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.
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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).
Steve Omohundro is president of Self-Aware Systems, which has a goal of developing an AI systems that understand their own behavior and work to improve themselves. He will be speaking at the Singularity Summit 2007 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco on September 8-9.
Dell's most recent quarter benefited from falling component costs. The rub: It isn't passing those benefits on to you.
Prolific idea-person Chei Wei Wang has developed the "haptic clock," an application that forces your cell phone to vibrate periodically so as to tell you the time.
Notable headlines:Mary Jo Foley: HP to wait for Microsoft Home Server update before shipping MediaSmart Server. And on the Microsoft legal circuit...