Although the timing with a very recently issued Request for Information (RFI) by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is apparently coincidental, the ODF Foundation is talking about how a plug-in for Microsoft Office that allows Office users to save their documents in the OpenDocument Format (ODF) has been finished.
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During an OnHollywood panel on exit strategies for private companies, mega-venture capitalist Tim Draper said that Sarbannes-Oxley is making it more difficult for startups to go public. "SOX has made it so a company can't go public with $20 million in revenue.
According to Jonathan Taplin, Net neutrality is about the future of TV--who ends up controlling the pipes. " Today its a battle of the most interesting content wins, but if Comcast decides who gets in the fast lane to the TV, they will once again be in control," Taplin said.
This morning, WBUR (one of the Boston-based affiliates of National Public Radio) carried a story that probed into the state of readiness of American businesses should the US get hit with a flu pandemic. According to NPR and other reports regarding a 227-page plan that was issued by the White House today, a flu pandemic could send the country into an 18-month crisis that would result in 1.
IBM's veep of open standards and open source Bob Sutor picked up on my discussion of why thinking in terms of documents (when designing collaborative infrastructures) is a trap that predisposes your IT to Draconian architectures when today's technologies can help you break that inefficient chain. Knowledge centric thinking is infrastructure agnostic.
For proponents of the OpenDocument Format, the long wait from specification publication to supposed international standard is over. Reports and press releases from all parties with an interest in ODF have been rolling in to inform the world that ODF now has the imprimatur of the International Organisation of Standardization.
If you've been following this blog for the last couple of days, then you know that I've been exploring (here and here) the possibility that now may good time to re-examine the possibility of developing some sort of standard thin (or rich) client architecture. For all of its faults, AJAX is solving a very real problem and adding to Google Mail's usability.
"The audience is taking over the programming," according to Ted Cohen,senior vice president of Digital Development and Distribution at EMI Music. "A few years ago we looked at litigating it, now we are looking at how to monetize it.
A few weeks ago, Mark Cuban blogged his thoughts on the challenges that broadcast TV networks face as they move towards the on-demand programming format of the Internet. It's a provocative piece with a dire message, particularly as he concludes...
Ross Levinsohn, president of Fox Interactive Media at News Corp, says that the multitude outlets--TV, syndication, DVD, Internet download, mobile phones, VOD, subscription--is changing the game. "Instead of taking programming and putting it on TV, now we have seven or eight different opportunities and all have revenue attached...