There's a long thread on Slashdot reporting that Alan Kay has been cut loose. Such a move tells one a lot more about HP than it does about Alan, but then I suppose if you are a Turing Award recipient, you won't need to go looking for a job in the exciting and ever-growing fast food industry. Best wishes to you, Alan; you too are one of my heros who has brought so much innovation to our industry.
I see also that Sun has plans to give away all its software for free. Though I'm sorely tempted to comment further, my legal self-preservation mechanism has kicked in.
Check out the recently formed patterns site on developerWorks.
Finally, on the lighter side, CNET has enumerated the top 10 Web fads.