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June 2008 Blog Posts (9)

You Tube goes long-form



There has been a lot of talk over the past few weeks about the problems Google are experiencing in trying to make the 82 million viewers a month help pay back the $1.65 billion investment.



Things have got so bad that we asked whether Google should just cut its losses and kill the site. However, this week has seen the company making plans to go long-form, which could potentially help make Google some money.



The news comes… Continue

Added by Jakub Gliklich on June 19, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

Funambol Series B Financing : $ 12.5 Million

Funambol, the company providing open source push email, contacts and calendar, raised $ 12.5 million in a second round of investment led by Nexti Ventures. You can read the whole article by TechCrunch.



I think we are particurarly happy because Funambol was… Continue

Added by Nicolò Borghi on June 17, 2008 at 3:47am — No Comments

Will Microsoft Search use Mahalo techniques to change the game?





Here Brad Goldberg, general manager of Microsoft’s Search Business Group talked very candidly about the challenge the Windows Live search team faces from Google after its deal with Yahoo.



Last days company from Redmond announced new approach to web search business. Live search engine will be based on a technique known from Mahalo. It is a unique method because the results aren't produced by algorithms. Rather people… Continue

Added by Jakub Gliklich on June 15, 2008 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

The Heart of Silicon Valley - Fortune's Article on Stanford University

In this article, Fortune's journalist James Aley, writes about the (pivotal) role on Stanford University in Silicon Valley. A lot has been written about Stanford as a source of great talents for technology companies, but the article really gives a good sense of that illustrating how the university is deeply linked to the external companies and…

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Added by Nicolò Borghi on June 15, 2008 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Yahoo makes ad deal with Google, spurns Microsoft!



Yahoo announced Thursday afternoon it had turned down an offer from Microsoft to buy its search business and heralded a 10-year advertising partnership with Google, ending a high-stakes takeover saga that has stretched more than four months.



"Clearly, it's time to move on," said Yahoo Chief Executive Jerry Yang, who touted the alliance with Google as the best outcome for shareholders. But investors were less confident, sending the… Continue

Added by Jakub Gliklich on June 13, 2008 at 1:30am — No Comments

Web 2.0 and Ourselves

The previous post by Jacop "The Truth According to Wikipedia", has been a great start to stimulate the conversation about the Web's impact on our society.



The main points can be summed up in a couple of questions: is the Web2.0 good or bad? What all this Web2.0 websites are really made of? Is Wikipedia reliable? and the Jacob gave us a some cool "additional material". Two documentaries (one on Wikipedia, one on Google) and the book of… Continue

Added by Nicolò Borghi on June 11, 2008 at 1:38pm — 1 Comment

The Truth According To Wikipedia



Digital utopians have heralded the dawn of an era in which Web 2.0 — distinguished by a new generation of participatory sites like MySpace, Wikipedia and YouTube, which emphasize user-generated content, social networking and interactive sharing — ushers in the democratization of the world: more information, more perspectives, more opinions, more everything, and most of it without filters or fees.

But is it a revolution, or pure… Continue

Added by Jakub Gliklich on June 6, 2008 at 5:30am — 7 Comments

HP Business Technology Showroom - Briefings



Technology Briefing – Seminari tecnologici con sessioni dimostrative



Il Business Technology Showroom è un’area che HP ha attrezzato presso la propria sede di Cernusco sul Naviglio (MI) per fornire dimostrazioni delle soluzioni di business innovative, orizzontali e verticali e dove è possibile “toccare con mano” le soluzioni tecnologiche.



HP propone in questo centro di eccellenza una serie di Technology… Continue

Added by Jakub Gliklich on June 5, 2008 at 6:30am — No Comments

The World is flat

I would propose a fantastic good, that I read last summer. The book has help me to open my mind in the globalised world.



The author is Thomas Friedman, he narrates his journey in Bangalore. This town is the "new Silicon Valley", but it isn't in USA or in Europe, it's in India.

The author says "the world is flat" in the sense that globalization has leveled the competitive playing fields between industrial and emerging market countries.… Continue

Added by Roberto on June 4, 2008 at 12:43pm — 4 Comments

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