Showing posts from May, 2007

3 New Google Web 2.0 Releases Tomorrow

New additions for google in the web 2.0 space. A offline browser plug-in aimed at making web apps work both on and offline – Similar to Adobe Apollo. Mashup Editor which is like Yahoo Pipes but more scriptic. Also a new version of GWT which has no new functionality, but they did make a lot of changes to get the source code and build scripts into presentable shape to prepare for ongoing open source development.--------------------------Tomorrow, Google will be hosting a developer day for 5,000 developers worldwide. The bulk of developers will be gathering at the San Jose convention center for a keynote by Google’s VP of Engineering, Jeff Huber. At the conference Google will be outlinging their their developer strategy. But the big announcement will be Google Gears, an open source browser plugin that will enable developers to create offline web applications using JavaScript APIs. As a developer, you’ll be able to make an application with the assurance that it will work o…

The Force 2.0: 'Star Wars' site launches video mashups

Even George Lucas is mashing. The Force 2.0: 'Star Wars' site launches video mashupsOn Friday, 30 years to the day after the first Star Wars hit theaters, the film's official Web site,, will relaunch with a new design. One of the hallmarks of the new site is a feature that invites fans to remix video and music clips from all six Star Wars movies, as well as add in their own homemade videos. They'll then be able to share them on the Star Wars site with other fans, as well as embed them in their blogs or profiles on social-networking sites.Licensed remix tools have become popular promotional campaigns in recent months: not only are they essentially free advertising, but they also allow fans to play around with video and audio footage with a reduced potential for copyright infringement lawsuits. The remixing platform for the Star Wars Web site was created by Eyespot, which has also created remix tools for a number of pop singers, comedian Ste…

China Natural Gas Update

I mentioned China Natural Gas and it seems the company is delivering on what it promised. For me its my energy play in an energy constrained populas and growing country...
China Natural Gas Reports First Quarter 2007 Financial Results
Tuesday May 15, 4:38 pm ET
Net Income Up 414% to $2.1 MillionNEW YORK, May 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- China Natural Gas, Inc. (OTC BB: CHNG - News), one of the leading providers of pipeline natural gas for industrial, commercial and residential use and compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicular fuel in Xi'an, China, today announced its first quarter financial results for the period ended March 31, 2007. Financial Highlights for the First Quarter 2007:

- Revenue increased 277% year over year to $6.7 million
- Gross profit increased 272% year over year to $3.5 million
- Income from operations increased 421% year over year to $2.5 million
- Net income increased 414% year over year to $2.1 million
- Net income per share increased to $0.09 per…

Enterprise Mashups

Deepak Alur of JackBe has a great post on the question a lot of us or asking "what exactely is a mashup?" He was recently at the Mashup Ecosystem Summit organized by IBM and recaps some thoughts on the subject of his and others.

[I was at the Mashup Ecosystem Summit organized by IBM at their offices in San Francisco last week. Our CTO, John Crupi, and our Chief Architect, Raj Krishnamurthy, also attended with me. It was an interesting mix of people from different backgrounds and companies all converging on the concept of Mashups. Jeff Nolan (ex-Teqlo, ex-SAP) gave an interesting talk about his experiences in a starting up a mashup company. Some notable points were: (lack of) availability of APIs; Do-it-yourself Data Formats; Performance can be a challenge; Need for strong visual composition tools; Lack of Standards. I think these are questions that this group will be able to tackle over time. (At least, I hope!)]
Read the full post here.

Tacit Workers

As "tacit" interactions replace more routine business activities and the scale and complexity of many corporations creep upward, the need to manage collaboration is growing. According to McKinsey, nearly 80 percent of the senior executives surveyed in a 2005 study said that effective coordination across product, functional, and geographic lines was crucial for growth. Yet only 25 percent of the respondents described their organizations as "effective" at sharing knowledge across boundaries. Read the rest of my company post here:

Is RSS Ready for the Enterprise?

Mike’s take: Again, we see here the benefit to enterprises as being that of time. Wasted time that is. Time spent searching for the information one knows they need. RSS like other services, can be predefined to present the information one wants, when they want it, and how they want it. All leading to reduced time and costs employees incure attempting to do their job better. Is RSS Ready for the Enterprise?Yuval Tarsi 30, 2007
RSS is a format for syndicating news and content from Web sites such as media outlets, community sites and Weblogs. Recently, RSS has been extended beyond news and this trend hasn’t escaped the corporate world. Now, companies routinely use RSS to inform customers about new offerings and products. The next natural step forward is to provide employees with changes to enterprise application data using RSS.

The main challenges to using RSS in the enterprise include ensuring appropriate data securit…

Micropayments After All: S3, iTunes, Adsense and more

I work for JackBe as the Product Marketing Manager and this post caught my eye. Internally, we have talked for awile about use cases for our Presto Enterprise Web 2.0 Edge server component. I think this case is one. Edge lowers the transactional cost of entry barrier making micropayments that much more a reality. Edge allows enterprises to finally expose valuable intellectual property previously trapped behind the firewall for governed consumption by employees, end customers, or partners. Tim O'ReillyMicropayments After All: S3, iTunes, Adsense and moreAndrew Savikas made an interesting comment on the Radar backchannel that seemed sharing more widely:I remember a few years ago when there was a ton of buzz about micropayments being the future of ecommerce, followed by a backlash on how micropayments were a horrible idea, and would never overcome the transactional costs. In the meantime, iTunes and S3 (among others) have quietly been building great businesses on top o…