December 13, 2007

CTO of Second Life to Leave Linden Labs

From the NYT:

Virtual world Second Life's chief technology officer -- a colorful Navy veteran who delights in mocking creationism -- has resigned.

Cory Ondrejka, employee No. 4 at San Francisco-based Linden Lab, which owns Second Life, quit Tuesday and will depart at the end of the year.

Ondrejka helped write the computer code that underpins the popular virtual world. Second Life is a 3D Internet destination where users create, buy and sell fantastic islands inhabited by virtual characters, or avatars.

Read the rest here.

Posted by Becky at 3:41 PM

November 7, 2007

Microsoft Dismisses CIO

From the BBC:

Microsoft says it has fired its chief information officer, Stuart Scott, for "violation of company policies", but declined to give details.

Mr Scott oversaw the use of computers, software and networks by the US software giant's 80,000 employees.

Read the rest here.

Posted by Becky at 1:33 PM

January 11, 2007

Happy New Year...and lots of news...

Welcome back, UIUC students and new ones too! We also say hello to any new visiting faculty.

Since we've last posted, BEL launched a new database, Market

Market has over 11,000 reports by 550 publishers. It's the aggregator of many market research reports by Packaged Facts, Kalorama, Icon Group, Euromonitor, etc. It's great...check it out. Bear in mind is for UIUC users only, and for scholarly or pedagogical purposes. Net ID and PW required.

CIBER and the Food & Brand Lab graciously provided funds for Market

We've discovered some news:

*CBOT donated money for Market Trading Room to be in the new instructional facility
*The Office of Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Business has won a $5,000 grant from the Chancellor’s Task Force on Civic Commitment in the 21st Century to help fund the startup of its Social Entrepreneurship Summer Institute (SESI). SESI is a summer program that will educate students, through service learning, about civic engagement and societal needs. At the same time, the institute will provide community organizations with training on basic business concepts, in an effort to help these organizations to function more effectively while grappling with limited resources. The institute will also help community organizations to explore whether a “social entrepreneurship” enterprise, creating a for-profit venture to sustain their non-profit’s organization and mission, is right for them.

U2IPERG announced this afternoon another seminar coming up on January 22. It is with Professor Nate Jensen of Washington U and the title of his talk is Title: "Firm-Level Responses to Politics: Political Institutions and the Operations of U.S. Multinationals". Should be interesting.

There's more after the jump..

In technology news, Apple came out with the iphone, which may have many implications, such as being a real e-book reader, playing itunes, and video taking...all in one phone. Meantime, Cisco is suing Apple over trademark infringement.

And lastly, closer to home..

Over Winter break, belloger Becky Smith got to meet author Robert Scoble of Podtech, who wrote Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses are Communicating with Customers. Scoble, along with his wife, Maryam, host the Scoble Show, a videoblog that is on Thursdays.

341550987_27d86f6d61_m.jpeg Scoble and the wannabe geek, Becky

As always, happy searching!

And stay tuned for more to come.

Posted by Becky at 3:58 PM

October 19, 2006

Second Life (Web 2.0)

Today's NYT features an article about Second Life and how companies are marketing and selling their products via Second Life (paragraphs snipped are not at the beginning of the article):

A Virtual World but With Real Money

This parallel universe, an online service called Second Life that allows computer users to create a new and improved digital version of themselves, began in 1999 as a kind of online video game.

But now, the budding fake world is not only attracting a lot more people, it is taking on a real world twist: big business interests are intruding on digital utopia. The Second Life online service is fast becoming a three-dimensional test bed for corporate marketers, including Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Sun Microsystems, Nissan, Adidas/Reebok, Toyota and Starwood Hotels.

LINK (registration req'd)

The article mentions that Linden Labs, the operator of Second Life, has leased nearly comparable to 95 square miles, on the site. Also, there is some Congressmen who wonder if it should be taxed or not.

Posted by Becky at 10:21 AM

October 9, 2006

Google to Purchase You Tube for $1.65 B

From the NYT:

Google Inc. agreed to buy YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion Monday. The price makes YouTube, a still-unprofitable startup, by far the most expensive purchase made by Google during its eight-year history.


Wonder how the Harvard Business School folks will write this up on intangible financial valuation cases. Should be interesting.

And what will it mean for bloggers who place free videos on Google and You Tube. Will there be pricing later since bloggers do not own the content when they put their videos on You Tube? Google has begun to charge for views of certain talk shows beyond the same day. Example: Charlie Rose Show.

