Christine Giovetti, an accountant in Catonsville, Md., has heard more than her share of “One to One,” the IRS's saccharine hold music. “You get tired of it, no matter how nice it is,” she said. The good news for taxpayers during this year's tax-filing season is that she and others are hearing fewer repeats from the royalty-free song collection called “Fresh Optimism.
In the future, the Googles and Microsofts will be among the biggest spenders, not the smallest. And together with Apple and Amazon, they will use such enormous spending to replace the very foundations of modern technology, pushing aside not only Intel, but also old-school computer makers such as Dell, HP, EMC, and others.