Daily Archives: April 15, 2011

Richard Waters

Care to guess which well-known Silicon Valley start-up now has tents in the basement for engineers who don’t make it home at night? Read more

Richard Waters

It was Larry Page who penned the famous Founders’ Letter that accompanied Google’s IPO prospectus. In it, he promised that he and Sergey Brin would have the “fortitude” to keep investing for the long term and not “shy away from high-risk, high-reward projects because of short term earnings pressure.”

Mr Page is now CEO – and Wall Street has just had an unpleasant reminder that he really wasn’t  kidding. Read more

Research in Motion’s first BlackBerry tablet is the puzzling PlayBook – a device with great potential but missing many key features when it launches on Tuesday.

It has an appealing design, great screen, powerful processor and easy-to-grasp interface, but, unless you have an accompanying BlackBerry smartphone, there is no access to the familiar corporate email, calendar, contacts and messaging services yet. Much more is missing too, as we found out in  a review (and video first-look) for the Personal Technology column in Friday’s Business Life section of the FT. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

  • Nintendo is set to release a  successor to the Wii games console, according to Game Informer. The console, which could be launched at E3 trade conference in California this summer, will be capable of running games at a high-definition resolution.

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The buzz around the stratospheric private market valuations of US technology groups such as Facebook, Groupon and Living Social is spreading to Europe, as investors seek to make the most of growth opportunities in internet companies.

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Trouble at bricks-and-mortar book retailers has combined with booming sales of e-readers and tablet computers to make e-books the biggest-selling category of the US publishing industry for the first time, according to data released on Thursday.

Sales of e-books in February tripled over the previous year to $90.3m, the Association of American Publishers reported, exceeding adult paperback sales of $81.2m. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Research in Motion’s first BlackBerry tablet is the puzzling PlayBook – a device with great potential but missing many key features when it launches on Tuesday. It has an appealing design, great screen, powerful processor and easy-to-grasp interface, but, unless you have an accompanying BlackBerry smartphone, there is no access to the familiar corporate email, calendar, contacts and messaging services. Much more is missing too, as we found out in a review (and video first-look) for the Personal Technology column in Friday’s Business Life section of the FT. Read more

Chris Nuttall

RAM raiders was the cute term used in the UK in the 90s for thieves that broke into offices to steal D-Ram memory chips inside workers’ computers, as opposed to the original ram-raider jewel thieves who rammed storefronts with their vans to loot the premises. Those 16 megabyte chips, which could be worth $60 each at that time of shortages, are worth nothing now, but multi-gigabyte Nand Flash memory chips may be taking their place as targets for heists. Read more