Well, the Bay Area’s Better Billionaire, Marc Benioff of SalesForce.com (No Hardware, No Software No Headaches) has just inked a deal in Japan with Toyota and Microsoft to build a social networking service called “Toyota Friend.”
Live from Japan this AM, it’s Marc and Akio, the Toyota Friends!
Via Marc’s ‘Berry, apparently
“In a demonstration at a Tokyo showroom, an owner of a plug-in Prius hybrid found out through a cell phone message from his Prius called “Pre-boy” that he should remember to recharge his car overnight. When the owner plugged in his car to recharge it, the car replied, “The charge will be completed by 2:15 a.m. Is that OK? See you tomorrow.“ The exchanges can be kept private, or be shared with other “Toyota Friend” users, as well as made public on Facebook, Twitter and other services, the company said.”
Can you imagine what my ride, Mom’s Taxi (straight outta Toyota City), would say, assuming it could talk? (How about, “Michael, I’m ten years old* – replace me.”)
[Isn't it nice to have SalesForce.com staying in town building a campus down in Mission Bay due to that biotechnology tax exemption championed by non-dull witted political scions like pretty-boy Gavin Newsom and pretty-girl Michela Alioto-Pier? Oh, wait a second, biotech companies like to take all the corporate welfare they can get, you know, so they won't leave town and lay off employees, and then leave town and lay off employees anyway. And SalesForce isn't a biotech company neither. Mmmmm... Let's see here, maybe our local pols, especially the ones who think they know everything because they've gossiped with some Euros in Gstaad once, can't See The Future all that well after all?]
Anyway, this Toyota Friend stuff is new on me.
Bon Courage, SalesForce.
*Maybe someday it will start burning oil and I’ll get the chance to actually add some between changes, but we’re not at that point yet…
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