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HP Outbids Dell for 3PAR

August 23, 2010

A commentator on CNBC said this morning that Dell just can't catch a break - this was in reference to the fact that HP just jumped into the 3PAR bidding ring with an offer one-third greater than Dell's. According to the Wall Street Journal:

H-P is offering $24 a share for 3PAR, compared with Dell's deal for $18, or about $1.15 billion in cash. Before that agreement was made public, 3PAR last traded at $9.65.

Changing The Rules (Again) to Save Newspapers

August 19, 2010

Many people are very fed up with the idea of changing the rules to save favored institutions - TARP, the bailing out of AIG, Citibank, GM, Chrysler and underwater homeowners at the expense of the companies and people who played by the rules has infuriated millions. The problem with changing the rules of the game is you never know when you should stop. For example, now that everyone else has been bailed out, the states too who have spent beyond their means are being bailed out meaning if you live in a state where you elected fiscally conservative candidates who spent wisely, your tax liabilities still increase because the administration is being forced by bailout momentum to save states which are bankrupt.

And believe me I understand the incompetence of state politicians as Connecticut, my home state is about to face bankruptcy - we have a week's worth of cash.

With this set up, understand why many are concerned when they hear that some suggest that now we need to change the copyright laws to save newspapers.

US Visa Fees Surge: The Good and Bad

August 16, 2010

This past Friday, US President Obama signed into law a new bill which drastically raises the cost of hiring foreign workers using H-1B and L visas from $320 to $2,320 in situations where a company has more than 50% of their workforce holding these visas and also having at least 50 employees in total. The chief sponsor of this bill is Senator Chuck Schumer who has been positioning himself as a protector of the American worker through other initiatives like the anti-offshoring bill which would add a 5 cent surcharge to domestic calls transferred overseas.

Let's look at the good and bad regarding this new legislation. The best part is it only applies to companies with 50 or more employees which thankfully shows the administration understands the importance of small companies to growing jobs and strengthening the economy.

When will the Smart Home Take off?

August 13, 2010

It is a certainty inevitable that home automation becomes more of a reality and that disparate product categories will converge. Already tablet computers are being tasked with becoming part of the integrated entertainment of millions of consumers who appreciate being able to watch movies and read books on a single device.

But as time marches on more integration is inevitable and one of the best examples of the blending of WiFi, Internet radio and iTunes is Sonos, a wireless stereo system I recently wrote about and was quite impressed with. The company with a palindrome for a name rides on a home's WiFi network and allows you to wirelessly build an in-home audio system.

Tablet Update and Oracle Sues Google over Android

August 13, 2010

It's been a very busy tech morning so I spent some time assembling news you should be aware of before you grab your morning bagel and brew that pot of coffee.

Tablets, Tablets Everywhere

First off is an article from Harry McCracken at Technologizer discussing 32 tablets, slates and pads. Yes Virginia, there are alternatives to the iPad but surprisingly the iPod Touch isn't on the list.

Dialogic Eyes Video Compression, SBC Market with Veraz Acquisition

August 10, 2010

For those of you in telecom for decades you remember how in the mid-nineties Dialogic was the major company producing hardware and software building blocks in what we called the computer telephony/CTI spaces. They provided the market with DSP resource boards which at first powered simple voicemail systems but as Microsoft and Novell tried to muscle their way into the communications space, the world realized for the first time that telecom was becoming open and companies like Dialogic had the tools to convert analog signals into digital form and back.

A few years later the company was purchased by Intel and the brand became diluted and the company for all practical purposes fell off the radar. As an industry insider it was shocking really as an entire ecosystem of partners all of a sudden had to market and push product on their own.

Oracle's Larry Ellison Says Hurd Loss at HP a Huge Mistake

August 10, 2010

I spent some of the weekend covering the Mark Hurd resignation with a post titled Hurd's Resignation and HP's Odd Half-Decade where I discussed just how logic-defying the situation surrounding the ouster of this CEO is.

Some big news yesterday in the world of technology had to do with Mark Hurd and his resignation following a sexual harassment investigation where he was not found guilty. The woman allegedly involved with Hurd was a former contractor and according to a close source there was no romantic or sexual relationship between the two. What is unusual though is the company on a conference call characterized their relationship as "close" and "personal."

Hurd's Resignation and HP's Odd Half-Decade

August 7, 2010

Some big news yesterday in the world of technology had to do with Mark Hurd and his resignation following a sexual harassment investigation where he was not found guilty. The woman allegedly involved with Hurd was a former contractor and according to a close source there was no romantic or sexual relationship between the two. What is unusual though is the company on a conference call characterized their relationship as "close" and "personal."

I am at a bit of a loss to understand exactly what I just wrote means.

TMC Editorial Open House at 40+ Companies

August 5, 2010

Blackberry Torch 9800 Analysis

August 5, 2010

 

The launch of RIM's latest phone the Torch 9800 certainly wasn't a secret and although I haven't had time to test the device as of yet, I am impressed with much of what the Canadian company has packed into its new gadget. Blackberry's have always excelled at e-mail and text messaging and you can expect this new phone with an integrated and very real keyboard to carry on that tradition but those people who prefer a touch-screen experience can benefit from the capacitive variety built into this device.

Some of the biggest challenges facing RIM as it competes with the iPhone 4 and Android devices are the lack of a really slick device, poor browsing, limited apps, poor camera, limited search and poor download speeds.

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