VMware Bounces Back, Expands in India
VMware's stock is starting
to bounce back
, after losing 40 percent of its value since the end of January.
After the last couple of days of trading, it had earned slightly more than 5
Competitive concerns with Microsoft have dogged the virtualization virtuoso,
but as the hypervisor battleground heats up -- a battleground in which many
say VMware's entry is superior -- that ought to help the somewhat beleaguered
It may have also been bolstered by news of its deepening foray into India.
VMware recently announced it would be investing
$100 million over the next two years to increase its research and development
efforts. As part of those efforts, it will double its workforce in the country
to 1,000 and open a new facility in Bangalore. Most of VMware's Indian employees
are directly involved in development.
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Google on TV?
Welcome to WGTV, all Google, all the time. OK, maybe not. Google does, however,
hope to run its services over unused
In a recent proposal to the Federal Communications Commission, Google recommends
letting wireless Internet devices use this vacant bandwidth -- also known as
white space -- to provide greater access for mobile devices. This would greatly
increase access, especially to areas that clearly receive television signals
but are lacking in wireless Internet access. Currently, approximately 5 percent
of the white space is being used.
The plans coincide with the forthcoming shift to digital signals for television
broadcast, which starts next year. Google, Microsoft and others have formed
a group that's trying to convince the FCC to free up those airwaves for unlicensed
use after television broadcasters switch over. The White Spaces Coalition, as
it's called, also includes Intel and Dell.
"Google is a strong believer in the potential of this spectrum to bring
Internet access to more Americans," said Rick Whitt, a Google attorney,
in a conference call to press and analysts discussing the proposal.
In other Google news, co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and CEO Eric Schmidt
have added to their considerable fortunes. They each just took home their customary
annual salary of $1. Their real nest eggs (their stock holdings), while
still sufficient to cook omelets for most of the Western hemisphere, have taken
a hit lately as analysts cast a skeptical eye on the moneymaking juggernaut.
How do you think this unused television bandwidth should be used? Wireless
access for all or more lame reality shows? Use all the bandwidth you want to
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Yahoo Opens Up
Yahoo has joined the OpenSocial
Foundation, an industry alliance charged with facilitating development of
software to run on social networks and Web sites -- an alliance over which Yahoo
archrival Google just ceded control.
As Yahoo joins the foundation, control of the group will be turned over to
a nonprofit organization. The goals of the group remain the same: to develop
standards through which developers can write programs to run on social network
sites. These would improve the user experience by helping link them to others
with similar interests, share such interests and other social networking types
of activities. Increasing the user appeal also increases the advertiser appeal,
which makes all the social networking sites more valuable.
The foundation that will ultimately control and steer the OpenSocial Foundation
will be officially created and launched within the next 90 days. During a conference
call announcing the news, Google and Yahoo reps said that the new structure
will "ensure the neutrality and longevity of OpenSocial as an open, community-governed
specification for building social applications across the Web."
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Lafe Low is the editorial liaison for ECG Events.