Posted by Becky at 3:46 PM

September 22, 2006

Business News: H-P Chairwoman Patricia Dunn Resigns

From the NYT this afternoon:

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 22 — Hewlett-Packard today announced the immediate resignation of its chairwoman, Patricia C. Dunn, the first casualty inside the company over the disclosure of its internal spying operation.

Ms. Dunn will be replaced by Mark V. Hurd, the computer giant’s chief executive officer. Mr. Hurd disclosed the change at a press conference Friday in which he and Hewlett-Packard for the first time publicly discussed a scandal that has engulfed the company for more than two weeks.

LINK (registration req'd)

Posted by Becky at 4:23 PM

August 17, 2006

RSS Feeds Available Via Web of Science

Biotechnology and Scholarly Communications Librarian Katie Newman has informed me that one can get RSS feeds from Web of Science. These are the directions she sent me:

RSS Alerting - RSS feeds to receive search, citation, and tables of content alerts from ISI Web of Knowledge.

You will need to register in ISI Web of Knowledge the first time. After searching in Web of Science, you can save your searches. Use 'Search History' and then click on 'Save History' icon. You will need to fill up 'Save Search History' form with a name for your alert, a brief description, and an option to receive an email alert for your query. If you are only interested in receiving RSS feeds, do not mark 'Send Me Email Alerts' box.
Click on 'Save' and you will notice an 'XML' icon that provides the URL for the RSS feed for your query. The

XML' icon provides the URL that can be copied and pasted in your feed reader.

I'd be interested from any bellog reader who will be using RSS from WoS.

Posted by Becky at 3:16 PM

August 4, 2006

Hamb's Hot Five # 5

Please feel free to comment on any of the stories listed or if you think another news story should have been posted then please post that in the comments as well.

Now on to Hamb’s Hot Five…

1. The Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA) cleared in Congress last week by a vote of 410 to 15 last week. If the Act is passed, many public schools and libraries will be required to limit access to the webs most popular sites: blogs, wikis, and social networks. Read more here.

2. Mozilla Firefox has acquired 15% of the browser market share in less than 2 years. Mozilla recently celebrated the 200 millionth Firefox download. Read more here.

3. Apple plans to offer Ipod integration in most 2007 model Ford, GM and Mazda automobiles. Read more here.

4. On Thurday Apple Computer said 2002 - 2005 financial statements should “no longer be relied upon” due to accounting errors. Stock already down 5 percent by noon on Friday. Read more here.

5. AOL plans to cut 25% of its workforce by early next year due to new business model. Read more here.

Posted by at 12:03 PM

August 3, 2006

Foster's Beer Discontinues TV Ads in the U.S.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Foster's Beer has decided to quit advertising on TV and will use their ad dollars for Internet. They are hoping to reach more younger males by this marketing strategy change.

BEL staffers noticed that Google stock went up. But it also may have gone up due to a new pact with XM Radio.

LINK to article (must have UIUC net id and password)

Posted by Becky at 12:05 PM

July 21, 2006

Hamb's Hot 5 #4

Please feel free to comment on any of the stories listed or if you think another news story should have been posted then please post that in the comments as well.

Now on to Hamb’s Hot Five…

1. Windows is once again trying to combine television and computers. IPTV might be coming to a living room near you. Read more here.

2. Say goodbye to analog T.V. Only a few more years left. Read more here.

3. Social networking sites are growing by leaps and bounds, especially MySpace. Read more here.

4. Microsoft is hard at work developing the next "Ipod Killer". Read more here

5. YouTube has 100 million video streams.............a day. Read more here.

Posted by at 4:44 PM

June 29, 2006

Google's 'Checkout' Swipes at Paypal

From Bit-Tech News:

For everyone out there using Paypal as their personal money transferrer, there's a new game in town. Google has recently brought its new Checkout service online, partnered with (read: sponsored by) CitiGroup Financial.

Google Checkout uses a revenue model very similar to Paypal, but with a slightly different fee structure. Rather than paying 1.9% and $0.30 in transaction fees, a seller would pay 2% and $0.20 in transaction fees.

Though the difference seems miniscule, the change can generate considerable savings for eBayers and other small shops that do lots of small transactions, as opposed to a few big ones.


Posted by Becky at 1:53 PM

Gnomedex Conference

Gnomedex 6.0, a blogger's high tech convention, starts tomorrow. Instead of having lots of panels of various experts, they are holding many sessions related to social networking, social marketing, and of course, the tools.

