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Writely = Microsoft's Pearl Harbor?

In response to my post Blog swarm on Writely, Gary Edwards (who is steeped in OpenDoc and OpenOffice) penned this TalkBack:To understand why this deal is Peal Harbor for Microsoft, and a declaration of all out war for Google, i think one has to make a leap and consider that this isn't about applications. It's about the quality of the information experience one can find at Google, or, through the costly nightmare of maintaining a similar experience through revolving MS shrinkware.

March 9, 2006 by Dan Farber


Blog swarm on Writely

Google buys Writely and the blogosphere swarms. The aggregators/memetrackers, with some algorithmic help and hand kneading, provide ample evidence.

March 9, 2006 by Dan Farber

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ETech 2006 wrap-up

As ETech 2006 winds down, I wanted to mention some of the highlights as well as a lowlight. The conference highlights included the keynotes by Ray Ozzie, Jon Udell, Clay Shirky for their simple, practical ideas and insights.

March 9, 2006 by Phil Windley

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iNetWord (Web-based "Word") prez responds with correx

Earlier this week, in one of my posts about why the OpenDocument Format (ODF) needs an IBM/Sun-backed open source software development kit in the market, I also mentioned how some new innovative developers of Web-based destkop productivity applications are skipping ODF support.

March 9, 2006 by David Berlind


IBM's Sutor: ODF SDK moves up on IBM's ToDo list

Moaning slightly about the public nature of our conversation (blog vs. blog), it looks like IBM's director of standards and open source Bob Sutor and I will have to agree to disagree regarding the importance of an IBM/Sun-produced open source-based OpenDocument Format (ODF) Software Development Kit (SDK).

March 9, 2006 by David Berlind


The amorphous attention economy

The theme of this week’s ETech conference is the “attention economy,” which can be an immediate turnoff. I am tired of everything on the Web linked to economies and ecologies, as if it lends some academic, multidisciplinary legitimacy to discussions about how money is made on the Web.

March 8, 2006 by Dan Farber