Google, The Platform

Listening to Google CEO Eric Schmidt talk about the importance of a “new platform” while noting that “enterprise-focused” engineers are a small percentage of the company’s engineering team, I flashed back to 1984. When Apple introduced the Macintosh with that Ridley Scott commercial, the company was making a statement about the “cultural implications of personal […]

About Those Ubiquitous Networks

Microsoft Research is creating a WiFi-style system operating in the UHF TV band that allows multiple clients to connect to a local access point from a long distance. This is a direct result of a late 2008 decision by the FCC to allow “unlicensed broadcasting devices access to white spaces in the television spectrum” (from […]

Sony Puts xBox Streaming Service on Pause

Just in time for the holiday season, Sony plays The Grinch.  (How’s that for mixed metaphors!) Netflix has teamed with LG, Microsoft, Roko, Samsung and TiVo to stream movies from its 100,000 title library. Today was supposed to be the launch of the Microsoft/xBox service … until Sony put that service on hold.  The Motley […]

Where Next For Microsoft?

Over at TechFlash this morning, Todd Bishop published a guest post by a disgruntled Microsoft stockholder about to attend his first stockholder meeting. The author, Michael McDonald, has reason to be disgruntled: November 2000, I purchased 100,000 shares of MSFT at a split-adjusted, average price of $36 per share for a total cost of $3.6 […]

MSFT Buys Another Start-Up

I went looking for Farecast today, only to discover that it’s now part of MicrosoftLive.I missed that April announcement; no need to buy tickets and I wasn’t regularly reading Todd Bishop (shame on me!). Maureen Dowd wrote about the company, which was launched by a professor at the University of Washington, in July 2006. From […]