John R. Edwards, the Director of the Center for Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at UNC-Chapel Hill, and senior advisor for the Fortress Investment Group, is the keynote speaker on Friday. As part of his work in discussing poverty and other related issues, many of them related to legislation as he was a vice-presidential candidate in 2004, he has used podcasting, blogs, GCasts (audio blog) and vblogs in soliciting questions and opinions.

The conference arranger, Chris Pirillo of Lockergnome, was mentioned last week about a tool he created called The tool changed its name yesterday to tagjag.

Posted by Becky at 11:06 AM

June 20, 2006 New Metasearch Tool

Just as we thought we had it made with Dogpile or Topix, another metasearch tool comes along. It's called No extension. Just gada be. It was created last year by a fellow named Chris Pirillo, along with some other colleagues at Lockergnome. Pirillo has own live radio show on Thursday nights, and is one of the organizers of Gnomedex, a high tech/bloggers conference, which is being held next week. I had not heard of Gnomedex before, until I was searching for some information on Fortess Investment Senior Advisor and former Senator John R. Edwards.

From what I can tell, it searches blogs, news (via other search engines),, msn, etc. The search term has to be somewhere in tags (a form of metadata) listed somewhere. bellog happens to have its tags on technorati, and now I see it's also on plazoo. Thus, it's still a key word search engine, without refinements.

Check it out. Just don't expect it to search long phrases like Google does.

Posted by Becky at 11:02 AM

Ipods Are Favored Over Suds

Yesterday Stephen's Lighthouse (a blog by a forward thinking librarian and executive) posted an article from the USA Today about the use of Ipods by college students:

Only once in the past decade of the biannual survey, in 1997, was beer bumped from the top spot — by the Internet, says Student Monitor's Eric Weil. The Ridgewood, N.J., research firm surveyed a representative group of 600 students.

Among the findings:

• iPods were the No. 1 "in" thing on campuses; 73% of students mentioned it. iPods were even more popular with Hispanic students (77%) and women (76%).

• Drinking beer tied with the college networking site (71%).

• Nos. 4 to 10 were drinking other alcohol (67%), text messaging (66%), downloading music (66%), going to clubs (65%), instant messaging (63%), working out (62%) and coffee (60%).

Read the rest here.

Posted by Becky at 10:56 AM

May 19, 2006

Hamb's Hot Five #3

Please feel free to comment on any of the stories listed or if you think another news story should have been posted then please post that in the comments as well.

Now on to Hamb’s Hot Five…

1. Dell announces that it will start using AMD processors and break its long single source relationship with Intel. Read more here.

2. Microsoft releases Windows Media Player 11. Read more here.

3. Microsoft released the hardware specs for Vista, the new Windows operating system. Read more here.

4. Poll shows that the number of people pay bills online almost equals number of people who pay by checks. Read more here.

5. MTV Launches Urge, a new online music store to compete with iTunes. Read more here.

Posted by at 11:00 PM

May 18, 2006

One billion people have Internet access

From Yahoo:

WASHINGTON (AFP) - More than one billion people in the world have access to the Internet, with a quarter of them with broadband, or high-speed connections, according to a survey.

The report by the firm eMarketer said the milestone of one billion was reached in late 2005, and that nearly 250 million households had broadband connections.

The firm estimates that of these people, 845 million use the Internet regularly.

LINK to article

For our readers, BEL does not subscribe to EMarketer, although perhaps we will obtain a trial to it in the near future.

Posted by Becky at 1:00 PM

May 12, 2006

Hamb's Hot Five is Back!

After a short hiatus, Hamb's Hot Five is back! Hamb’s Hot Five is a section of the Bellog where I will post the top five (in no particular order) business-related tech news stories of the week. The stories listed have been picked because they all have created a considerable amount of online buzz.

Please feel free to comment on any of the stories listed or if you think another news story should have been posted then please post that in the comments as well.

Now on to Hamb’s Hot Five…

1. A study shows that video games add $18 billion to the U.S. gross national product. Read more here.

2. ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, rejects the creation of the .xxx domain for pornographic websites. Read more here

3. The Sony PlayStation 3 will debut in the U.S. this November and will cost as much as $599. Read more here.

4. Apple Computer wins courtroom battle against the Beatles. The iTunes Music Store does not infringe on the trademark of AppleCorp, a company that represents the Beatles interests. read more here.

5. Analyst are predicting that the Nintendo Wii video game console will cost $200, hundreds less that its competitors’. Read more here.

Posted by at 3:19 PM

April 14, 2006

A new profession for Hello Kitty?

