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Web titans gear up to battle over milliseconds

Worth reading: John Markoff and Saul Hansell of the New York Times published one of those big picture stories,  "Hiding in Plain Sight, Google Seeks More Power," about how the Internet's epicenter is shaping up. Most of us have been focusing on the software battles--portals, Web applications, instant messengers, social networks.

June 14, 2006 by Dan Farber

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HP's new datacenter in a box

HP is taking a page from Steve Jobs. The company was able to keep the wraps on a major product announcement that Ann Livermore, executive vice president of technology solutions, called "adaptive infrastructure in a 17-inch box.

June 14, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Blockbuster, Netflix at patent loggerheads

In response to a patent infringement suit file against the video and game rental giant by snail-mail rental Cinderella Netflix, Blockbuster is now claiming that Netflix's patents are baseless.  According to Reuters: Blockbuster on Tuesday said the lawsuit is based on patents that Netflix obtained deceptively in a bid to monopolize online rentals.....

June 14, 2006 by David Berlind

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Mercury goes shopping--HP and EMC nowhere to be seen

Rumors have been swirling the HP or EMC would acquire Mercury Interactive, but for now the company is continuing on its own buying binge. "It's further evidence that we want to be the acquiring company as opposed to the acquired company," Christopher Lochhead, Mercury chief marketing officer, told me today after the acquistions were announced.

June 13, 2006 by Dan Farber

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If you could ask AMD anything, what would you ask?

Tomorrow, I'll be recording my interview (for podcast) of AMD's director of commercial software marketing Margaret Lewis.  Lewis is AMD's chief strategist on the software side but probably has enough awareness of what's going on elswhere in the company that just about anything can be asked of her.

June 13, 2006 by David Berlind

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Could Web-based PowerPoint-killers be the last straw for MS-Office?

By way of an entry on Bob Sutor's blog, I found CNET editor Rafe Needleman talking about the various entries in the marketplace that could eventually serve as Web-based replacements for PowerPoint.  Microsoft is already getting some pressure on the word processing and spreadsheet fronts (particularly now that Socialtext has taken on Dan Bricklin and his WikiCalc innovation under its open source wing).

June 13, 2006 by David Berlind

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Step aside Google Spreadsheets. Bricklin's WikiCalc has reinforcements

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.

June 13, 2006 by David Berlind

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Interoperability is key to disaster preparedness

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.

June 13, 2006 by Phil Windley

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