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Sun CTO to HP engineers adrift: We're hiring

Here's something you don't see every day.  An executive of one public company -- in this case Sun CTO Greg Papadopoulos -- blogging an open letter to the engineers of another public company (HP) inviting them to change employers.

July 22, 2005 by David Berlind


Driven to distraction

From IT Facts: According to the Radicati Group,  today 13.9 billion instant messages are sent per day.

July 21, 2005 by Dan Farber


Summer blackout? No problem. EV-DO saves the day.

I've been swallowed so whole by the blogosphere that any time I start testing a new product, it takes me about a year to do so because of how little time I have to test each of the features.  One of the products that I'm testing is AudioVox's XV6600WOC (who comes up with these names anyway).

July 21, 2005 by David Berlind


George Gilder: Redeeming civilization

George Gilder--who wrote a book "Life After Television"--was long ago predicting the death of television and Hollywood as we know it. Speaking at the AO2005 Summit about the long tail ("Customers don’t want choice, they want their first choice," Gilder said) and the future of media, Gilder said:"The essence of television is you could watch television forever and never produce a television set.

July 20, 2005 by Dan Farber


Patent infringement bypasses global warming as biggest threat to human existence

Recent moves by intellectual property holdings outfits like Acacia Research have sparked a patent land grabbing epidemic that has threatened to accelerate the extinction of all life on earth unless the charter of the Kyoto Treaty is expanded to include other, more pressing matters that threaten the Earth's ecosytem. Exclaiming "If that five-year old punk in Minnesota can patent swinging sideways, then why can't I patent the color red?!

July 20, 2005 by David Berlind


Skype: A new, friendly communications monopoly?

The first morning session of the AO2005 Innovation Summit was a Skype video call (vSkype correction: vSkype is from a third-party user of Skype's API. The product used for the video call was a Skype internal alpha product that the company said will be the foundation for its video offering later this year) between host Tony Perkins and MarketWatch's Bambi Francisco in Palo Alto and Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom and investor ($10 million in Skype) Tim Draper of Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

July 20, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Frank Martinez on Web services protocols

My interview with Frank Martinez, CTO of Blue Titan software is now available at IT conversations. I had some good conversations with Frank in NY in May about Web Services protocols and thought others might enjoy hearing his thoughts about them as well.

July 20, 2005 by Phil Windley


Questionable $178B loss: Employees' fault? Or management's?

Websense -- a company that sells solutions that help managers crackdown on unauthorized usage of the Internet -- issued the following statement today: "Websense, Inc., the world’s leading provider of employee internet management solutions, today announced that internet misuse in the workplace costs American corporations more than $178 billion annually in lost productivity.

July 19, 2005 by David Berlind