Dan Bricklin, the co-inventor of the electronic spreadsheet and now the inventor of WikiCalc, and Ross Mayfield, the CEO of wiki solutions provider SocialText, have gotten together in a unique partnership that could be more disruptive to the status quo than most people may realize. Whether it is or not remains to be seen.
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An unofficial poll of state CIOs conducted at this month's NASCIO showed that 69% either disagreed or strongly disagreed that states are better prepared to face a disaster than they were before Katrina. 79% disagree or strongly disagree with the same question about the Federal government.
Most search engines apply behavioral intelligence--applying clickstream data, such as link structure, to improve search--but Baynote is taking it a step further. The company, founded in November 2004 and employing about 20 people, is mining user behavior on Web pages--what CEO Jack Jia calls the "wisdom of the community"--for improving enterprise search results.
It seems that every new Web site now has a social media angle, whether it needs it or not. Nearly every startup now wants to pump itself up with the new form of digital human growth hormone, trying to take a page from MySpace, Facebook, Xanga, Flickr, TagWorld even the aged Classmates.
I checked in with Joe Kraus, CEO of JotSpot, about the impact of Google Spreadsheets, which after an initial, widely observed and ballyhooed launch (will it kill Microsoft Excel?), has gone into blogospheric hybernation.
I woke up Saturday morning to an email from Sun's Francois "Mr. JavaDB" Orsini that alerted me to Google Browser Sync.
The major weekend news, at least according to Technorati's blog search, was A-list blogger Robert Scoble leaving Microsoft to join PodTech.net.
In case you missed it, in my ongoing attempt to enlighten the world about the evils of digital rights management technology (aka: C.R.
Worth reading: Dan Zambonini at O'Reilly's XML.com provides some constructive criticism of the elusive Semantic Web, outlining seven flaws.
CNET senior associate editor Bonnie Cha gives a short video review of the new Motorola Q smartphone which runs Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone operating system.