NTP is back for more patent goodies. And this time the patent-holding company is suing a lot more than just RIM.
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David Greenfield points to a post by Google Operating System via Google Blogoscoped about a video explaining Google's plans to add a social fabric to its applications, a la Facebook. The video, which has been removed from Google Video, apparently comes from an in-house "tech talk" presentation by Google's Ben Darnell to new Google employees.
Hewlett-Packard plans to name Disney executive Michael Mendenhall chief marketing officer as of Oct. 1.
Sun Microsystems rolled out its latest version of Solaris and the operating system is optimized for virtualization among other items. The update is supposed to make it easier to migrate for new customers to migrate to Solaris.
On today's podcast:My $150 laptop adventure.IT hiring solid for now.
Fourteen percent of chief information officers plan to hire technology staff in the fourth quarter, according to a hiring survey by staffing firm Robert Half.That hiring rate makes for a 12 percent differential in hiring plans since 2 percent anticipate cutbacks, according to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report.
In July I ordered a $150 Linux-powered laptop in what appeared to be the deal of the century. I'm still waiting.
Notable headlines:HP's inkjet tech seeks to replace hypodermic needles. IBM prints with molecules.
Prior to AMD's Barcelona/Quad-Core Opteron processor launch event this evening in San Francisco, I lunched, along with fellow journalists, with company Chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz and Randy Allen, corporate vice president of AMD’s Server and Workstation division.What stood out for me was AMD's psychic battle--living in Intel's shadow, a self-acknowledged David trying to slay, or compete against, a Goliath ten times bigger.
As the New York Times' Steve Lohr reported recently, Dell has suffered a series of setbacks in recent months, from HP overtaking the company as the largest PC seller to an SEC investigation involving falsified quarterly results. In the article, Dell said, “We’re moving the needle in terms of getting focused on the right long-term issues.