Todd "Turbo" Watson -- IBM Corporation
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All in all it's just a...'nother brick crumbling...out of the music industry's...wall.
Okay, so I'm not Roger Waters.
Yes, the Queen Music Bee herself, Lady Madonna, has followed in the treble-cleffed footprints of Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails.
And, not very much like a virgin, but with mucho celebration, I'm sure, Madonna is setting off across the great unknown oceans towards LiveNation, only to leave the Old World of Warner Music in her rearview mirror to cash in on a 10-year, $120M touring, recording, and merchandising deal.
I guess there is a city of gold for big music after all -- just not one about which papa can any longer preach about all those gold discs hanging on their walls.
Of course, if you want to get the real skinny on this and other celebrity news, you can stop in soon at Blackrock. They'll keep the flashbulbs on for ya.
That's because CBS has spent a cool $10M for San Francisco-rumor-gatherer, Dotspotter.
Edward R. Murrow would be so proud...and so be talkin' trash about Cronkite, Rather, Couric, and the rest of the Tiffany crowd behind their backs.
Here's some quick Dotspotting trivia for you: Just guess who's currently at the top of the "Dotspotter Celebrity Rankings." Inquiring minds do not want to know, but they'll visit the site anyway.
And if you're having trouble finding the answer, you can always search on Google...in August of 2007, 750 million people used Google to conduct 37.1 billion searches.
With that kind of market share, is it any wonder Google hasn't bought a whole fleet of Boeing 757s?
Can it be long before Google adds an HR function entitled "Google InFlight Service and Science Attendant"?
Aeronautic engineering PhDs with zero-gravity experience only need apply.
Redmonk's James Governor gives IBM some props for its SOA leadership in a post from his Monkchips blog yesterday.
He writes that "its pretty clear that in the Fortune 500 SOA game IBM is playing its hand extremely well. To see competitors play on IBM's turf is very interesting."
James goes on to explain he's not an unabashed fan of BIG SOA, preferring instead the "Tabula RASA - Rest ATOM Scripting and Agile" approach. Very clever. I think there's probably room for both.
If you're interested in learning more about creating impact through your own SOA implementation, sign up for the coming Webcast on June 5 featuring Steve Mills, our senior VP for IBM Software, and Robert LeBlanc, the man behind our SOA madness.
Meanwhile, know that not everything can be as hot as SOA, especially on Google's new "Hot Trends" from its Google Labs.
It's Paula Abdul By A Nose
TechCrunch's Duncan Riley writes that Google Hot Trends "takes the idea behind Google Zeitgeist to the next level," providing daily search data trends (Google Trends provided weekly increments).
This morning, "paula abdul broken nose" came in at a whopping number 23. "google hot trends" came in at 44, suggesting that somebody cares, but only about half as much as Paula's nose.
An Eye For An Eye
And if that's not humorous enough for you, NewTeeVee is reporting that "Wallstrip," the short format Daily Show-like entity for financial news online, has been swooped up by the big serious boys and girls at Black Rock.
Will they make fun of themselves getting bought ought by the man!
More importantly, will they make fun of themselves for becoming part of CBSNews.com, which has always been so deadly serious about its news bidness?
Only time, and sweeps week, will tell.
But somehow I don't think Edward R. Murrow would be LOL.[Read More]