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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Software 2006: The shifting landscape  —  MR Rangaswami started off Software 2006 outlining three major themes for the event at the Santa Clara Convention Center.  He said the industry is undergoing a "quiet but dramatic revolution," driven by SaaS, open source and SOA architecture.
Sadagopan / Sadagopan's weblog …:
Rethink The Software Industry : Ray Lane  —  Ray Lane, made an impressive inaugural keynote at the Software 2006 meet earlier today.  He started by saying that the enterprise software landscape has changed and these changes are so sweeping and pronounced that things shall never be the same again.
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:   Software 2006 - Ray Lane
Shimon Sandler:
Google Real Estate - beta Launched  —  Thanks to my friend Avi from Promediacorp who alerted me to this immediately.  —  Google has silently released: Google Real Estate.  I don't know if that is the official name, but that's what I'm calling it until I hear otherwise.
Microsoft Wins Biggest Phone-Software Order, Rivals BlackBerry  —  April 4 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. won its biggest-ever contract for mobile-phone software, an order from the U.S. Census Bureau that covers 500,000 handsets.  —  Microsoft, the world's biggest software maker …
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Census to Use Mobile Devices for Survey
Discussion: Engadget
How I Work: Bill Gates  —  Not much of a paper chase for Microsoft's chairman, who uses a range of digital tools to do business.  —  NEW YORK (FORTUNE) - It's pretty incredible to look back 30 years to when Microsoft (Research) was starting and realize how work has been transformed.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Reasons to Love Open-Source DRM  —  I acknowledge that the title of this column is strange.  Aside from the fact that most savvy music listeners (justifiably) hate DRM, the very idea of using open-source software to enforce digital rights management runs counter to everything commonly assumed …
This is Powazek:
Death to User-Generated Content  —  Can I make a suggestion?  Let's all stop using the phrase "user-generated content."  I'm serious.  It's a despicable, terrible term.  Let's deconstruct it.  —  User: One who uses.  Like, you know, a junkie.  —  Generated: Like a generator, engine.
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
A Pretty Good Way to Foil the NSA  —  How easy is it for the average internet user to make a phone call secure enough to frustrate the NSA's extrajudicial surveillance program?  —  Wired News took Phil Zimmermann's newest encryption software, Zfone, for a test drive and found it's actually quite easy …
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
Web Ads Appear On Racy Sites Despite Checks  —  Last month, Verizon Communications Inc. was surprised to find one of its Internet ads on a page with photos of scantily clad women.  Walt Disney Co. was unaware that its ad was next to an article about male sexual performance on
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day: Redesign—Don't Mess With A Good Thing  —  I was travelling yesterday when the launched its new home page, so I only really saw it this morning when I booted up my computer.  And my first reaction was "Ugh!"  There are so many more obstacles now in the way of getting to the information that I want.
Leslie Walker / Washington Post:
New Trends In Online Traffic  —  Visits to Sites for Blogging, Local Information and Social Networks Drive Web Growth  —  While growth is slowing at most top Internet sites, it is skyrocketing at sites focused on social networking, blogging and local information.
Ryan Naraine /
Microsoft Says Recovery from Malware Becoming Impossible  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—In a rare discussion on the severity of the Windows malware scourge, a Microsoft security official said businesses should consider investing in an automated process to wipe hard drives and reinstall operating systems …
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Negroponte: Slimmer Linux needed for $100 laptop  —  BOSTON—The One Laptop Per Child organization will use Linux on its inexpensive machines, but the operating system suffers the same code bloat as Windows, the project's leader said Tuesday.  —  "People aren't thinking about small, fast …
Mark Del Bianco / CNET
Perspective: Bumps in the road for AT&T-BellSouth merger?  —  The conventional wisdom in Washington is that regulatory approval of the proposed AT&T-BellSouth merger is a done deal.  The consensus is that this deal will sail through with flying colors—and a few not very onerous merger conditions.
Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
MTV's Logo Launches Programs for Cellphones  —  Logo, an MTV entertainment channel that reaches a estimated 20 million viewers, has launched a cellphone video programming service targeted at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered audience.  —  Logo, which launched on cable television last June …
Red Herring:
Spam's New Target: VoIP  —  Beware of the new scourge that won't go away.  —  As more businesses switch over to cheaper VoIP systems for their phone networks, they'll have to contend with a growing nuisance—SPIT, or Spam over Internet Telephony.  If the phone is ringing off the hook …
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Discussion: Kevin 2.0
Lucent takes legal action against Microsoft over Xbox 360
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Mac's Moment?  —  Apple has its best chance in years to make a dent in the business market
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