To most people, networks like LinkedIn.com, Orkut, and Plaxo are simply contact managers on steroids.
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.
Google's press day brought out the cyrptic visionary in CEO Eric Schmidt, conceptualizing the future of search and the human/Web interface. From Elinor Mills' write up from the event today: In the end, the users will dictate the direction of search and Internet services, he said.
This is the first time I have seen this...I was just heading for the Google home page and received this 403 page: When I typed in a query into the toolbar, no problem.
Whether you choose to believe it or not, Microsoft appears to finally be getting its security house in order. No, frequent patches, like yesterday's corrections to critical flaws, are not evidence that secure computing for Microsoft is an impossible task.
In case you missed it, while I and other members of the anti-DRM brigade continue our crusade against digital rights management technologies (officially, DRM. But I call it CRAP.
Dave Winer's latest application, Share your OPML, creates an aggregated pool of RSS subscription lists, in OPML (Outline Processing Markup Language) format. As a pool of user data, it's similar in concept to Steve Gillmor's GestureBank clickstream commons and Root's data vault.
I feel like Oliver Twist saying "Please sir, more." Are we sadomasochists asking for another beating from our dominatrixes (Steve Jobs: Head Mistress)?
Hollywood's bipolar icecap is starting to melt. This week brings a flurry of announcements about Hollywood establishment content heading online, even in league with former file sharing enemy, BitTorrent.
Yesterday, the fecal matter started to hit the fan when Sun's director of Web technologies Tim Bray responded to comments made by Microsoft standards and open source general manager Jason Matusow regarding the OpenDocument Format (ODF). Today, Andy Updegrove (lawyer for OASIS, the consoritium that published the ODF specification) ratcheted things up a notch by referring to Microsoft's statements as disinformation and "The Big Lie.
Reuters: UK cable company NTL reported a small first-quarter operating profit on Tuesday and announced plans to reduce its workforce by about a third following its merger with rival Telewest....Of the 6,000 job cuts, mostly in back-office operations, roughly half will be outsourced to companies including IBM Chief Executive Steve Burch said in a conference call....