The Buzz: January 22, 2001
GM Adds Voice to OnStar
General motors has taken another step in bringing the Internet into the automobile.
OnStar, a GM subsidiary, is licensing speech recognition technology from Nuance, which develops voice interface software, to give drivers hands-free access to Internet- based information such as e-mail, news and weather.
Nuances technology will be integrated into the OnStar Virtual Advisor platform. OnStar uses wireless and Global Positioning System satellite technologies to link cars to the always-on OnStar Center, where drivers can get real-time help. OnStar is in 1 million vehicles, and company officials expect that number to hit 4 million by 2003.
EMC Gets New Management
Storage giant emc shuffled the management deck last week, appointing a new CEO and promoting its current CEO to chairman of the board of directors.
President Joe Tucci is the companys new CEO. He replaces Mike Ruettgers, EMCs chief executive for nine years. As board chairman, Ruettgers replaces company founder Dick Egan, who is now chairman emeritus. In addition, Maureen Egan, Dick Egans wife, retired from the board.
EMC is king of the storage hill, outdistancing such competitors as IBM, Compaq and Hitachi. The company is moving into low-end storage systems, competing directly with Network Appliance.
Wanted: E-Biz Experiences
The internet has been a roller coaster ride over the last couple of years, what with the dot-com boom and bust, millions being made and lost, and careers coming and going.
Now theres a way for veterans of the first years of the e-business world to put their experiences into a book, a sort of guide for future Internet generations.
umbershoot, a self- described online marketplace for the exchange and development of ideas, is creating a collaborative book of first-person accounts to be used as a resource for creating successful Internet businesses.
The company is looking for a wide range of contributors, from CEOs and programmers to analysts, vendors and venture capitalists.
Entries can be submitted at www.umbershoot.net. The deadline is March 30.