Palm's Foleo companion, which had mixed prospects, has been canceled so the company can double down on its next-generation software platform. Palm CEO Ed Colligan said in a post Tuesday that shelving the Foleo was the right thing to do:I have decided to cancel the Foleo mobile companion product in its current configuration and focus all of our energies on delivering out next generation platform and the first smartphones that will bring this platform to market.
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Advanced Micro Devices is prepping its Barcelona chip for lift off on Sept. 10, but it's unclear who will run the sales effort.
This week we get back into the tech conference season after the August hiatus, starting with the Office 2.0 Conference in San Francisco on Thursday and Friday.
As Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang cooks up the company's strategic plan one piece of speculation increasingly pops up as an option: Yahoo outsourcing search to Google.Strategically, it's tough to picture Yahoo (all recent posts) following through on this idea.
Mindy Mount, corporate vice president and chief financial officer of Microsoft's entertainment and device division, gave the Zune a grade of a "B-" and dropped a series of notable nuggets about potential plans for Windows Mobile. Speaking at the Citigroup technology conference in New York, Mount covered the products within her sprawling division, which accounts for about 12 percent of the company's revenue.
Sony is reportedly preparing a bit move to challenge Apple's video download aspirations. According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony is going to use its PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and Bravia TVs to ride shotgun with video download services.
There's a bit of a tug of war over Research In Motion's prospects. First, Bear Stearns cuts RIM from "outperform" to "peer perform" in a move that's largely based on the theory that RIM shares are too expensive.
Notable headlines:Garett Rogers: Get ready for JotSpot in Google Docs. Techmeme discussion.
Update: Apple and NBC Universal confirmed Friday that NBC shows will not be sold on iTunes.In a statement, Apple didn't mince words:The move follows NBC's decision to not renew its agreement with iTunes after Apple declined to pay more than double the wholesale price for each NBC TV episode, which would have resulted in the retail price to consumers increasing to $4.
I'm constantly amazed at the places Glenn Fleishman's excellent articles turn up. That latest, on the problems municipal wi-fi networks are facing is in The Economist (the only newsweekly worth reading anymore).