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posted in November 2008

Namespaces, Search, Network Gestures And The American Soft-White Cyber-Underbelly

11/22/2008
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

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Case In Point: Extracting Business Agility Out Of Public Social Networks

11/10/2008
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.

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An E-Waste Story That'll Make You Want To Quit Tech

11/10/2008
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

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Google Apps Inventor Rajen Sheth Unplugged Part II: Polishing Google Apps With Chrome?

11/7/2008
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

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Is There A Non-Persistent Middle Ground For Offline Browsing?

11/5/2008
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

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Zoho CEO Blog Levies Sharp Accusations Against Salesforce.com's Benioff

11/4/2008
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.

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Brightcove To Shutter The Free Version Of Its Online Video Service

11/4/2008
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).

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Google Apps Inventor Rajen Sheth Unplugged, Part I: It's Not Just About Mail Anymore

11/3/2008
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
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