At the Disruptions 2005 technology conference put on by Deloitte in San Francisco today, world renowned chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov gave a brief speech and then simultaneously played against about 20 of the executives attending the conference. I talked to Udi Manber, CEO of Amazon’s A9 search engine, who proudly told me he lasted 23 moves with Kasparov, who was ranked number one in the world from 1984 until his retirement earlier this year.
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Just build the best business and data-viewer browser software now, give it away, and outsource the hardware to Apple.
It wasn't until last week that a recent News.com story about how Yahoo Instant Messenger (YIM) users were getting more than they bargained for started to ring true for me.
I checked in with Marc Benioff to get his response to Siebel exec Bruce Cleveland's note, which took issue with some of salesforce.com's claims about the Siebel/Oracle mating and said that Benioff was "running scared.
Ellison is busy spending his cash, while Gates is sitting on close to $40 billion. Referring to Oracle's appetite for big acquistions, Gates said: "Larry [Ellison] forecast big consolidation, and he wanted to see that come true, so he's making it come true.
My colleague David Berlind has been busy with his new Microsoft Vistulations blog, uploading dozens of Windows Vista screen shots ranging from what the new gadget loaded Windows Sidebar might look like to a 24-image slide gallery of the entire Vista installation process.
The influence of Larry Ellison is already being felt as Siebel. Bruce Cleveland, who runs Siebel's product group, fired off a caustic letter to the world countering salesforce.
Must read: I referenced Jon Udell's interview with Bill Gates here, but didn't get to listen the entire interview. I finished my encounter with Gates and Udell via a transcript of the interview on Jon's blog.
The user interface for PCs hasn't changed much in 20 years. It's still windows, folders, icons, palettes, mice.
What would a big Microsoft event be without a video spoof, and Bill making fun of himself a bit. This time cult movie geek "Napoleon Dynamite," gets into a hand slapping contest with Gates and beats him, earning the right to run Microsoft.