From Business 2.0;

Can a robot replace your receptionist?

Diane Anderson, Business 2.0 Magazine
April 11, 2006: 3:50 PM EDT

So far, computers have displaced assembly-line workers, telephone operators, and musicians. Now a Japanese staffing firm wants to add front-desk personnel to the list. In February, Nagoya-based People Staff launched a service called Robot Dispatch: For $424 a month - or one-sixth the cost of one of the firm's human temps - Japanese companies can rent an electronic receptionist shaped like Hello Kitty.

Manufactured by Business Design Laboratory, also based in Nagoya, the 20-inch-tall Hello Kitty Robo can recognize as many as 10 faces, ask visitors to speak their names, and tell them when the person they have come to see is ready. With 20,000 stored conversation patterns, songs, and riddles, the robot is arguably more entertaining than many real attendants. Cheaper too. "Many Japanese corporations don't have a person at reception," says Chihiro Yamada, a People Staff spokeswoman. "If a company wants to hire a receptionist, we can save them money."

Read the rest here.

If link is not accessible for free past this month, Business 2.0 is available through Business Source Complete. (UIUC id & pw req'd)

Posted by Becky at 12:50 PM

China and the art of (standards) war

From today's Asia Times:

In the afternoon of January 10, Huang Ju, China's vice premier, made a videophone call from the Science and Technology Innovation Achievements Exhibition that was then being held in Beijing. For the residents of Bijie county, to whom this call was made, it was a simple call from the vice premier that conveyed New Year greetings. But for the global telecom industry, it was an end to several years of anxious waiting.

"I am impressed with the quality of the call," Huang said, and with those words he put the Chinese government's official stamp of approval on the locally developed third-generation (3G) technology that was used for the demonstration. China's operators and global equipment makers had been waiting for years for Beijing to roll out 3G licenses and make a final decision on the technology that it would use for 3G services, expected to start in mid-2006.

Read the rest here.

Interesting stats:

According to the statistics of the Ministry of Information Industry (MII), China produced, sold and exported respectively 82.8 million, 80.4 million and 39.7 million sets of color TV sets in 2005, up 13.02%, 10.69% and 43.36% from the previous year. The output of mobile phones has increased just as dramatically. China manufactured 303 million mobile phones in total in 2005, some 40% of the world's production. The MII predicted that the number is likely to exceed 340 million this year. Statistics for most other electronics products show similar increases. China is second to the US as a consumer of electronics.

Posted by Becky at 11:45 AM

April 13, 2006

Google Chief Rejects Pressuring China

From today's NYT:

BEIJING, April 12 — Google's chief executive, Eric E. Schmidt, whose company has been sharply criticized for complying with Chinese censorship, said on Wednesday that the company had not lobbied to change the censorship laws and, for now, had no plans to do so.

"I think it's arrogant for us to walk into a country where we are just beginning operations and tell that country how to run itself," Mr. Schmidt told reporters from foreign news organizations.

Read the rest here.

Interesting stat from this article:

China already has more than 111 million Internet users, the second-highest number in the world, after the United States, and this is growing quickly. Mr. Schmidt said he expected China to become one of Google's most important markets, even though it still accounted for a small slice of overall revenue. He said the same was true when Google entered other foreign markets, including those in Europe, where revenue has jumped as users became familiar with the company's services.

Looks as though Google is expanding but also may be doing some outsourcing too.

Posted by Becky at 11:27 AM

April 6, 2006

Fast Company 50

Fast Company (FC) is a trade magazine that first described itself to be a cross between Harvard Business Review (HBR) and Rolling Stone. It was founded over a decade ago by two former editors who wanted to create content about entrepreneurs and make it more "hip" in its tenor.

Today, FC has moved more towards a cross between Business 2.0 and Wired, and more closely aligned with Red Herring, but with some HBS Working Knowledge flavor.

For the past 5 years, FC has been doing an annual issue entitled the Fast 50. To use their description, it is:

"...50 portraits from the future: people in business, technology, government, the arts, and beyond who are writing the history of the next 10 years. No, they aren't all heroes. Some are simply seizing an opportunity. But they're all smart, and they all tell you a lot about where we're heading. "

It is not a ranked list, but their thoughts on the top 50 movers and shakers.

Fast 50

I'm not certain I agree with their list but certainly it is interesting to read. Enjoy.

