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Range Wars The settling of the American West brought many battles between ranchers and farmers over access to water. The farmers claimed land near the water and fenced it to protect their crops. But the farmers' fences blocked the ranchers' cattle from reaching the water. Fences were cut; shots were fired; it got ugly. About a century later, with the first tech land rush of the late1980s and early '90s - before the Web - came battles between those who wanted software and data to be centrally controlled on corporate servers and those who wanted it to be distributed to workers' desktops. Oracle and IBM versus Microsoft and Lotus. Database versus Spreadsheet. Now, with the advent of SoMoClo (Social, Mobile, Cloud) technologies and the Big Data they create, have come battles between groups on different sides of the "Data Lake" over how it should be controlled, managed,... (more)

AT&T CEO: Cloud Is "Very, Very Important To Us" - And It's Just Like Outsourcing

In an outtake from a sweeping interview in the Sunday edition of the Dallas Morning News, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson tipped his hand just a bit, providing a peek at where the telecom giant might be headed with cloud computing and more than a peek at what might follow the end of AT&T's iPhone exclusivity - hint: it starts with "A" and ends with "ndroid". These days, every telecom carrier has a cloud angle.  Within the past week, we have seen cloud computing announcements from Verizon in the US and SingTel in Singapore, with many more to come, no doubt.  (For an interesting persp... (more)

Why Adobe AIR Is Not Google Gears, Prism, JavaFX or Silverlight

Adobe’s release last week of its AIR 1.0 (Adobe Integrated Runtime) cross-platform platform got plenty of ink. Much of it missed the point. And that’s understandable, given that we are tumbling into the next generation of everything all at once right now – SaaS and SOA, Web 2.0, Blu-ray, cellular streaming, and on and on – like a tornado crossing a junkyard. It’s one of those times when it’s hard to keep things straight. So Adobe’s AIR announcement roiled the swamp and raised the themes of rich Internet applications, offline Internet applications, and cross-platform runtimes in a... (more)

Has Microsoft Russia Gone Rogue on Redmond?

Microsoft Corporation may have its own "breakaway republic" problem in the heart of the former Soviet Union.  Its Russian subsidiary, headed for less than two years by former telecom executive, Nikolay Pryanishnikov and reporting to HQ through Microsoft's Central and Eastern Europe group, has become embroiled in a global controversy over what role it may have played in helping the Russian government crack down on a variety non-governmental organizations and newspapers critical of the state. As first reported in the New York Times last Saturday, for the past several years Russian... (more)

Popular Dropbox Store-Sync-Share Cloud Service Morphing Into Middleware

Yesterday, in a multi-part press release, Dropbox, a popular store/sync/share cloud service, announced software updates for its Apple and Android versions, a new version for Blackberry, and that, since it first published its API in May, the number of applications using it had grown to over one hundred.  The first two are hardly news at all, but a single cloud-based file management service being adopted by 100+ different software products and services is more significant than it might seem when it is buried as a by-the-way in an announcement of little interest to anybody except ex... (more)