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Having alienated carriers like Sprint and Verizon by trying to sell its Android-based Nexus One phone direct to the consumer from its google.com/phone online store - Google's attempt to change the traditional cell phone sales model - it's killing the four-month-old store, describing it as merely "niche channel for early adopters," meaning its sales have been paltry. It swears it's because "many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from." Google was trying to sell a Nexus One for $529 without a contract or a subsidized $179 with a two-year T-Mobile contract. T-Mobile was the only carrier to back Google's play. Although Verizon and Sprint canceled their Nexus One phones earlier this month, Google says it's going to push the HTC-made Nexus One through other people's retail stores and u... (more)

Hotmail Morphs into Outlook.com

Microsoft has reworked its browser-based Hotmail into a free, socialized, Facebook-friendly service it's calling Outlook.com, borrowing the name from its Office e-mail client. The idea is to stop Google's Gmail from eating into its turf. With 324 million users Hotmail is the largest online e-mail service on the planet. It has an estimated 36% of the global market to Gmail's quickly advancing 32%. Yahoo Mail also has 32%. After eight years of neglect, Hotmail has been given a simple Metro-like UI and an uncluttered Googlesque look that's tailored to small devices as well as PCs ... (more)

Intel & Nokia to Create a Universal Mobile OS

Wireless Technology Magazine on Ulitzer Intel, the semiconductor giant, and Nokia, the mighty handset maker, have united to create a universal widget operating system good for phones, laptops, netbooks, tablets, vehicle entertainment systems, Internet-connected TVs and other still-unimagined devices out of their existing Linux platforms - an open source combination of Intel's netbook-oriented Moblin and Nokia's smartphone-fancying Maemo. They're calling the thing MeeGo and the Linux Foundation will be hosting the project under Intel's Imad Sousou and Nokia's Valtteri Halla. The ... (more)

IBM Cuts Price to Push into the Cloud & Big Data

IBM is out to push its Power-based servers into Big Data and the cloud. Its problem is the cheap commodity servers sold by HP and Dell. Its answer Tuesday was to cut the price of its proprietary hardware by as much as 50%. That was the day it unveiled a line of eight Power 7+-based servers running AIX or Linux whose price starts a shade under six grand, the same neighborhood where comparable x86 boxes live, a first for IBM. They're supposed to be fitted with technology borrowed from Big Blue's super-smart Watson supercomputer, the one that beat human contestants on the Jeopardy ... (more)

Icahn Lashes Out at Dell Board & Dell Himself

After joining with Southeastern Asset Management in signing an open letter to Dell’s special board committee – which is wrestling with Michael Dell’s offer to pay $13.75 a share, 10 cents more a share, to change how the stockholders vote on his leverage buy-out offer is counted – telling the special committee he expected them to tell Michael Dell “no” – activist investor Carl Icahn wrote another open letter to Dell shareholders characterizing Michael Dell as a “whining” “sore loser” and major corporate “liability” and castigating the Dell board for “making a mockery of what lit... (more)