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Monthly Archives: February 2009
- As PC sales slump internationally, Dell reported a steep drop in sales and profit, despite meeting earnings expectations. Meanwhile, IBM, which recently exited the PC business, issued bullish guidance for the year.
- After yet another privacy row, Facebook rebuffed the critics by essentially opening up its terms of service to user input. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg reiterated that “Facebook does not own users’ content.”
At last, a use for all that EU bureaucracy. With 23 official languages, the European Union employs an army of translators to produce massive multi-lingual stacks of laws, regulations and other documents each year.
Those heaps of offial translations have been a boon for Google, providing fodder for its own automated translation service to “learn” from, and they explain why Maltese speakers can now use the Google Translate service when they surf the Web while the many more numerous speakers of, say, Farsi can’t. Read more
Yahoo is combining its Tech and Product groups into a single organisation called, rather unimaginatively, Products. Ari Balogh, the chief technology officer who joined from Verisign only a year ago, is the coming man who has been put in charge. Read more
- Ratcheting up the growing rivalry between Google and Microsoft, Google will join a European Union antitrust case against Microsoft that claims the company is stifling competition in the web browser market by including Internet Explorer in Windows.
- Microsoft filed a suit of its own, alleging that in-car navigation system maker Tom Tom is violating eight of its patents, including three relating to Tom Tom’s use of open-source operating system Linux. This is believed to be the first time Microsoft has filed suit over Linux, which it has repeatedly said violates its patents.
Intel, the world’s biggest chip maker, is warning that companies taking advantage of government stimulus packages to build future infrastructure and transportation projects are relying on tools of the past that waste energy and cost more.
Browser-based gaming has been confined largely to simple casual games to date, but a new service launching today promises to bring next-generation console quality to the experience.
The venture capital business needs Washington’s money like it needs a hole in the head (with apologies to Thomas Friedman).
Silicon Valley is just getting to the long-overdue end of one bubble. It really doesn’t need another one, courtesy of government bureaucrats. The contraction that is coming will be painful, but that’s no reason to put it off in the misguided name of stimulus (or the equally woolly “innovation”). Read more