So Much Fanfare, So Few Hits — Rivals get the jitters when Google's nonsearch products grab headlines. But a close look shows that so far, there's not a market leader among them — It's a role once filled by IBM (IBM ) and later by Microsoft Corp. (MSFT ). Today, tech's 800-pound gorilla is Google Inc. (GOOG ).
Discussion: michael parekh on IT, Incremental Blogger, Sadagopan's weblog …, Newsome.Org and Open Sources
Sadagopan / Sadagopan's weblog …: Google : Hype & FanFare
Dave Rosenberg / Open Sources and Matt Asay: Bad product strategy gets you press (Google)
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Google a one trick pony? — BusinessWeek has an interesting article about Google "So Much Fanfare, So Few Hits". This follows the theme of my previous post "MacroMyopia and the Technology Hype Cycle". The article basically says there is way too much hype about anything Google announces …
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
John Edwards courts tech crowd in Seattle — John Edwards, the former U.S. vice presidential candidate, sought common ground with bloggers and other hard-core techies in Seattle on Friday — conceding, among other things, that he's sometimes too polished for the unvarnished Internet age.
Discussion: New Media Musings, Scobleizer, Life On the Wicked Stage, Rational rants and Rex Hammock's Weblog
JD Lasica / New Media Musings: At Gnomedex — I'm at Gnomedex, the annual geek love fest up in Seattle.
Warner Crocker / Life On the Wicked Stage: Edwards, Politics, Gnomedex, Sausage Making
Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants: One voice or many? — Dave Winer is a really smart guy …
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Paris Approves Law Aimed at Making iTunes Compatible With Rival Devices — PARIS, June 30 — French legislators gave final approval on Friday to a copyright law that could force Apple Computer to make songs purchased from its market-leading iTunes Music Store compatible with music players of its rivals.
Discussion: A VC
Fred / A VC: The French Have Got It Right
French lawmakers approve 'iTunes law'
French lawmakers approve 'iTunes law'
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
Angela Gunn / Computerworld Blogs: After they've seen Paree
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
Apple's Got a Secret — EVERYONE knows about how much iPods cost. But how much does it cost Apple to make them? — Apple will not say, and that bothers Robert Renck, who runs the private research firm R. L. Renck & Company. Since January, Mr. Renck has been advising clients against owning Apple shares.
Discussion: Randy Holloway Unfiltered
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I'm a Second Life Lawbreaker — Yes, the rumors are right, I've been banned from Linden Labs' Second Life. — Why? — Because I broke the rules. — I let my son use my Second Life account. I'm not allowed to do that. Only 18-year-olds are allowed to play in Second Life.
Discussion: TinyScreenfuls.com, Todd Bishop's Microsoft …, Mathew Ingram, Newsome.Org and VTOR
Josh Bancroft / TinyScreenfuls.com: Confirmed: Scoble banned from Second Life for letting his 12 year old son play
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog …: Gnomedex Notes: Day 2 — 10 a.m.: Web browsers are going to …
Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work: Scoble breaks the law in Second Life
TD Goodliffe / VTOR: Rumor: Scoble suspended from Second Life?
Eli Milchman / Wired News:
Google Denies ISP Rumors — Google denies that it is trying to position itself as an internet service provider, despite wide speculation to the contrary. — "Google has no current plans to be an internet service provider outside of our pilot Wi-Fi projects in Mountain View and San Francisco …
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Red Hat sued over JBoss technology — Red Hat has been hit by a patent lawsuit related to JBoss, just weeks after completing its purchase of the open-source software company. — In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Texas this week, FireStar Software claims that JBoss' Hibernate 3. infringes …
Justin Mann / TechSpot: Red Hat sued by Firestar over patent infringement
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Mozes, the SMS marketing company, raises angel funding — Mozes, a Palo Alto start-up that lets you send it an SMS (text message) to get information about a person, a band or other product, has raised an angel round of $750,000. Media analyst Paul Kagan is among the investors.
Discussion: SMS Text News and MocoNews.net
Google All Goes Live (Blog Post From July 1st, 2022) — Google today on Google.com unveiled Google All, a new website merging all of its products into a single search box. Previously, you had to click the different homepage links to go to services such as Google Maps, Google Person Info, Google Brain Scan, or Google Where's My Robot.
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Canaries in the Mac OS X and Red Hat Coal Mines? — O'Reilly editor Brian Sawyer pointed to an interesting observation over at kottke.org: "If I were Apple, I'd be worried about this. Two lifelong Mac fans are switching away from Macs to PCs running Ubuntu Linux: first it was Mark Pilgrim and now Cory Doctorow.
John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Why Microsoft won't buy Yahoo — Commentary: An idea whose time will never come — BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Sometimes you have to laugh out loud when a report comes out with analysis and suggestions that are so far out in left field that they can only be categorized as completely insane.
Discussion: GOOG - Blogging Stocks
Rob Hyndman / robhyndman.com:
Now Bloggers Really Can Be Journalists — No doubt I'm going to hear from Mathew and Mark about this title. But it was the first thing to jump into head after I read of the blogging brouhaha du jour (if this is Saturday, there must be a controversy brewing somewhere in the 'sphere) …
Discussion: Publishing 2.0, Mark Evans, Elliott Back, Bloggers Blog — Blogging …, PostBubble and Mathew Ingram
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0: Paying for Bad PR
Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work: The Devil and Daniel Blogger
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Anaheim Is Now Unwired — Earthlink, the beleaguered ISP which is betting the farm on municipal wireless turned on its Muni WiFi network in the city of Anaheim. Earthlink calls its WiFi initiatives - Feather. The network went live on June 29 at a "wire cutting ceremony".
Paul R. La Monica / Fortune:
VCs discuss the next big things — Cell phone gambling in China and other wireless trends are what venture capitalists at Brainstorm were talking about. — ASPEN (CNNMoney.com) — Venture capitalists still see a lot that interests them, but it's mostly not in glamorous, sexy industries like the Internet.
Discussion: VC Ratings, MocoNews.net and VC Circle