Industry News Desk
Virtualization, Firefox and Vista
Sun Herd Thins Again While Vista's Screwed
Jun. 19, 2008 11:15 AM
Yahoo Biggie Quits
Firefox 3.0 Due
Jeff Weiner, a key Yahoo executive, a Semel holdover second,
they say, only to CEO Jerry Yang, isn’t waiting around to collect on any
controversial severance plan; he’s leaving Yahoo reportedly to become an
entrepreneur-in-residence at both Accel Partners and Greylock Partners where
former reports dwell. Weiner headed Yahoo’s Network Division. Usama Fayyad, the
head of research and strategic data solution, a k a data mining, is also
After three years development and testing, Firefox 3.0,
Internet Explorer’s nemesis, is supposed to be released Tuesday, June 17. It’s
supposed to block phishing scams based on StopBadware.org and Google tips.
Mozilla is praying for a record number of downloads. Opera Thursday put out the
latest release of Opera 9.5, a k a Kestral.
A survey of 372 IT people, mostly Americans, done by Sanford
C Bernstein analyst Charles DiBona last month indicates that Vista isn’t selling
and, in fact, will take Microsoft revenues down $395 million or two cents a
year in the fiscal year beginning in July. Apparently only 26% of the companies
contacted expect their PCs to be running Vista
by 2011, down from 68% a year ago. The hardware requirements are too high,
limiting Vista to 10% of the PCs they already
own, and its features aren’t compelling.
Why Apple Bought PA
PA Semi, the boutique PowerPC chip house that Apple
puzzlingly bought without much explanation in April is going to do
system-on-chips for iPhones and iPods, according to what Steve Jobs told the
New York Times Monday in an interview. He did not say whether that meant Apple
would abandon the ARM core it currently uses or whether it will make Intel
happy and use the Atom.
HP & Acer Settle
HP and Acer have settled their patent litigation, which
involved three federal lawsuits and two investigations by the International
Trade Commission. HP filed suit 15 months ago demanding that Acer gear be
stopped at the border; Acer then filed two sets of counterclaims.
Sun Herd Thins Again
John Gage, Sun employee number 5 and its chief researcher,
head of its science office – the guy who coined the Sun tag line “The Network
is the Computer” – a seemingly nonsense slogan Sun used to wish it could shake
– has finally left the building after 25 years. He’s going to Kleiner Perkins
to be a VC focused on green technology investments. Sun co-founder Bill Joy has
a berth at Kleiner, one of Sun’s original backers. A few days ago Sun, which is
cutting maybe another 2,500 jobs, lost his chief salesman Don Grantham to HP.
Verari Sets Up
Verari Systems has set up a leasing unit, the Verari
Financial Services Group underwriting hardware, software, data centers,
professional services, heck, even buildings promising competitive terms,
trade-ins and pay-as-you-grow plans.
Penny Wise, Pound
Gartner VP and chief analysts Bryan Lewis claims the reason
behind the “design issue” that led to Microsoft’s billion-dollar recall of all
those Xbox 360s last year was because it got chintzy and designed the graphics
chip itself to avoid paying an ASIC house tens of millions of dollars. It wound
up back at the ASIC house, which EE Times thinks was ATI.
Google co-founder and president of technology Sergey Brin is
apparently not a “green.” In these days of $138-a-barrel oil, talk of “finite
supply” and carbon counts he has put down a $5 million deposit on a private
trip to the International Space Station in 2011.
As anyone who’s seen any of the pictures of the event knows,
Apple CEO Steve Jobs looked like shit when he announced iPhone 2.0 Monday,
which made everybody remember that he was operated on for a rare pancreatic
cancer a few years ago after failing with alternative remedies – a fact Apple
took a long time to disclose – and, since Steve Jobs is Apple, it inspired
papers like the Los Angeles Times to ask after his health. Apple told the paper
Steve has being suffering from a “common bug” for the last couple of weeks and
was on antibiotics.