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posted in February 2006
We should all be thinking the unthinkable about search engines: they may be put out of business by legal challenges. Search engines are under attack from several directions, and of course, it's all about the money.
Companies that own "intellectual property" (something that's always sounded to me like a contradiction in terms) are gunning for search engine's revenues, claiming that Google and Yahoo and the like are profiting unfairly from the use of their copyrighted content. Everybody from
It's a hopeful sign that once again the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected one of five patents at the heart of the NTP-RIM suit. But don't get your hopes up. At the same instant we get more signs that the patent nightmare is far from over the USPTO has granted a patent that its gleeful owner and his equally gleeful phalanx of lawyers declare
I confess I'm writing this item just so I could use that headline. Well, no, I'm not either, because the new version of GNOME, the open-source Linux graphical desktop, is news all on its own. The second beta of what will be GNOME 2.14 slipped out last week, and release is scheduled for March 15.
Thanks to Russell Shaw's blog we have the sound of the other shoe dropping. Recently I wrote about bully-boy Ed Whitacre Jr., the CEO of AT&T, and his plans to extort money from Google and Yahoo and other successful Internet services (see Google Is About To Become Ed Whitacre's Worst Nightmare). Shaw points out why Whitacre needs the money: to buy more Congressmen in his battle to defeat that m
Google is developing a version of its Picasa photo-management application for Linux, according to Linux-watcher Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at DesktopLInux.com. It's sort of a test, he says, and if it goes well other Google apps will likely get similar treatment.
I'd say it's more than likely. It's inevitable.
Maybe it's cynical, with Valentine's Day right around the corner, to say it, but it's time for some of us to put a price on love. If you're a BlackBerry user you can deny that there's any alternative and cling to the idea that your BlackBerry is priceless. But with a possible shutdown of BlackBerry service looming it's time to take a hard-headed business approach and put a dollar value on what it would cost you and all the other BlackBerry users in your company to switch. And I've got a b
Bully boy Ed Whitacre, Jr., the CEO of AT&T, got two messages from Google yesterday, and they both amounted to "up yours." One came in the form of an appearance by Vinton Cerf before the Senate Commerce Committee, and the other was an announcement that Google and Skype, the VoIP vendor, are among the investors putting $21.7 million into a Spanish startup called Fon that's building a Post a Comment
Yesterday in my e-mail newsletter I happened to mention the President and lying in the same sentence. (You can read the piece here.) I've received a few responses taking me to task for mixing technology and politics. Nick Purdin's note was typical.