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November 3, 2006 at 3:33 PM

So 10 minutes ago: A review of the week of Oct. 29

Tech news

The big news of the week came in our own back yard — though it was announced in San Francisco — when Microsoft and Novell said they had reached an agreement that crossed the divide between Windows and Linux. Ben Romano reported on the complexity of the agreement. And Brier Dudley made sense of it, including a priceless quote from the Linux man himself, Linus Torvalds.


Speaking of Microsoft, the cognoscenti’s fixation on Vista dates has been just a little shy of a working guy’s attention on the clock before the 5 o’clock whistle. Yes, we’ve participated in the madness, too. Well, clarity appeared this week, in a backhanded sort of way, when the company invited media to the Nov. 30 business launch of Vista in New York. Can’t wait. Really.

More Microsoft

One date established, another pushed off: Kim Peterson reports that production of the much ballyhooed movie version of “Halo” has been postponed after two studios backed out. Microsoft said it still intends for the movie of the popular Xbox game to be made, with filmmaker Peter Jackson to be an executive producer.


The big news about the maker of Cialis came several weeks ago when Eli Lilly said it was taking over Icos in a $2.1 billion deal. The aftermath is turning out to be as, if not more, interesting. Luke Timmerman reported a few days later that the deal showers lucrative bonuses on top Icos execs. Now, this week, a hedge fund with a sizable stake in the company said it will fight the sale, contending the price was too low.


Just four months ago, InfoSpace said it was banking on the wireless business for its future. How the loss of one major customer can change things. This week, in announcing its third quarter financial results, indicated it was reversing course. As Tricia Duryee reports, it is doing a virtual 180 on wireless that could match a move by skateboarder Tony Hawk, whom InfoSpace had signed on a couple months ago as part of that big wireless push.

Quote of the week

We liked it so much that we’ll repeat what the man behind Linux had to say:

“It’s not as if everybody suddenly has started trusting Microsoft, so I suspect the debate over whether this is Microsoft cozying up to people in order to more easily slit their throats in the night will go on for some time. But, hey, quite frankly, at least as far as I’m personally concerned, if we can all just sit and hold hands by the campfire and sing ‘Kumbaya,’ why not? No need to try to see monsters in the night if people really are trying to be friendly.”

— Linus Torvalds on the Microsoft-Novell agreement

If you missed it

Before Charles Simonyi headed for more space training, he sat down for a wide-ranging conversation with Brier Dudley in which he talked about his interest in space, his relationship with Martha Stewart and how his new company is trying to change computer programming.

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