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i hope it's just a case of drawing too many conclusions from too few data, but doc's latest bit of evangelism for entitled "jabber asks the tough question" starts ringing warning bells for me. why? because when i read things like following, i hear trouble:

"How do you make money with something that becomes ubiquitous internet infrastructure? It's a question Jabber is asking about instant messaging and presence.

Jabber is hot, but it's still not quite setting the world on fire. When will it happen? And how will open source developers make it happen?"
so, maybe it's nothing. but it doesn't help that ceo, andre durand , is writing about how the best implementation doesn't always win [ and we can be pretty sure which he feels is "best" ]:
"This morning I pondered why so many inferior products, services and technologies end up suceeding [sic] and why so many other clearly superior products, services and technologies ultimately fail."
and it doubly doesn't help that jabber parent company webb interactive may be delisted from nasdaq :
"The company received a Nasdaq staff determination last week, saying that Webb Interactive "fails to comply with the net tangible assets requirement for continued listing.""
like i said - i hope i'm wrong. i hope i'm guilty of quoting out of context. but put it all together and it's hard to not get a picture of a company that's limping. badly.

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11/28/2001 10:41:00 PM 0 comments


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