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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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Over the last few years, particularly as server-based deployments have eaten away at the software giant's bottom line, Microsoft has routinely derided open source software as being less secure than its own closed-source proprietary offerings.
Last week, I linked to an Engadget blog that claimed at least one Verizon Wireless' phone was defeating MP3 playback because Microsoft required it to. By way of Robert Scoble, here's part of the official word from Microsoft's Windows Media Team on that: It is absolutely untrue.
Video: At Macworld, Steve Jobs shows off the latest version of GarageBand and uses it to create his own podcast where he makes up "rumors" about an 8-pound iPod. Of course, GarageBand podcast work well with iTunes' podcast directory.
I'm at the Oracle/Sun announcement, sandwiched in the second row between news.com's Stephen Shankland and Gillmor Gang Steve Gillmor waiting for the wisecracking CEOs, Ellison and McNealy, to hit the stage at Oracle's conference center in Redwood City, CA.
At San Francisco's Moscone Center, Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs debuted an updated iMac. The machine sports the same sizes, same design, same features, and same prices as the Power PC-based iMac.
I caught up with chip expert Nathan Brookwood of Insight64 after the Jobs keynote to get take on Apple's shift to Intel and whether users will experience any serious bumps in the road, besides having to spend money on new software. "Apple seems to be doing all of the right things to minimize the pain that customers will experience moving from PowerPC to the Intel Mac platform.
All cameras aimed at Steve Jobs...More photos here and here.
Steve Jobs walked on the sparse Macworld Expo stage just after 9:00 AM PST and started with the financial results for the quarter, a record $5.7 billion, including 14 million iPods and about 3 million songs per day sold.
The folks over at The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard's School of Law have invited me to come be a guest speaker for their "Berkman Luncheon Series" which takes place most Tuesdays. I was first exposed to the Berkman Center about a year ago when I attended its Blogging Journalism, and Credibility Conference and have been a huge fan of the Center ever since.