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Nov 22, 2010

HP results top Street, raises 2011 outlook

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Hewlett Packard Co
(HPQ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) raised its fiscal 2011 revenue and earnings forecasts
after strong commercial computer and storage sales led to
better-than-expected quarterly results.

Shares in the No. 1 U.S. technology company by sales
climbed 1.6 percent. The bellwether did not appear to show any
ill effects from the internal turmoil that has enveloped the
company since August, beginning with the abrupt departure of
former chief Mark Hurd.

Nov 22, 2010
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A “completely new” iPad, says Jobs, for the holidays

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The iPad will have just a smattering of competition for the holiday season, but nonetheless, Steve Jobs says he is basically reinventing Apple’s tablet as consumers prepare to hit the stores over the next five weeks.

Apple on Monday announced the latest software update for the iPad, bringing multitasking, AirPrint and a few other goodies to the touchscreen tablet.  While these features are certainly nice (they came to the iPhone earlier this year), Jobs took it a bit further. And he of course didn’t pass up an opportunity to smack his tablet rivals, which include Samsung and Research in Motion.

Nov 19, 2010

Oracle-SAP testimony wraps without HP CEO showing

OAKLAND, California, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Testimony in a
trial pitting Oracle Corp (ORCL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) against SAP AG (SAPG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
wrapped up on Friday without former SAP chief and current
Hewlett Packard (HPQ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) CEO Leo Apotheker appearing.

Closing arguments are slated for Monday. SAP and Oracle,
which compete against each other in the market for software
that helps businesses run more efficiently, are in court to
determine the amount of damages for software theft by SAP.

Nov 19, 2010

Dell’s margins blow by Street and shares rise

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Dell Inc raised its yearly income forecast after third-quarter margins and earnings smashed expectations, helped by sliding costs of PC components and propelling its shares 4.8 percent higher.

The personal computer maker, which vies with Acer Inc for the No. 2 spot in the global PC market, expects stable demand from government and corporate customers and favorable component prices this current quarter.

Nov 18, 2010

Dell’s margins blow by Street, shares climb

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Dell Inc (DELL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) raised
its yearly income forecast after third-quarter margins and
earnings smashed expectations, helped by sliding costs of PC
components and propelling its shares 6 percent higher.

The personal computer maker, which vies with Acer Inc
(2353.TW: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for the No. 2 spot in the global PC market, expects
stable demand from government and corporate customers and
favorable component prices this current quarter.

Nov 18, 2010
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Cloud gaming service OnLive coming to the TV

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OnLive, the closely-watched startup that is aiming to change the way people buy and play video games, officially launched last June. But the company says that was a mere warmup for the main event, which begins in a few weeks.

OnLive emerged from years of stealth development in 2009 with a somewhat audacious plan to offer so-called “cloud gaming”:  instant, on-demand and lag-free access to video games stored remotely on servers in data centers.

Nov 17, 2010

Dell mobile business chief Garriques to leave

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Ron Garriques, the head
of Dell Inc’s (DELL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) mobile communications group, is leaving
the company as it begins a major push into the smartphone and
tablet markets.

Garriques was a high-profile hire when he arrived at Dell
in early 2007, charged with overhauling the company’s consumer
business.

Nov 17, 2010

HP hopes to reassure Street, Dell’s margins key

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Hewlett Packard Co
(HPQ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) hopes to shift investors’ attention from its internal
upheaval to financial performance, with an imminent quarterly
report expected to again showcase its reputation for solid –
if unspectacular — growth.

HP shares have suffered after months of grappling with the
messy exit of Mark Hurd as chief executive, followed by a nasty
public fight with Oracle Corp (ORCL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and its CEO Larry
Ellison over the hiring of Silicon Valley outsider Leo
Apotheker as its new chief.

Nov 16, 2010
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Palm Chief promises “hits” for HP

Six months after Hewlett-Packard announced it was buying smartphone pionners Palm  for $1 billion, technology watchers are still waiting to see just what emerges from the high-profile marriage.

Palm chief Jon Rubinstein still isn’t tipping his hand on any details around smartphones and tablets that are due next year from the new HP unit. But he certainly made no effort to manage expectations on Tuesday at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco.

Nov 16, 2010
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Adobe CEO on Apple: “Let the games begin”

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The war between Apple and Adobe, which revolves around the use of Adobe’s Flash software on devices like the iPhone and iPad, has simmered down to a low boil, but it certainly hasn’t gone away. Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen turned up at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, and the first question out the gate from the interviewer was about — what else? — Apple.

Although Narayen said the media is doing its part to help fuel the spat, he sounded anything but conciliatory:

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