No More Scoble to Kick Around

Robert Scoble is not quite a household name, but he’s clearly the most famous low-ranking Microsoft employee, thanks to his feisty blog. He didn’t run any product groups or do the lead keynote speech at major events. He just wrote, and wrote honestly, about the company he mostly loved. Now Scoble is off to the world of startups, joining video blogging company PodTech. We’ll see if anyone can fill these very big shoes.

VMware Crafts Virtual Bundle
VMware keeps on pushing the virtual envelope, and recently announced Infrastructure 3, a group of products that can manage a virtual sea of virtual servers. The suite also includes some new tools for high availability and backup. If VMware keeps all this up, Microsoft just might have to buy them!

Spying on MySpace
Social networks like MySpace and Gather.com (backed by former Lotus CEO Jim Manzi) are a gold mine of information for creepers, lechers, criminals, as well as the occasional legitimate user. Now the National Security Agency is eyeing this treasure trove and researching how these networks can be used to build massive databases that deeply profile their members. That way they’ll not just know our Social Security numbers and voting records, but our friends, and musical and political tastes. This is all public info so it isn’t spying per se. But is it right? Let us know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

About the Author

Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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