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Around the MashupCamp fire

MashupCamp is getting underway this morning at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. About 300 mashers have gathered to geek out on the latest innovations in Web- based applications.

February 20, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Of Bollywood stars and Prozac

In April of 2005 (I'm still catching up on my reading), Sony patented a technique for using ultrasonic waves to stimulate various centers of the human brain in order to produce extremely high-fidelity sensory impressions. The idea is apparently to build really, really immersive environments for games.

February 19, 2006 by Ed Gottsman

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The age of profit-driven Internet thieves

On February 14, security guru Eugene Kaspersky, founder of Kasperksy Lab Founder, was interviewed by New York Times reporter John Markoff at a Churchill Club event. We have a podcast of the interview, during which Kaspersky discussed the age of profit-driven Internet thieves.

February 19, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Paul Saffo on Cyberbia and the future

Worth reading: My local paper, the San Francisco Chronicle, interviewed Paul Saffo, one of the brightest lights envisioning future scenarios. Here are a few choice quotes from the interview: So far, at least, the technology is not autonomous to be in charge.

February 19, 2006 by Dan Farber

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SAP's skewed open source dogma

Jeff Nolan of Venture Chronicles blog and an SAP executive posted a response his colleague Peter Graf's view, expressed during a keynote at the Open Source Business Conference, that the vast majority of open source software is too immature and won’t have a chance to prove itself, meaning it won’t be a good, strategic choice for enterprises.

February 18, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Apple's fragile hold on reality

Tom Krazit has the story on Apple invoking the Digital Millenium Copyright Act to stop two sites, OSx86 Project and Win2osx.net (no longer accessibe), from publishing information about running Mac OS X on x86 processors.

February 17, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Open source goodness and business realities

During my sojourn at the Open Source Business Conference, I spent a few minutes with Tim Bray and Bill Vass of Sun. Tim is Sun's director of Web technologies (and one of the authors of the XML specification) and Bill is the company's CIO (and former CIO of the U.

February 17, 2006 by Dan Farber

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MovieBeam Mousketeers need Steve now

Jeffrey Young, author of iCon Steve Jobs : The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business, sent me his take on MovieBeam, a video on demand service spun out of Disney and backed by Cisco and Intel.A couple of weeks after Disney agreed to buy Steve Jobs' Pixar, the Mousketeers announced a new product from a spun-off subsidiary called MovieBeam that is so "brain dead" as the turtle-necked one would say, that you've got to wonder what they're smoking in Burbank.

February 17, 2006 by Dan Farber

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