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Placebase commerical alternative for Google Maps

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.

April 2, 2006 by Dan Farber


No Vista, but Vista Capable stickers coming soon

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.

April 1, 2006 by Dan Farber


Drinking too much Google Kool-Aid

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.

March 31, 2006 by Dan Farber


MicroID could support trust networks

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.

March 31, 2006 by Phil Windley

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Study finds brain tumor connection to cell phone use

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.

March 31, 2006 by Dan Farber


Apple and Apple Corps: Can you work it out

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.

March 30, 2006 by Dan Farber