Posted by Becky at 3:00 PM

March 31, 2006

Hamb's Hot Five

Hamb’s Hot Five is a new section of the Bellog where I will post the top five (in no particular order) business-related tech news stories of the week. The stories listed have been picked because they all have created a considerable amount of online buzz.

Please feel free to comment on any of the stories listed or if you think another news story should have been posted then please post that in the comments as well.

Now on to Hamb’s Hot Five…

1. Microsoft Windows delayed the release of their new operating system, Vista, until January 2007. This delay might hurt PC makers and sellers. Read more here.

2. Due to recent fears about safety, the large social networking community has removed 200,000 profiles from its site that could be considered objectionable. Read more here.

3. Google plans to sell off 5.3 million of its shares. According to the company, the 2 billion raised from the sell will be used for company maintenance and to possible acquire new businesses. Read more here.

4. Apple turns 30. Read more about the ups and downs of the computer company here.

5. Cingular, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, will get a new identity after the AT&T and BellSouth merger is complete. Cingular will take on the AT&T name and will more actively target business clients. Read more here.

Posted by at 4:31 PM

March 24, 2006

Business News: Yahoo! Inks Deal With CBS To Carry '60 Minutes'

From Brandweek:

March 23, 2006

NEW YORK -- Just a few weeks after publicly backing off his pledge to bring original, cutting-edge video fare to the Web, Lloyd Braun, Yahoo!'s top media executive, has signed a deal to bring some of TV's most traditional content to the portal.

CBS and Yahoo! have inked a deal to bring video content from 60 Minutes, TV's longest running newsmagazine, to various Yahoo! properties starting this fall. A preview of the companies’ new relationship will debut on March 26 when Yahoo! will feature a 60 Minutes interview with Tiger Woods.

LINK to article

Posted by Becky at 12:36 PM

March 21, 2006

Google Finance Goes Live

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- Online search engine leader Google Inc. is devoting a section of its Web site to information about the stock market and corporate America, filling a gaping product hole as it continues to battle for Internet traffic with rivals Yahoo Inc., MSN and America Online.

Yahoo operates the Web's most visited finance site with 31.4 million unique visitors worldwide, according to comScore Media Metrix. MSN's Money section ranked second with 21.9 million worldwide visitors followe by AOL's finance section with 14.3 million visitors worldwide, comScore said.

Web surfers spent on average of 54 minutes per visit at Yahoo's finance section, giving the company more opporutnity to serve up ads.

Link to Google Finance

This blog entry is a summary from an AP article published in today's Lowell Sun Online.

Posted by Becky at 8:33 AM

Gates Vows A New Internet Explorer Every Year--Or More

By Aaron Ricadela

Mar 20, 2006

Software programs and the Web are converging quickly, and Microsoft needs to release Web browsing technology and other products faster to keep up with the changes, chairman Bill Gates said Monday.

Speaking at Microsoft's MIX06 conference in Las Vegas for Web developers, Gates said Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 7 Web browser, expected later this year, is long overdue, and the company plans more frequent browser updates in the future. Microsoft released a refreshed version of its "beta 2 preview" of Internet Explorer 7 on Monday. The company also put in place a new license that will let developers using a test version of a Microsoft programming tool for Ajax apps to launch production Web sites with code generated by the software.

As technologies and programming tools for the Web change rapidly to allow software that spans a PC's hard drive and the Internet, Microsoft has been too slow to update its Web browser, said Gates. While Microsoft was busy assembling a platform of technologies for programming online apps, its browser had lost market share to the open-source Firefox software and Apple Computer's browser in the years since an IE upgrade. "In a sense, we're doing a mea culpa and saying we waited too long to do a new browser release," said Gates. Microsoft plans to release updates to IE more frequently, perhaps as often as every 9 months to a year. "IE7 is not the end of the line," he said.

Read the rest here.

Posted by Becky at 8:29 AM

February 22, 2006

Plenty Ventured, Plenty to Gain

From TCM Net, published a couple of days ago:

CHAMPAIGN -- An audit of IllinoisVentures shows that as of midyear 2005, most of its investments were concentrated in 10 companies.

IllinoisVentures, a private company formed by the University of Illinois to help start-up companies, had $2.35 million in investments as of June 30, according to an audit performed for the Illinois auditor general.

Of those investments, about $1.23 million were in the form of common or preferred stock in the fledgling companies. The remainder were in the form of debt instruments that can be converted to stock if and when IllinoisVentures chooses.

Read the rest here.

