According to the various, widely covered press reports, Google is close to a deal that locks rival Microsoft out of AOL's storehouse of ads. This is unwelcome news for Microsoft, which badly needs the AOL traffic to kickstart its AdCenter service, which is set to debut in the U.
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This week, while I was in San Francisco, Sun held a round-table meeting to discuss its postion on open file formats. The meeting was held only a few hours after a hearing on the hotly contested matter was held in Massachusetts as that state looks to decide if it is going to move forward in support of just the OpenDocument Format, or if Microsoft's Open XML will be added to its list of approved file formats.
Paul Kedrosky's blog has a provacative post on structured blogging and a number of comments have been posted. He doesn't think that users get enough value to invest the time to mess with adding structure to blogs:There is simply not enough benefit to the average blogger to compensate for the added irritation of having to pull up a separate form for each type of content you post.
Right now, as I type this blog, TypePad is down and I'm rather certain of it; there are thousands of TypePad users every where that are steaming mad. If you're one of the many TypePad users who has chosen to host their blog on the Web-based service from SixApart and you've been trying to login to your blog in order to update it, you'll see something like the partial screen shot I'm displaying to the left.
I met with Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr, at the Syndicate conference, and we video taped a lengthy interview. We've cut the interview into bite-sized clips, and I'll post the entire interview later.
Last night I was reading an article about the birth of the DC-3, one of the world's classic airplanes. What caught my attention was the fact that the DC-3 was designed and built just 30 years after the Wright brothers made their first flight.
Dave Girouard, general manager of Google's Enterprise Group, gave a keynote at Interop New York 2005 this week. We captured some of his keynote remarks on video.
Analysts at Directions on Microsoft list their top 10 challenges for Microsoft in 2006, leading with Windows Vista as the biggest hurdle it will encounter. Basically, Microsoft is fighting battles on many fronts, as I outlined in my whiteboard video.
This latest episode of the Dan & David Show comes to you from The Syndicate conference in San Francisco, where David and I camped out in the demo area for the podcast. We give our rundown on the event, which focused on trends in RSS/syndication, content delivery, blogging, podcasting/tagging, marketing and advertising.
James Governor brings up the old Alchemy idea in a recent posting. You might recall that Alchemy, introduced by Adam Bosworth during his stint at BEA (he's now at Google), was going to provide a platform that allowed Web applications to function offline.