How Sean Parker bumbled his new startup's launch; HP CEO Meg Whitman opens up.
The company aims to offer frictionless video networking that allows you to chat with your existing friends or with strangers based on location or interests you share on Facebook. Like predecessor Chatroulette.com, it's easy to switch to a new chat partner, but unlike that service, which became known for its shock value, Airtime allows users to reveal their identity and share content such as YouTube videos. At the launch in New York, however, the potential for a major shakeup to the Facebook social graph took a backseat to technical problems and a somewhat manic, nervous Parker.
Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman has a lot to say (Interview) [ALL THINGS D]
Once the legal trial with Oracle is concluded, one way or the other, she'd like to see HP and Oracle work together again, even though she conceded that the damage done to HP's Business Critical Server business is hurting HP. She also said that HP will create a version of HP-UX, its version of Unix that will run on Intel's mainstream server chip known as Xeon. For another, she will not accept a job in a Mitt Romney White House in the event one might be offered. To do so would be to leave HP too soon at a moment when, more than anything, it needs consistent leadership.
Understanding exactly how Palm could drive itself into irrelevance in such a short period of time will forever be a subject of Valley lore. There are parts of the story that are simply lost, viewpoints and perspectives that have been rendered extinct either through entrenched politicking or an employee base that has long since given up hope and dispersed for greener pastures. What we do know, though, is enough to tell a tale of warring factions, questionable decisions, and strategic churn, interspersed by flashes of brilliance and a core team that fought very hard at times to keep the dream alive.
Ellen Pao, the partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers who is suing the legendary venture capital firm for alleged gender discrimination and acts of retaliation she claims to have experienced during her seven year career there, has refused to speak to the press since news of the lawsuit first broke last month. ... In response to an anonymous Quora user who asked, "Did Ellen Pao quit KPCB after the lawsuit?" Pao wrote a simple response posted Monday afternoon: "No, and I don't plan to quit."
The slow growth in the overall mobile phone market is primarily due to the projected 10.0% decline in feature phone shipments this year. Many owners of feature phones, sometimes known as "talk and text" devices, are holding on to their phones in light of uncertain job and economic prospects. Despite the decline in shipments, feature phones will still comprise 61.6% of the total mobile phone market this year.
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"Maybe Brits have too many holidays for broke country!"
-- Reported, quickly deleted Tweet from @rupertmurdoch (The Sydney Morning Herald)
* According to former Palm employees, HP's Touchpad tablet, which the company eventually liquidated last year with a $99 fire sale, didn't have a chance. Leadership and engineering talent was lacking. The MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jan 3, 2012 6:00 AM ET
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"If you don't fail, you haven't tried hard enough."
-- Shervin Pishevar, Menlo Ventures Managing Partner (TechCrunch)
* HP (HPQ) has finally decided the fate of the WebOS operating system, and things are looking up. The company announced that it's making WebOS "open source," allowing developers and other hardware manufacturers to freely MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 12, 2011 3:30 AM ET
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"People like to talk about war. ... Google, I think, in some ways, is more competitive and certainly is trying to build their own little version of Facebook." -- Mark Zuckerberg on Charlie Rose (Business Insider)
* Besides appearing on Charlie Rose recently with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg also MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 8, 2011 3:30 AM ET
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* Sources tell All Things D that HP (HPQ) is laying off as many as 525 employees whose work related to (now-defunct) webOS hardware. Indeed, in a statement, HP confirmed layoffs start this week but declined to specify the number. (All Things D)
* As reported yesterday, Google Wallet is now live, MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 20, 2011 3:30 AM ET
No, they don't plan to produce "one last run" in order to make it up in volume
Can you spot the dissemblance in the announcement posted Monday on Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) The Next Bench blog?
Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand. We don't know exactly when these units will be available or how many we'll get, and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 31, 2011 11:51 AM ET
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* Hurricane Irene came and went, and while many people felt its potent effects, the hurricane-turned-tropical storm also inspired a number of reactions via Twitter, from criticism of TV news anchors in raincoats when Irene was hundreds of miles away to over-the-top screengrabs taken from the disaster flick, The Day MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Aug 29, 2011 3:30 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
It didn't help that Best Buy asked it to take back its tablet which was a dud with consumers. But its core businesses aren't doing well either.
FORTUNE -- A report that Best Buy wants Hewlett-Packard to buy back all the TouchPad tablet computers that the retailer is storing, unsold, couldn't have been timed worse. HP is slated to announce its third-quarter results on Thursday, and while the TouchPad makes up only MOREAug 18, 2011 11:18 AM ET
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* Best Buy (BBY) is reportedly sitting on a large pile of unsold HP TouchPad tablets -- more than 225,000 -- and the retail chain isn't happy. (All Things D)
* Amazon (AMZN) signed popular self-help guru Timothy Ferriss as part of the company's new bid to publish books as MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Aug 17, 2011 3:45 AM ET
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