Scrabulous At A Loss For Words, Back to the IBM Future Of...Podcasts
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What a difference a day makes.
This morning, Oracle announced (again) it was going to buy BEA...this time for $8.5B (last time they offered $17/share, this time $19.375...you do the math).
Sun announced it was going to buy MySQL, the open-source database, for $1B.
Twitter is back up and running after getting slammed by the virtual MacWorld crowd trying to spread the good news of the MacBook Air yesterday, although the Twitterati are shaking their finger and threatening mutiny.
To go where, might I ask? Pownce? Jaiku? Compuserve CB Radio???
But let's talk about the really critical news: The BBC is reporting that Facebook has been asked to pull Scrabulous!
Say it ain't so!
I, personally, won't be having Scrabulicious withdrawals, but I have select friends who play trans-oceanic Scrabulous games -- one letter per day -- who may soon be relegated to Facebook Solitaire, a fate worse than d-e-a-t-h.
I stand in solidarity with your Scrabulous selves, but completely understand Hasbro and Mattel alleging copyright infringement (for their original board game, Scrabble, the ownership of which belongs half to each).
But with 500K daily Scrabulous players on Facebook, couldn't a l-u-c-r-a-t-i-v-e d-e-a-l be worked out amongst the interested parties to score a Triple-Triple??!
Yes, Virginia, of course there's a "Save Scrabulous" group on Facebook.
You can join here. Wordsmiths of the Facebook universe, unite.
Finally, on the podcasting front, if you remember the early salad days of podcasting, once upon a time there was a great little podcast series entitled "The Future of..." put out by IBM that explored how technology will change our everyday lives.
Our corporate communications team has breathed some new life into the "Future of..." series, starting with "IBM and the Future of Medical Imaging" (something I've had direct experience with over these past few weeks), followed by the "IBM and the Future of Africa" and "IBM and the Future of Microfinance."
This podcast series was a big hit early on on iTunes, so break out that new iPod Touch, resubscribe. and get back to the IBM future.