Jeffrey Young, author of iCon Steve Jobs : The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business, sent me his take on MovieBeam, a video on demand service spun out of Disney and backed by Cisco and Intel.A couple of weeks after Disney agreed to buy Steve Jobs' Pixar, the Mousketeers announced a new product from a spun-off subsidiary called MovieBeam that is so "brain dead" as the turtle-necked one would say, that you've got to wonder what they're smoking in Burbank.
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The Redmonks--Stephen O'Grady and James Governor--speculate on Oracle's ambitious plans to gooble up open source companies--playmates for Siebel, J.D.
If you use OS X (I do), you should greet with glee and joy this week's announcement that security experts have identified the first example of an OS X worm in the wild. After all, this shows that OS X is finally getting enough mind share that malware writers are taking note.
FBI Director Robert Mueller gave a speech at the RSA Conference this week, and asked for help from the private sector to stay ahead of the curve in combatting cybercrime. "It is not easy for law enforcement and private industry alike to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to these ever-evolving threats," Mueller said.
Deal Architect Vinnie Mirchandani notes that Nick Carr has posted the slides from his talk at the Open Source Business Conference about the coming age of utility computing. Like electricity, organizations will inevitably be powered by automated, centralized grids of metered computing power, Nick predicted.
Commercialization of open source--and Oracle's recent foray into acquiring open source components--was a major theme at the Open Source Business Conference. During a panel on the topic, Ken Jacobs, vice president of product strategy for servers, proclaimed that commercialization is not only beneficial but inevitable.
During the Open Source Business Conference I sat down for a podcast interview with Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL; Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource; and John Roberts, CEO of SugarCRM. The three open source moguls are flush with recent VC cash infusions and have partnered on Spike Stack for Sugar Professional.
Phil Wainewright has the scoop on salesforce.com's newfound transparency with a publically available, real-time system performance and status page.
Prior to Stephen Shankland's scoop about Oracle's attempt to add MySQL to its portfolio, I chatted with the open source database company's CEO Marten Mickos about Oracle's open source envy, his reaction to Oracle's purchase of InnoDB, and how he plans to keep MySQL ahead of the game. Mickos had tried to acquire InnoDB, which provides online backup for MySQL, but the pastures were apparently greener at the omnivorous Oracle for InnoDB creator Heikki Tuuri.
In October I blogged my one (long) sentence review of "Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers" by PR pro, startup guru and author Shel Israel and Microsoft chief blogger Robert Scoble (Wiley, 2006).