Ina Fried and Michael Kanellos got an audience with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer (no bombshells were unleashed) just before CES opened...so did Reuters, which I covered here.
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Video: We have a seven-minute clip from Sony's CES keynote featuring CEO Howard Stringer, Tom Hanks, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (The DaVinci Code team). Hanks keeps it highly entertaining and Howard and Grazer talk about the marriage of technology and value of the socialized cinema experience (the movie theatre).
Om Malik:Ironically, WSJ flubs the biggest piece of news in the story, which is buried at the very end of the story...yet another DRM system, that will now duke it out with Microsoft’s DRM and Apple’s DRM, amongst scores of pretenders.
Are you an Excel expert? ZDNet reader Dick Bagby wrote to me for help: I keep weekly fiscal performance data on a histogram chart in Excel.
Two months ago, I wrote about the newest innovation to come out of electronic spreadsheet co-inventor Dan Bricklin's garage: wikiCalc. Back then, I wrote: To the extent that Wikis make collaboration on Web-based documents simple but are sorely lacking in their ability to easily control the overall presentation and format of those documents (colors, fonts, and positioning of text or tabular data that may or may not require tabulation), the alpha 0.
Microsoft has many strong competitors, and one of its weaknesses is fighting battles for market share on many fronts. Google is certainly a competitor in the online space, but so are Yahoo and AOL.
Brad King who writes about emerging technology and culture for MIT's Technology Review is speaking out against Apple's digital restrictions [sic] management (DRM) strategy:...Jobs' deal with the entertainment industry and its DRM practices are bad for consumers....
Engadget has the play-by-play of the Sony CEO Howard Stringer's CES keynote, which highlighted Blu-ray, Sony's eBook, HD programming and Digital Cinema projection. But the real star of the show was Sony's forthcoming movie, The DaVinci Code.
Regarding my bet with Sun's Tim Bray on NetBeans throwing in the towel (versus the Eclipse IDE), Eclipse.org director of marketing Ian Skerrett writes: ....
By way of Jim Hock & Co. over at 463 Communications, the Motion Picture Association of America is apparently demonstrating the awfulness of the proverbial analog hole that recently proposed legislation is looking to cork: ...