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Latest Posts

Caterina Fake: Flickr and Web 2.0

I met with Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr, at the Syndicate conference, and we video taped a lengthy interview. We've cut the interview into bite-sized clips, and I'll post the entire interview later.

December 15, 2005 by Dan Farber


A rootkit you can't uninstall

Last night I was reading an article about the birth of the DC-3, one of the world's classic airplanes. What caught my attention was the fact that the DC-3 was designed and built just 30 years after the Wright brothers made their first flight.

December 15, 2005 by Phil Windley


Top 10 hurdles for Microsoft in '06

Analysts at Directions on Microsoft list their top 10 challenges for Microsoft in 2006, leading with Windows Vista as the biggest hurdle it will encounter. Basically, Microsoft is fighting battles on many fronts, as I outlined in my whiteboard video.

December 15, 2005 by Dan Farber


Syndication, Wikipedia, Java DB and more...

This latest episode of the Dan & David Show comes to you from The Syndicate conference in San Francisco, where David and I camped out in the demo area for the podcast. We give our rundown on the event, which focused on trends in RSS/syndication, content delivery, blogging, podcasting/tagging, marketing and advertising.

December 15, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Open source is real Alchemy

James Governor brings up the old Alchemy idea in a recent posting. You might recall that Alchemy, introduced by Adam Bosworth during his stint at BEA (he's now at Google), was going to provide a platform that allowed Web applications to function offline.

December 15, 2005 by Dan Farber


Tapping into 'unpaid media'

Larry Weber, CEO of the W2 Group and formerly of the marketing and PR firm the Weber Group, gave a keynote at the Syndicate conference on the use of unpaid media to reach consumers.

December 14, 2005 by Dan Farber


Doc Searls and the Live Web

Doc Searls gave a brilliant closing keynote at the Syndicate conference, not so much for its open-ended conclusions but for the concepts and metaphors that he conjures up. He unpacks his notion of the "Live Web" and envisions a time in which users demand advertising (it may not be called that)--it matures into something useful, in demand, participatory and with 100-percent clickthrough.

December 14, 2005 by Dan Farber


Next-gen RSS reading platform (Attensa) demos power of Attention.xml

Now that I've had a chance to see Attensa's solution in action (here at the Syndicate Conference in San Francisco), I can understand why John Palfrey's RSS Investors venture capital outfit selected the company as one of its initial investments  (valued at $9 million).  Like Newsgator, Attensa offers RSS subscription software that works inside of Outlook.

December 14, 2005 by David Berlind