Silicon Valley is buzzing again, as a new wave of start-ups exploit opportunities arising from the utter pervasiveness of the Internet. One of them is JotSpot, a company that's trying to transform the trend of "wikis" (Web pages that anyone can write to and edit) into a Web application tool for businesses.
As much as three fourths of all mail sent on the Internet is spam--unwanted, often disgusting or fraudulent brickbats tossed in your in box. We waste hours deleting this stuff--or, if we have software to do the work for us, we worry about urgent missives mistakenly tossed into the garbage bin.
What happens when a maverick is brought in from the cold? At the age of 54, Ken Kutaragi is finding out. For years he has reveled in his role as Sony's precocious bad boy--a visionary who pitched spitballs at the company's rulers from his own unassailable perch at Sony Computer Entertainment, the wildly profitable house that his PlayStation built.
Are you ready for the new Web? It's getting ready for you. It turns out that bidding on eBay, gathering with Meetup and Googling on, um, Google are only the opening scenes in a play whose running time will top "Mahabharata." While we've been happily browsing, buying and blogging, the tech set has been forging clever new tools and implementing powerful standards that boost the value of information stored on and generated by the Net.
Things are quiet on the Where Is Raed blog these days. Quite a contrast to the weeks preceding the Iraqi war, when self-described "accidental journalist" Salam Pax (a pseudonym) became an international celebrity by providing a view of what it was like to live in a country awaiting invasion.
Months ago, when the idea of Google's inevitable IPO could be discussed by its leaders only in hypothetical terms, cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were trying to explain to me (and perhaps themselves) why going public would not necessarily change the search-engine giant, or disrupt its mission. "I think there's always the opportunity to screw it up, be it private or public," said Brin. "Perhaps I'm naive."We all know what happened next.
Steve Jobs noticed something earlier this year in New York City. "I was on Madison," says Apple's CEO, "and it was, like, on every block, there was someone with white headphones, and I thought, 'Oh, my God, it's starting to happen'." Jonathan Ive, the company's design guru, had a similar experience in London: "On the streets and coming out of the Tube, you'd see people fiddling with it." And Victor Katch, a 59-year-old professor of kinesiology at the University of Michigan, saw it in Ann Arbor....
Vince Flynn didn't need a wakeup call on September 11, 2001. Since the mid-90s, the former Kraft corporation salesman (who was frustrated by a medical disqualification when he tried to join the Marines) has been banging out a series of increasingly hysterical thrillers focusing on the terrorist threat to America.
It's now official: Walden O'Dell is no longer raising funds for George W. Bush. Why should you care? That was Walden O'Dell's attitude last year, when he promised, in his role as rainmaker for Ohio's presidential re-election campaign, to deliver the state to the incumbent.
No surprise that Pat Mcgovern is big on brains. He's CEO of IDG, a privately held business launched back in 1964 that rakes in $2.4 billion a year from selling head food: more than 300 computer magazines (Computer World and Linux World, for example), over 170 tech conferences and the IDC market-research firm.