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Moto's Zander: Global Mobile... the net will follow us (instead of vice-versa)

Here at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in San Francisco, Motorola CEO Ed Zander took center stage to, among other things, talk about his company's new smartphone (a term he refrains from using himself to describe the device): the Motorola Q.  Zander admitted to the largely enterprise audience that Motorola is struggling with how to position the Q.

May 16, 2006 by David Berlind


On transmogrifying labor

New Scientist reports that researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created an online multi-player game called "Phetch" that captions Web images for the blind. It works thus: One player views a randomly-retrieved picture and constructs a pithy paragraph describing it.

May 16, 2006 by Ed Gottsman

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As Yahoo's home page turns

Richard MacManus has a great review of the new Yahoo home page and podcast with Yahoo Chief Product Officer Ash Patel and Vice President of Front Doors Tapan Bhat. Richard concludes that the redesigned page is more contemporary and Web 2.

May 16, 2006 by Dan Farber

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JavaOne begins with NetBeans

With Dan Farber reviewing the future in San Diego and David Berlind delivering a reality check on Gartner presentations at the Symposium/ITxpo-side of San Francisco's Moscone Center, we're leaning on veteran software engineer, author and ZDNet blogger Ed Burnette to deliver regular reports from this week's JavaOne conference.

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JavaOne Slot Car Race: the Indy 500 of software?

Earlier this morning while getting ready to head over to the Moscone West conference center in San Francisco, I bumped into Sun's James Gosling (seen by many as the father of Java) who's in the vicinity for JavaOne (taking place next door to Gartner Symposium/ITxpo at Moscone North and South).  We chatted for a while and he agreed to set aside some time for a podcast interview tomorrow.

May 15, 2006 by David Berlind


Tera-architecture. Gartner says bank on it.

If you believe what Gartner vice president and research fellow Martin Reynolds has to say, then we're heading for a trainwreck unless we figure out how to get the rapidly growing number of connected devices that are coming online in the next few years to operate with practically no human intervention.  By operation, he's not only referring to their ability to run, but also to connect, 'Because now, like the Internet, failure doesn't matter.

May 15, 2006 by David Berlind


Michael Dell set on 'changing the approach' to stay ahead

Mark Anderson, host of the Future in Review conference, warmed up Michael Dell for his interview by proclaiming him the best manager in the world. The Dell founder and Chairman didn't shed too much light on challenges the company faces going into its 22 year.

May 15, 2006 by Dan Farber