links for 2009-08-25

  • Entrepreneur Farhad Mohit is hardly resting on his laurels, although he could. In 1996, he launched BizRate, a consumer rating site, and then in 2004, Shopzilla, a shopping search engine. His latest venture is DotSpots, a service that lets people update the news in real-time with dots, or distributed objects of thought. These could include mini-blog posts containing text, videos, images, documents, perspectives from the blogosphere or eye-witness accounts from the scene. Mohit talked with Knowledge@Wharton about DotSpots, the publishing industry, the wisdom of crowds, what he learned from his previous successes and the importance of finding the right team, among other topics.
  • Apple will release major OS X upgrade weeks ahead of Microsoft's Windows 7 launch party.

    In a surprise move, Apple said Monday that it plans to release a highly anticipated upgrade to its OS X 10 operating system on Friday.

    Mac OS X v10.6, also known as Snow Leopard, will be available for purchase at Apple's retail stores, authorized resellers, and from Apple's online e-commerce site. OS X 10.5 Leopard users can upgrade to Snow Leopard for just $29, Apple said.

    "Snow Leopard builds on our most successful operating system ever and we're happy to get it to users earlier than expected," said Bertrand Serlet, Apple's senior VP for software engineering, in a statement.

    Apple was not expected to ship Snow Leopard until later this year.

    (tags: apple leopard)

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