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|We are formalizing a collaboration between Microsoft and Novell with the explicit purpose of bringing Silverlight to Linux and do this in a fully supported way.
This is an historical collaboration between an open source project and Microsoft. They have collaborated with other folks on the server space (Xen and PHP) but this is their first direct contribution to the open source desktop.
Miguel de Icaza, Microsoft/Novell Collaboration on Silverlight.
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I love this commercial. We should make a list of other things you can count on:
Peggy, can I count on one of your dogs to bark during the conference call? Woof!
|Before technologies like conference calling bridges, VoIP, and online conferences, meetings were constrained by the physical scarcity of conference rooms and offices. The assumption here is that due to physical scarcity, only the most important (think blockbuster) meetings were held.
Technology has again removed the scarcity constraint and allowed “consumers” access to the Long Tail of meetings. So now, meetings of all levels of importance (blockbusters, indies, B-movies, classics, etc.) can be held.
Jake Kuramoto, The Long Tail of Meetings
One key component of the Long Tail model is that it allows consumers access to more content that was previously unavailable due to scarcity. This is a good thing for the consumer. When applied to meetings, however, I think the conclusion is that maybe it has become too easy to hold a meeting.
Jake is a brilliant observer. I feel SO much better knowing there’s a scientific reason for my messed-up calendar.
|So far hyperconnectivity is a business turnaround strategy, a marketing campaign and a vision for the future of connectivity. Of the three, it is most compelling as a vision put forth by beleaguered Canadian telecom giant Nortel.
Raheem Mohammed, Hyperconnectivity: Hype or what?
Nortel’s official vision (video)
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Parady news interview with former Nortel CEO
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|This is the wireless technology equivalent of ‘low hanging fruit. What we’re doing is taking classic Bluetooth connections – using Bluetooth protocols, profiles, security and other architectural elements – and allowing it to jump on top of the already present 802.11 radio, when necessary, to send bulky entertainment data, faster. When the speed of 802.11 is overkill, the connection returns to normal operation on a Bluetooth radio for optimal power management and performance.
Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director, the Bluetooth SIG.
|The notion of middleware as a standalone offering is disappearing.
Aneel Bhusri as quoted in SaaS Start-Up Workday Acquires Cape Clear
Workday acquired Cape Clear Software, one of the last remaining independent providers of an enterprise service bus, the middleware technology for service-oriented architecture. The SaaS startup, also known as the PeopleSoft alumni association, has positioned itself as an on-demand alternative to ERP.
Mary Hayes Weier writes “It’s a critical technology and talent acquisition for Workday, since IT managers often cite concerns about integrating their legacy apps with on-demand apps as the biggest barrier to SaaS adoption.”
|With enough lock-in, a company can protect its market share even as it reduces customer service, raises prices, refuses to innovate and otherwise abuses its customer base.
It should be no surprise that this sounds like pretty much every experience you’ve had with IT companies: Once the industry discovered lock-in, everyone started figuring out how to get as much of it as they can.
Bruce Schneier, With iPhone, ‘Security’ Is Code for ‘Control’
|The board was also presented with various options for maintaining Yahoo’s independence, including an advertising partnership with Google that could improve Yahoo’s bottom line…
Lawyers at the meeting discussed the antitrust implications of a tie-up with Google, as it would extend that company’s dominance of the search advertising market. They also discussed how to press Microsoft to increase its bid…
Andrew Ross Sorkin and Miguel Helft, Yahoo Board to Reject Takeover Bid From Microsoft
THIS WEEK: Yahoo must chose between two suitors: the one who’s asked her to marry him (Microsoft), and the one who’s promised her fabulous wealth if she remains single (Google). Google’s offer is tempting, but Yahoo is fearful that being Google’s mistress will land her in jail. Can she convince Microsoft to change their pre-nup? Or will AOL convince Yahoo that neither of the big boys is worthy of her? Stay tuned.