Bad Side Effect of Tropical Heat Waves? I love David Kirkpatrick’s weekly column called Fast Forward. In his most recent edition, he talks about the connection between technology and world peace, which is insightful. But it also led me to click on a link in the first paragraph to Wikipedia and its great map and listing of ongoing global conflicts here. I’m not sure if anyone has ever done any research on this — I’m guessing the answer is yes — but what jumps off the page for me is that all of the ongoing global conflicts today are clustered around the equator. I do know that crime in urban areas swells in the summer when it’s hot out and…
The Business of Being a Scumbag I’ve written a couple of times about what Fred calls the Internet’s Axis of Evil. But David Kirkpatrick from Fortune just blew me away yesterday with his lurid description of the Internet’s crime scene. This is a must-read for anyone who works in the online medium.
Reality Bites So Oracle is buying the $1.5 billion revenue Siebel for $5.85 billion, and eBay is buying the at most $60 million revenue Skype for $2.4 billion, which could grow to $4.1 billion if Skype hits some performance targets. Huh. Must be all those pesky customers, receivables, and assets bogging down Siebel’s books. UPDATE: Fortune’s David Kirkpatrick, one of the most insightful journalists covering technology, makes some sense of this in this week’s Fast Forward column.