Monthly Archives: September 2008

Richard Waters

jabber.jpgIf you had been asked to guess at a likely acquirer for Jabber, a private open source instant messaging company, the name Cisco might not have been at the top of your list. Today, though, comes news that the network equipment giant has indeed agreed to buy Jabber for an undisclosed amount.

Despite the cute name and sparky logo, there is nothing lightweight about Jabber. It was devised from the beginning as an enterprise-grade presence and instant messaging system. Customers include banks, telcos and the US marines. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Seedcamp’s winners have just been announced. They are: Read more

Chris Nuttall

Clouds - flickr, Kevin DooleyAmazon has been at the forefront of the development of cloud computing services and it moved out to the edge of that cumulus today with its announcement of a content delivery network (CDN).

In a blog note, Werner Vogels, Amazon chief technology officer, explained that offering online services through the cloud of the internet should not be as nebulous as it sounds. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Is this the best time there’s ever been to be a start-up? Or does the current banking crisis signal the death of American-style risk-taking for new businesses seeking funding? Each view was espoused by two serial tech entrepreneurs at Seedcamp, the tech start-up conference in London.

Brent Hoberman, founder of Lastminute.com and latterly Mydeco, a furniture site, was resolutely optimistic. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Seagate GoExternal hard drives can be great for PC backup and carrying your data around with you, but I can think of two non-PC uses straightaway for the pair of drives launched by Seagate on Monday.

They both reside under my TV, as do two other possible destinations for external storage that are less friendly to hard drive manufacturers. Read more

lehman screenshotOne of the often-cited benefits of the web is the ability to update websites in realtime. Or, failing that, on a daily basis. Or now and then.

Or, in the case of www.lehman.com, not at all. Apparently, the bank is still open for business, and thriving as ever. The latest press release available on the site is the bank’s third quarter results. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Dopplr, one of the darlings of the early adopter crowd, announced an all-star roster of angel backers today.

A social network primarily aimed at business travellers, Dopplr informs its users when serendipity delivers themselves and their frequent-flier contacts to the same city. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Yell investors, who have seen their shares fall from over 400p to less than 100p so far this year, may take some convincing that there is still value in the Yellow Pages market as it moves online. Read more

Chris Nuttall

NPD August 2008It’s always amusing to see the spin the console makers put on the key monthly sales figures in the US, released by the NPD research firm.

The bald facts of the August stats just released are that Nintendo sold 453,000 Wiis (down more than 100,000 from 555,000 in July), Microsoft regained second place  with 195,000 Xbox sales (down from 205,000) and Sony brought up the rear with 185,000 PS3s, down from 225,000. Read more

Richard Waters

jon-hamm.jpgYou really have to wonder about Jerry Yang’s sense of timing.

Yahoo! has spent months talking up its forthcoming Amp online advertising platform (or, to give it its proper name, AMP!) This is the system that is meant to give advertisers a simpler, more effective way of placing ads around the Web, on Yahoo’s sites and beyond. Yahoo needs some quick results to prove that it can survive on its own: a lot is riding on Amp. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Jack KilbyThe 50th anniversary of the integrated circuit is being celebrated today with Texas Instruments announcing Kilby Labs, a centre that will focus on further semiconductor breakthroughs.

TI new employee Jack Kilby demonstrated the first IC to management on September 12 1958, after spending his first summer there developing a circuit on a single chip made of germanium. Read more

Chris Nuttall

The Widget ChannelYahoo has been showing off its Fall collection to journalists in a series of presentations at its Sunnyvale campus.

Nothing really new to report: a dash of colour here, a widget there, but this blog’s fashion trendspotters can report that the theme this season is Open and Yahoo was sporting a fetching pastiche of styles and services, stemming from it opening up its platforms to others. Read more

Paul Taylor

As developers, including those who build mobile phone applications, know only too well, the reality of ‘write once, run anywhere’ has often been ‘write once, test everywhere (you intend to deploy your application).’

But with its expanded Blueprint mobile development platform, Yahoo! and Marco Boerries, executive vice president of Yahoo’s connected life division, are promising things will be different and that third party developers will be able to build mobile applications that will run across a wide range of mobile platforms and devices. Read more

Paul Taylor

Mentioning DVD movies and copying in the same sentence is pretty well guaranteed to raise eyebrows, if not hackles, among Hollywood’s movie moguls. Launch a product that promises to make it simple and easy for DVD owners to copy their movies onto a PC disk drive and it is a fair bet that the lawyers  from the Motion Picture Association of America will sit up and take notice.

Well that is exactly what Real Networks did this week at the Demo conference in San Diego when it launched Real DVD, a $30 program that will be available before the end of the month. Rob Glasier, Real’s chief executive, who had a cameo part in the Demo presentation, insists RealDVD is totally legitimate. Read more

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When Steve Jobs strode onto the stage in San Francisco today to unveil Apple’s latest iPods, the Apple boss poked fun at recent speculation about his health by borrowing a line from Mark Twain. Read more

Paul Taylor

Top level domains (TLDs) are typically an integral part of the internet domain name address system but a new TLD authorized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will have a entirely different purpose when it is finally launched by UK-based Telnic in December.

Telnic, which is promoting the new .tel TLD at the Demo conference in San Diego this week, claims the new TLD will enable individuals (and companies) to store, update and publish all their contact information, web links and keywords under their own unique .tel domain name directly on the internet without the need to create a website. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Luxim ceo with HID and LIFI bulbsTesla was right in the end about so many things, it seems.

An assistant to Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla advocated and developed alternating current over Edison’s direct current as the best means of distributing electricity.  Read more

Chris Nuttall

SporeSpore, the much anticipated evolution game from Electronic Arts, has won high marks from the gaming press but has currently earned only one star out of five from amateur reviewers on Amazon.com.

The reason – unusually restrictive digital rights management software that limits installations of the game. Read more

Chris Nuttall

More cowbell?Pandora and Last.fm may seem to have the online music discovery market cornered, but another variation on the theme emerged today with The Echo Nest opening up its platform to developers.

The Echo Nest’s selling point is what it describes as its Musical Brain – technology that can automatically listen to and classify music, read what is being written about it and learn from user reactions to music. Read more

Richard Waters

Seinfeld and GatesOne of the world’s richest men and one of the world’s best-known comedians meet in a discount shoe store and…

Well, and nothing. Read more