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Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
On one hand, the 500 patents that IBM has released for unencumbered use by open source software developers is a giant step in the right direction, if you ask open source attorney and advocate Larry Rosen. Said Rosen in my podcast interview (download the MP3) of him, "IBM is saying we will not assert these patents against you and that's a great relief.
Today's announcement by Novatel Wireless that its dual band EV-DO / 1xRTT PC card for notebook computers (and some handhelds) is available for usage through Verizon Wireless is precisely the reason I have some misgivings about public Wi-Fi. Verizon Wireless' network is based on CDMA technology.
Microsoft's growing endorsement of the Really Simple Syndication protocol (RSS) may leave the company with no choice but to refresh some of its desktop applications ahead of its current plans. News.
In response to my column about monoculture and podcasting, a reporter from a nationally known news organization contacted me for more details in hopes of determining whether a special report on blogging, RSS-type syndication, podcasting, social networking, and monoculture (all interrelated) might be worthwhile.
In his blog post, technology journalist Sandy McMurray does the best job I've seen today summarizing Steve Jobs' keynote presentation at Macworld and laying out the parade of announcements in its entirety in easy-to-read point-form format. A pair of ZDNet videos provides a close look at the new Mac Mini and iPod Shuffle, and a review offers some opinion.
Steve Jobs is one of the few people in the world who can use terms like "amazing," "incredible," and "phenomenon" dozens of times in presentation and not be dismissed as a blowhard.
In hopes of wooing those interested in the mobile database wares of market leader Sybase, Oracle is reviving its mobile database strategy. According to Jacob Christfort, vice president of product development for voiceand wireless at Oracle, Oracle is taking a deliberately different tackthan Sybase.
There is more to the Microsoft-TiVo-MTV deal that was announced at CES than meets the eye. To funnel the multimedia content into mobile devices that the deal promised to deliver, hard drives will have to be par for the course for Windows Media-enabled mobile devices including digital music players and smartphones.
After a quick hit on Intel CEO Craig Barrett's on stage encounters with Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler I interview THINKStrategies founder and managing directorJeff Kaplan in ZDNet's second podcast (download the MP3, or get it through the RSS feed). Kaplan gazes into his crystal ball for utility computing, managedservices, outsourcing, and the IT research sectors in 2005.