Apple CEO Steve Jobs
Apple has licensed the Microsoft ActiveSync protocol, which will make it much
The announcement is a huge deal for Apple, because it eliminates one of the barriers the company faced in addressing the business market. It also made the iPhone more appealing to a group known as prosumers, people who buy their own cell phones for personal use, but also access some business applications, such as corporate e-mail, on their phones.
Other new features include Cisco Systems' IPSec virtual private network technology (IPSec is an encryption standard), "remote wipe" technology that can erase sensitive data if an iPhone is lost or stolen, and better wireless security with 802.1x support. (For complete information on all the new features,
Developers will get access to the iPhone for $99 a year, as part of Apple's iPhone Developer Program. The program, however, will only be available to U.S. developers at first, and only "a limited number" of developers at that. Apple declined to elaborate on the exact definition of "limited." A separate $299 "enterprise" developer program will be available for corporations creating in-house applications.
CNET News.com readers debated the value of Apple's move; at least one reader wanted to revisit issues on the minds of many iPhone users.
"It's fairly certain that whatever Apple's plan is, it isn't going to be enough to satisfy the thousands of homebrew iPhone application users," wrote one News.com reader. "Will Apple continue to release updates that attempt to prevent these users from utilizing their iPhones as they wish?"
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers jumped into the fray by creating a so-called developing applications for the iPhone and the iPod Touch. The $100 million will fund several new companies that develop software or services on the Apple platform.
In search of search dominance
Yahoo's resolve in fending off Microsoft's unsolicited buyout bid
That same day, Yahoo's board of directors voted to
"As the company has not yet announced the date of this year's annual meeting, the amendment will give stockholders who want to nominate one or more directors, including Microsoft Corporation, more time to do so. The amendment does not preclude any party from nominating one or more directors at any time prior to the new deadline," the company said in a statement.
The take-away from this action, says News.com's Dawn Kawamoto, is that Yahoo still wants to keep Microsoft close, and friendly. Yahoo finds it wise to give Microsoft more time before it has to present its hostile slate of directors. The move also gives the Internet search pioneer more time to consider its options and other suitors, without putting undue pressure on Microsoft to go hostile.
Yahoo has rejected Microsoft's acquisition bid, saying it undervalues the company. The $31-a-share price at the time of the bid is now worth $28.62 because of a drop in Microsoft's share price.
Yahoo also may be talking to Time Warner on a
However, Microsoft may be considering
Meanwhile, Ask.com is
In the Mix '08
Yahoo is certainly on Microsoft's mind. Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie opened his speech at in Las Vegas, with a talk about all of the things Microsoft has done in the online arena over the past year.
He also justified spending Yahoo-size dollars by talking about the potential of the online advertising market.
Ozzie said he hoped in his speech to connect some of the dots between Microsoft's online services, which he acknowledged can seem from the outside to be somewhat haphazard.
The stars of the confab were a new version of Internet Explorer 8 and the Silverlight Web technology.
Although anyone can now download the
"It's public," general manager Dean Hachamovitch said of the Beta 1 released Wednesday. "It's out on Microsoft.com somewhere. Anyone can download it."
One of the new features, WebSlices, allows users to break a Web site into parts and only get updates from the part they want.
"In IE 8 users can subscribe to parts of a Web page," Hachamovitch said. He showed an example in IE 8 where users can use Web slices to subscribe to a single eBay auction.
Want to know how well IE 8 works? CNET's Robert Vamosi poked and prodded at the test version of the Microsoft browser, and found it's still very much a work in progress. Read his review here.
Microsoft also said it is making available a beta version of Silverlight 2, which will move the technology further
Microsoft is looking to position its Silverlight Web technology as the coolest kid in school--one that is both popular and gets along with everyone.
Also of note
Facebook announced that it has