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