Microsoft announced this morning that Target's 1400 retail locations are going to run their systems on Microsoft's .NET Framework.
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If you've been following our series on Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) [sic], then you know that DRM is wall-building material when it comes to turning the Internet into a bunch of segregated nets or "walled-gardens." Apple has its walled garden consisting of the iTunes Music Store (as a source of content) and compatible end-user devices (iTunes software, iPods, etc.
You may not realize it yet, but you are likely a felon, or at least you're committing felonious acts. All you have to do is say something (anything) that annoys someone and not use your real name.
Guy Kawasaki gave one of his patented demos, evangelizing for FilmLoop, a photo sharing company he has invested in that is run by his old friend (since 9th grade) and former Apple colleague Kyle Mashima and Prescott Lee. FilmLoop is the “killer app for the Macintosh,” Kawasaki said, joining MacPaint, Photoshop and PageMaker.
From the sound of his most recent blog, Chad Dickerson ended up in a wrestling match with a new Dell system and lost. That's bad news because Chad, who used to be the CIO at InfoWorld (now, he's at Yahoo), is one of the most technical people I know.
Now that CES is over, Steve Jobs has the stage all to himself this week as the Macworld Expo gets underway (check out The Guardian's story on how Jobs preps for his major keynotes). As usual, the rumors are flying in anticipation of Jobs' keynote tomorrow morning.
If you didn't catch it in a previous blog, Sun's Tim Bray and I have a little bet going. Even though I only asked if NetBeans should be throwing in the towel versus Eclipse, Tim bet me a dinner if, in a year from now, I thought that NetBeans should toss in the towel (which probably means a merger of the two).
Paul Thurrott of Windows SuperSite has an in-depth review of Google Pack. Following is his conclusion:While virtually every computer company on earth is scared to death of Google, and virtually every PC user seems to be in love with them, Google Pack serves nicely as a reality check.
Video: We have a 10-minute video of Google co-founder Larry Page's CES keynote, where he introduced Google's new video store. Tristan Louis has an overview, with useful comparison tables, of the current video offerings from all the portals--AOL, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.
Engadget: ...users who choose to "upgrade" their handsets to support the Verizon Wireless music store are doing so at a tradeoff: you'll no longer be able to play MP3s on your phone....