Placebase launched a commercial alternative to Google Maps, Pushpin LE. It "embraces" the Google Map API, but unlike Google it offers non-advertising, non-branded or customer-branded maps, licensing for any application, service level agreements and support services.
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No fooling, Microsoft is prepping new Windows Vista Capable stickers for PCs, in anticipation of the release of the 50 million lines of Vista code to business users (end of 2006) and consumers (beginning of 2007 if all goes well). Given the shifting ship date for Vista, some reassurance for PC buyers was in order.
Remember the famous New Yorker cartoon, "On the Internet, nobody knows you are a dog." It's so true.
On the Steve Gillmor Daily show podcast (here and here), Steve and I debate about an upcoming battle between Microsoft and Google for dominance in the next wave of computing. Of course, the notion of Google laying siege to Microsoft's cash cow is over-hyped, over-analyzed and presumes that all kinds of things will neatly fall into place.
This week on The Dan & David Show, we begin with Apple's 30th anniversary, Steve Jobs, Apple Corps vs. Apple Computer, Apple vs.
Last weekend, Jeremy Miller, the creator of Jabber, announced microformat called MicroID. MicroIDs "allow anyone to simply claim verifiable ownership over their own pages and content hosted anywhere.
To finish off the week, we have CNET.com's "Worst Technology of 2006 (so far).
A study from the Swedish National Institute for Working Life has found that cell phone usage increases the risk for brain tumors. Users who make cell calls for 2,000 hours or more during their lives have a 240 percent increased risk for a malignant tumor on the side of the head the phone is used, the study concluded.
In January of 1984, Apple introduced the Macintosh and an innovative and arresting television advertisement, directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down). In the ad, a Big Brother (Orwell's 1984) figure on a huge screen speaks about "gardens of pure ideology, one people, one cause" to a crowd human automatons.
Niall Kennedy's second Tech Session event is moving upscale. The first Tech Session was at CNET's offices in San Francisco, a ground floor office space.