Dave Winer on the Tech Empires

Normally I am really excited about everything going on on the web. We are moving so fast- its exhilarating.  This week though- things are kind of gloomy.  The brands/tools I love are acting like assholes and its hard to avoid feeling negative about it.  I want to boycott them, but hell, my business is built on these things- that's why they know they can do it. My thinking has changed recently, as Google's moves with Buzz have surfaced, and Apple's moves to control sexual imagery in the the app store, as they embark on an ugly and dishonest campaign against Flash. Patents are nothing new. Last year, Google patented some very basic technology we created in the first wave of RSS apps. Another company was granted a patent on podcasting. It goes on all the time. What is different is that tech companies are ...

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Calacanis on Buzz

"Facebook is working on Facebooksense, their version of Adsense. These ads will be available on sites that also have facebook connect. When they build their own ad network they will have behavioral and page content and be able to use the two to build ads. Google commoditized social networking using Buzz to undermine this launch." Paraphrased from Jason Calacanis TWiST #41...

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Google vs. Bing

I was surprised to read this on the Register.  If Vijay Gill is right, Microsoft's cloud solution seems quaint.  Google's approach to IT issues is design thinking in action- the sort of scalable dynamic solutions that are enabling their applications to have as flexible a foundation as possible. As an example, he said, Microsoft is working to juice the performance of its Virtual Earth mapping service using so-called "edge technologies" - a combination of Akamai-like CDN (content delivery network) tools and actual code that runs at the edge of the network. "We're looking at a mixture of approaches and trying to solve problems for specific applications and types of applications," he said. At which point, Gill piped up to explain - in his matter-of-fact monotone - why Microsoft's philosophy is fundamentally flawed. He pointed his audience to a blog post where an online real estate outfit called Redfin says it recently ditched...

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