September 2009 Archives

Or it’s a work of statesman/marketing genius:

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he said, should be solved by the creation of a single state, which Mr. Qaddafi called Isratine

Qaddafi’s First U.N. Speech Is a Rambling Diatribe - NYTimes.com

Top of the Techmeme pops, once again, is Google Voice versus Apple's App Store:

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I must be missing something, because I can't bring myself to care less. Arrington invokes nuclear war. Others scream "Liar! You Lie!" Me? I'm unmoved by the prospect of one company telling another company "try again." You'd have to be crazy to think that a Google Voice app is anything other than a Trojan Horse designed to make Google's services central to people using mobile devices. Why do you think Google's licensing fee for Android is $0? Because the services that make Android useful all run through the Googleplex. Any mobile platform into which Google can't embed itself represents users they can't fully monetize.

And Apple's not about to let another company use their end-to-end solution as a way to determine Apple's fate.

Glad I missed the meeting

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I was sort of bummed that, for the third time in a row, circumstances kept me from the company meeting. Now I'm kinda glad:

Ballmer grabbed the Apple device from the employee and made some funny remarks as everyone booed. Then he put it on the ground and pretended to stomp on it, before walking away.

The scene was visible on the big screen, so even people in the upper deck could see what was happening. Later, during his presentation on stage, Ballmer referred to the episode again, teasing the person and making it clear that he hadn't forgotten what happened.

Rule No. 1: Hide the iPhone from Ballmer at the Microsoft meeting

Not sure I would been able to let my boss' boss' boss' boss' boss mime stomping my iPhone—I've only barely let my kids start holding it. Would have been significantly career-limiting to tackle the CEO at the big company hootenanny.

Running out of oxygen?

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The hot air is plentiful as clashing conference organizers try to wring the last few bucks out of the hands of the last few suckers entrepreneurs and investors left in the tech industry:

In a video announcing Audience, Mr. Feldman promised "no talk of Twitter -- in fact, there won't be Twitter." And no ziplock bags, a crack at Mr. Pulver's "personal social-networking toolkit," which consists of a sandwich bag with a pen and name badges.

"I was appalled at the 140 Conference, and truthfully, I'm appalled at the Twitter conferences in general," Mr. Feldman said. For the marketers attending them, he asked, "Do you really need instruction on how to use Twitter? Shouldn't you already know that?"

He also cited Guardian writer Paul Carr's takedown of the event, especially its admission fee. Mr. Feldman didn't attend -- he was at another conference, in Ireland.

Mr. Pulver declined to engage in conference trash-talk. "This is just bait, and I don't bite," Mr. Pulver said from London. "But I wish them luck. I think diversity makes the world a better place, and I'll leave it at that."

WSJ: Techie conference smackdown

It's the same names saying the same thing over and over again in the same settings; only the locations change.

Seems like we're complicating something very simple: there's stuff that people need and like to use, and stuff that people need and like to make. When that's the same stuff, everyone wins.

I have no special knowledge of what Oracle envisioned from acquiring Sun’s hardware business and customer base, but with this:

The deal had been backed by Sun shareholders in July and by the U.S. Justice Department in August, leaving EU consent as the last obstacle to its conclusion. Analysts had expected it to pass muster in Brussels with little fanfare.

But Neelie Kroes, the EU competition commissioner, announced instead that an in-depth investigation would be opened.

E.U. to Review Oracle’s Takeover of Sun Microsystems - NYTimes.com

The hardware customers are twisting in the wind, and I bet HP and IBM are only too happy to offer those users a new, more stable home for their server needs.