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FOSS, the Recession and the Lower-TCO Promise

Most segments of the technology market are hurting due to the recession, but one -- open source systems -- appears to be thriving despite the economic turmoil. Open source vendors such as Red Hat, SugarCRM and Vyatta say the recession has compelled organizations and corporations large and small to t...

AT&T Launches Netbook-With-Service Experiment

AT&T has announced plans to sell wireless broadband laptops starting at $50 plus the cost of a monthly wireless plan. The mini-laptops will come with built-in 3G wireless capability and are part of a limited trial at retail locations in Atlanta and Philadelphia. Mini-laptops are lightweight comp...

AT&T Launches Netbook-With-Service Experiment

AT&T has announced plans to sell wireless broadband laptops starting at $50 plus the cost of a monthly wireless plan. The mini-laptops will come with built-in 3G wireless capability and are part of a limited trial at retail locations in Atlanta and Philadelphia. Mini-laptops are lightweight comp...

AT&T Launches Netbook-With-Service Experiment

AT&T has announced plans to sell wireless broadband laptops starting at $50 plus the cost of a monthly wireless plan. The mini-laptops will come with built-in 3G wireless capability and are part of a limited trial at retail locations in Atlanta and Philadelphia. Mini-laptops are lightweight comp...

Microsoft Offers Small-Biz Server Value Meal

Software giant Microsoft announced Wednesday that it will offer a stripped-down version of its server software, targeting small businesses with fewer than 15 employees. Windows Server 2008 Foundation, priced at $1,000, provides small-business customers with the ability to run business applications, ...

New Google VC Fund on the Prowl for Great Ideas

Search engine powerhouse Google has launched a new venture capital fund, Google Ventures. The new fund will invest in early-stage companies across a broad range of industries, including consumer Internet, software, clean tech, biotech and healthcare, according to a company blog posted Tuesday. "This...

Google Music Service Could Take Wind Out of Chinese Pirates’ Sails

Google has launched a new music search service in China in conjunction with Top100.cn, one of mainland China's top Internet music sites. The new Google Music Search provides users with links to free, legal music downloads. Google, Top100.cn and several major American record labels will share revenue...

Can Twitter Keep It Real as It Searches for Dollars?

Twitter has announced its intention to start making money through the introduction of premium business accounts sometime this year. The San Francisco-based social network provides users with a free service that lets them post 140-character notifications, or "tweets." Unique visitors to Twitter incre...

Blockbuster, TiVo Join to Deliver the Video Goods

Blockbuster and TiVo have joined forces to deliver Blockbuster's vast library of digital video to owners of the TiVo television set-top box. "We are excited to be teaming with TiVo, the company that created the DVR, to make Blockbuster's entertainment content readily available to their millions of s...

Sony Ericsson May Be Headed for Splitsville

Sony Ericsson's president of North America, Najmi Jarwala, has stepped down amid rumors that the joint venture between the two companies may soon be dissolved. The announcement comes at a dismal time for Sony Ericsson. The company is expecting first-quarter losses of between $459 million $526 millio...

Palm Shares Hang Steady Despite Withering Q3

The Pre can't come out fast enough for struggling smartphone maker Palm. The company reported dismal financial results Friday for the third quarter of its 2009 fiscal year. Revenue fell to $90.6 million, down 71 percent from $312.1 million during the third quarter of 2008. Losses surged to $95 milli...

Cisco Falls Head Over Heels for Flip

Networking giant Cisco Systems continues its aggressive push into the consumer sector with the acquisition of Flip Video camera maker Pure Digital Technologies for a whopping $590 million in stock. "The acquisition of Pure Digital is key to Cisco's strategy to expand our momentum in the media-enable...

Big Blue Skies for Sun?

Computing giant IBM could be close to buying struggling server maker Sun Microsystems for $7 billion, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Though Sun is best known for making high-end servers, the crown jewel of the company's technology portfolio is its software, especially the widespread Inte...

Seattle P-I Rolls Up Print Edition

After 146 years of publication, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer print edition is no more. Seattle's oldest newspaper, which is owned by media giant Hearst, will continue as an online-only publication starting Wednesday, but with a much-reduced news staff. "The P-I has a rich 146-year history of servi...

Cisco Wraps Arms Around Enterprise Computing

Networking giant Cisco Systems unveiled a slew of new products and services Monday that promise to simplify, consolidate and lower the cost of running vast computer networks at large businesses. The new products and services fall under an initiative Cisco calls the "Unified Computing System," which ...

Armstrong Leaves Google Mansion for AOL Fixer-Upper

Struggling Internet portal America Online has tapped Google executive Tim Armstrong as its new chairman and chief executive officer, the company announced Friday. AOL, a division of Time Warner, also announced the departures of current AOL chairman and CEO Randy Falco and President and COO Ron Grant...

eBay Lays Out Game Plan to Recapture Glory Days

Executives at flagging online auction site eBay outlined a plan Wednesday to revive the once-mighty Internet company's fortunes. Chief Executive John Donahoe told Wall Street analysts that the company's greatest growth potential lies in its online payment unit, PayPal. eBay will also institute chang...

Microsoft Opens Blinds on Windows Mobile App Store

Microsoft on Wednesday revealed more details about how its upcoming Windows Marketplace for Mobile app store will work and its strategy for luring more developers to the Windows Mobile platform. The software giant will give developers a 70 percent cut of all sales generated by their applications on ...

UK Royalty Standoff Clogs YouTube’s Music Video Pipes

Online video site YouTube has stopped streaming music videos to users in the United Kingdom due to a dispute over royalties with PRS for Music, the UK entity that collects royalties for music artists. The two sides have been locked in a battle over royalties for months, and YouTube, which is owned b...

Palm Scratches for Cash With Stock Resale

Smartphone maker Palm said Monday that it will remarket shares held by private equity firm Elevation Partners in an attempt to raise more capital as it readies itself for the rollout of its much-anticipated touchscreen phone, the Pre. Palm will sell about 18.5 million common shares -- or about half ...

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