Mark Hurd is finally starting to look on the bright side. The boss of HP has been one of the most cautious tech CEOs in recent weeks, but when I caught up with him moments after the company put out its latest quarterly earnings today (the headline numbers were pre-announced earlier this month) he was sounding uncharacteristically relaxed.
You have to be a student of Mr Hurd’s normally dour style to understand just how optimistic he can make it sound when he says he’s feeling “a little more positive”. He said there had been a continuing rebound in the US in the latest quarter and “good sequential improvement in Asia in most markets”.
The one thing preventing Mr Hurd from feeling downright happy, in fact, is Europe. Read more
Over the weekend we revealed that News Corp and Microsoft were in talks to “de-index” News Corp’s content from Google, in favour of Microsoft’s Bing search engine.
By today it was clear that this is part of a broader move by Microsoft to boost Bing by getting publishers to cut their sites off from Google. Read more
Embattled Motorola appears to be making an impression with its Android handsets, according to the latest figures issued by AdMob.
The ad network, bought by Google this month, analyses the handset-identifying ad requests it receives from more than 15,000 mobile Web sites and iPhone and Android applications.
Two weeks after its launch on November 6, the Motorola Droid represented 24 per cent of all Android requests worldwide, while its Cliq accounted for another 6 per cent. Read more
So Intel’s Paul Otellini was right after all – PC sales should rise this year, according to the Gartner research firm, despite the recession.
At the Intel Developer Forum in September, the chipmaker’s chief executive said he thought the market was poised for resurgence and PC units could be flat to slightly up in 2009.
Today Gartner changed its forecast from September’s 2 per cent decline in shipments to a 2.8 per cent increase on 2008. Read more