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Ed Zander, the mobile man

Coming soon: I just recorded a podcast with Motorola CEO Ed Zander, and got a good look at the new mobile devices (not cell phones) and what keeps him awake at night. The podcast, recorded at the Churchill Club's 20 anniversary event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, will be up on Monday.

September 23, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Sullivan takes me to the woodshed for a spankin'

In a post (see Yes, Google does alert you to new blog finds) that rips my coverage to shreds and then goes on to question whether my objectivity  has been compromised by some personal vendetta against Google, SearchEngineWatch.com blogger Danny Sullivan says that I got it all wrong when I asked Shouldn't Google Alerts include blogs.

September 23, 2005 by David Berlind

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EFF's John Gilmore responds to my DRM nightmare post

In response to a DRM nightmare blog post about why my $20,000 worth of audiophile gear can't play the 99 cent songs I'm buying, Electronic Frontier Foundation founder and board member John Gilmore sent the following e-mail which basically says that this DRM nightmare is going to get worse and that the only way to stop it is for all of us to come to our senses and stop buying DRM-encumbered content (eg: songs from Apples iTune's Music Store or from one of Microsoft's PlaysForSure music stores).

September 23, 2005 by David Berlind

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Microsoft vs Mass.: What ever happened to 'The customer is always right'?

Is it just me, or is there something highly unusual about the extremely hard time that Microsoft is giving to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts over its decision to move to Open Document Format (ODF) as the standard for storing files produced by productivity applications like word processors and spreadsheets?  Whatever happened to the old saying that "The customer is always right (even when they're wrong)?

September 22, 2005 by David Berlind

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Ellison, Microsoft reorg, GoogleNet, Demo, Vista and more (The Dan & David Show)

In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, we assess Oracle's, and CEO Larry Ellison's, transition from swashbuckling buccaneers and serial acquirers to software industry statesman, pledging allegiance to open standards, lifetime support and choice for customers. Of course, Ellison couldn't resist taking a few shots at SAP this week, and hopes that his salesforce.

September 22, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Dangerous legal loophole in child-porn prosecutions under review

A little more than a year ago, I wrote a column entitled A porn trap to steer clear of that dealt with some thorny questions that most would rather not ask when attempting "throw the book" at creators, distributors, and consumers of child pornography.  After all, the scum should be locked up and the key should be thrown away, right?

September 22, 2005 by David Berlind

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When it rains (3G notebooks), it pours

That's the headline I probably should have used on my previous blog about how HP was so rattled by Dell's announcement of a Cingular-provisioned 3G wireless broadband notebook that it issued a formal response.  Normally, if one vendor feels compelled to issue a statement in response to another vendor's announcement, it's an explanation of why the newly announced product or service  is a bad idea.

September 21, 2005 by David Berlind

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Shouldn't Google Alerts include blogs?

In an attempt to stay abreast of all things Windows Vista on the Web (for our Vistulations blog), I've established a Google Alert to keep an eye on the Web. Or so I thought.

September 21, 2005 by David Berlind

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