The Google-ITA merger is now on a fast track approval process and we could see an announcement as early as today.
Update: The merger has been approved with significant stipulations including licensing of the software:
WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice announced today that in order for Google Inc. to proceed with its proposed acquisition of ITA Software Inc., the department will require Google to develop and license travel software, to establish MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 8, 2011 12:29 PM ET
Acer's Iconia tablet looks as good as the XOOM on paper and is up for pre-order for $450.
If you've ever played with an Acer netbook, you'll know the computer maker isn't adept at turning out high end products. But the Taiwanese company makes a good mid-range product, and they do it with razor-thin margins. This strategy is part of the reason they canned their CEO Gianfranco Lanci last week, saying MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 8, 2011 10:13 AM ET
As the high end of the smartphone market becomes saturated, all of the growth will come from the low end.
A report today from Taiwanese Digitimes shows some explosive estimates for $150 and cheaper, contract free Android phones. Specifically, the paper says it expects to see 20-25 million entry level Android devices ship in 2011, up from 2.5-3 million in 2010.
Global smartphone sales will hike 54.5% from 2010 to 445 million units in 2011, MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 7, 2011 3:14 PM ET
More jobs are opening for Android developers according to a report today.
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Dow Jones' VentureWire reports this evening that most of the companies seeded with cash from Kleiner Perkins famous iFund are taking their iApps and porting them over to Google's (GOOG) Android platform.
A telling stat:
13 of the 16 companies backed by the $200 million iFund now have both iOS and Android apps or will within a few MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 7, 2011 12:37 AM ET
The 13,465-square-foot office will house parts of its entertainment division.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Google (GOOG) has picked up some real estate in a city-owned building in Beverly Hills. This isn't its first foray into the City of Angels. Google, earlier this year, announced it would be acquiring 100,000 sq. feet of space in the landmark Frank Gehrey "Binoculars Building" in Venice – close to Apple's (AAPL) advertising agency Media MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 6, 2011 11:09 PM ET
Its acquisition of Next New Network is just the start.
Google (GOOG) has always cut a pretty clear line between "organizing the world's information" and creating it. However, a recent significnt purchase of Next New Network and a report by the Wall Street Journal today seem to indicate that Google is now forging ahead in creating its own content.
The company is planning changes to the homepage that would highlight sets of channels around MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 6, 2011 4:37 PM ET
Doing some extrapolation, Deutsche Bank figures that XOOM sales are around 100,000 so far.
The math isn't hard. Look at Android Dev's latest numbers for Android sales (April 1st)...
Duetsche Bank figures that .2% of Android devices that accessed the Android Market translates to 100,000 units. This means that they estimate 50 million Android devices accessed the Android Market over the last two weeks. Considering Android's run rate is about 10 million devices/month MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 6, 2011 3:02 PM ET
The Android phenomenon isn't a US-only affair.
Digital banking provider Intelligent Environments published the results of a study yesterday profiling the buying habits of smartphone buyers in the UK.
Some 28% of smartphone users own an Android, with 26% using an iPhone and 14% a BlackBerry, the study for digital banking provider Intelligent Environments found. More than four million British people over 18 years old own an Android - and it is popular with both MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 5, 2011 11:42 AM ET
With a new CEO and a departing Products VP, there is some room for interest.
Google (GOOG) announced today that their First Quater 2011 Financial Results conference call will take place on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time).
This will be the first earnings call under Larry Page who has a reputation for the unorthodox. Also, Google earnings calls are usually hosted by Product VP Jonathan MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 5, 2011 10:30 AM ET
One day into Page-run Google, there is already a high-profile departure.
The San Jose Mercury News today reports that Senior VP of Product Management Jonathan Rosenberg just resigned from Google(GOOG). Earlier today, SAI ranked him the 4th most powerful exec under the new regime of Larry Page though he ranks about ninth on the current official list.
The soft angle is that, "Rosenberg wanted to work at Google until his high school-aged daughter left MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 4, 2011 6:31 PM ET
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