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Chess master Kasparov takes on tech execs...and Putin

At the Disruptions 2005 technology conference put on by Deloitte in San Francisco today, world renowned chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov gave a brief speech and then simultaneously played against about 20 of the executives attending the conference. I talked to Udi Manber, CEO of Amazon’s A9 search engine, who proudly told me he lasted 23 moves with Kasparov, who was ranked number one in the world from 1984 until his retirement earlier this year.

September 16, 2005 by Dan Farber


Siebel/ war of words update

I checked in with Marc Benioff to get his response to Siebel exec Bruce Cleveland's note, which took issue with some of's claims about the Siebel/Oracle mating and said that Benioff was "running scared.

September 16, 2005 by Dan Farber


Gates=code, Ellison=deals

Ellison is busy spending his cash, while Gates is sitting on close to $40 billion. Referring to Oracle's appetite for big acquistions, Gates said: "Larry [Ellison] forecast big consolidation, and he wanted to see that come true, so he's making it come true.

September 16, 2005 by Dan Farber


David has Microsoft vistulations

My colleague David Berlind has been busy with his new Microsoft Vistulations blog, uploading dozens of Windows Vista screen shots ranging from what the new gadget loaded Windows Sidebar might look like to a 24-image slide gallery of the entire Vista installation process.

September 15, 2005 by Dan Farber


Udell and Gates play all the acronyms

Must read: I referenced Jon Udell's interview with Bill Gates here, but didn't get to listen the entire interview. I finished my encounter with Gates and Udell via a transcript of the interview on Jon's blog.

September 15, 2005 by Dan Farber


Who's the bigger geek: Bill Gates or Napoleon Dynamite?

What would a big Microsoft event be without a video spoof, and Bill making fun of himself a bit. This time cult movie geek "Napoleon Dynamite," gets into a hand slapping contest with Gates and beats him, earning the right to run Microsoft.

September 14, 2005 by Dan Farber