Recent moves by intellectual property holdings outfits like Acacia Research have sparked a patent land grabbing epidemic that has threatened to accelerate the extinction of all life on earth unless the charter of the Kyoto Treaty is expanded to include other, more pressing matters that threaten the Earth's ecosytem. Exclaiming "If that five-year old punk in Minnesota can patent swinging sideways, then why can't I patent the color red?!
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The first morning session of the AO2005 Innovation Summit was a Skype video call (vSkype correction: vSkype is from a third-party user of Skype's API. The product used for the video call was a Skype internal alpha product that the company said will be the foundation for its video offering later this year) between host Tony Perkins and MarketWatch's Bambi Francisco in Palo Alto and Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom and investor ($10 million in Skype) Tim Draper of Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
My interview with Frank Martinez, CTO of Blue Titan software is now available at IT conversations. I had some good conversations with Frank in NY in May about Web Services protocols and thought others might enjoy hearing his thoughts about them as well.
Websense -- a company that sells solutions that help managers crackdown on unauthorized usage of the Internet -- issued the following statement today: "Websense, Inc., the world’s leading provider of employee internet management solutions, today announced that internet misuse in the workplace costs American corporations more than $178 billion annually in lost productivity.
Should we have quotes of the day here on Between the Lines? As I research my stories, I come across all sorts of interesting quotes (on the phone, in the blogosphere, etc.
News.com's Matt Hines cites a new study by the Hackett Group showing that companies building too much complexity into HR and financial software systems will incur higher costs than companies that have simple strategies.
I know I said it the other day in another blog -- "Nicholas Carr, eat your heart out" -- but now comes a company that's pretty much saying it on TV. Although the TV commercial apparently isn't that new, I noticed that Bank of America is running ads on OLNTV's Tour De France coverage (not much can stop Lance Armstrong from winning his seventh Tour at this point) that, in no uncertain terms, attempts to point out that IT is one of the financial giant's key differentiators.
From Ed Gottsman: The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, with funding from the US Department of Homeland Security, has developed a "smart" cell phone that sits on a security officer's hip and continuously transmits radiation readings to a central server. These readings are used to develop a map of existing radiation sources, which in turn is used to detect new, illicit sources of radiation, should they appear.
During the conference call announcing the layoffs and restructuring HP CEO Mark Hurd explained his reasons for dissolving the company's Customer Solutions Group (CSG), which was tasked with sales to corporations, small and medium-size businesses and public-sector customers. The bulk of the sales organization will be integrated into the Technology Solutions Group, which will now both develop product solutions and sell to large corporations.
In his last response to my response to his response to my attack on the credibility of his report on Technorati (did you follow that?), Microsoft evangelist Robert Scoble asks and implies some questions that deserved to be answered.