Sorry, Larry Page: Tech-Industry Viciousness Is Here To Stay
Nerval's Lobster writes "At this week's Google I/O in San Francisco, Google CEO Larry Page stood onstage and took unscripted questions from an auditorium of conference attendees. That's an unusual move for any chief executive, the sort of thing that risks giving their PR people a heart attack. But Page wasn't up there to offer insights into strategy or drop hints about upcoming products: he wanted to talk about how negativity in the tech industry stood in the way of innovation. 'Despite the faster change we have in the industry, we're still moving slow relative to the opportunities that we have,' he said. 'And some of that, I think, has to do with the negativity. Every story I read about Google, it's us versus some other company or some stupid thing.' Being negative, he added, is not how the tech industry makes progress. But minutes later, Page couldn't resist swiping at Oracle and Microsoft. And Google's battles are just one small element in the circular firing squad that comprises most ...
Leaked Microsoft Video Parodies Chrome Ad
First time accepted submitter Stratus311 writes "An article from The Verge shows a video leaked from Microsoft that parodies Google's Chrome ad. From the article: 'Microsoft and Google have been locked in a war of words over a YouTube Windows Phone app, but in the midst of the arguments a new Scroogled ad has emerged. Designed to be an internal-only video, a copy has somehow managed to find its way onto the web right in the middle of Google's I/O developer conference.'" "Somehow" leaked.
The Magic Of Google's APIs and Algorithms, The Bread And Butter Of The Google I/O Keynote
It’s clear that Google had other things it could have talked about on the first day of the I/O conference. Like Google Glass. Instead, the attendees heard more about how Google has developed new ways to turn data into services. The highlights were not some fancy hardware but the magic of Google’s APIs and algorithms, the bread and butter of what Google does. I spent part of the afternoon talking with Rackspace’s Robert Scoble and long-time media pro Jake Ludington about the event, which had little of the raw excitement of years past when executives talked breathlessly about Google+ or parachuted on to the top of Moscone to show off Google Glass. I first met Scoble and Ludington in 2004. Scoble worked at Microsoft and Ludington was a big part of Gnomedex, one of the geekiest conferences of the day. Blogs were arguably the most advanced social networks, mobile phones were still like bricks. My conversation with Scoble focused on the semantics, the context of the algorithms and the more ...
Tweetwall, The Twitter Display Provider Used By The Big Guys, Goes Self-Serve & Launches On iPad
Tweetwall, a Twitter display provider for events (you know, for “tweet walls”), which has been used by customers including CNN, PayPal, Yahoo, Intel, eBay, Microsoft, the Obama campaign, Sprint, and more, is today launching a revamped version of its service. The updated version of Tweetwall has been rebuilt from the ground up, and is also accompanied by a new iPad application offering AirPlay support, designed for smaller venues. If you’ve ever been to a conference or other event where a big-screen TV or monitor was filled with live tweets, then you may have come across Tweetwall’s technology, without realizing it. However, prior to today, the service has only been available to larger organizations who have historically paid thousands of dollars for customized versions of Tweetwall, built to their own needs. Founder and CEO Joel Strellner says that his business was almost like “a consulting company,” and attracted customers who wanted their own particular designs and configurations, ...
Microsoft To Fold Yammer Sales Team Into Office 365, Identity Surfaces As A Core Focus
Microsoft today announced that it will fold about 100 sales people from Yammer into the Office 365 team. Microsoft also is making a point to focus on identity management and other issues as part of its road to full integration. The news follows the road map that Microsoft set at its SharePoint Conference last November. In March, Microsoft detailed the transition and how Yammer will co-exist with Office 365 and Sharepoint.