Posted by Becky at 11:39 AM

February 10, 2006

Demo 2006

From Business Week:

What a difference six minutes can make. At the annual Demo conference, that's how long a startup has to pitch a new product or service in hopes of lining up investor backing. Fewer than 70 companies were selected from a pool of more than 1,500 to "demo" their cutting-edge wares at the 2006 show in Phoenix.

Demo is designed to give an early peek at some of the products expected to have the highest impact on the technology landscape in the coming years. This year's highlights range from a newfangled ice-cream vending machine to an innovative way to stave off ID theft.

To see the slide show of new products demonstrated, click here. One eyecatcher was Riya's face recognition software for digitally photographed people.

Posted by Becky at 1:01 PM

February 9, 2006

The More You Know

Recently, a new website came to our attention via Assistant Professor Joe Zumalt at the ACES Library: Founded by several former employees of Expedia, Inc. and, Inc. (click here for their bios), Zillow provides public access to home value information that has been only available through online services that require you to provide your contact information (so that you may be reached by a real estate agent), and to real estate agents through the Multiple Listing System database.

Zillow can be used by buyers, sellers, homeowners, and the just plain curious to find property values throughout the country. They combine their data with satellite and street maps so that you can browse from state level all the way down to neighborhoods and individual homes. The range of available data is quite enormous, and Zillow fully admits that they offer “lots of data in some areas, but little to no data in others.” (cited from the Zillow homepage) In an article from February 8, 2006, Walter S. Mossberg and Katherine Boehret of the Wall Street Journal – requires UIUC netid & password) found that Zillow had the most information in urban areas like Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Cleveland – less so for places like Chicago, Boston, and St. Louis.

The database is still in its beta form, so we can look forward to more additions and improvements. As for what it means for the real estate industry, we shall see that, too.

Erin G.

Posted by Becky at 3:22 PM

January 5, 2006

Business News:Google Set to Sell Video From CBS, NBA

From AP via Yahoo:

NEW YORK - Google Inc. will let consumers buy video over the Internet from CBS, the NBA and other providers, becoming the latest company to explore the new method of distributing TV content, according to a report Thursday.

The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter, said Google plans to make the announcement Friday at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Google began making video available for free last year, offering everything from amateur footage of a kid falling off a roof to the premiere episode of the television show "Everybody Hates Chris," which broadcasts on UPN, a CBS Corp. network.

LINK to Yahoo article

LINK to WSJ article (UIUC net ID and pw required)

Posted by Becky at 1:33 PM

December 22, 2005

Business News: Besides Google

In Monday's WSJ, Google and its search engine capabilities were discussed. Among the experts consulted about Google and how it is not always the best search engine was Gary Price, a fomer librarian, and an editor for the online newsletter, . Mr. Price is considered one of leading authorities on Internet Resources, especially in the area of business.

Click here to see the article (UIUC Net id required)

Posted by Becky at 3:47 PM

December 12, 2005

Business News: Power could cost more than servers

By Stephen Shankland
Staff Writer, CNET

Published: December 9, 2005

A Google engineer has warned that if the performance per watt of today's computers doesn't improve, the electrical costs of running them could end up far greater than the initial hardware price tag.

That situation that wouldn't bode well for Google, which relies on thousands of its own servers.

"If performance per watt is to remain constant over the next few years, power costs could easily overtake hardware costs, possibly by a large margin," Luiz Andre Barroso, who previously designed processors for Digital Equipment Corp., said in a September paper published in the Association for Computing Machinery's Queue. "The possibility of computer equipment power consumption spiraling out of control could have serious consequences for the overall affordability of computing, not to mention the overall health of the planet."


Posted by Becky at 1:50 PM

December 7, 2005

Business News: Red Hat to expand in India

From the News-Observer:

Red Hat plans to spend $20 million and triple its head count in India over the next several years as it continues to target the surging Indian market.

The open source software company, which has about 340 employees at its Raleigh headquarters, sees India as a “fundamental” part of its long-term global strategy, said Joanne Rohde, Red Hat’s executive vice president of worldwide operations. China, which has a year-old Red Hat facility, is a major target as well.

“We’re setting an agenda for new ways of competing in those markets,” she said.

LINK to rest of article (registration may be required; otherwise, use Lexis-Nexis --for UIUC)

Posted by Becky at 6:10 PM

December 4, 2005

Becky's Blurbs: Grainger Library Photos Available Through Flickr

The Grainger Engineering Library blog recently announced they have some photos uploaded and tagged on Flickr. For those of you unfamiliar with Flickr, it is a free web host for pictures and you can add "tags" which are sort of like keywords or in library-speak, metadata.

