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
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
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)
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)
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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
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 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)
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)