SEC, meet the blogosphere

Removing the last shreds of doubt that blogs have become a corporate phenomenon, Sun Microsystems President Jonathan Schwartz included regulatory disclaimers in a Monday posting about his company's planned acquisition of StorageTek for a net sum of about $3.1 billion.

He included in his blog the standard "safe harbor" disclaimer. "I was going to be frustrated at the requirement, until it occurred to me we'd just set a bit of corporate communications history--blogs are now an official communications vehicle at Sun. We should tell the SEC to update the regs," he said of the move, referring to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The disclaimer itself begins, "Jonathan's blog contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties," then descends into the typical disclosure litany.

Schwartz uses his blog to try to inject his company into conversations about the computing industry. And in Sunday's blog, Schwartz made a new attempt to do just that, suggesting Apple build its new x86 version of Mac OS X atop a foundation of Solaris. Apple today uses a combination of the Mach kernel and FreeBSD Unix for its operating system foundation.

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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