You've got to feel for Adobe Systems. It added what it thought was a feature to some of its products and instead discovered it added a land mine. As reported in today's Wall Street Journal, Adobe added a new button to some of its software that lets customers transfer their documents to a FedEx Kinko's for printing. Sounds good, right?… Read more
Iomega announced today three new members of its StorCenter Network hard drive family. All three offer a built-in media server, an on-board print server, Active Directory support, a journaling file system, and EMC Retrospect backup and recovery software, as well as two external USB ports for hard drives or printers.
The 1TB product comprises two 500GB drives and supports RAID 1, RAID 0, and JBOD. The 500GB and 750GB versions each contain just one drive. All three use 7,200rpm SATA-II drives with 8MB of cache. They also offer a gigabit Ethernet connection.
Both Macs and PCs are supported, as … Read more
It's long been a practice within the software world to refer to terms and conditions of a service or product via URL.
In other words, I might sign a physical contract with Customer X, but the contract points to all sorts of other online "documents" for specifics of training, support services, etc. Savvy attorneys, therefore, require that such "moving targets" be removed, forcing them to be hard-wired into the document.
But now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (which covers California, Washington and Oregon) is helping the not-so-savvy, as ComputerWorld reports. You can read the ruling in its entirety here (PDF).The court said that because a contract is an agreement between two parties, one of the parties cannot change it unless the other party agrees to the change...… Read more
Paul Levine, who headed up Yahoo Local, is leaving the company to join Internet ad marketplace AdBrite, Yahoo said.
Jennifer Dulski, previously of Yahoo Autos, will oversee Local Markets and Commerce, and Scott Regan will assume the role of acting lead of Yahoo Local/Maps.
"Under Paul's leadership, Yahoo Local has delivered great value to its users and advertisers and Paul has been working on the business since before Yahoo Local was even launched in 2004," Yahoo said in a statement. "Since then, the audience has grown to 15 million monthly unique users and nearly 30 … Read more
It's official. We rule over chimps.
Researchers at UC Davis conducted a study about primate locomotion. They tested humans on a treadmill as well as chimps that were trained to walk on two legs and to "knucklewalk." (I must pause here to shed a tear for memories of my departed Uncle Spiro.)
They found that humans consumed 75 percent less energy in going from point A to point B than chimps, which use all four limbs to walk. Hence, chalk one up for the two-legged crowd.
But even more interesting, they found that two of the five … Read more
Now this could be a great reality show. It's like a combination of American Idol and Top Gear.
Porsche announced that it's holding open calls for 100 jobs Friday at its training center in Zuffenhausen, Germany.
Women, especially, are being encouraged to apply. The company would like to increase the number of women working in its industrial departments, which currently stands at only 10 percent, according to Dieter Esser, Porsche's head of vocational training.
"Every day we witness that the women are in every way the equals of their male colleagues and are just as enthused … Read more
Imagine this: a company has a $35 billion market cap, a P/E of 50, annual revenues of $5 billion, annual profits of $500 million, 60% gross margins, and about $3 billion in the bank.
Nice fundamentals, right? Now imagine the same company being characterized as "embattled." What could possibly be so wrong with this picture that an outcry from investors got the CEO booted?
The company in question, of course, is Yahoo. And what's wrong is that archrival Google has figured out how to mint money with search ads and now boasts a market cap of $170 billion and $3 billion in annual profits. The bad news for Yahoo is that advertising, for the most part, is a zero-sum game. Google's good fortunes spell boohoo for Yahoo.
It doesn't help that, in 1998, Chief Yahoo and co-founder David Filo encouraged Google's founders to start a search-engine company. Or that, in 2002, Yahoo had a chance to buy Google for $5 billion and passed.
The irony of those missed opportunities isn't lost on anyone; every Yahoo employee and shareholder has felt its demoralizing effects, not to mention Yahoo's deteriorating share price. All it took was a whopping $71 million executive pay package for CEO Terry Semel to put investors over the edge.
Less than a week after the company's annual shareholder meeting, Semel was out and Chief Yahoo and co-founder Jerry Yang was in. Until then, Yahoo had employed seasoned executives at the top--first Tim "TK" Koogle and later Semel. Still, founders Filo and Yang have remained actively involved in the company's evolving business strategy and technology.
But Jerry Yang as a turnaround CEO? I admit--I didn't see that coming.… Read more
Google has hired the publisher of Rolling Stone magazine to be its sales director in New York, according to a report onAdage.com that was confirmed by a Rolling Stone spokeswoman.
Tim Castelli has been publisher of Rolling Stone since April 2006. Before that he was associate publisher at Maxim magazine.
As a magazine executive who moved to Google he follows in the footsteps of former Time magazine President Eileen Naughton. She joined Google as head of ad sales in New York last year.
Spokespeople at Google did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
We initially feared that this item might be a joke, but then we thought it was just crazy enough to be true: a perfumed printer.
Sagem's appropriately named "Zen Cube" can provide a sea of cubicles with full-time aromatherapy. According to Fareastgizmos: "The perfume is diffused upon each printing (or receiving of a fax), with the activation of the ventilation system. The warm air expelled by the machine slowly … Read more
We may not be advocates of Japan's future human-free society, but we do think there's at least some hope: A few of the country's robots are actually providing some useful functions like doing the dishes, not just handing out Kleenex or presiding over weddings (perhaps both, at some auto-nuptials).
The latest practically minded bot comes from Mitsui and Yaskawa Electric, which have partnered with the Hokusho packaging systems company to develop a mechanical worker that can sort parcels, clothing and other relatively small objects. The "Motoman-DIA10," according to Pink Tentacle, has "a pair of … Read more