Samsung Says Thin Is In

The memory business is a volatile one, driven by consumer demand for products like MP3 players and rapid obsolescence. That’s why the gradual move of solid-state storage drives based on NAND flash memory into the PC is so interesting. Now that those drives are bigger, at 64GB and soon 128GB, memory makers can flatten out some of the volatility seen in the consumer market by putting them into corporate laptops where demand is less influenced by economic cycles.

Most solid-state memory for PCs ends up in rugged or sexy high-end laptops such as the new MacBook Air, which is offered with either an 80GB hard drive or a 64GB SSD, and the Lenovo x300, which comes with a 64GB solid-state drive made by Samsung. The lack of moving parts makes a solid-state drive much more durable for rugged machines and the smaller size of flash drives means they can allow for thinner, lighter laptops.

In addition to revealing that its solid-state drive was in the x300, Samsung has unveiled a traditional 500GB hard drive that contains three disks crammed into a 9.5 mm-high drive. Andy Higginbotham (no relation), director of hard drive sales and marketing at Samsung, says this gives Samsung a leg upon density as the competition can only fit two disks in that space.

And if a user pops two of these in a notebook, he added, suddenly they’re walking around with a terabyte of storage (that could store 120 hours of HD video or 320,000 images). In a laptop. Think about how much confidential data someone could store on it, only to have stolen out of their car. It boggles the mind.

Live from SXSW

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By Jackson West
What are the kids relying on to network online and offline here in Austin? Well, Shiner Bock, for starters. But four tools have proven indispensable: Google Maps for finding your way around Austin — cache a map before you leave the comfort of a wifi hotspot and you can still scroll and zoom along the way. RSVP for a party using Upcoming.org, and chances are you’ll see Andy Baio there. Get your crew signed up to Dodgeball, and when the bars close you’ll know exactly where the afterparty is. And of course, absolutely everyone and everything is going to appear on Flickr at some point. Finally, watch the Technorati tag cloud for SXSW and you won’t miss a beat. Frankly, with all those tools you don’t even really have to be here at all, but then you wouldn’t get to dip your toes in Barton Creek or join a bunch of Geeks with Guns for firing-range fun.
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Two Dot-Oh Round Up

By Jackson West

We’re fasting for Lent 2.0, so no news from the Gang of Four this week.

Thanks to the internets, the backlash can start before the bubble even starts to really inflate. Ted Rheingold resuscitates an old meme to make fun of contemporary hype. Doesn’t mean that team Dogster isn’t taking advantage, teaming up with Disney to market a DVD release. One way to ensure that the movement stays true to its principles is to pen a manifesto. Or just start working on the next big thing, whatever that may be. I’ll be here in the corner, laughing about it all.

Rupert Murdoch is possibly looking at SpyMedia? And now Viacom wants to play the social network game. Since, you know, that AOL-TimeWarner deal worked out so well. The New York Times is also devoting some grey matter to this whole ‘web’ thing. It’s funny to watch the popular people so desperate for the attention of the cool kidshowever old they may be. While Tower Records tries to staunch the flow of blood from the wound that is online music distribution, the BBC, at least, seems to ‘get it.’ God Save the Beeb. Rather.

We can’t wait for the rags-to-riches story of the homeless blogger, updating his CV from a streetlight and getting a job in Silicon Valley. All after studying up on AJAX or shooting a film on a cell phone, probably. Speaking of nomad-enabling technology, crackberry addicts can breathe a sigh of relief — instead of an outage costing them $844 in lost productivity, RIM and NTP have reached a settlement at just over $600 million.

The cutest nerds in San Francisco were all at the Adaptive Path fifth anniversary party, no doubt drawn by the taco truck and bubbling chocolate fountain, and at least one couple was caught canoodling

The fight between Oracle and SAP is getting more entertaining by the day .. Superstar blogger Anil Dash weighs in on the new TrackBack standard. Also, Prince .. Dave Winer presents the new OPML 2.0 specifications .. Kevin Burton wishes more Web 2.0 apps would play nice with Mac users .. and MAKE finds a bunch of cool pieces of cheap commodity electronics, like MP3 players, GPS loggers and USB interfaces.

Jackson West writes for SFist. He writes about Web 2.0 and other topics for GigaOm.

Two Dot Roundup

By Jackson West

Let’s get the Gang of Four out of the way. Google released Google Pages, and almost immediately closed off new sign ups due to demand. Still, it smells a little like Geocities to me. Chris Pirillo, for his part, has decided to go an entire week without using any Google products — Googlefasting, he calls it. Might be a good time to try MyWeb 2.0 from Yahoo, which is now in beta. Yahoo search also adds deeplinks to any Wikipedia entries that might turn up. Read More about Two Dot Roundup

Two Dot Roundup

By Jackson West

Tom Lantos wins the first ever Two Dot Roundup Straight Shooter Award for Excellence in Calling Bullsh*t. The transcript of him going after Oracle, Microsoft, Google and Yahoo is classic, especially considering that he represents a number of their employees in California’s 12th Congressional District. Google’s arguments sound pretty hollow after that tongue lashing. But while congress is holding hearings, a team of Canadians at the University of Toronto are busy finding ways around the Great Firewall.

