Tom Foremski

In May 2004, Tom Foremski became the first journalist to leave a major newspaper, the Financial Times, to become a full-time journalist blogger. He writes the blog Silicon Valley Watcher — reporting on the collision of media and technology. Tom arrived in San Francisco in 1984, and has covered US technology markets for leading computer journals and newspapers around the world. Silicon Valley has become a Media Valley.

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Intel and Microsoft's  failure to PC-ize the comms industry

Intel and Microsoft's failure to PC-ize the comms industry

Intel's [Intel is an SVW sponsor] sale of its cell phone and handheld computer chip business to Marvell Technology Group for $600m announced earlier today, represents a change in its strategy to apply the economics of the PC industry to cell phones, smart phones, and communications equipment markets.In the mid to late 1990s, Craig Barrett, the CEO of Intel, led efforts to expand the company's business into the fast growing cell phone and communications equipment markets.

June 27, 2006 by in Intel

Intel looks ready to crash AMD's server market

Intel looks ready to crash AMD's server market

On Monday, Intel presented its roadmap for its Opteron-killer chips, Xeon 5100 Series and explained why it will grab back any lost market share and stay ahead--this time.The chips are strategic to Intel (INTC) in keeping its dominance in lucrative server chip markets as data centers upgrade to computing systems using less electric power; this power issue is fast becoming the the single most limiting factor to expanding any computing facility.

June 26, 2006 by in Processors

Sun CEO will announce thousands of layoffs this Thursday

Sun CEO will announce thousands of layoffs this Thursday

Sun Microsystems (SUNW) will announce on Thursday a large round of layoffs in a bid to cut about one-half billion dollars in annual costs as it transforms itself into a broad based computer software and services company. Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun, will make the announcement to staff and investors, said a Sun source.

June 19, 2006 by in Oracle

Bill Gates is no Steve Jobs

Bill Gates is no Steve Jobs

Bill Gates' gradual departure from Microsoft over the next two years comes at a time when the company is facing its largest challenges. It is way behind Google and other companies in transitioning to the online era, and it faces large problems with staff morale.

June 15, 2006 by in Apple

Google spreadsheet moves it further away from search

Google spreadsheet moves it further away from search

Google's expected launch of a web based spreadsheet continues its push into markets that have very little to do with its mission to index the world's information.The spreadsheet launch the Wall Street Journal reports will come on Tuesday,  adds to a long list of desktop and web-based applications that Google has been introducing on a regular basis.

June 5, 2006 by in Google

A media monopoly in SF/Silicon Valley?

A media monopoly in SF/Silicon Valley?

Thursday evening my buddy Tom Abate, senior business reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle invited me to join him at a Media Alliance event at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center (why no heterosexual?) in San Francisco: The Coming Media Monopoly: Concentration of Press Ownership and Its Effects.

June 4, 2006 by in Storage

Google cherry picks the best

Google cherry picks the best

Google News is cherry picking, it picks the best stories, and it picks the very best, and most valuable part of a news story: the headline, the first paragraph, and often, an accompanying photograph. As journalists we are taught to write an inverted triangle.

May 16, 2006 by in Google

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