I've seen quite a few blogs which link photos to their sites from Flickr. My understanding is that Flickr is catching up another free host, Webshots.

Have fun exploring these sites...and seeing Grainger Library too.

Posted by Becky at 11:04 AM

Business News: Bangalore Boom

From the Mercury

Tech Hub Aspires to Match Valley in Innovation

By John Boudreau
Mercury News

BANGALORE, India - Drive along Hosur Road -- Bangalore's version of Highway 101 -- even at 1:30 a.m. and you'll see sparks from welders working on new buildings to house software companies. Pick up any newspaper and read ads from tech companies seeking -- imploring -- engineers to come work for them. Experience the Silicon Valley-style, masters-of-the-digital-universe attitude permeating Bangalore, from its impossibly jammed roads to the new dot-com-like offices.

``We think we will overtake Silicon Valley,'' said Vineet Shrivastava, bid manager at the Bangalore campus of Dutch tech services and wireless company LogicaCMG. ``You can see it for yourself.''

LINK to rest of article

Posted by Becky at 10:51 AM

November 21, 2005

Boston tech consultant Yankee Group is sold

From the Boston Globe:

By Keith Reed, Globe Staff | November 17, 2005

Boston technology consultant Yankee Group Research Inc. has a new owner -- again.

Alta Communications, a Boston private equity firm that specializes in media and telecommunications investments, and Emily Green, a former executive at Yankee Group rival Forrester Research in Cambridge, have bought Yankee from Decision Matrix Group LLC, the company disclosed yesterday. Terms were not disclosed.

They are Yankee Group's fourth owner in nearly a decade. Decision Matrix, which owned the firm for 18 months, had bought it from Reuters Group, a publisher of news and financial data.

LINK to article

Makes one wonder how much longer Forrester will be able to withstand a buyout.

Posted by Becky at 10:24 AM

October 26, 2005

Business News:Classified Ads in Google?

Google was discovered to be testing a classifed ad service. Implication is that they may be competing with E-bay and Craigslist, as well as newspapers, for "eyeballs".

From the New York Times:

The service, which was named Google Base and was for a time accessible at, described itself as "Google's database into which you can add all types of content."

"We'll host your content and make it searchable online for free."

The new service could automatically funnel listings on all kinds of subjects and display them as part of the company's sponsored ad links on the right side of pages displaying search results from Google queries.

LINK to rest of article

Update: Business Week Online has published some latest info on Google's initiative.

Posted by Becky at 2:14 PM

October 14, 2005

Business News: Audible Air

Tired of carrying around CD or tape players to listen to books on tape? Now you can download and listen the DiVinci Code on your phone via an internet service.

From the New York Times:
"Its actual name is Audible Air, and it's a way to download spoken recordings from to the Palm Treo cellphone and other wireless gadgets - over the air, wherever you happen to be. But to appreciate its significance, you must first understand how Audible works. offers digital "books on tape" for the intellectually inclined. Today, 600,000 people listen each month to Audible's spoken recordings of over 7,000 books and 47 magazines and newspapers. Most people these days listen to Audible recordings - or "content," as the company annoyingly calls them - on portable players like iPods and Palm organizers, after first downloading them to their computers. In fact, you get a free iPod Shuffle when you sign up for six months of Audible service, or a free Creative MuVo with a one-year contract."

LINK to rest of article by David Pogue

Not certain I'd want to use my battery on a cellphone to listen to a long book like McCollough's 1776, but on an iPod--sounds appealing. It'll be interesting to see if libraries start having subscription serices like Audible Air.

Posted by Becky at 10:49 AM

October 11, 2005

Business News:Yahoo Adds Podcast Search

Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - news) on Monday launched in beta a podcast search service, heightening the web portal's competition with Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes music service.

Yahoo Podcasts enables consumers to search a directory of 10s of thousands of the audio programs.

In launching the service, Yahoo, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., adds capabilities that strengthen its position against Apple. The Cupertino, Calif., company lets consumers search and subscribe to podcasts through its iTunes music service, which is a downloadable desktop application.

Through Yahoo search, consumers can choose the podcast player that they want to use, including the Yahoo Music Engine, iTunes and the Windows Media Player. Podcast files can also be saved and downloaded to a digital music player, such as the Apple iPod, iRiver, Dell DJ and Creative Zen.

LINK to rest of article

To see a review by Jupiter analysts, click here to access their blog.

