Reports have spread about a possible new operating system in use at Google, one its employees have been using to browse the Web.
There are all sorts of theories about what Google is up to (from a port of Android to the desktop to a new software-as-a-service infrastructure), but I like OStatic's synopsis and theory most:
Android ported to the PC--or even the 2006-era dream of a "Goobuntu" desktop--are, of course, possible, but if not overly costly for Google to undertake, would at least be major time investments. Those sorts of investments might pay off over time, … Read more
Back when I was a public company auditor (yes, you read that correctly), I quickly realized after discussing business with top-level executives that few were prepared to meet the challenges that (at that time) seemed unlikely to affect us again. They believed that the economy would continue its rapid expansion, consumer spending would rise by staggering amounts each year, and we would all profit greatly.
But over the past few months, the walls have started closing in and we find ourselves in a recession. Notice I didn't say "historic recession" or "calamitous recession", but simply, "recession"? It's because a recession, by its very nature, is open to interpretation. There is absolutely no proof to show that this recession will be as bad as the Great Depression even though some news stories like to throw that in. Even though times are tough and uncertainty in the market is rampant, companies need to remember that a recession is only as bad as they make it out to be.
The Consumer Electronics Association announced Thursday that it has revised electronics revenue forecasts down for next year after witnessing sales that were on par with last year. Growth is expected to be 0.1 percent--3.6 percentage points lower than it originally forecast.
I'm sure that figure spreads fear through the industry and companies will look at an expected drop in sales as an event that could destroy the market. But instead of fearing what may come, companies should capitalize on this time and allow others to fear for the worst, while they use that as an opportunity.… Read more
Whatever we may think about the causes of the current market meltdown, free markets do tend to heal themselves over time. Hence, it was only a matter of time before someone would come along and give Microsoft a run for its money in its core businesses, Windows and Office.
What was less clear, however, was just how much a giveaway--the browser--was going to become central to it all, as applications and data are increasingly being run in "the cloud" with the browser being used to access them.
As I noted on Friday, Microsoft is under considerable threat from Mozilla's Firefox browser … Read more
Update at 9:30 a.m. PST: Video audience figures have been updated.
President-elect Barack Obama has now posted his second weekly address to YouTube, and it has already gotten more than 411,000 views. A week ago, I criticized the use of YouTube by Obama's transition team, calling it a no-bid giveaway to the Google-owned video-sharing site.
The solution I called for then--the adoption of BitTorrent as the official distribution platform for Change.gov--was, admittedly, a pipe dream.
In this post, I'll explain why the government needs to step up and host its own videos and why … Read more
OStatic reported on Wednesday that public open-source companies may be vulnerable as they watch their market capitalizations get flushed down the toilet. Unfortunately, it's not just Red Hat, Novell, and Sun that are getting pulverized by Wall Street. The entire market is in free-fall.
Is there a bottom in sight?
Novell and Sun are worth more dead than alive, with more cash on hand than their market capitalizations. It's not quite so bad for Microsoft and some other technology vendors: Adobe, for example, has an $11 billion market capitalization with $4 billion in total equity.
But that doesn'… Read more
Once thought to be its answer to virtual worlds like Second Life, Google's Lively launched this summer to much fanfare.
Lively was Web-based and allowed anyone to set up virtual spaces, such as rooms, that could be embedded onto blogs or Facebook pages.
But the project never picked up much steam.
"Despite all the virtual high fives and creative rooms everyone has enjoyed in the last four and a half months, we've decided to shut Lively down at the end of the year," Google said on its … Read more