Online Spending Reaches $13.8 Billion For 2001 Holiday Season, According to Goldman Sachs, Harris Interactive and Nielsen//NetRatings.
Fat protocols slow Web services. “You see, there’s an evil little secret about Web services that most vendors don’t talk about. Web services’ protocols are very fat, and that means that Web services interactions over the network will be slow and eat up a large chunk of bandwidth.” [ZDNet Tech Update]
diveintomark – Watson. Real live web services, with a pretty GUI. TV listings, package tracking, auction tracking, movie tickets, stock portfolios, image search, flight tracking, recipe lookup, phone number lookup, zip code lookup. Mac OS X only. If Microsoft would stop trying to offer user authentication services (which nobody wants except Microsoft) and start offering useful web services, maybe more people would Get It.
The New York Times: Technology – Court Orders Motorola to Pay $300 Million to Banks. A federal judge has ordered Motorola to pay $300 million to Chase Manhattan Bank and several other lenders to repay part of a loan to the company’s troubled satellite telephone venture, Iridium. It’s amazing that Motorola tried to avoid repaying this! Speaks volumes, IMHO!
The Washington Post : Business – Despite NeuStar Cuts, It’s ‘.biz’ as Usual. NeuStar Inc.’s decision to lay off about 10 percent of its staff in late December barely registers on the Washington area technology scene at first blush, given the seemingly endless announcements of cutbacks in the technology sector.
SiliconValley.com: Breaking News – U.S. to study encoding data on driver’s licenses. WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is taking first steps with the states to develop driver’s licenses that can electronically store information — such as fingerprints — for the 184 million Americans who carry the cards.