Friday, September 29, 2006
Sony is on course to have more than 7 million batteries recalled and seems to be going after a new world record. They promise more battery returns are on the way and the record should be broken soon. Ta!
For consumers looking to own a song, the Zune Marketplace' launching this fall, will sell tracks for 79 Microsoft points. A user can buy 80 Microsoft points for $1 and points will also be redeemable at its online video game store, Xbox Live Marketplace.
Hey this sounds like Beenz - the ex-Web currency. What's going on?
And apparently this twinkle dust comes packaged with a PC gaming company sporting revenues over $115M. Nice one.
Oh, so I guess that means that as well as diversifying into detective services HP's getting into gaming. Is anyone not?
CEO Hurd in return stated, that she (Dunn) had been the “business owner” of the leak investigation. “Pattie took it very seriously,” he said. “She came to me and asked to use HP...resources.”
Proving that he can chuck back a political hot potato as well as the next gal/guy.
Mind you no-one steps over a graveyard ex-employee better than Dunn: "[Ms Baskins] bled HP blue ink. Her career is ruined. She made some mistakes in her judgement.”
You bet - and who's next? Hurd's not looking so hot right now - maybe he's about to become toast!
And apparently the addictive devices are spreading - now small company folk and consumers are biting - thanks mainly to the BlackBerry Pearl (and it is) - aimed at the street.
And I could blog from one of those babies. Oh my God no, not more blogage!
New York has dismissed Louisiana’s request for the extradition of Peter Dicks, former chairman of the British online bookmaker, on illegal gambling charges.
He's now free to go gambling wherever he wants! Obviously other than the US.
Oh, and I think a few Muslim spots as well. No, no, I promise that isn't an attack against Muslims. Please don't burn pictures of me (but if you have to could you make sure they're good ones - I might get on the evening news!).
The eponymous sports channel tried a bold attack at the MVNO market space with the launch of Mobile ESPN at the Superbowl last fall. Well, it didn't work.
The ESPN ads stated, "Sports lovers will enjoy our mobile cell phone which provides sports info 24/7".
I guess not!
Consumers didn't buy into it (as they have proved slow in all manners of mobile Internet services) and ESPN has instead decided to join every other content provider and sell their stuff to all/any mobile operator willing to pay up.
Will Disney Mobile be the next to bite the dust?
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
The new version just thrown out is only for hard core techies (i.e. flaky), but the general release consumer version comes out the end of October. Ooh, that's in a month or so.
Security is improved - i.e. it'll tell you if nasty/fako sites are haunting/stalking you.
And the look and feel seems a big upgrade with a see through control panel until you scroll over it. Now that one's got me. Coolito!
"Comverse Technology's Inc.'s former Chief Executive Kobi Alexander has been found in the African republic of Namibia, where he is being held pending extradition to the U.S.
The whereabouts of Mr. Alexander, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Israel, have been a mystery for the last month. Mr. Alexander failed to show up in court, and has been declared a fugitive by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation."
Apparently he was enjoying the sun.
And Itellini promises that their dual-core and about to be launched quad-core architectures put them ahead of AMD in the server market both in terms of performance and innovation. Honest guv.
At least that is until AMD launches their answer to multi-core smack em sideways techno leapo around the middle of next year.
Hey but Intel promise 80 quads in 5 years - beat that one AMD.
According to AMD; "anything they can de we can do better..." Does that mean 100 quads?
This is all getting too exhausting.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
"Google would prefer to stick with "getting users where they want to go.""
Genius - give him a raise!
And I thought they were planning to operate space flights - or is that Virgin?
Lets hope they buy many more outfits - remember what a business soap opera we had last time round. Shame Messier's gone though - he was worth a million dollars (well a lot less today of course!).
AND they've apparently built a prototype of a processor with 80 cores that can perform a trillion floating point operations per second!! WOAH!
I just wish I understood a damned syllable of what that means. But hey, it sounds whacky enough to me!
In the mean time Intel also plan to launch a new mobile platform next year called Santa Rosa proving that Otellini is of Italian origin and I guess Catholic to boot. Well that's nice. What it means for you and me is that laptops should boot faster. Finally.
Hey at least I got that.
NBC plans to announce later this week a program with Intel that will allow consumers who have ViiV PC's (its such an annoying name!)or Centrino notebooks (not much better) to download current TV shows including "Heroes" and "Studio 60 on Sunset Strip."
Another mind boggling step in the path to full Internet TV. Wey-hey!
Monday, September 25, 2006
As always there's a catch - you have to let them check the serial number before letting you on board.
We don't want those batteries self-combusting at 30,000 feet now do we.
