I'm not singling out Google's Writely because I think it has a better shot against Microsoft's Office than any other Web-based contender. I just needed to pick one (of the many Web-based offerings) to make a point that Microsoft could be seriously shooting itself in the foot if what Gartner says is true.
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Scott McNealy stepped Sun CEO after 22 years at the helm, replaced by President and COO Jonathan Schwartz today, after the company announced its quarterly results. McNealy will remain as chairman.
While I was on vacation last week, I noticed that Cory Doctorow issued a scathing review of Sun's Project DReaM in response to my podcast interview of Sun Labs director of engineering Tom Jacobs who heads up development of DReaM. Under the auspices of an organization called the Open Media Commons, Sun is pitching DReaM as an open standards and open source DRM (digital rights management) technology (I prefer the acronym C.
Silicon Valley polo players are replacing horses with Segways. At the Maker Faire, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak discussed [video] how you can turn the $4,000 (or rent for $35 per hour) human transport machine in an agile, lightweight polo mount.
MySpace can dethrone iTunes
On April 13, the Churchill Club held a panel discussion, "Learning from the Masters: How America’s Highest Growth Companies Executed to Achieve Success." The panel discussed what it takes to create and build a $1 billion company.
Brian Erdelyi is the guy behind an interesting concept called Clearware. Clearware is an initiative to make End User License Agreements, or EULAs.
Intel launched vPro, its latest brand today, this time for Windows PCs aimed at business usage. The emphasis of vPro is on manageability, security and performance of the new generation of Intel's Core microarchitecture.
Despite profiting $186 million on the first quarter (or 20 cents a share), Xerox Corp. took a dip on Wall St.
Although intelligent home application proposals are loopy and even dangerous, the problem of an aging population has stimulated a whole new research area that looks sensible and even exciting.