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Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
What's Up At Microsoft!  —  Nearly a year ago, I wrote, Microsoft is not smart, its just that, its competitors are stupid.  Well, in years that have passed, that theory has been proved right.  Look at Palm, a company which had the monopoly of the hand held business, and well, now the software is owned by a Japanese firm.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Fred / A VC:
Is Bill Gates the Cat with Nine Lives?  —  Conventional wisdom says tech companies rise and fall with the waves of innovation that lash the shores of the technology business.  There are so many examples of this that I won't bother to repeat them.  —  But there is one cat out there that has so far avoided that fate.
Discussion: Read/Write Web
Infectious Greed:
"Microsoft is Doomed !!"  —> Buy MSFT  —  Only Fortune magazine running a "Microsoft is Doomed !!" cover next week could make things any cheerier for Bill Gates and his Washington-based software company.  After all, this week we have a contrarian two-fer, with both BusinessWeek ("I'm Outta Here!:
Steve Hamm / TechBeat:
College tech recruiting surprise  —  BusinessWeek published a huge cover story package this week about internal problems at Microsoft.  This involved months of reporting by Seattle Bureau Chief Jay Greene.  Microsoft refused to grant interviews or answer any of our questions until the last possible moment …
Discussion: IT Facts
Todd Bishop / Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's 'troubling exits'  —  This week's Business Week cover story by Jay Greene is an exhaustive examination of the current state of Microsoft — looking behind the recent series of employee departures to explore the company's disproportionate reliance on Windows and Office …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
My MSFT morale report  —  Lots of people are asking me what I think of the two very negative articles about Microsoft (that link goes to Memeorandum where you can see some of the early discussion) that were published this week.  —  First, I like Mini-Microsoft.  —  Why?
Discussion: Andrew Lark, VoIP Blog and Ed Brill
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Exclusive ways  —  I can blog about Google's unbloggable community conference because I wasn't invited.  Great community building Google.  Exclusive events suck.  I guess wasn't invited either.  I probably wouldn't have gone anyway.  I don't think bloggers should go to public events they can't blog about.
Discussion: Windows Vista Weblog
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The RSS, er, PDC is over and I screwed up by not getting Dave there  —  Note to Dave Winer: I'm sorry, you should have been at the PDC.  I didn't even realize just how big a deal RSS was going to become there and I screwed up by not pushing to have you there.  —  A couple things, though.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Boston Globe:
IDG drops Boston Macworld  —  Once-popular trade show falls victim to Apple's decision to end its participation  —  The annual Boston Macworld trade show, which once attracted 60,000 users of Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh computers, is shutting down, the victim of Apple's 2004 decision to end its participation in the show.
Discussion: Unblog and Lost Remote TV Blog
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Macworld Expo Boston cancelled
Jonathan Thaw / Bloomberg:
Analyst says Google may bid on AOL to fend off Microsoft  —  Google, the most-used Internet search engine, may consider making a bid for America Online to keep the company from switching to Microsoft Corp.'s search technology, a Merrill Lynch & Co. analyst said Friday.
Discussion: InsideGoogle and broadband
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
A Webpage is Not An API or a Platform (The Remix)  —  A few months ago in my post GMail Domain Change Exposes Bad Design and Poor Code, I wrote Repeat after me, a web page is not an API or a platform.  It seems some people are still learning this lesson the hard way.
Discussion: Things That and Burningbird
George Ou / ZDNet:
Is the Firefox honeymoon over?  —  [Updated: 9/16/2005 7:22PM] Now that Firefox has become the first viable contender to Microsoft Internet Explorer in years, its popularity has brought with it some unwanted attention.  Last week's premature disclosure of a zero-day Firefox exploit came …

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