Updated: Apple on Tuesday reported strong first quarter results handily topping estimates as it lured holiday shoppers with new Macs and iPods. However, Apple's outlook for the March quarter left a lot to be desired and may hint at a demand slowdown.
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It may not save the economy, but the pink iPod will bring some love to the world. “Customers are going to love the gorgeous new pink iPod nano.
Netvibes rolled out the latest closed beta version of its personalized portal, adding the social networking features common to the field, such as friends, status updates and profiles. Content aggregated on a users page can be shared, recommended and discussed with friends and followers a la Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
EMC said Tuesday that it has rolled out its software as a service strategy, which revolves around Mozy, the product line it acquired in October when the data storage giant bought Berkeley Data Systems.Specifically, EMC launched MozyEnterprise powered by EMC Fortress (how's that for a branding hodge podge).
With impending layoffs of some unknown number (from hundreds to thousands) this month and a refocusing of the company's strategy, the blogosphere is full of speculation and advice. At GigaOm Sramana Mitra wrote that Yahoo needs to monetize its half a billion users better and should go on an acquisition binge to strengthen is positions in key verticals, such as news, sports, finance, jobs and photo sharing.
eBay CEO Meg Whitman is reportedly pondering retirement as the online auction giant struggles with slowing growth. Makes you wonder about those fourth quarter results eh?
Notable headlines:Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft (finally) broadens Windows Vista virtualization rules. Dan Farber: Microsoft’s unveils its grand virtualization strategyMary Jo Foley: IBM, Google quietly supporting OOXML?
Updated 11:00 AM PST: Microsoft will formally unveil its grand virtualization strategy tomorrow at a Virtualization Deployment Summit in Bellevue, WA, highlighted by the acquisition of Calista Technologies, a deeper alliance with Citrix and initiatives for deploying virtualization from desktops to data centers (see also Mary Jo Foley's take on the announcements).Microsoft, as well as VMware and Citrix's XenSource division, see a fertile greenfield for virtualization.
Banks have begun opening branches again...but this time, they're looking for something different--some way to create additional value around the customer's branch experience. Here's a partial day in the life.
The blogosphere is busy with rumors of Yahoo laying off up to 20 percent of its workforce (Techmeme), which numbers about 12,000.Silicon Alley Insider reported from a source that the potential layoffs are tied in part to Yahoo's stock performance:The "list" is reportedly the product of a Q4 project in which all group heads were asked to look at redundancies and create their own lists of potential cuts.