While we’re busy slapping Google around: George Kurtz hunts down confidential information using Google for the RSA Conference .. Icarus Diving muses on sociology and Google’s suggest-a-search .. Matt Haughey thinks Jeff Veen could be the design Messiah Google desperately needs .. and if you want to have lunch at the Google cafeteria with Jeff, you can either come up with a product that leverages AJAX and social networking, or just apply online.

Just 90 days after launching, Dipsie shuts down, Jeff Nolan spreads the “JBoss to Oracle for $485 million” rumor and Bob Pittman puts DailyCandy on the block for “$100 million or so” .. Flickr’s 100,000,000th photo conveniently features a cute baby .. “Pundit Driven Design (or PDD) is to technology as back-seat drivers are to the nation’s highway system” .. and culled from a flock of thousands: The goofy gadget of the week.

Jackson West, writes for SFist. He writes about Web 2.0 and other topics for GigaOm

Two Dot Roundup

By Jackson West

The blogosphere has more beef this week than an Outback Steakhouse. Robert Scoble gets pissy about MSN’s custom-domain Hotmail rollout being ignored, and Google’s getting lots of play.

There are some questions surrounding whether Fon’s media profile was helped by payola, self-interested bloggers and misleading reporting.

Susan Mernit explains that this is all standard operating procedure. Jeff Veen says his hands are clean, at least. In other news, Michael Arrington assures the world that he’s not a racist. And I gotta say Valleywag seems to be getting comfortable at the corner of Love and Haight, which is how Amr Awadallah seems to feel about ’em.

Myspace is under fire, with a small put public boycott by some female users, is sensationally implicated in yet another lurid murder and even being attacked by people who should know better — Sillicon Valley parents.

Google isn’t immune from bad publicity either, with serious concerns expressed by both Congress and the EFF, on business dealings with China and massive potential privacy invasion, respectively. Problems that a new logo won’t exactly gloss over. At least Sean Penn can finally get the email address he wants.

Annalee Newitz listens in on bubble chatter at ground zero, Ritual Coffee Roasters .. Matt Haughey wonders if Ajax app demos are the new Powerpoint slides — manna for marketers .. And are these design elements the new rounded-corners? .. For the love of god, don’t put ‘bubble’ in your freakin’ name! .. Odeo bets that people would rather flame on your posts via voice .. Can’t find good trash to build that Tesla Coil with? Team up with other dumpster-divers using cell phones and Google Maps.

Jackson West, writes for SFist. He writes about Web 2.0 and other topics for GigaOm

Two Dot Roundup

By Jackson West

Poor Paul Allen — always the bridesmaid, never the bride. The Steelers won by exploiting the vulnerabilities in the Seahawks operating system with a defensive denial of service attack. Though the ‘Hawks often crashed on their own, with their executables throwing exceptions like offensive pass interference. Maybe Bill can buy up all the Steelers and integrate their best features into Paul’s product. Seahawks fans can revive their testosterone a bit with this too-hot-for-TV ad from Godaddy.

AOL and Yahoo have decided to team up against network neutrality by creating a pay-for-play whitelist. While they say it’s to deter spammers, really it’s just a vig on the spammers action. Look for more penis enlargement offers routed to your inbox instead of the bulk folders. Perspectives from Nicholas Carr and Danah Boyd.

Susan Mernit pulls a recent Esther Dyson quote saying “The most interesting platform isn’t the internet, it’s the cellphone.” (Welcome to the party!!) In the link above, Danah Boyd points out that new messaging systems are beating email amongst younger users, and also shares a story about meeting an old friend thanks to Dodgeball. Though location-awareness can have it’s downsides — Guardian UK reporter Ben Goldacre stalks his girlfriend with World Tracker [via], which lets anyone in the world track a GSM phone for free.

Don’t look in old copies of Wired for business ideas — check out the world of DIY: Skype payphones, Instant Messenger bots and Flickr-enabled photo booths .. In the aggregator space, tips for leveraging traffic from a hit by digg, and Eran Globen wonders how the Memorandum-clone madness will end .. JibJab to start new social networking service, and we want whatever their consultant on that is smoking .. and producer-director James Cameron muses on integrating multiplayer gaming and movies.

Ed: Jackson West, writes for SFist. He will help me with the Web 2.0coverage.

Two Dot Roundup

By Jackson West

Does Google want turn a PSP into a VoWifi device? The platform has a strong homebrew community, software is changing how devices handle protocol switching, voice carriers making EV-DO moves, and the Earthlink deal to blanket Philly progressing smoothly, Google’s interests in ad targeting, moves in personalized search and mobility would seem to beg for such highly converged devices .. As someone who’s played in a Telnet MUD, I could argue that the oldest social applications are network games.

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The Daily Cache

Time Warner warms up to P2P in Germany. It is working on a new service called In2Phone In2Movies with Bertelsmann, and will sell movies and television shows via P2P

— In-Stat says that “About 80% of both planned and current cellular subscribers would consider buying service from an MVNO.”

GrameenPhone, Bangladeshi mobile phone operator has six million subscribers. It added a million in last two months.

Skype does ringtones, will sell song-tunes from Time Warner library.

— Visiongain says Resisting muni-broadband is futile. As of Q1 2006, there are over 100 city and regional wireless broadband networks operational worldwide, more than 40 of which are in the US.