woensdag 26 februari 2003


maandag 24 februari 2003


Why Did Google Want Blogger?

Forget war and strife, the only news that mattered on the Web this week was Google's acquisition of Pyra Labs, the scrappy San Francisco startup behind the Blogger weblogging tool.

zaterdag 8 februari 2003


Is there hope for Java?

One Sunday in September 1996, Adam Bosworth, a respected Microsoft software engineer who headed the company's Internet Explorer division, wrote a long memo to several company executives, including Bill Gates. Bosworth knew that Gates, then the company's CEO, was about to go on one of his "Think Weeks" -- the monkish retreats during which he pondered Microsoft's long-term business strategies. In preparation for the week, Bosworth wanted to alert Gates to an emerging danger.

Embrace file-sharing, or die

A record executive and his son make a formal case for freely downloading music. The gist: 50 million Americans can't be wrong. Editor's note: John Snyder is president of Artist House Records, a board member of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), and a 32-time Grammy nominee. On Thursday night, he submitted the following paper to NARAS. The following was written in response to a discussion by the board of governors of the New York chapter of National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) regarding the position NARAS should take with respect to a new public relations campaign proposed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) condemning those who download music from the Internet. The subject of digital rights, and the position NARAS should take with respect to it, is near and dear to me. I've read a great deal about it. If I may, I would like to offer a few thoughts.

vrijdag 7 februari 2003


The Civil War Inside Sony

Sony Music wants to entertain you. Sony Electronics wants to equip you. The problem is that when it comes to digital media, their interests are diametrically opposed. For Keiji Kimura, the problem is small enough to fit in his pocket and just heavy enough to weigh on his mind. Kimura is a senior VP at Sony headquarters in Tokyo, and the problem in question is Apple's iPod, the snappy little music player that's revolutionizing consumer electronics the way Sony's Walkman did some 20 years ago. By rights, Sony should own the portable player business. The company's first hit product, back in the '50s, was the transistor radio, the tinny-sounding invention that took rock and roll out of the house and away from the parents and allowed the whole Elvis thing to happen. A quarter-century later, the Walkman enabled the kids of the '70s to take their tapes and tune out the world. But the 21st-century Walkman doesn't bother with tapes or CDs or minidiscs; it stores hundreds of hours of music on its own hard drive. And it sports an Apple logo.

The Year The Music Dies

Record labels are under attack from all sides - file sharers and performers, even equipment manufacturers and good old-fashioned customers - and it's killing them. A moment of silence, please. Not long before his sudden death from a heart attack, I saw Timothy White at a party in Boston, standing by the bar in his usual bow tie and white bucks. When he waved me over, I was delighted: Timothy was not only the editor of Billboard but a respected music critic and biographer. Even the executives he often took to task conceded, with a wince, that he understood the secretive, confusing business better than almost anyone. "How much you want to bet that the entire music industry collapses?" he asked me. "And I mean soon - like five, ten years. Kaboom!"

donderdag 6 februari 2003


Immortal Code

The CEO goes to trial. The programmers hit the street. And yet sometimes a piece of code is so elegant, so evolved, that it outlasts everything else. To reach the former home of Gaston Bastiaens, you take a right on Myopia Road. The next left brings you to a house with a circular driveway and a raised deck out back that captures fragments of sunshine. It was here in this woodsy Boston suburb, on the morning of May 26, 2001, that a team of local police officers and US marshals found the 54-year-old software executive at home, catching some rays. Arrested and eventually shipped off to his native Belgium, Bastiaens has been accused of insider trading, violation of bookkeeping laws, and abuse of the public's confidence. He and a handful of colleagues face more than 10 years in prison.

Cell Phones: Dial 'S' for Shock

Moviegoers may laugh at the Cingular Wireless commercial about a man who talks on his cell phone and gets ejected from his seat while watching a film. But do they actually want to see this happen? Apparently, some people do.
Business Week

Wireless Gaming: Finally No Fantasy

As handset hardware and networks improve, carriers see cell-phone fun as the Next Big Thing for firing up subscribers' spending. Ever since the idea occurred to some programming whiz, wireless online gaming has looked like one of those goofy Internet fantasies that was just too far ahead of its time. For years, cell-phone owners had to satisfy themselves with Snake, an amoebic version of the two decade-old Pac-Man electronic game, in which a line devours tiny dots on a phone's screen. In fact, Snake remained state-of-the-art even after Nextel (NXTL ), which now has 10 million subscribers, introduced the first Java-based phones nearly two years ago.

maandag 3 februari 2003

The Globe and Mail

Lord of the ring

Thirty years ago, a Canadian researcher invented the modern mobile telephone, and 20 years ago this month, Canada beat the United States in bringing the concept to the marketplace. Little did anyone suspect then what a profound impact it would have on their lives, Doug Saunders writes, as he juggles calls from Washington to Bangladesh.