Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Sue, Sue, Sue Google

More people want a piece of the $$$$ pie.
 
The Authors Guild on Tuesday filed a class action lawsuit against search engine Google, alleging that its scanning and digitizing of library books constitutes a "massive" copyright infringement. 
 

Monday, September 19, 2005

The Future for Microsoft

BusinessWeek's latest issue has a cover story on Microsoft.

The first story talks about how and why Microsoft is in trouble, given that numerous Microsoft employees (such as Kai-Fu Lee) have left for Google or other tech companies. It also mentions how employees are getting disgruntled and how two senior researchers have said that a "crisis is imminent" within the company.

The second story is a Q&A with Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO. He shrugs off concerns about Microsoft being bureaucratic, and says that employee morale is pretty much at an all-time high.

The third story is a Q&A with "Mini-Microsoft" -- a Microsoft employee whose anonymous blog has become very popular within the company. "Mini" is trying to rally support to change things at Microsoft.

This cover story is definitely worth reading!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

State of e-governance in Pk

The Centre for Civic Education (CCE), with support from the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), released a report on the state of e-governance in Pakistan after conducting a thorough web watch exercise of six official and six political party websites, during the August 15 to September 15 peak local body elections period. Their verdict? E-governance still in fluid state.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

More Google News

This past week, Google has been interconnecting a lot of its affiliates with Google - Orkut users now have to login via their Gmail address, and Google's just launched the Google Blog Search, a search box to it has also been provided on the main page - Yahoo for Google! ;)

What does Google have up its sleeve?

Google has recently hired on two serious big-wigs in the tech industry.

The first is Kai-Fu Lee, former vice-president at Microsoft. Microsoft in turn sued him and Google for violation of a non-compete agreement that Lee had signed when he became a VP. But as CNN/Money reported yesterday in this piece, the ruling judge cleared the way for Lee to be hired at Google as long as he does not work on projects that might relate to confidential information that he acquired while at Microsoft. He probably still is a very useful catch for Google.

The other is Vint Cerf. As BBC reports in this article, Cerf has been called the "father of the internet" for his pioneering work that he did to create what was Arpatech. As the Chief Evangelist, Cerf will be working on new applications and worry about what direction to take the net in... He will still remain the Chairman of ICANN.

So the multi-billion dollar question is...what tricks does Google have up its sleeve? What rabbit will Google pull out of its magic hat?

Thursday, September 01, 2005

PTCL charging ISPs 15% CED, violating CBR rules

I nearly missed this new one from Imran Ayub at Daily Times: "In a recent move, the ISPs have approached the Central Board of Revenue, disclosing that the PTCL has been charging 15 percent CED on the broadband DSL service, violating the CBR rules and the government policy." Read the entire news item here: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_30-8-2005_pg5_1