Larry Dignan

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Mashup ecosystem poised to explode

As one of the co-organizers of Mashup Camp, I'm getting a lot of inquiries via email and from the press about what mashups are and why they're getting so much buzz.  Invariably, my response begins by evoking their memory of another technology ecosystem that exploded through the stratosphere just after exiting from its embryonic phase -- one that the mashup ecosystem (or what I call the "uncomputer") is virtually identical to: The PC.

January 27, 2006 by David Berlind


DOJ vs. Google: One month countdown to showdown begins

Now that Google has refused to comply with a Department of Justice subpoena,'s Declan McCullagh reports that a US District Court Judge has officially set a court showdown date for one month from today: Google's attempt to fend off the government's request for millions of search terms will move to a federal court in San Jose, Calif.

January 26, 2006 by David Berlind


Former PeopleSoft EVP Ram Gupta casts his lot with application routing

After more than 20 years in high tech, culminating in a four-year stint as executive vice president at PeopleSoft just prior to the Oracle acquisition, Ram Gupta considered himself retired from the industry and happy to sit on a few tech company boards. But, after taking a year off, he has jumped back in with Cast Iron Systems.

January 26, 2006 by Dan Farber


Microsoft captures Seadragon

As part of its Live Labs initiative, Microsoft acquired Seadragon, a Seattle-based  startup with technology for viewing and interacting with "high-resolution images, vector graphics, applets and other documents, locally or remotely, at any visual scale, and in an environment that allows fluid navigation in two or three dimensions," according to the Web site.

January 26, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Linus Torvalds summarily rejects GPL 3

Stephen Shankland reports that Linux keyholder Linus Torvalds isn't keen on aligning the kernal with a new, and as yet incomplete, GPL license.  Torvalds said that it is "insane to require people to make their private signing keys available," referring to the anti-DRM element in the GPL 3 draft specification.

January 26, 2006 by Dan Farber


Sergey Brin addresses the China issue

Google co-founder Sergey Brin addresses the China issue with Fortune's David Kirkpatrick while at Davos.We ultimately made a difficult decision, but we felt that by participating there, and making our services more available, even if not to the 100 percent that we ideally would like, that it will be better for Chinese Web users, because ultimately they would get more information, though not quite all of it.

January 25, 2006 by Dan Farber