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HP to acquire Mercury

As rumored last month, HP is indeed interested in Mercury Interactive, and pulled the trigger today. The price tag--a cash tender offer for $52.

July 25, 2006 by Dan Farber


Publicly selected and funded investigative reporting: Can it work?

Meet Jay Rosen. If you've frequented the inner circles of journalism, joined a public conversation about the media, or paid any attention to the so-called "a-listers" of the blogosphere, then chances are you've encountered the New York University-based professor of journalism, or at least his media/journalism watchdog blog at PressThink.

July 25, 2006 by David Berlind

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Who shapes IT?

What do Adobe's chief software architect, the man behind MySpace, a 19th-century mathematician and a 21st century futurologist, plus the most hated man in cyberspace all have in common? They are regarded, by ZDNet bloggers, as individuals who exert an especially noteworthy influence on the broad field of information technology.

July 24, 2006 by


Socialtext launches its commercial open source wiki

Socialtext is completing its transformation into a commercial open source company. At the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) this morning, the company released Socialtext Open, an enterprise-class version of its software, under a standard open source license (Mozilla Public 1.

July 24, 2006 by Dan Farber


Dell hits a rough patch

Nick Carr writes that Dell's pioneering direct sales model is showing signs of fatigue due to growing support costs: So there, perhaps, is the flaw in the direct sales model, particularly when it's applied to a commodity product like the PC: You have a cost disadvantage in customer support, which is hidden as long as support represents a fairly small portion of the each product's overall cost.

July 23, 2006 by Dan Farber

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