Appistry (formerly Tsunami Research) is one of my favorite cool technology companies. Perhaps my most favorite of 2005 and this should be a really great year for them once a few more big shops discover what this company can do with ordinary iron (think dirt cheap or recycled PCs).
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Marc Benioff outlined that latest info on the Winter '06 platform of salesforce.com and talked it up as the "Business Web"--on demand, software-as-a-service mixed with Web 2.
In the latest Gillmor Gang podcast, the Gang (Steve Gillmor, Doc Searls, Jon Udell, Mike Vizard, Dana Gardner (absent for this show), myself and guest Stephen Shankland of news.com discuss the aftermath of CES, Macworld and the Oracle/Sun happy talk.
Worth reading: George Ou ran into a security problem with the new version of Skype:I've been a huge fan of Skype in recent years because of their user friendliness and seamless encryption, but I was shocked to find that Skype 2.0 triggered a DEP (Data Execution Prevention) warning on my new computer running Windows XP SP2.
Video: A Rubik's Cube competition brought the fastest solvers from around the world to San Francisco on Saturday. We have footage from the event, including the new world record being set.
Worth reading: BusinessWeek has a story on how mathematicians are in demand as businesses look to use numbers to reveal the hidden treasures of data.The world is moving into a new age of numbers.
From Shelley at the Burningbird blog, comes an entry about the spyware-esque MiniStore in Apple's iTunes (that we blogged about here, yesterday): Oh my Aunt Matilda’s bunions. Consider with me, if you please, a scenario: You open iTunes.
From Brad Feld's blog (of Mobius Ventures): The best Google Search of the Day Trust me. It's worth it.
ZDNet reader Charly Prevost spotted Digital Music News' coverage of some increased support for watermarking as an alternative to the traditional DRM approach. A few weeks back, I described how watermarking works and why I like it.
From ZDNet reader Russ Lighton via email, a new explanation for the acronym DRM: The Digital Repossession Manifesto (DRM): "By purchasing this product you understand and agree you are actually purchasing a rental of the digital content and do not actually own the content. The rental length is totally at our discretion and you will not interfere with any and all methods we will use to terminate the rental period once we decide what it is.