In his blog, Ross Mayfield points to and elaborates on Mary Hodder's observation that the widespread and loose use of the term 'beta' is confusing users--including developers--who don't get its meaning anymore. She says:Google puts it on everything but search, so does Flickr, so do many software sellers, as Brent did at Ranchero [NetNewsWire].
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Walmart.com now has the $500 ($498 to be precise) laptop, called Balance, which comes with the Linspire operating system and the OpenOffice.
It's that time of year again, when analyst firms look back at their IT predictions and then congratulate themselves for getting it right or make no comment if they hadn't.
A major oil company's 885-foot tanker has been outfitted with 160 tiny vibration sensors--collectively called "smart dust"--that monitor the performance of the ship's machinery and report when something shakes in a new and exciting way.
While the world waits for all of the existing CDMA (ie: Sprint, Verizon) and GPRS-based (ie: Cingular...
For Mac fans everywhere, Andy Hertzfeld (one of the original Mac...
Unlike the Oracle/PeopleSoft deal--two companies with overlapping products--Symantec's acquisition of Veritas is about scaling two loosely coupled product domains. Rob Lemos interviews Symantec CEO John Thompson about his company's move to gain scale, venturing beyond its native security space.
Michael Kanellos writes that Richard Smalley, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry in 1996, believes that the global energy situation "may be a greater challenge for us than the Cold War" and that the consequences of ignoring the problem will be terrorism, pestilence, famine. The problem comes from a dire conflict between supply and demand.
Oracle buys PeopleSoft. Symantec buys Veritas. Microsoft buys...
While most of the attention is on the big mergers and acquisitions, some startups are trying to shake up the new world order by doing what the behemoths haven't been able to do so far--which makes them good candidates for acquisition if they can ultimately prove themselves. Just look at VMware, which pioneered turning Intel servers into multiple virtual machines.