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* Google (GOOG) is seeking partnerships with automakers to eventually bring its self-driving car technology to real-world drivers. Though, the company still needs to conduct "millions of miles" of testing, and it may take another decade to bring to market. (The Wall Street Journal)
* One good thing to come out of the Oracle (ORCL) vs. Google trial? A wealth of new information about Android, including initial revenue expectations and designs for the first "Google Phone" dating all the way back from 2006. (The Verge)
* Business software maker SAP (SAP) announced quarterly results yesterday, reporting its ninth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth in sales -- 3.35 billion euros ($4.43 billion) in total. (Fortune)
* Capitalizing on 250% year-over-year growth in iPad usage, LinkedIn unveiled a slick new app for the tablet. The new app features, among other things, a section called "All Updates," where a dashboard displays appointments, news updates, the weather, what coworkers are sharing, as well as alerts of connections with new jobs. (LinkedIn)
* Why Amazon's (AMZN) potential ability to lower e-book prices to $9.99 may be good news -- for now. The move may occur largely thanks to the Justice Department's suit against Apple (AAPL) and five major book publishers for allegedly fixing book prices. (CNNMoney)
* Microsoft (MSFT) plans to introduce a new music service codenamed "Woodstock" at this year's E3 convention. According to The Verge, Woodstock may operate similarly to the popular streaming service Spotify, will feature deep Facebook integration, and won't require additional plug-ins to work. (The Verge)
* Hot mobile payments start-up Square now processes $5 billion worth of credit card transactions a year, a %25 increase from the year before. (Bloomberg)
* Why your online Klout score may really matter, particularly during some job interviews. (Wired)
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The board sealed the fate of HP's personal systems group when it hired the CEO of SAP
What the hell happened to Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) last week?
The simplest explanation is the one suggested Thursday by Techcrunch's MG Siegler and picked up Sunday by Daring Fireball's John Gruber: HP's board put an enterprise software guy in charge of a low-margin PC business and a high-risk play to outflank Apple (AAPL) in smartphones and tablets. When MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 22, 2011 8:02 AM ET
"The tablet effect is real," said HP's CEO, as he killed the TouchPad & orphaned his PCs
You don't have to look very hard to find the Apple (AAPL) angle in Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) August surprise: The announcement Thursday that it is pulling the plug on its tablets and smartphones and preparing to abandon the personal computer market altogether.
This is Steve Jobs' post-PC era writ large.
"I'm trying to think of a good MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 19, 2011 6:06 AM ET
The original enterprise tech company has been using social tools for years, says its new CIO.
FORTUNE --Business software makers -- from SAP (SAP) to Microsoft (MSFT) -- are in a race to make their products more "social." IBM (IBM) is no exception. The New York-based company says its social media roots date back to the 1970s, when its mainframe programmers started discussion forums (on System/370 consoles). Today, IBM sells social MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - May 31, 2011 2:55 PM ET
Oracle and NetSuite go after customers with the same kinds of needs, but they've carved out their own turfs, and are about to get even cozier.
FORTUNE -- Larry Ellison is cheering for Oracle and NetSuite. Not surprising, considering the billionaire tech mogul (and Oracle founder and CEO) is a major shareholder in both companies. But now Oracle (ORCL) and NetSuite (N) have more than Ellison's stake in common -- they're MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - May 16, 2011 2:34 PM ET
Hewlett Packard's CEO plans to kick the company and its flagging stock back into gear in part by selling apps and services via a new public cloud.
It's been just over eight months since Mark Hurd left HP (HPQ) beneath an avalanche of tabloid covers. In that time, HP's stock has slid just over 10%, leaving investors wondering when and how the world's largest tech company can get back on course.
Hurd's MOREMichael V. Copeland, Senior Writer - Mar 15, 2011 11:36 AM ET
HP's five new directors will have little to do with this quarter's likely solid earnings, but they will shape the company for decades to come.
By Ram Charan, contributor
In order to reboot for 2011, Hewlett Packard announced in January that it was bringing on five new members to its board of directors, replacing four others who wouldn't stand for re-election. The move came just weeks ahead of today's earnings announcement, where MOREScott Olster, editor - Feb 22, 2011 5:00 AM ET
Social, the cloud, gamification -- it all sounds like consumer-enterprise convergence. It's not, exactly, but these trends are a sign that enterprise has some catching up to do after a year of massive evolution in consumer gadgets.
With only a day to go until the end of 2010, the lists predicting which technologies will dominate the headlines next year are rampant. Well, I'm throwing my hat into the ring as well, MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Dec 31, 2010 5:00 AM ET
Leo Apotheker is barnstorming the world as he embarks on fixing the culture and focus of the huge technology company. One to-do stands out above all the rest.
Here's what new Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker's to-do list might look like:
Move to Palo Alto
Increase investment in research and development
Build a "strong and viable" software business
The first two tasks should be easy enough to cross off the list. MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Nov 29, 2010 2:45 PM ET
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