Monthly Archives: October 2008

Chris Nuttall

Blackberry StormAs we intimated in last night’s blog post, Rim has been on the verge of launching its own “App Store” for the BlackBerry and it made the official announcement this morning at its first developer conference.

It comes a day before the official launch of the Android Market for the Google-inspired platform, opening to coincide with availability of the first Android phone. Read more

Chris Nuttall

PageonceApple has led the way in turning a phone into an open computing platform in its introduction of the App Store with the second-generation iPhone.

More than 100m copies of applications and games were downloaded in the first 60 days of the store being opened, adding to the appeal of the handset and the iPod touch. Read more

Richard Waters

sun-one-year-chart.png Things certainly aren’t getting any better over at Sun Microsystems. Wall Street had been expecting revenues to decline 2-3 per cent in the latest quarter. Instead, Sun just pre-announced figures that suggest revenues are down roughly 7 per cent from a year ago. No IBM silver lining there.

The red ink is also starting to flow again: a pro-forma net loss of 2-12 cents for the quarter, according to Sun, which will release the full gory details on October 30th. Read more

Richard Waters

The Silicon Valley job market has turned south remarkably quickly.

eBay’s plans to slice 1,600 jobs could be followed by a second round of cuts at Yahoo on Tuesday. And as we reported today, many tech start-ups are scrambling to cut back now in anticipation of a severe downturn ahead. Read more

Chris Nuttall

SackboySony has suffered a blow to its plans for a strong PlayStation 3 showing this holiday season with a delay to one of its marquee games.

LittleBigPlanet has been released to reviewers, but retail copies are now being held back while a part of the soundtrack considered of possible offence to Muslims is changed. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Death spiral - Sequoia presentationDeadpools, layoff trackers and [expletive deleted]company.com deathwatches seem to be back in fashion in the Valley, even before the ripples of recession hit the technology sector.

Techcrunch launched its job cuts tracker today as Zillow.com became the latest Web 2.0 company to announce layoffs. Read more

Richard Waters

If you’re a journalist, you have to love Steve Ballmer. Something quotable always seems to be falling out of his mouth. In public, he is a mixture of loud-mouthed bully, bumbling reasonableness and calculating shark.

So which persona was responsible for his comment today at a Gartner technology symposium in Florida? According to a Bloomberg report, the Microsoft CEO said that a deal with Yahoo “may still make economic sense for shareholders of both companies,” though there are no talks going on at the moment. Read more

I’m a PCMicrosoft marketing has an identity crisis. Which means Microsoft doesn’t know how to talk to its customers, and that’s a big issue for the company.

Leave aside issues of desktop vs cloud software, Google vs Live search, and whether Yahoo was worth $33 per share. Instead, let’s look at how the company actually engages the public. Read more

Richard Waters

The latest internet earnings season has got off to a decidedly unappetising start.

eBay kicked it off today with two memorable firsts: the first-ever fall in the value of goods sold through its sites (which slipped by 1 per cent in the latest quarter) and a fourth-quarter financial forecast that predicts its first-ever revenue decline (yes, decline – and this is a company that was growing at 30 per cent this time last year.) Read more

Chris Nuttall

Shazam on iPhoneShazam, the mobile music discovery service, has struck a major chord with wireless operators in their search for profit from consumer data services.

London-based Shazam has been around since 2002, but its usage has shot up 500 per cent and it has expanded from 12 to 60 countries in just the past 12 months. Read more