With Facebook’s IPO upon us, the timing of Google’s latest press blitz
should probably be regarded with a healthy dose of suspicion, but the
unveiling of the Knowledge Graph is an important step in Google’s journey
— and a reaffirmation of values diluted by recent dalliances in social
networking. Writing for The Atlantic, Alexis Madrigal perhaps describes it
“To me, this update is the epitome of what Google does best. The graph
makes the process of Googling something faster, easier, and better. The
corporate imperative to keep people searching on Google in the face of
renewed competition matches up very nicely with consumers’ desires for the
best, fastest search experience. That hasn’t always been the case with the
company’s social search integration, so this update feels so refreshing.
It’s like a friend in the midst of a midlife crisis returning the Porsche... (more)
I was in Manchester yesterday, having been invited over by Paul Collins to
speak at Vision+Media‘s final Transmissions workshop. The topic was
‘Towards a Web of Data,’ and the other speakers were Bill Roberts of
Swirrl and Liz Turner of Iconomical.
Bill’s slides are here, and mine are embedded below.
Thanks to Paul for the invite, and to the audience for braving an
intermittently (very) wet Manchester evening to spend a few hours discussing
Linked Data, the Semantic Web, and related topics; it was fun.
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The ‘platform’ tier in the middle of cloud computing’s architecture is
being squeezed, folded and reshaped beyond recognition. Even with continued
investment, can it survive the transformative pressures forcing down upon it
from the software/application layer above, or the apparently inexorable
upward movement from the infrastructure layer upon which it rests?
To look at recent investments and enthusiastic headlines, it would be easy to
assume that Platform as a Service (or PaaS) is on the up. RedHat recently
trumpeted the launch of OpenShift Enterprise — a ‘private PaaS,’
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For too long, the emphasis in Cloud Computing circles has been almost
exclusively upon provision of rapidly scalable and ad hoc remote computing on
top of cost-effective commodity hardware. The Cloud play from Salesforce,
Amazon’s EC2 and the rest has been dominated by the implicit assumption
that these Cloud-based resources are an extension of the corporate data
center; a way to simply reduce the costs of enterprise computing. There is
value in this business, but there are bigger opportunities. Cloud Computing,
and the various *aaS movements, have finally brou... (more)
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Long known for their dominance on the desktop, Microsoft is now making a
concerted effort to carve out a space of its own in the Cloud with Windows
Azure. Amitabh Srivastava, the company’s Corporate Vice President with
responsibility for Azure, spoke with me this week and the result has just
been released as one of my podcasts.
Production of this podcast was supported by Talis, and show notes are
available on their Nodalities blog.
Amitabh talks about the company’s aspirations for Azure, and reports on the
success of the current ‘Community Technology ... (more)