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Trust and Privacy in Web 2.0: Microsoft, Search, and the DOJ As I write this I'm sitting here in the front row next to Robert Scoble at Microsoft Search Champs listening to a great talk by Microsoft Fellow Gary Flake about the Internet Singularity and today's announcement of Live Labs (a fascinating development which I'll dedicate an article to shortly complete with a podcast of Gary's overview.)  Read the brand new Live Labs manifesto here.  Update: In case you can't wait, Richard MacManus covered some of the early details on ZDNet. It's been a whirlwind 36 hours and we've heard so much great information about Microsoft's Live Software initiatives and I'll write more about them as I'm able since they represent Microsoft's rapidly growing online "Web 2.0" software presence. But the big news these days has been Microsoft's response to the DOJ subpoena for search record... (more)

AJAX-Based Rich Internet Applications: Backbase Enterprise Ajax 4.1.2 Kicks Off 2008

Newly released in three editions - a free Community Edition for development and deployment up to one server and 2CPUs, a Client Edition, and a JSF Edition - Backbase Enterprise Ajax 4.1.2 is the latest  version of San Mateo, CA-based Backbase's flagship AJAX framework for the Enterprise. It adds new client SOAP API, improved form validation, several new widgets, new Debugger features, improved data binding, performance increases, and enhanced documentation. Jouk Pleiter, Co-Founder & CEO of Backbase, speaking at AJAXWorld in 2006, NYC. There are so many additions and improvement ... (more)

You Know You're Web 2.0 When...

You Know You're Web 2.0 When... Yes, the title of this piece is sure to be a bit provocative as the term Web 2.0 bottoms out with a vengeance in the infamous trough of disillusionment.  Those in the know realize it's no longer cool to say Web 2.0 in many technology circles.  Even the IT columnist blowhard John C. Dvorak lined up this week to take the obligatory swipe at Web 2.0, possibly to coincide with O'Reilly's latest talk about it at the sold-out Emerging Technology conference this week (best quote: Web 2.0 represents "people inside the machine".)   And Gibu Thomas just made... (more)

OpenAjax Alliance Names John Ferraiolo As New Leader

John Ferraiolo will be leading the OpenAjax Alliance initiative on a day-to-day basis henceforth, an announcement that was made at the recent Real-World Ajax Seminar in New York. John recently joined OpenAjax initiator IBM, coming over from Adobe (which is also a member of the Alliance). He will be based in the Silicon Valley area. IBM's David Boloker had been leading the charge for IBM, but told conference attendees that he was "booked at about 200% to 300% of my schedule" during the initial months of the OpenAjax organization. Boloker said he started working on OpenAjax in Oct... (more)

Enterprise Mashups - Now One Entire Track at AJAXWorld

The movement to empowering business users via Enterprise Mashups, which began to gather momentum in 2006 and 2007, has now gathered speed to the extent that at the upcoming AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2008 East in New York City in mid-March, there is a dedicated track showcasing the industry's leaders in Enterprise Mashups and related Enterprise 2.0 and Enterprise Web 2.0 initiatives - all aimed at letting users join in data from outside the enterprise. Companies like IBM have been paving the way for business collaboration tools and Enterprise Mashups for years. In a session by I... (more)