Motorola launches Linux-run phone

On Friday, Motorola launched a phone based on the Intel chip set and Linux operating system; the phone is currently available only in China. Motorola declined to provide details such as price or if/when the phone might be available in the U.S. or Europe. The company sells a phone with a Microsoft operating system in the U.S. Links: PC World; ZD.netcontinue reading →

Just say no, please!

The New York Times reports this morning that Microsoft is wooing Google and has offered to buy (ie, assimilate) the upstart firm. Neither Google nor Microsoft would confirm the paper's report. News.google.com, science-tech section, does not list the story, but a search on Google, IPO and Microsoft yields a plethora of citations, many talking about the NYT story. The Financial Times reported last week that Google was exploring an IPO. Microsoft announced this week that it was splitting MSN into two parts; news reports noted that the firm is still trying to write its own search software. We can only hope that Google founders remain committed to their own vision, and that they don't succumb to the prospect of Microsoft $$$$. Links: NYTimes (requires registration); Washington Post; The Guardian; ZD.netcontinue reading →

MSN splits; so does Palm

It's the week for divorces, it seems. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced it was splitting MSN into two parts: communication and information. The information division has the web site, e-commerce, the nascent search technology; this group will also work on an online music store. The communication division has Messenger, Hotmail, Passport. Interesting timing. It's the first quarter of profitability for the long-suffering division. On Monday, stockholders approved a split of Palm Inc., where the software division was spun off, and also approved the purchase of Handspring, Inc. The hardware company will be known as PalmOne. Links: cNet; InternetNews.com; Financial Times; Seattle Post-Intelligencier; Information Week.continue reading →