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