I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Kindling — When I started writing this column in the spring of 1997 Apple was on the skids. It was the era of Gil Amelio, still several months before the return of Steve Jobs. Apple's products were a confused mish-mash, with product planning coming more from CompUSA than from Cupertino.
Discussion: The Mac Observer, Webomatica and GottaBeMobile
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Apple's $15 billion cash hoard — Pop quiz: Which tech company has the most cash? — (A) IBM (IBM) — (B) Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) — (C) Intel (INTC) — (D) Google (GOOG) — (E) Apple (AAPL) — If you picked E, congratulations. Apple's $15.4 billion stash is indeed the biggest of the group …
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week: Apple's Cash: Leave It Alone, Mostly
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: I Know It Would Feel Wonderful, Steve, But I'm Afraid Buying Dell Isn't an Option
Saul Hansell / Bits: What Should Apple Do With its Piggy Bank?
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider: Apple (AAPL)'s $15 Billion Spending Spree
Steve O'Hear / last100: Poll: How should Apple spend its $15 billion cash reserve?
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Who should Apple buy? — Just three days ago, American Technology Research upgraded projections for Apple for the holiday quarter, suggesting as many as 2.3 million Macs and 25 million iPods would be sold. Today, AppleInsider has a research note from Andrew Neff of Bear Sterns suggesting Apple's inventory …
CompUSA to close all of its 103 stores — The consumer electronics store will run store-closing sales during the holidays to get rid of inventory. — DALLAS (AP) — Consumer electronics retailer CompUSA said Friday it will close its stores after the holidays following sale of the company …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, ParisLemon, The Last Podcast and bub.blicio.us
Gary McWilliams / Wall Street Journal: CompUSA to Close All Stores
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: CompUSA Goes Into The DeadPool. Good.
MG Siegler / ParisLemon: CompUSA Going Out of Business
Brian Solis / bub.blicio.us: CompUSA Closing Its Stores
Rails 2.0 — Rails 2.0 is finally finished after about a year in the making. This is a fantastic release that's absolutely stuffed with great new features, loads of fixes, and an incredible amount of polish. We've even taken a fair bit of cruft out to make the whole package more coherent and lean.
Paul Krill / InfoWorld: Ruby on Rails 2.0 released
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Ruby on Rails 2.0 released for Web apps — San Francisco - Version 2.0 of Ruby on Rails, the popular open source Web application development framework, was released this morning, said the developer of the framework, David Heinemeier Hansson, on Friday. — Key to this release is its reliance on REST …
Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com: Iona and SOA — Q&A: Thanks to such technologies as its Fuse …
First Passport, now fraud: ex-MS employee charged — The former Microsoft employee associated with the company's notorious December 1999 Hotmail outage has been charged with fraud. — Carolyn Gudmundson was indicted Thursday on charges that she raked in more than $1 million during …
Discussion: usdoj.gov, Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog and Microsoft News Tracker
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Verizon hit with GPL copyright lawsuit over router software — Open source software is very attractive for companies looking to expand their services or quickly get new offerings to market, in part because it's free. Unfortunately, some companies tend to overlook the software license commonly attached …
Software Freedom Law Center:
BusyBox Developers File GPL Infringement Lawsuit Against Verizon Communications
BusyBox Developers File GPL Infringement Lawsuit Against Verizon Communications
Discussion: The Open Road, Digital Trends, TECH.BLORGE.com, 451 CAOS Theory, Computerworld, CNET News.com and DSLreports
Geoff Duncan / Digital Trends: Verizon Hit With GPL License Suit
Ruben Francia / TECH.BLORGE.com: SFLC sues Verizon over GPL infringement
Jay Lyman / 451 CAOS Theory: Latest GPL lawsuit aims at Verizon
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com: Software Freedom Law Center goes after Verizon over GPL
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Venture Summit: Has the Internet Jumped the Shark? — So I moderated a panel yesterday at AlwaysOn's Venture Summit West, held at the Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay, Calif., with the title "Is There Still an Upside to the Internet?" — Of course, I redubbed it: "Has the Internet Jumped the Shark?"
Discussion: Epicenter, Mashable!, Wired News, CNET News.com and Valleywag
Alexis Madrigal / Epicenter: Venture Capitalists Hunt Big Returns in Clean Energy
Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins / Mashable!: Has Being Skunk Drunk on the Bust Jumped the Shark?
Alexis Madrigal / Wired News: Investors Find Green Technology Is Not an Easy Win
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com: Killing fungi and bacteria, the Aussie way
Megan McCarthy / Valleywag: No vacation from networking [Valleywag Calendar]
Louise Story / Bits:
Facebook Members Sell their Own Ads — More than 1,500 Facebook users have started placing advertisements on their own profile pages-despite the social networking site's rule against such ads. — They are posting them with the help of a Montreal-based company called Weblo …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gemstar-TV Guide Sold; Murdoch's Nightmare Over — Gemstar-TV Guide (GMST) finally found a buyer, and Rupert Murdoch found a way to offload his 41% stake in the company—ending the most significant losing bet he's made in the last decade. It's not too hard to see how owning Gemstar …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Well, That Was $2.8 Billion Well Spent ...
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org: Macrovision-Gemstar: Conference Call: Synergies; Magazine Future …
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley: Early reviews pan "Merger! The Macrovision-Gemstar Story"
The Boy Genius Report:
Windows Mobile 6.1 video walkthrough! — You waited, and waited for it, so we're finally bringing it to you! Check out our hands-on video of Windows Mobile 6.1, where we take you through all the new features we've found so far. In case you forgot them, we've got 'em below!
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear, Gizmodo and PalmAddicts
Nilay Patel / Engadget: Video walkthrough of Windows Mobile 6.1
Peter Ha / CrunchGear: BGR walks us through WinMo 6.1
Jason Chen / Gizmodo: Windows Mobile 6.1 Video Walkthrough [Clips]
Louise Story / New York Times:
Coke Promotes Itself in a New Virtual World — COCA-COLA lovers will have a new place to hang out starting today, and it is an island on the Internet that is shaped like a Coke bottle. — At CC Metro, the name of the island, visitors can set up a virtual alter ego known as an avatar …
Leigh Alexander / Worlds In Motion: Q & A: Makena's Ben Richardson Talks Brand Extensions, Coke Deal
David Kaplan / paidContent.org: Burned By Social Media Once Before, Coke Tries Its Hand At Virtual World
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb: Coke's Virtual World Web Strategy: The More Things Change …
Shelly Palmer / MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer Video: James Murdoch - Dow Jones - Coca-Cola - Bog Council - Echostar …
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!: There.com Gets a Curvy Coca Cola Island
Hollywoodreporter / Reel Pop: Coke and There.com = who cares?
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land: Coke Opens CC Metro, A Virtual Island In Virtual World There.com
Dennis Bouchand / 901am: New Coca-Cola virtual world launches in There.com
Peggy Mihelich / CNN:
Commodore 64 still loved after all these years — (CNN) — Like a first love or a first car, a first computer can hold a special place in people's hearts. For millions of kids who grew up in the 1980s, that first computer was the Commodore 64. Twenty-five years later, that first brush with computer addiction is as strong as ever.
Discussion: DSLreports, Techlog and Digg
Harry McCracken / Techlog: This is CNN...on the Commodore 64
Hackers Launch Major Attack on US Military Labs — Hackers have succeeded in breaking into the computer systems of two of the U.S.' most important science labs, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory. — John E. Dunn, Techworld — Recommend this story?
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Associated Press
Duncan Mansfield / Associated Press: Hackers get data of federal lab visitors