Merger mania: It's back “Mergers Return, in '90s Shadow” according to a story in the June 23 Wall Street Journal. The story goes on to say that the rate of mergers and acquisitions is on the uptick, after a slowdown due to the crash of a few years ago. Of course, the slowdown in mergers… Continue reading
Merger mania: It's back
“Mergers Return, in '90s Shadow” according to a story in the June 23 Wall Street Journal. The story goes on to say that the rate of mergers and acquisitions is on the uptick, after a slowdown due to the crash of a few years ago.
Of course, the slowdown in mergers was relative. Several key mergers have gone through in the past few years, but they can't compare to the frenzy of the late 1990s. The big difference, the article points out, as that companies are now taking their time, going due diligence in depth, after so many deal went sour. Also the article states that the risks are being limited, with fewer supoer big deals.
The article then lists a number of newly announced mergers, including:
- General Dynamic buying Veridian for $1.2 billion, covered here
RSS and Echo. Well the big companies have finally made their move in the weblog world with Sam Ruby being directed by IBM to take control of an emerging syndication standard. Why now? Big publishing companies are starting to think about using RSS (really simple syndication) not only to automate the delivery of news to readers but also… Continue reading John Robb's Radio Weblog
Slashdot | The Sentient Office Is Coming. Roland Piquepaille writes “In this article, the Economist explains that “sentient computing systems are likely to be everywhere within five years — listening and watching, and ready to anticipate their users' every need.” “By adding sensors to today's computing and communications technology, sentient computing seeks to take account… Continue reading Slashdot | The Sentient Office Is Coming
The Economist.com | COMPUTING – The sentient office is coming. Though still in their infancy, sentient computing systems are likely to be everywhere within five years–listening and watching, and ready to anticipate their users' every need [ … ] With such usefulness in mind, research on sentient computing has become increasingly active in information technology… Continue reading The sentient office is coming
I've been beta testing FeedDemon for a few weeks and love it. Now you can beta test it too. This is the RSS News Aggregator from Nick Bradbury, the guy who wrote Allaire's (now Macromedia) HomeSite. [The Scobleizer Weblog]
Mr. Safe. In the spirit of Jon Udell and Tim Bray, here is my version of a conversation with Mr. Safe. Mr. Safe: We need to get moving on this extranet project; our partners want better information.IT Manager: It's coming along fine; I am going to use RSS for the newsfeeds.Mr. Safe: Is our biggest partner OK with… Continue reading Mr. Safe
National Do-Not-Call Registry Overwhelmed by Eager Public. People eager to block telemarketing calls overwhelmed a government Web site that began accepting phone numbers on Friday. By Matt Richtel. [New York Times: NYT HomePage]
Jon Udell: My Conversation with Mr Safe. A must-read. Udell converses with Tim Bray's Mr Safe about RSS. Tim's claim that RSS is not deployable by conservative corporate managers was instrumental in getting the frenzy over Echo cooking. But Bray was wrong, RSS is in fact being widely deployed by lots of Mr Safes. And… Continue reading My Conversation with Mr Safe
10 UI dev situations. 10 UI dev situations: At Boxes & Arrowsm, Brian Krause describes ten common sticky situations when a group is trying to design an interface to a tool. He describes the symptom (what someone says when they disagree with you), the… [JD on MX]
An introduction to Twisted. David Mertz: Network programming with the Twisted framework, Part 1« Twisted is an increasingly popular pure-Python framework for programming network services and applications. While there are a large number of loosely coupled modular components within Twisted, a central concept to the framework is the idea of non-blocking asynchronous servers. … [Zope Newbies>]