Posted by Becky at 11:16 AM

October 5, 2005

AskMeNow Service Sends Answers to Your Handset In a Matter of Seconds

From Walter Mossberg's Column in WSJ:

IF YOU'RE ONE OF those people who thinks he's always right, but can't prove it on the spot, we might have just the technology for you.

This week, my assistant Katie Boehret and I tested a new service called AskMeNow that attempts to be like a digital version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire's phone-a-friend. This service works by answering questions of all sorts in just a few minutes for free, or in some cases for 49 cents per question.

AskMeNow, based in Irvine, Calif., is a division of Ocean West Holding Corp. and is currently only available in beta (or prerelease version), but its full-scale service will come out in the beginning of next month. Its concept is very straightforward: You send questions to the service by calling from your cellphone or emailing directly from a portable smartphone, and answers are sent back to your phone or hand- held via Short Messaging Services (SMS) or email within about a minute.

LINK to rest of article (UIUC Net ID & Password Required)

From Becky:
I wonder about this type of service and is it better than e-mailing the local public library? Some public libraries have chat services called 24/7 or another Question Point, in which librarians in the Asia Pacific rim do answer questions for US citizens. And what does a half dollar query or answer mean in terms of value. It would be nice to know how to value our services...or perhaps these folks are thinking they can bring back old movies for a half I entertain comments here.

Posted by Becky at 9:58 AM

September 29, 2005

Indian Software Industry Subject of Beckman Lecture

Featured speaker N.R. Narayana Murthy -- chairman of the board and chief mentor of Infosys Technologies Ltd-- gave his perspective in his lecture "The Indian Software Industry: Managing Change and Growth in the Knowledge Economy".

Offshore outsourcing is a key feature of today’s global markets, with India serving as a major port for such activity. As the country’s software industry continues to rise, India’s information technology professionals must find new ways to compete in the global economy. These issues were addressed during the twenty-first Arnold O. Beckman Lecture in Science and Technology held September 14 in Foellinger Auditorium.

Murthy cited three components that aided the successful growth of the Indian software industry: globalization, 24-hour productivity, and the Global Delivery Model (GDM). He believes that globalization is about “sourcing capital from where it is cheapest, sourcing talent from where it is best available, producing where it is most cost-effective, and selling where the markets are.”

The outsourcing of jobs to India is viewed unfavorably by Americans who believe these positions should be available to US citizens. Murthy pointed out the 24 hour cycle resulting from the practice. Because the cycle combines the prime work hours in the US with the prime work hours in India, customers receive quick solutions in critical, time sensitive operations. This type of efficiency is essential to the Global Delivery Model, which Murthy says, “suggests that we split a large task into multiple subtasks and execute each task where it is best executed.”

LINK to rest of article

Posted by Becky at 3:52 PM

September 28, 2005

Radio Tuck

Radio Tuck is a production of the Center for Digital Strategies
at the Tuck School of Business. It contains interviews about the use of technology to foster innovation within industries or companies. The interviews are formatted as MP3's, video streamed, or in some instances, text transcripts.

Click here to go to Radio Tuck.

Posted by Becky at 9:49 AM

August 24, 2005

Business News: Google's New Services Competing with AOL, Yahoo and Microsoft

From the New York Times:

Relax, Bill Gates; It's Google's Turn as the Villain
Published: August 24, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 23 - For years, Silicon Valley hungered for a company mighty enough to best Microsoft. Now it has one such contender: the phenomenally successful Google.

But instead of embracing Google as one of their own, many in Silicon Valley are skittish about its size and power. They fret that the very strengths that made Google a search-engine phenomenon are distancing it from the entrepreneurial culture that produced it - and even transforming it into a threat.
A year after the company went public, those inside Google are learning the hard way what it means to be the top dog inside a culture accustomed to pulling for the underdog. And they are facing a hometown crowd that generally rebels against anything that smacks of corporate behavior.

Nowadays, when venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and technologists gather in Silicon Valley, they often find themselves grousing about Google, complaining about everything from a hoarding of top engineers to its treatment of partners and potential partners. The word arrogant is frequently used.

The news last week that Google plans to sell an additional 14 million shares of stock, adding $4 billion to its current cash reserves of $3 billion, will only provide more reasons to gripe.

"I've definitely been picking up on the resentment," said Max Levchin, a founder of PayPal, the online payment service now owned by eBay. "They're a big company now, doing things people didn't expect them to do."

LINK to rest of article

related article:
Google to Launch Messaging, Voice Service via Yahoo news

Posted by Becky at 9:58 AM