Sam Johnston--who gets all the credit for breaking the Dell "Cloud Computing" trademark application story, in my opinion--is reporting that the USPTO has sent a "non-final action" to Dell, according to their web site. This is great news. Perhaps the safeguards built into these application processes aren't as bad as some suspected as this story unfolded.
By the way, I may not agree with Sam regarding the pure definition of cloud computing, but I he continues to impress as a blogger. Between Sam, Markus Klems, Kevin Jackson and the Google Groups: Cloud Computing list--not to mention my Google Alerts on "cloud computing"--I find myself constantly reading "dang, I wish I wrote that" posts from new voices these days. These are interesting times, indeed.