Tech vendors are tripping over themselves to be social, and enterprise computing increasingly emulates Facebook and Twitter.
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At the JavaOne conference in San Francisco, Robert Brewin, CTO for Sun Microsystems, and John Brock, part of the Connected Developer Team for Project Kenai, demonstrate how developers will be able to use this new site to gain visibility, collaborate, and connect on projects over the Internet.
All the Web content in the world is useless, if you can't find what you're looking for, right? ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to senior editor Sam Diaz about new search services and features that aren't necessarily going toe to toe with Google, but may prove to be disrupters for the search giant.
ZDNet Senior Editor Sam Diaz shares his views on the rumors swirling around Apple buying Twitter for $700 million. Diaz says the gossip is less about Apple and more about the tech press' hunger for some details about the microblogging service's revenue model.
ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das speaks with senior editor Sam Diaz about the efforts of Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace to up their Web 2.0 game. Diaz also discusses the significance of the Sun-Oracle deal to the data center market and the rumors swirling around Apple and Verizon. Will there be an alternative to AT&T for iPhone users?
Drew Martin, CIO of Sony Electronics, describes how the company is targeting social networking sites to get better customer feedback and enable development on its next generation of products.
At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Adobe Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch demos a beta version of Flash Catalyst, a Web development program that allows developers to import pictures and make each shape into a Web element. Flash Catalyst also creates Flex code of these elements, letting developers add to and manipulate the code directly, and giving them the ability to connect to Facebook's API.
At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Palm Senior Vice President of Applications and Services Michael Abbott announced an early access program of the company's new developing platform, WebOS. The new platform will run apps natively on the device and enables greater integration with cloud applications like Google and Facebook. Abbott stressed that the company is looking for developer feedback and that the platform is evolving.
At the TechCrunch Cloud Computing Roundtable in Mountain View, Calif., Gina Bianchini, CEO of Ning, says that cloud computing can give start-ups an edge by allowing them to focus on the application their business is producing, and then gives them far wider distribution--through sites like Facebook--than was available just a few years ago. Amitabh Srivastava, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows Azure group, adds that the cloud eliminates hardware headaches, an important consideration for start-ups that may not even have funding yet. Moderator: Erick Schonfeld, co-editor TechCrunch
At the TechCrunch Cloud Computing Roundtable on Friday in Mountain View, Calif., panelists discuss the difficulties in creating and scaling applications in the cloud. Scott Dietzen, Yahoo senior vice president of Communications Products, says it's unrealistic to think you can just throw apps out there and expect them to work perfectly--it takes a lot of work. Amazon CTO Werner Vogel believes apps immediately need the same scaling capabilities as the platforms they exist on, while Mike Schroepfer, VP of engineering at Facebook, explains how and why two different functions on Facebook--status updates and pictures--have a similar interface to the user but have completely different back ends.