Daily Archives: February 6, 2009

  • While the chiefs of Detroit’s big three automakers are still employed despite their companies’ dismal results, not all executives are so fortunate. As Lenovo, the Chinese computer maker, reported a sharp decline in sales and profit, its American chief executive, William Amelio, was replaced. The company is the latest tech giant to be hit by the pullback in corporate spending, providing further evidence that PCs upgrades are one expense that companies are prepared to put off during the recession.
  • Stock-options backdating is no longer confined to tech companies in Silicon Valley. Executives from Toronto-based BlackBerry maker Research in Motion have agreed to pay nearly $75m to settle charges related to their role in backdating that occurred between 1996 and 2006.

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Richard Waters

google-book-search.jpgThe timing is surely not coincidental. Next Monday, Amazon looks set to unveil the second version of the Kindle. So today, Google came up with a version of its Book Search that works on mobile handsets.

“Book Search” is a bit of a misnomer: it’s actually shaping up to be more of a “Book Read”. With the mobile service, Google says you can access the full text of 1.5m out-of-copyright books on your handset . And lest there be any doubt, it had this to say about its long-term ambition: Read more