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Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
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That's the headline in a New York Times article (requires free registration) by Gary Rivlin. The story talks about how the Google honeymoon is over and now, because of the way it's becoming just as corporate as any other big tech titan, it is now the first company to come along in a long time that stands any kind of a chance at challenging Microsoft's dominance.
ZDNet blogger Russell Shaw has a scoop on Google Talk, which provides very basic instant messaging and voice chat--but that's just a beginning. It's one of the seeds for the Googler's grand ambitions to become the software platform for everything from search, location-based data e-mail, telephony and social networking to payment systems, personalized ads, personal spaces and Web-based applications of all kinds.
I just got done listening to a recent DiamondCluster Wavelengths Podcast interview hosted by Dan Bricklin and DiamondCluster vice chairman and global managing director John Sviokla. Their guest interviewee was Palm co-founder Donna Dubinsky.
I foresee a vast, insidious infiltration of the Internet into brick-and-mortar retailers as "customers" bring Amazon's cash register into every store they visit.
Intel's new CEO Paul Otellini (and a 30-year veteran of the company) kicked off the Intel Developer Forum with a new line and sigh of relief: Growth is back. "Count on us to continue the relentless pursuit of Moore's Law, new levels of performance, energy efficiency and communications," he said during his 59-minute keynote.
From here, there and everywhere in our blogosphere..... network security specialist George Ou reports that a French security company which sells early exploit warning services has released a zero-day exploit that attacks Microsoft's browser.
In David Berlind's latest Alice in Wonderland trip through the American telecommunications universe -- "Are Baby Bells abusing gov't granted right-of-way?" -- he credits Bob Frankston, the co-inventor of the VisiCalc electronic spreadsheet, for inspiring this tour-de-force of imaginative fact development.
Over the weekend, Bruce Perens, who was one of the original founders of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) but now currently serves as vice president of developer relations and policy for SourceLabs, publicly expressed his dismay over the rejection of an application he filed to become a member of a newly formed OSI committee for dealing with the problem of open source license proliferation.
Sybase, through announcements and messaging from its TechWave conference this week here in Las Vegas, appears in a stronger position than the conventional wisdom has held for second-tier software tools and infrastructure vendors. Sybase has carefully and quietly created a whole greater than the sum of its parts, and is setting itself up for future growth fueled by the far greater use of mobile endpoints to access and create enterprise data.