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Latest Posts

Search engines turning into applications

During the SDForum search SIG last night on Microsoft's Mountain View campus, I had a fireside chat with John Battelle of searchblog and author of The Search, covering the early days of Internet search and the rise of Google. I first met John when I came to Macweek in 1988.

November 11, 2005 by Dan Farber


Walt Mossberg: Cell phones rule

I caught up with Walt Mossberg for a podcast prior to the Churchill Club event "Making a List: What's Hot and What's Not in Personal Technology," which Walt hosted with fellow Wall Street Journal columnist Kara Swisher.Walt explains why the "device formerly known as the cell phone" is the hottest consumer product category, along with iPods and other products that are in the emerging class of small, human-scaled computers with growing sets of capabilities.

November 10, 2005 by Dan Farber


SAP's Shai Agassi on Oracle's 'folly' and the shift to services

Shai Agassi, president of the Product and Technology Group and a member of the Executive Board at SAP AG, fielded questions from New York Times tech reporter John Markoff and the audience during an early morning Churchill Club event on Wednesday. We have a podcast of the interview, as well as a separate follow-up podcast I did with Agassi, digging deeper into some of SAP's technology, hosted services and his disparagement of Oracle's strategy.

November 10, 2005 by Dan Farber


SAP's Shai Agassi: Unplugged

Following an interview with New York Times tech reporter John Markoff at a Churchill Club event, I sat down with Shai Agassi, SAP president of the Product and Technology Group and a member of the Executive Board for a podcast.

November 10, 2005 by Dan Farber


And they said 'WebOffice' couldn't be done..

Everytime I write about the forthcoming fat client's fall from grace thanks to a new breed of software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers, the technologists-in-denial club shows up in the comments section of our blogs with its tar and feathers to give me a lashing.  As the comments section on a recent posting of mine shows (see Next for Sun, Google, Java: Walking papers for the fat client cartel?

November 9, 2005 by David Berlind


MS competitors gather to fast track ODF's evolution

Within days of OASIS' OpenDocument Format (ODF) suffering a political setback in Massachusetts (a drama which has yet to fully play itself out), many of Microsoft's competitors gathered in IBM-stronghold Armonk, NY on Friday, November 4 to plot the next steps for the fledgling XML-based document standard.  Because some of what was discussed was apparently confidential, the press was not invited to observe the ODF Summit.

November 9, 2005 by David Berlind