Google, which has recently emblazed its shield with the new motto "Search,
Ads and Apps," has come up with a new way to terrorize Microsoft - a
technology for running programs like Google's word processor and spreadsheet
offline like, like Office.
The widgetry is called Google Gears and doesn't work with the Google Docs and
Spreadsheets suite yet - but it will, Google said, as well as with e-mail and
Google's applying the mojo first to its RSS Reader, which goes out and
collects updates to whatever web sites and blogs users keep tabs on. They can
now be read offline on a plane, say, or on the African veldt if you download
what you want first, making it useful for places in the Third World where
Internet connections might be dicey.
Gears-blessed applications will go back to being online once a connection is
FrameFree Technologies has announced the launch of the FrameFree United
Networks (FUN), a groundbreaking new production and delivery platform that is
the first to create and aggregate original digital content for efficient,
Using a software subscription and Web Services model, FUN offers a delivery
mechanism optimized for the FrameFree family of advanced digital motion
imagery tools. FUN brings digital artists and publishers complete control
over delivery, tracking and syndication of their work by providing a secure,
global proxy network for quick and easy... (more)
Spending money like a sailor on shore leave, Google has agreed to pay $3.1
billion cash for DoubleClick, the $150 million-a-year display ad-targeting
cookie-carrying activity-tracking Silicon Alley firm that was also being
pursued by Microsoft. It’s the most money Google has been prepared to
pay for an acquisition so far, twice what it paid six months ago for YouTube
– which only merited stock – and is obviously both strategic and
defensive. Microsoft’s interest may have cost Google in the
neighborhood of a billion dollars – or will if the deal goes... (more)
Bob Muglia, a 21-year veteran at Microsoft, was named president of
Microsoft's Server and Tools Business (STB), a group he previously served as
senior vice president.
As head of the Server and Tools Business, Muglia, 49, is in charge of
delivering on the vision of Dynamic IT, Microsoft's effort to help IT pros
and developers create optimized and agile infrastructures that align to
changing business needs.
Muglia is responsible for developing and marketing Microsoft's infrastructure
and developer software. The Server and Tools business portfolio includes
Microsoft Windows Server... (more)
Yahoo! is extending the Yahoo! Publisher Network in the U.S. to small- and
medium-sized web sites, the company said today. Through the new platform,
small- and medium-sized publishers will now have access to the same large
advertising network, content and applications capabilities that Yahoo! uses
while working with the world's biggest, brand-name publishers.
Initially available in the U.S. through an invitation-only beta, the Yahoo!
Publisher Network self-serve platform will allow webmasters to sign up online
for Yahoo! advertising products and receive access to other syndicated Y... (more)