UPDATE-PayPal tries to lure retailers to mobile app

November 2, 2011

(Updates to explain “secure element” issue. Changes in bold in paragraphs 10, 11)

In the Larry Page era, wither the splashy Google product launch?

October 28, 2011

Remember the days when Google had big splashy product launches?

It almost seems like a bygone era, with the Web search giant now appearing to favor a more muted approach to product unveilings.

How to generate media value: Fire your CEO

October 28, 2011

Some outfit called General Sentiment has set about the task of evaluating the media value of top global brands and then ranking those companies accordingly. Some brands made their way up the list because they ousted their head honcho.

Does Sony Ericsson fate provide Googorola clues?

October 27, 2011

While Google made no secret of the fact that it is buying Motorola Mobility for its patents, the remaining unanswered question is what it does with the handset business. Now that Sony  is planning to take full ownership of its mobile joint venture with Ericsson, its behavior may provide some clues as to what “Googorola” should do.

Sergey’s secret Google projects, and the challenge of 1,000 blooming flowers

October 20, 2011

What’s Sergey Brin been up to since his pal Larry Page took the reins as CEO of Google, the Internet search company that the pair co-founded 13 years ago?

Google+ to Facebook: TMI!

October 20, 2011

Vic Gundotra, Google’s head of social, doesn’t care about every song his friends are listening to and every article they’ve read.

Tech wrap: Samsung, Google scream for Ice Cream Sandwich

October 19, 2011

Samsung and Google unveiled the first smartphone running on Google’s latest version of the Android operating system, dubbed “Ice Cream Sandwich”, which combines software used in tablets and smartphones, as they step up competition against Apple. The high-end model Galaxy Nexus was unveiled at an event in Hong Kong, after being delayed last week as a tribute to the late Steve Jobs.  “This will be our strategic product for year-end holiday season, as (Apple’s) iPhone 4S just came into the market,” Samsung’s JK Shin said.

What’s in store for Dropbox after receiving a big pile of cash

October 19, 2011

Dropbox, one of the most watched companies in Silicon Valley, officially announced on Monday that it raised an astounding $250 million in a Series B round led by Index Ventures, reportedly valuing the virtual file cabinet company at a whopping $4 billion.  This massive round stands in contrast to the first bit of money raised — about  $7 million –  from early investors including Sequoia Partners, Accel Partners, and Hadi and Ali Partovi.*

Motorola bets on recycled Razr brand

October 18, 2011

Razr is back. After  being criticized for depending on the four letter brand for too long,  Motorola is hoping to draw some more blood from the stone with the new Droid Razr in the U.S. market. It will be called plain old Razr in the rest of the world.

Apple iPhone 4S: Believe the hype?

October 18, 2011

As Apple reports quarterly earnings based largely on the number of iPhones it sold, the honeymoon continues for the lucky millions able to get their hands on the newest 4S model, which was initially criticized for not being new enough. Apple went on to sell 4 million of them in 3 days.