Finally, now that USA Today has broken the story (NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls), people are beginning to take notice. But is it too little, too late?
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Nick Carr connects some dots, leading to a conclusion that CIOs want to distance themselves from IT: IT has become an albatross for CIOs. Smart ones are trying hard to distance themselves from "the technology" in order to escape the dead end of the data center.
I just got back from New York where I spoke (twice) at the SOA Executive Forum. I moderated a panel on SOA Governance that was packed.
Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz absorbed a flurry of jabs and a few left hooks from Gartner analysts Paul McGuckin and Daryl Plummer during an interview this morning at Gartner Symposium. Basically the analysts want Schwartz to show them the money.
Riya has been the darling of the Web 2.0 crowd, drawing kudos from every corner of the blogosphere.
The two big headlines today are that Java is on the road to open source ("It's not whether, but how. We'll go do this," new Sun software head Rich Green told the new Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz at JavaOne) and that the 'Q,' Motorola's thin, Windows Mobile smart phone/PDA is about to ship (in San Francisco for Gartner Symposium, Motorola CEO Ed Zander said, "We're in the throes of getting it released.
Perhaps Gartner research director Darryl Plummer should have tried his message out on the folks across the street at NetBeans day (a prelude to JavaOne) before going out on a bit of a limb by saying software development will cease to exist. I'm rather certain based on the people that I bumped into, roaming around the argent hotel, packing rooms with demonstrations of development technologies like Matisse and Maven, that there might have been a riot.
Here at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in San Francisco, Motorola CEO Ed Zander took center stage to, among other things, talk about his company's new smartphone (a term he refrains from using himself to describe the device): the Motorola Q. Zander admitted to the largely enterprise audience that Motorola is struggling with how to position the Q.
New Scientist reports that researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created an online multi-player game called "Phetch" that captions Web images for the blind. It works thus: One player views a randomly-retrieved picture and constructs a pithy paragraph describing it.
Richard MacManus has a great review of the new Yahoo home page and podcast with Yahoo Chief Product Officer Ash Patel and Vice President of Front Doors Tapan Bhat. Richard concludes that the redesigned page is more contemporary and Web 2.