TechMediaWatch August 31: VMware, Microsoft, Wikipedia, China Unicom, Intel, Outlook, Facebook

August 31, 2009

A Hired Gun for Microsoft, in Dogged Pursuit of Google
An engineer who chased after Google for 10 years while at Yahoo is returning to his mission at Microsoft.(NYT)+++

Challenging Microsoft With a New Technology
VMware is the leader in software that lets a computer run two or more operating systems at once. It is used mainly to cut costs in data centers, but that is changing.(NYT)+++

All a Cub Reporter Needs Is a Scoop and an iPhone
Fwix, a local news site, will release an iPhone application to let users file news updates, photos and videos from the field.(NYT)+++

VMware vs. Microsoft: It’s About More Than the Plumbing
The VMware-Microsoft battle matters because virtual machine software is a strategic technology that could shape broader markets.(NYT)+++

Look This Up on Wikipedia: How Big Is Too Big?
Scholars are beginning to question the continued growth of Wikipedia and the implications of its size and structure.(NYT)+++

Consumers Give Lift to Technology Sales
Consumers are helping pull the tech sector out of one of its worst-ever slumps, and optimism is building that businesses may start switching on spending soon. Intel boosted its third-quarter sales forecast, citing strong PC demand.(WSJ)+++

China Unicom Strikes iPhone Deal
China Unicom unveiled a deal with Apple to sell iPhones in China starting this year, bringing the device to the world’s largest mobile market for the first time. (WSJ)+++

Intel Outlook Spurs Chip Activity
The options market played host to robust activity in chip makers on Friday after Intel raised its forecast on third-quarter sales and Marvell Technology Group reported quarterly results that beat expectations.(WSJ)+++

AT&T Gets a Fuzzy Signal on Apple’s iPhone

AT&T’s exclusive right to offer Apple’s smart phone has attracted new customers, but it is difficult to know whether those benefits are worth what have been some considerable costs.(WSJ)+++HP Labs re-tooled
Since a new regime took over the distinguished research facility two years ago, HP Labs has reorganized into 21 labs pursuing eight big themes, from cloud services to sustainability and immersive interaction. (SFC)+++

Group backs texting ban
The national association representing state highway safety officials throws its support behind a growing movement to ban text messaging by drivers. (SFC)+++

New iPhone game a hit
Designed by an S.F. start-up, iPhone application Seek ‘N Spell, which uses GPS, is part capture-the-flag, part Scrabble. (SFC)+++

Kobe Bryant: NBA 2K10 is ‘like practicing without getting hurt’
For most of his career in the NBA, there have been two Kobe Bryants, evolving in mirror universes.(LAT)+++

Sony sees Google Books settlement as ‘profoundly positive’
Sony, a major player in the digital reading marketplace, this week stated that the settlement between Google and a group of authors and publishers “may have a profoundly positive impact on the market for e-book readers and related devices.”(LAT)+++

Election display puts firm on map
Jason Vazzano and Kurt Steckling took more than a passing interest in last fall’s presidential election, but politics wasn’t the draw.(DFP)+++

An interview with MIT Sloan’s Richard Locke
He has worked with Nike on its labor and environmental standards, and spearheaded the development of MIT Sloan’s Laboratory for Sustainable Business (S-Lab), which focuses on the impact of business on climate change, water scarcity, energy needs, environmental degradation and labor issues. (SV)+++

Biotech innovation being threatened
Industry frets over higher burden of proof to get drugs approved SV)+++

Bill would give president emergency Net powers
Critics question revised proposal from Sen. Jay Rockefeller to let the White House do what it deems necessary in a “cybersecurity emergency.”(CNET)+++

Putting a Net-controlled robot on ‘guard duty’
Home surveillance robots can be fun–at least the Rovio is. CNET’s Josh Lowensohn spent a week with this three-wheeled robot watching over his house.(CNET)+++

VMware steps up data center automation game
Company to roll out a product family dubbed vCenter to automate data center tasks and manage to service level agreements.(CNET)+++

Discovery glides to smooth space station docking
Shuttle commander Rick Sturckow, forced to use coarse thrusters instead of preferred steering jets, guides Discovery to a smooth docking with the International Space Station on Sunday.(CNET)+++ stocks coffers for winter
It’s a small industry, but pellet stove makers see more people looking to heat with biomass.(CNET)+++

More questions than answers on Google Books
Google insists it has the best of intentions following its settlement with book rights holders, but there is a strong undercurrent of distrust in the publishing community.(CNET)+++

Microsoft’s Bing decides on bribery
In its first-ever TV ad for Cashback, Microsoft is appealing to your more exalted decision-making instincts: those residing near your pocket.(CNET)+++

Hired gun for Microsoft, in dogged pursuit of Google
An engineer who chased after Google for 10 years while at Yahoo is returning to his mission at Microsoft.(CNET)+++

Report: Wolfram Alpha to offer API for data feeds
Wolfram Alpha is opening up its data via an application programming interface. It’s a good move that allows others to take advantage of collective information resources.(CNET)+++

Facebook’s iPhone update paves the way for apps
The social network’s latest iPhone application update sure does make it feel like an app launcher of its own. Are Facebook apps making their way to the popular handset?(CNET)+++

Apple, AT&T face yet another iPhone MMS lawsuit
The companies have to respond to a third publicized lawsuit claiming that consumers were duped into believing that the iPhone was capable of sending and receiving MMS.(CNET)+++

Apple says it’s not to blame for ‘exploding’ iPhones
In an internal investigation into accusations, Apple denies that there is a problem with the iPhone that would cause it to spontaneously crack or explode.(CNET)+++

Hey, PC, who taught you to fight back?
After taking a beating in the “Get a Mac” ads, Microsoft is emphasizing the diversity of PC users and the value of Windows machines.(CNET)+++

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