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This week is the official 'Sue VoIP providers week'

In unrelated lawsuits, investors are suing Vonage over an abysmmal intitial public offering (ever notice you can't say VoIP without the letters IPO) and Net2Phone is suing Skype's parent eBay for patent infringement.  According to CNET News.

June 5, 2006 by David Berlind


The answer to Radio Shack's rhetorical question on buying cell phones

Today, while listening to the radio, an advertisement came on that asked, when shopping for a new cell phone, whether you should shop by phone or carrier first (I didn't even realize the the word "carrier" had entered the common American lexicon).  Just when I was getting ready to blurt out my answer (Carrier!!!!

June 5, 2006 by David Berlind

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On getting physical

New Scientist is reporting that the busy personnel at MIT's Media Lab are at it again. They've developed a piece of software that listens to a small USB postal scale and translates various weights into functions.

June 5, 2006 by Ed Gottsman


World premier video: Format wars yields standards hypocrisy

After pointing out in this blog the mockery that the the International Organisation of Standardisation (the ISO) is making of standards setting by allowing multiple standards for the same thing, the folks who run the TV studios here at CNET Networks said let's make a video about it.  So, we did.

June 5, 2006 by David Berlind


Versus Intel, has AMD's day of reckoning arrived?

On several occasions, over the past couple of years, I've heard Intel executives predict that any advantages that AMD has on the desktop would evaporate. Although I can't tell if it's the case here, one explanation Intel offered as part of its prediction was AMD's choice to marry its memory controllers to its processors in the silicon.

June 4, 2006 by David Berlind


Schwartz increases sunlight on

Sun CEO and chief blogger Jonathan Schwartz is taking the social media route to help market Sun's array of products to customers. In his most recent blog post, Schwartz writes:"...

June 4, 2006 by Dan Farber

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'D' wrap up, Al Gore, Sun layoffs, Java, OneCare and more...

This week on The Dan & David Show, we cover my visit to the D conference, hobnobbing (not really) with the likes of Al Gore, Bill Gates, Terry Semel and Bob Iger. D will be remembered as the conference where Bill Gates came up with a new concept--reality acquisition device--that will quickly fade into obscurity, and for very funny Q&As with Sony CEO Howard Stringer and film director Barry Sonnefeld, with a guest appearance from Martha Stewart.

June 2, 2006 by Dan Farber


David Pogue reminds me why not to buy a GPS system anytime soon

At the beginning of April right as I was coming off my "back surgery vacation," I wrote a kitchen sink blog that, amongst other things, dragged consumer-targeted global postioning solutions like those from Tom-Tom through the mud.  But, at $500 to $700, I found the pricing for something like that to be outrageously expensive when compared to the $10 map book you can buy at the local gas station that could very well be more up-to-date.

June 2, 2006 by David Berlind


MerchantCircle targets local ad market

MerchantCircle has a simple goal, but challenging—displace the old fashioned printed Yellow Pages and bring local business into a more social Web of commerce. I talked to Ben Smith, CEO of the startup, who told me that the 14 million local merchants who advertise in the Yellow Pages (some online as well as offline) want a better way to express themselves online and to reach customers.

June 2, 2006 by Dan Farber