendar, provided a deep look into how Google develops products during a presentation at The Future of Web Apps Summit.  What follows is a play-by-play of his presentation, which is self explanatory.

September 13, 2006 by Dan Farber


CIO visions: Yahoo CIO Lars Rabbe on innovation

Starting off a series of CIO interviews focusing on innovation, I chatted with Lars Rabbe of Yahoo. Rabbe joined Yahoo as its CIO June 2003, and is responsible for the overall strategic direction and execution of Yahoo!

September 13, 2006 by Dan Farber


Kevin Rose on the state of Digg

I spent some time today at the Future of Web Apps Summit at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Gavin Clarke of The Register called the event the Web equivalent of Star Trek convention.

September 13, 2006 by Dan Farber


Microsoft patent non-assertion covenant is remarkable

Microsoft has issued a declaration -- something it calls the Open Specification Promise -- that it won't assert certain Web services patents it holds (or may hold in the future). Martin Lamonica reports:Microsoft is pledging not to assert its patents pertaining to nearly three dozen Web services specifications--a move designed to ease concerns among developers by creating a legal environment more friendly to open-source software....

September 13, 2006 by David Berlind


Sun rolls out new products

Sun executives were in New York City to give a boost to its low-end UltraSparc-based servers, cranking up the processor speed with 1.5GHz UltraSparc IIIi processors and the I/O with PCI-X and PCI Express, as well as adding RAID on the motherboard and a redundant power supply.

September 13, 2006 by Dan Farber


If the URL exists, you must acquit: Part II

In the first installment of If the URL exists, you must acquit, I made a case for why Jon Udell had done no wrong when  he essentially pointed to a URL from an XML file. I argued that this is really no different than pointing to a URL from an HTML file (aka: a standard Web page) which any Web site is essentially free to do.

September 13, 2006 by David Berlind


Delivering on the identity promise

This evening, at the reception for Digital ID World, someone asked me what I thought of the conference. I've been to every DIDW since it started (5 years now).

September 12, 2006 by Phil Windley