"The Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period has ended in the acquisition of software company FileNet Corp by International Business Machines Corp., Filenet said on Friday."
They've exhausted me already.
The new company's a web TV outfit that already produces dead funky web TV show Diggnation. They have raised $1M to expand and make more online shows and are taking the start up, Revision3 Corp into the real world. (Interesting brand...)
This brings a whole new meaning to the term 'don't give up your day job'. Will they?
Marc Andreessen, stuffed by Microsoft/er, founder of Netscape, is one of the investors.
Which let's face it is a bit of an oopsy for Yahoo! Guess who got all the lolly.Allright then don't guess - cos its Google.
Mr. Redstone's salary will be snuffled down to $1 million a year from $1.75 million and deferred compensation of $1.3 million a year will be eliminated.
Apparently he's gonna have to make the company's stock price perform to get whappin' lolly in the future. Poor dearie!
Friday, September 22, 2006
"Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday it may offer a free, advertising-supported version of its basic word processing and spreadsheet software, in an apparent bid to fend off a nascent challenge from Google Inc. in the business software market."
And I guess their software's a little too buggy to be able to charge for it.
"Friday marks the first OneWebDay, a global awareness event to "create, maintain, advance and promote a global day to celebrate online life.
The organizers have suggested a variety of ways in which to participate, including making an entry for your neighborhood on Wikipedia, showing your grandmother how to blog, running a virtual meeting for your telecummuting colleagues and teaching your boss how to use instant messaging."
Clearly none of them have met my grandmother.
I gues Nintendo's Wiii (not pee) is getting the nice Japanese folk (obviously other than their CEO) at Sony a little too hot under the collar with sweat rather than grime and so they feel they need to drop their trousers/er prices even before launch.
But (why's there always a but), the discount will only be available in Japan which means they still plan to royally rip off both the Europeans and Americans. Unless of course you want to buy a plane ticket to Tokyo in which case you're still a OK. Ta Sony.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Apparently they chatted to Microsoft but they thought them too cheap. I guess Microsoft will have to buy Yahoo after all.
Oh and their price tag would make MySpace worth about $10bn. Nice one boys, selling out to News Corp for $500 Million odd. Oh well, better luck next time.
Hurd plans a press conference on Friday alongside jailed video blogger, Josh Wolf.
"Hewlett-Packard's embattled chairman, Patricia Dunn, accepted a "hall of fame" leadership award at a gala dinner here on Wednesday night where she received a standing ovation from local executives."
Proving just how popular pretexting must be at other firms.
Oh and the award was given by an organization that stresses business ethics and good corporate governance! Right.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Murdoch explained that China is important for MySpace and it helps that his wife Wendy speaks the lingo!
The fact that the Chinese government don't exactly get on with Rupert has absolutely nothing to do with it.
And of course their much touted attempts at sprucing up their search engine technology is still a way from being ready - giving Google ever more the edge!
It looks like just being a portal ain't enough no more - what with the MySpace's, Google's and YouTube's carving up the space. I just hope that as Yahoo's stock keeps falling they don't become prey to the hungry Microsoft. That would surely be the end of them!
He will naturally tell you that his $20bn spending spree (Oracle's, not his silly - yachts and planes don't cost that much!) is the smartest move in the Valley since Apple launched the iPod - and he may even be right!
Let's hope this doesn't spur him to go on another massive spending spree. Mind you, Microsoft's looking quite cheap right now - and with Billy Boy off saving the world...
Monday, September 18, 2006
"YouTube users will be able to use music from artists including Led Zeppelin, Madonna and Red Hot Chili Peppers legally in the homemade videos they upload, following a deal with Warner Music.
Under the landmark deal, Warner Music has also agreed to provide music videos from its extensive catalogue of artists on the video-sharing website for the first time."
Warner Music are not doing this for charitable/support Internet copyright abuse reasons - they're doing it for the oldest reason on the planet - money! You see YouTube are about to launch a sophisticated video ad system which means that videos carrying Time Warner music/artists will earn Time Warner ad dollars as they are viewed by YouTube users.
This has to be the monetization (techno coolo smarty pants term) model for videos/TV on the Internet. Get that handycam out - now you can make money off it - finally!
Friday, September 15, 2006
After a few years of repurchasing all of their mobile group TIM, the Chairman abruptly announced that they should sell the highly profitable mobile unit. Apparently he had had a little too much cappucino that day.
Fortunately the Italian politicians made him see sense (which is an extraordinary feat for any politician - let alone an Italian one) and so he gave up his master plan to merge Telecom Italia with Sky to create a European media powerhouse.
The new Chairman promises to stick to the original strategy if anyone can figure out what the hell that was. Oh well.
