Less than a year after Amazon shook up things in the business-to-business supply chain, here comes Google. The search giant has launched a beta version of Google Shopping for Suppliers, which right now is focused on the electrical and electronics industries. Amazon Supply, which serves a host of different industries, now features more than 600,000 parts in areas such as industrial and test equipment. As Bolaji Ojo put it in a post last year when that venue was unveiled:
If you supply products to the electronics industry, the archrival you should be concerned about may no longer be the company you've competed against for decades. It's Amazon.
My thought is, Brian, that it's small wonder if the major TV networks blocked their content from GoogleTV devices. Precisely because they didn't want to have to depend universally on Google's good graces, to have their content show up on Internet TV sets.
I'm not sure why the pundits didn't advance this rather obvious reason at the time, in 2010, when GoogleTv boxes were being blocked.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.