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Doc Searls and the Live Web

Doc Searls and the Live Web

Doc Searls gave a brilliant closing keynote at the Syndicate conference, not so much for its open-ended conclusions but for the concepts and metaphors that he conjures up. He unpacks his notion of the "Live Web" and envisions a time in which users demand advertising (it may not be called that)--it matures into something useful, in demand, participatory and with 100-percent clickthrough.

December 14, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

Next-gen RSS reading platform (Attensa) demos power of Attention.xml

Next-gen RSS reading platform (Attensa) demos power of Attention.xml

Now that I've had a chance to see Attensa's solution in action (here at the Syndicate Conference in San Francisco), I can understand why John Palfrey's RSS Investors venture capital outfit selected the company as one of its initial investments  (valued at $9 million).  Like Newsgator, Attensa offers RSS subscription software that works inside of Outlook.

December 14, 2005 by in Mobility

Open source SPARC  likely to use GPL license

Open source SPARC likely to use GPL license

During an interview at Syndicate 2005 with Doc Searls, Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz said that while BSD and Mozilla licenses were under consideration for the SPARC processor design, the most likely candidate is the GPL. Sun is in the process of open sourcing all of its software, and now processor designs.

December 14, 2005 by in Open Source

Sun's Schwartz@Syndicate:  Intranets are gonna die

Sun's Schwartz@Syndicate: Intranets are gonna die

Today, the second and last day of the Syndicate Conference in San Francisco, the event kicked off with Doc Searls doing a keynote interview of Sun president and COO Jonathan Schwartz.  As an experiment in live blogging, kind of like stuffing IRC into a blog, I'm going to populate this blog entry with nothing but some of Schwartz's more interesting quotes.

December 14, 2005 by in Oracle

Structured blogging initiative taking off

Structured blogging initiative taking off

At the Syndicate 2005 conference, a few dozen Web companies--including PubSub, Bloglines, Feedster, Meetup, Newsgator, Rojo, Sxip, CommerceNet and Broadband Mechanics--gathered behind a structured blogging initiative, using microformats and other open standards. "We need to make sure that all new formats, such as events, listings, reviews, audio and video blog posts, are compatible with each other.

December 13, 2005 by in CXO

Where HP goes (into the 'live Web'), perhaps your business should follow

Where HP goes (into the 'live Web'), perhaps your business should follow

After Doc Searls gave a short keynote about the live Web (different from the static Web) here at the Syndicate Conference, Scott Anderson, HP's Director of Enterprise Brand Communications took the stage to talk about how HP is embracing it (the live Web) to build its brand and strengthen its relationships with the various constituencies it deals with, especially customers.

December 13, 2005 by in Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Microsoft releases FAQ on Ecma submission

Microsoft releases FAQ on Ecma submission

Already being lampooned as FUD by OASIS general council Andrew Updegrove (OASIS is the the consortium that stewards the OpenDocument Format), Microsoft has posted a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) that it hopes will address any of the confusion around its convenant not to sue (developers who implement its file formats in their software) as well as questions that have arisen as result of the submission of its file formats to Ecma International.

December 13, 2005 by in Microsoft

Microsoft to outbid Google for AOL's affections?

Microsoft to outbid Google for AOL's affections?

Worth reading: Dana Gardner predicts in his recently launched ZDNet blog Briefings Direct that Microsoft will win the AOL sweepstakes, leaving Google to look elsewhere for a big chunk of ad revenue. The stakes if Microsoft wins — no doubt by mere show of loot — are extremely high.

December 12, 2005 by in Microsoft

Why an open standard for DRM won't prevent the DRM trainwreck

Why an open standard for DRM won't prevent the DRM trainwreck

If you've been following my various rantings on this blog, particularly the ones about file formats (OpenDocument Format vs. Microsoft's Office XML-based formats) or digital restrictions management (DRM) [sic], or a lot of what I've written over the last five years about open standards and intellectual property, then you'll know that for the benefit of technology buyers (ZDNet's audience), I'm a strong advocate of open standards.

December 12, 2005 by in Open Source

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