By mid-2006 Yahoo and Microsoft will break down the Berlin Wall between their instant messagers. It's about time, but AOL is still trying to hold on to its exclusive territory.
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Massachusetts' recent decision to standardize on the OASIS-chaperoned OpenDocument Format (ODF) as its statewide standard file format for saving and exchanging documents that are typically created by productivity applications has generated a huge amount of controversy.
Yesterday Last week, Google announced Google Reader, an online RSS reader. As you'd expect from a Google product, the interface is clean and makes ample use of AJAX to get the clunk out.
I spent part of the afternoon at one of Yahoo Lab's facilities, a nondescript building on University Ave. in Berkeley, CA.
In the bubble days of the Web, the game was all about aggregating eyeballs. AOL, Excite, Yahoo, Snap!
It's safe to say that a large-scale cybersecurity calamity will occur, just as hurricanes, earthquakes and terrorist attacks torment the people of the planet earth. Mini security calamities hit computers almost every day in the form of worms and other vulnerabilities.
I already blogged Sergey Brin's comments on the possibility of a Google office productivity suite. Here are some other quotes from his interview with John Battelle at Web 2.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin made a guest appearance at the Web 2.0 conference.
At the Web 2.0 conference Google took the wraps off its RSS reader--Google Reader.
It would make Google's current revenue model highly extensible beyond search, and remake the multi-billion-dollar business-to-business advertising and direct marketing industries.