Monthly Archives: November 2008

Richard Waters

Google polar bearsEt tu, Goldman?

One by one, the Wall Street analysts who follow Google have been taking down their estimates this week. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Opteron quad-core chipDespite the ringing of a major-warning bell by its stronger microprocessor rival Intel, Advanced Micro Devices is maintaining its commitment to returning to profitability in 2009.

AMD, which reported its eighth consecutive quarterly loss last month and softening sales, says it is cutting costs and focusing on core products to lower its break-even point. Read more

Chris Nuttall

EA Sports ActiveConsole game publishers are working up a sweat in their efforts to win over a casual gaming audience.

Peter Moore, once a PE teacher but now head of EA Sports, says he has given himself some tough workouts testing its new Active personalised fitness product for the Nintendo Wii, but sees women as the natural target audience. Read more

Chris Nuttall

SezmiSezmi, a start-up seeking to be at the heart of the convergence of the internet and broadcast television, has announced the completion of the first successful technical trials of its “TV 2.0″ service.

The Silicon Valley company has been using Seattle as a testbed for its hybrid system, which combines digital terrestrial TV signals with broadband connections to offer both regular TV channels and programming on demand. Read more

Richard Waters

For a brief moment this week, it looked like spam had been vanquished.

No kidding. The Washington Post claimed to have slain the beast. Late on Tuesday afternoon, after an investigation by the newspaper, a hosting centre called McColo Corp, which had acted as something of a spam hub, was shut down. Read more

We all know that Google collects a phenomenal amount of personal data – a perennial question is whether it’s healthy for one company to know so much about us all.

But what if all that collective data could be used to spot disease epidemics before they take hold? Good thing or bad thing? I’d say good. Read more

Richard Waters

charles-giancarlo.jpgThat was the sobering message from Charlie Giancarlo (left), formerly of Cisco and now chief executive of Avaya, when I saw him earlier today.

There have already been signs that corporate spending – the main engine that still drives the tech industry, even if the rise of the consumer has been the story of the last five years – has been weakening. Cisco, whose quarter ends a month later than most others, said last week that customer orders in October dropped by 9 per cent compared with a year before. Read more

Chris Nuttall

HomeAwayCredit crunch, what credit crunch? HomeAway, an online vacation rental marketplace, has just raised a quarter of a billion dollars in a VC funding round, the biggest of its kind for an internet company in eight years.

With a financial crisis, VC money getting scarce and start-ups cutting jobs and costs, the funding is not only enormous, but counter-cyclical as well. Read more

Richard Waters

fdr-fireside-chat.jpgThere’s something that’s been bothering me about all the speculation over how a President Obama will use the Web.

There’s an assumption that the online techniques mastered during the campaign (from social networking to search-engine advertising) will in future be deployed to advance the issues promoted by the White House. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Al Gore at Web 2.0Barack Obama may have immediate economic problems to solve but former presidential candidate Al Gore urged him on Friday to make a priority of adopting a long-term plan to tackle climate change.

“I think that the president-elect should announce in January…a national goal of getting 100 percent of America’s electricity from renewable and non-carbon sources within 10 years,” he told the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Obama off-guard on election nightAs Barack Obama was giving his first news conference today as president elect, the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco was hearing how the web was won by him in 2008.

Obama, who launched his change.gov transition website on Thursday, used the web principally to raise money and organise constituencies, said John Heilemann of New York magazine, moderator of the politics panel. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Jerry Yang at Web 2.0Jerry Yang, Yahoo chief executive, spoke emphatically about wanting to remain in that role, in an interview at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Following market rumours that he was about to quit earlier in the day, he told interviewer John Battelle: Read more

Richard Waters

bill-joy.jpgdanny-hillis.jpgBarack Obama’s promise to appoint the first chief technology officer for the US has had Silicon Valley buzzing all year. Now the election is over, it’s time for the real horse race to begin.

John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins got things going this afternoon at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. Asked who should get the job, the always-outspoken Doerr didn’t hesitate. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Quantum of SolaceVideo game publishers are often criticised for a lack of imagination in concentrating on blockbuster sequels, but it seems that’s about all gamers are prepared to pay for in these recessionary times.

Electronic Arts cut jobs and its forecasts last week as it reported that consumers were concentrating on its frontline titles and neglecting middle-tier ones and older catalogue games. Read more

Richard Waters

Can Yahoo be serious? In its statement today on the collapse of its search alliance with Google, Yahoo said it was “disappointed that Google has elected to withdraw from the agreement rather than defend it in court.”

So let’s get this straight: Yahoo expects Google to go to war with the US government? And over a deal that meant very little at all to its bottom line? Read more

Richard Waters

fcc.jpgLost in the back-slapping over today’s FCC approval of the “White Spaces” plan is much real discussion of what these new slices of unlicensed spectrum will actually be used for.

Larry Page has said they will give rise to “WiFi on steroids”, and that phrase has been picked up and repeated without any attempt to define it. Even FCC chairman Kevin Martin used the phrase (without attribution) today. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Dash ExpressCommoditisation of the portable navigation device (PND) market and the credit crunch appear to have combined to force Dash Navigation to change course.

The Silicon Valley start-up launched its innovative satellite navigation service earlier this year with a $400 in-car device. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Dell Inspiron Mini 12More evidence today of the astonishing rise of the netbook category for PCs.

Global microprocessor unit shipments grew 15.8 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter, according to the IDC research firm. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Jeff DossettFor a company with a mountain to climb, Yahoo may have made the perfect hire.

Jeff Dossett has just been named as senior vice president, US Audience, replacing the departing Scott Moore as overseer of Yahoo’s consumer businesses. Read more