"Freescale Semiconductor Inc., the computer-chip maker spun off by Motorola Inc., agreed to be bought by a consortium led by Blackstone Group LP for $17.6 billion.
Shareholders will be offered $40 a share in cash..."
Oops, I guess Motorola flogged out a little too soon - there's nothing worse than a quickie flipper, eh?
And if that's not confusing enough it's because Murdoch's worried about getting his poison pill extended which is designed to stave Malone off from trying to take over News Corp.
Either way it looks like Murdoch may be the better off if he dumps Malone as a devious shareholder and buries him under the even dodgier DirecTV satellite business that could even be more stuffed than Ford!
Na, that's too much of a stretch surely?!
Thursday, September 14, 2006
So, Wii (what a name!) will be the low end, mass market, vibrating (?) device retailing at $250 (nice), Microsoft's Xbox will be the mid-market offering and the PlayStaion 3 the Rolls-Royce of games devices (hopefully selling in larger volumes than the car company).
And of course the news that everyone's neglecting is that the iPod has just become a games device too. But, all the others have browsers - so come on Apple when's the Wi-Fi iPod coming?
Google have just announced that new partners will directly overlay Google Earth maps with video, photo and blog content.
Content on places, such as the Great Pyramids, will feature 3-5 minute clips of existing Discovery Network nature and travel channel content, chimp info from the Jane Goodall Institute (hey, that could come in hany one day - right?), and the US National Park Service has supplied information on over 10,000 trails at 58 parks (Yippee).And its just the beginning - oh and the end for traditional map publishers - sorry.
Friday, September 08, 2006
The latest delayer is the EU regulators that are making Microsoft's life tricky following their recent and tremendously exciting legal spat.
Proving yet again that even Microsoft is not above the law and damned daft for rattling the Euro lawmakers in the first place.
Look for Euro Vista to launch some time later in 2007.
(Apple must be dancing in Champagne.)
Thursday, September 07, 2006
John Doerr today joined the trend for Kleiner founders to desert public company boards as he resigned from Sun Microsystems hot on the heals of Tom Perkins who left HP's board after being investigated for leaking company news to CNET.
Yep, that's CNET not us - ta!
Next time an HP'er wants to go for a leak - check out TechBoard first, please!
The service will offer content from six major Hollywood studios, including 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros., as well as TV networks such as CBS and Fox, and cable channels like Comedy Central and E! Entertainment.
You'll be able to buy movies for between $7.99 and $14.99 depending on their cool factor/age and TV programs will cost $1.99. You can also rent a movie for $3.99.
Out of the box/launch come 'Walk the Line' and 'Chinatown'.
I guess Steve Jobs is a little pissed - Amazon have jumped their movie launch next Tuesday. Ouch. But should Jobs worry about the threat to iTunes from Amazon's Unbox? Not yet, and certainly not with an install base of 60M iPod users and a couple of hundred million iTunes users.
Amazon has a long road ahead of them.
The service archives and allows you to search through 200 years of news - from papers and archiving services all over the world.
So any of you wasting loads of money on older news archiving services - or new news junkies - check out newspaperarchive.com.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
No surprises there.
Well maybe, 'cos they're allowing the music labels to set their own prices (oops) and in return users will be able to copy the music they buy (for their own use of course ((shame)).
Oh and independent artists will be able to sell their tunes direct at their MySpace space taking payment by PayPal. Now that's cool!!
Next up MySpace video store - next year though!
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
If you believe the press, blog-mill, Apple leaks and general media natter Apple are about to control the digital media universe (well actually home) like never before.
For they are to unveil iTunes movies selling at $9.99 initially from Disney only - proving that it is worthwhile being their largest shareholder (plus, of course, the rest of the studios will promptly follow as was the case in the TV space). And to better view them we're gonna get a wider screen/better pixelled iPod and a 23" iMac to replace those boring 'ol TV's of ours (and I just bought a plasma - shame!).
And if this weren't enough Jobs is also going to bombard us/Microsoft with a video streaming wireless unit (Airport Extremely Xtreme) and an Apple mobile phone.
Oh God, where's my credit card gone.
Friday, September 01, 2006
But either way Jobs is gonna launch iTunes movies with just Disney (funny that) to start with costing $14.99 for new movies and $9.99 for older ones.
And to add to the lustre a chubbier, bigger screen iPod's comin' out to make those juicy movies juicier. Nice.
iPod users better buy movies fast - then the other studios will follow the money - as always!
And I thought he was hired to grow the company - not company doctor it.
Maybe their new chips will do it. They'd better cos if not the ol' otter himself maybe next for the firing line!!