Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The fifth edition of Walt Mossberg's and Kara Swisher's highly anticipated "D Conference" -- D: All Things Digital -- officially kicks off tonight right in my backyard (in lovely Carlsbad, California). I will be one of the fortunate ones attending (tickets are very hard to come by) and will post about various highlights, which surely will include the unprecedented joint appearance of Microsoft's Bill Gates and Apple's Steve Jobs on Wednesday night. Tonight's official program kicks off with Senator John McCain.
This past weekend, James Granelli of the Los Angeles Times wrote a feature story about AT&T's multi-billion dollar foray into the TV delivery game called "U-verse." AT&T is spending up to $6.5 billion in its initial phase "to build a hybrid network of fast fiber-optic and conventional copper wires." By the end of 2008, AT&T intends to deliver this service to 18 million homes in California and 12 other states. Granelli takes a detailed look at the power -- and pitfalls -- of AT&T's U-verse service. Worthy of a read.