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posted in November 2008
On the drive home from Boston's Logan Airport after 7 hours of red-eye flying back from Mashup Camp in Silicon Valley, National Public Radio's Here & Now aired Robin Young's interview of Larry Wortzel, chair of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, about China's alleged acts of cyberwarfare against the United States. What Wortzel said, right on the heels of what I heard O'Reilly Media founder and CEO Tim O'Reill
Just a heads up that the seventh Mashup Camp starts this coming Monday, November 17th, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. We've got room for 400 people in the building and are somewhere north of 375 registrations right now (see who's coming). Tim O'Reilly is keynoting and over $9,000 in prizes will be
Last week, I published Part I and Part II of my recent interview with Rajen Sheth, aka the inventor of Google Apps. Throughout Part II, Sheth and I discussed the degree to which the pre-release version of Google's open source browser Chrome represented the sort of browser-side innovations that might ta
By TechWebTV executive producer Fritz Nelson's account, the House of Shields (a bar just off Market Street in San Francisco) was far too packed-to-the-gills on the second eve of Web 2 Summit for he and TechWeb's multimedia engineer Matt Conner to actually shoot any video. But how he came to be there in the first place is a bit of a case study of the role that social networks and other tools can play when it comes to improving business agility.
60 Minutes (the CBS news magazine) ran such a disturbing story on e-waste last night that it's practically enough to make you want to disavow yourself of hi-tech altogether. I almost wish I didn't see it because now, I'm having a hard time reconciling all the digital products I have (or want to buy) and what I tell my kids about leading a greener lifestyle. How can we possibly make that next iPod, cell pho
Earlier this week, I published Part I of my recent interview with Rajen Sheth, who is known in the halls of Google as the inventor of Google Apps. Just the name Google Apps causes a bit of confusion. Many users of Google's browser-based word processor, spreadsheet, and presentations solutions think they are using Google Apps. Indeed, they are using Google's browser-based applications. B
Whereas most cloud computing czars at most cloud solution providers are usually very gung ho about the cloud and mashups, Brandon Watson, Microsoft's director of Microsoft's Cloud Services Ecosystem, offers a bit more of a sobering look at today's state of affairs when it comes to using a variety of disparate Internet-based services to composite or mashup some business application.
Redmonk analyst Stephen O'Grady and I have been batting the challenges of persistence in Web browsers back and forth over the last week. Obviously exasperated with something, he tweeted (via Twitter) how he'd like to see a browser have the ability to recall recently visited Web pages from a local cache of some sort. I immediately replied, thinking what he was really looking for was off-line persistence of a Web application and, after Twit
Here's something you don't see too often: The CEO of one company going public about the sort of sensitive conversations with the CEO of another company -- the sort of conversations that normally start behind closed doors and stay behind closed doors. In this case, it's Zoho's Sridhar Vembu taking Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff to task for trying to force Zoho to shut its CRM offering down before Zoho would be allowed to join Salesforce.com's AppExchange program.
Apparently feeling a pinch (somewhere) and choosing to focus on the paid side of its video hosting and provisioning service, Brightcove issued a notification late last night that it would be shuttering the free versions of its services: The Brightcove Network (where video could be freely published YouTube-style) and Brightcove.TV (the distribution channel where videos published by Brightcove Network users as well as Brightcove's paying customers were featured online).
Earlier today, I filed the following response (below in blockquotes) to Dave Winer's post regarding the coming of the $99 netbook. In essence, the question is whether we are just pulling closer to Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz's world of nearly free cars (a.k.a., the hardware).
Last year, while I was still working for CNET, I was given the opportunity to sit down for a video interview with Rajen Sheth who, within Google, is regarded as the inventor of Google Apps. A few weeks ago, I was back on Google's campus and had an opportunity to catch up with Sheth for an update, this time sans the video crew. The timing of the interview was serendipitously relevant given last week's announcements that Microsoft has both