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Go ahead. Try calling 1-800-ROADSIDE with the Motorola Q. OK, bad idea.

In one of my first segments in this series of real-world takes on Motorola's Q smartphone, I criticized it for the difficulty I had in accessing those company directories that you sometimes navigate when the business your calling has no receptionist on duty. You know, the kind where it asks you to spell the name of the person you're trying to reach?

September 14, 2006 by David Berlind


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