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Rafe's OnHollywood product roundup

Prolific CNET blogger Rafe Needleman covers some of the products demoed at OnHollywood,  Three cellphone utilities Music and sharing startups Various content delivery platformsMozes About 50 companies presented at the event, ranging from content delivery platforms and consumer services to B2B services and infrastructure.

May 4, 2006 by Dan Farber


Developers reverse engineer MS-Office; add OpenDocument compatibility

Although the timing with a very recently issued Request for Information (RFI) by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is apparently coincidental, the ODF Foundation is talking about how a plug-in for Microsoft Office that allows Office users to save their documents in the OpenDocument Format (ODF) has been finished.

May 4, 2006 by David Berlind


VC Tim Draper: SOX ruined our business

During an OnHollywood panel on exit strategies for private companies, mega-venture capitalist Tim Draper said that Sarbannes-Oxley is making it more difficult for startups to go public. "SOX has made it so a company can't go public with $20 million in revenue.

May 4, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Net neutrality about the future of TV?

According to Jonathan Taplin, Net neutrality is about the future of TV--who ends up controlling the pipes. " Today its a battle of the most interesting content wins, but if Comcast decides who gets in the fast lane to the TV, they will once again be in control," Taplin said.

May 3, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Notebooks and VPNs: The tools of successful business continuity during a flu pandemic?

This morning, WBUR (one of the Boston-based affiliates of National Public Radio) carried a story that probed into the state of readiness of American businesses should the US get hit with a flu pandemic.  According to NPR and other reports regarding a 227-page plan that was issued by the White House today, a flu pandemic could send the country into an 18-month crisis that would result in 1.

May 3, 2006 by David Berlind


Document-centric vs. knowledge-centric IT

IBM's veep of open standards and open source Bob Sutor picked up on my discussion of why thinking in terms of documents (when designing collaborative infrastructures) is a trap that predisposes your IT to Draconian architectures when today's technologies can help you break that inefficient chain.  Knowledge centric thinking  is infrastructure agnostic.

May 3, 2006 by David Berlind

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OpenDocument gets ratified by ISO: Whoop-ass or big whoop?

For proponents of the OpenDocument Format, the long wait from specification publication to supposed international standard is over.  Reports and press releases from all parties with an interest in ODF have been rolling in to inform the world that ODF now has the imprimatur of the International Organisation of Standardization.

May 3, 2006 by David Berlind


On the other hand (re: Java-based client-side computing).....

If you've been following this blog for the last couple of days, then you know that I've been exploring (here and here) the possibility that now may good time to re-examine the possibility of developing some sort of standard thin (or rich) client architecture.  For all of its faults, AJAX is solving a very real problem and adding to Google Mail's usability.

May 3, 2006 by David Berlind


Is the Web the new Hollywood?

"The audience is taking over the programming," according to Ted Cohen,senior vice president of Digital Development and Distribution at EMI Music. "A few years ago we looked at litigating it, now we are looking at how to monetize it.

May 3, 2006 by Dan Farber