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Apple, Google, Yahoo & Cloud Computing
Yahoo Patent Theory
Aug. 8, 2008 04:00 PM
Industry gadfly John Dvorak is advancing a theory culled
from the blogosphere that Microsoft wants Yahoo for some all-important patent
or another that would give it an edge in cloud computing, SaaS and portable
Google has launched Knol, its monetized Wikipedia rival in
which contributors will be identified and any copy changes have to be approved
by the authors who’ll get a piece of the AdSense take. There are supposed be
multiple articles on the same subject and a rating system.
How Did That
Com.score says Microsoft’s share of US search rose
in June and Google’s didn’t; Google’s fell. The tracker gave Google 61.5%, of
the market, down from 61.8% in May and said Microsoft did 9.2%, up from 8.5%.
Both AOL and Ask were down.
Google’s Reportedly Buying Digg
Google is buying Digg.com for $200 million for Google News,
according to TechCrunch, which thinks they may have signed a letter of intent.
Rumors dating back a few months claimed Microsoft and Google were competing
over who would carry off the prize. Microsoft has an ad deal with Digg that
will go the way of all flesh if Google prevails.
Appirio, the two-year-old start-up with products and
professional services using software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service
(PaaS) from Google and salesforce.com that are supposed to jumpstart
enterprises on the on-demand path, has gotten a $5.6 million B round from
Sequoia Capital, the VC behind Google, Yahoo, LinkIn and PayPal. Appirio’s
widgetry is also supposed to connect the Amazon, Google and salesforce clouds.
It got a $1.1 million A round from salesforce.com and angels.
“It is a product that essentially has no margin.” – Paul
Moore, Fujitsu’s senior director of mobile product management, on the so-called
nettop in the New York Times.
Apple’s first flirtation with the Cloud has turned stormy.
The Wall Street Journal’s great and powerful technology critic Walt Mossberg, a
known Apple devotee, has panned its $99-a-year corporate-style synchronization
service as unreliable. MobileMe, which includes 20GB of online storage,
web-based apps and an online photo gallery, is supposed to synch people’s
e-mail, contacts, calendars and bookmarks across Windows computers as well as
Mac, iPhones and iPods. Mossberg says it’s problem-ridden and “ragged.”