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Nov 4, 2010
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Jawbone maker branches out with Jambox speaker

Aliph, one of the most successful venture capital-backed consumer electronics start-ups in the U.S., has carved out a lucrative niche for itself making the high-end Jawbone mobile phone headset. But the company is launching a new product that will take it in a new direction, just in time for the holiday shopping season.

The company on Thursday unveiled the $199 Jambox, a Bluetooth wireless portable speaker which does double duty as a speaker phone. Aliph hopes it will become a must-have accessory for owners of iPhones, iPads and billions of other Bluetooth-enabled devices.

Nov 2, 2010

EA profit outlook below Street, shares dip

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Video game publisher
Electronic Arts Inc (ERTS.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported higher-than-expected
second-quarter results, boosted by robust sales of “FIFA 11,”
but set a profit forecast for the current quarter that was
below Wall Street’s target.

EA has shored up its financial situation and is making an
aggressive push into social, online and mobile games, but the
company still lacks the chart buster franchises of rival
Activision Blizzard (ATVI.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Oct 29, 2010

Video games shares looking for a catalyst

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29 (Reuters) – U.S. video game
publishers will provide a snapshot of consumer sentiment as the
critical holiday season nears, with investors awaiting that
elusive catalyst to shake the industry out of its doldrums.

Shares of Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) , Electronic
Arts Inc (ERTS.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and THQ Inc (THQI.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) — which report
quarterly results starting next week — have underperformed the
market this year, as sales of traditional hardware and software
in the $60 billion industry continue to slump.

Oct 29, 2010

Apotheker’s job: restore stability, credibility

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Leo Apotheker takes over at Hewlett-Packard Co as the ghost of Mark Hurd haunts the halls, Oracle’s Larry Ellison fires potshots from across Silicon Valley and Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is an ever present reminder of an inglorious chapter in company history.

His job: return the former Silicon Valley icon to stability.

Just getting familiar with HP, the world’s largest technology company by revenue, will be a daunting task when the former chief executive of German software company SAP AG starts his new job on Monday.

Oct 29, 2010

Apotheker’s job at HP: restore stability, credibility

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Leo Apotheker takes over at Hewlett-Packard Co as the ghost of Mark Hurd haunts the halls, Oracle’s Larry Ellison fires potshots from across Silicon Valley and Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is an ever present reminder of an inglorious chapter in company history.

His job: return the former Silicon Valley icon to stability.

Just getting familiar with HP, the world’s largest technology company by revenue, will be a daunting task when the former chief executive of German software company SAP AG starts his new job on Monday.

Oct 28, 2010

Analysis: Apotheker’s job: restore stability, credibility

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Leo Apotheker takes over at Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) as the ghost of Mark Hurd haunts the halls, Oracle’s Larry Ellison fires potshots from across Silicon Valley and Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is an ever present reminder of an inglorious chapter in company history.

His job: return the former Silicon Valley icon to stability.

Just getting familiar with HP, the world’s largest technology company by revenue, will be a daunting task when the former chief executive of German software company SAP AG (SAPG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) starts his new job on Monday.

Oct 27, 2010

HP won’t say if CEO to testify in SAP-Oracle case

SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON (Reuters) – Hewlett-Packard Co has declined to say whether its incoming chief executive, Leo Apotheker, will testify in a high-profile trade secrets case involving Oracle and SAP.

HP, the world’s largest technology company by revenue, would not say whether Apotheker, a former CEO of SAP, will start his new job at the company’s Palo Alto, California, headquarters.

Oct 22, 2010
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HP’s Slate tablet: The early reviews

Hewlett-Packard, at long last, has released the tablet computer first glimpsed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last January, and it is a decidedly different take than what we’ve seen so far in the tablet space. Basically a business netbook sans a keyboard. That’s a far cry from Apple’s iPad — and maybe that’s the point.

The initial reviews of the HP Slate 500 are starting to trickle in and they are something of a mixed bag. There is plenty to debate, to be sure. The device sports Windows 7, Wi-Fi but no 3G, and has no app store link-up. But it features a digital stylus pen, has a relatively fast processor and plenty of room for storage. And then there is the little matter of that hefty $799 price tag, which has surprised more than a few people, given that the iPad starts at $499.

Oct 22, 2010

HP unveils $799 tablet with a PC feel

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Hewlett-Packard Co unveiled its first product for the fast-growing tablet market, a $799 device running Microsoft Windows that is aimed at business customers.

HP’s Slate 500 attempts to replicate the PC experience in a tablet form, providing a contrast to rivals who have brought more of a smartphone feel to their devices. The Slate runs the same version of Windows 7 used by many companies on their standard PCs.

Oct 21, 2010

SanDisk profit tops Street view, shares surge

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – SanDisk Corp posted a better-than-expected profit, helped by stable pricing for NAND flash memory and cost cuts that boosted its gross margin, and its shares rose 9 percent.

SanDisk and other NAND suppliers are expected to benefit from a surge in demand for flash in devices such as Apple Inc’s iPad, smartphones and other consumer electronics.

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