TechCrunch reports that are now ten Ajax desktops independently developed. It seems developers are just having a field day creating these. While they each are fairly cool, I fail to see the value in these, especially considering the big boys (eg. Microsoft, Google, Yahoo), have already created good products in this department.
Until I see some value in this department, I'll see these more as projects than value added businesses.
As I watched the Chronicles of Narnia tonight, in between noticing the blatant discrimination of wolves and grabbing popcorn, I stared out at the crowd wondering how, if ever, the human race will be able to gather our cumulative brain power as a sub conscious problem-solving force.
This concept originated in my own personal brain after reading The Diamond Age, a wonderful sci-fi novel by Neal Stephenson.
Reading over the many blogs commenting on the acquisition of Del.icio.us by Yahoo!, it got me thinking. Tagging is a great yet simple example of combined brain power. Del.ciou.us's network was a product of its user's chunk of brain, and each person's tags were created independently of anothers.
Will we ever reach a subsconsicous power ? I'd say yes. In the meantime, I'll be happy to enjoy our manually created tagging networks.
Slowly but surely, it seems that Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is beginning to understand the impact of the web and what it means for traditional businesses.
News Corporation has recently purchased MySpace, a popular social networking site (for those who have been living under a rock and don't know what it is) and IGN, the biggest online gaming website.
According to the AP, it's attempting to continue expanding its online base by entering the search market. It's still unclear whether they will purchase or form a partnership with an exisiting company. This will be interesting to see, as Microsoft continues to expand its market share with MSN Search, launching a heavy advertising campaign on television and across the net.
It's clear that News Corp understands this is where the money is going to continue to be and I'm glad to see them moving in that direction. This clip from the article highlighted that view for me:
"Levinsohn said News Corp. would begin producing Web-only episodes next year of the hit Fox show, "Family Guy." They would be accessible mostly on the show's own Web site but also be promoted on IGN, a gaming site that News Corp. acquired. He said there would likely be an advertising component, but it was unclear what form it would take."
Being an avid viewer of Family Guy and a avid user of Internet TV via shoutcast, I'm glad they are "getting it".