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Will Camcorders Go the Way of the Pager?

Cisco pulled the plug on its Flip digital video camera earlier this week, putting an end to its line of popular, relatively low-cost dedicated digital video cameras. Up until December, Cisco had invested a lot of time and effort into building up the market for the device. Could Cisco's stunning reve...

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Apotheker’s HP: Sunny With the Promise of Clouds

HP's recent Strategy Summit in San Francisco provided a coming-out party for the company's CEO Leo Apotheker before 350-plus IT industry analysts, and he wasted little time setting an agenda. Information, Apotheker said, represents the world's "most valuable commodity," reinforcing HP's plan's to su...

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Silicon Valley Showdown: Oracle vs. HP

The private settlement of HP's lawsuit against Oracle over its hiring of Mark Hurd as co-president after weeks of public wrangling is welcome news to everyone but the corporate attorneys. Still, don't expect the two vendors to just pick up and resume their former close partnership. Their quarrel got...

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The Dog Days of Summer and High-Tech Hijinks

In the mid-to-late 1980s, colleagues and friends were surprised when I transitioned from working as an on-camera investigative TV reporter to cover the then-fledgling high-technology industry for specialized trade magazines. After all, they reasoned, how could I be content covering semiconductors, m...

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Apple vs. Google: High-Stakes Struggle for Mobile Web Supremacy

Since January, the high-technology industry has witnessed a dizzying spate of dueling vendor product announcements. So what else is new? It's standard operating procedure for vendors to regularly issue hyperbolic proclamations about their latest/greatest offering, even (or especially) when the annou...

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How Google Could Kill Microsoft (and Maybe Apple) and Vice Versa

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about the battle between Google and Microsoft and how it is largely counterproductive for both companies. Since I spent a lot of my life in competitive analysis, I thought it might be fun to set out a strategy of how Google could take out Microsoft (which it...

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War and Peace: HP Drops Bomb; Intel and AMD Call Truce

We seem to be surrounded by conflict; sometimes it seems peace is harder to make than war. There were two big events in tech last week: HP picked up 3Com, the company that first dominated the network space, as a major shot across Cisco's bow. Also the major legal battle of the decade, between AMD a...

MacBook Air, Vista Box PWNd – Ubuntu Stands Alone

After three days of attacks by leading hackers, a laptop running Ubuntu remained untouched while two others, running Mac OS X and Windows Vista Service Pack 1, succumbed. The attacks were launched at the CanSecWest PWN 2 OWN contest in Vancouver, Canada. This was sponsored by security firm TippingPo...

VPNs: Network Data Deadbolts

Technological advances have prompted changes to corporate communication needs. Employees working in hotel rooms, field offices or even abroad often require access to network and system resources. Also, admission to company networks is no longer limited to individuals on your payroll. Increasingly, s...

Quattrone Bounces Back with Tech-Focused Investment Firm

After years spent battling obstruction of justice charges in an investigation of Credit Suisse First Boston, former investment banker Frank Quattrone is back with an investment firm of his own. Qatalyst Group, launched Monday by Quattrone and some former colleagues, is a technology-focused merchant ...

US Security Concerns Sidetrack 3Com Sale

A $2.2 billion deal 3Com had been planning involving a private equity group and a Chinese telecommunications firm apparently fell apart Wednesday over security concerns. 3Com, a Marlborough, Mass.-based network equipment manufacturer, had agreed in September to accept an offer of $5.30 per share fro...

Cisco’s China Investment Mushrooms to $16 Billion

Cisco on Thursday unveiled a long-term plan meant to significantly expand its presence in China, saying it would spend as much as $16 billion -- nearly double the $8.5 billion it has spent in the past five years -- to build out the footprint it started there nearly 14 years ago. Cisco laid out a thr...

VPNs and Small Business, Part 2: Solutions and Alternatives

Virtual Private Networks, a staple in enterprise settings, are starting to gather momentum as a way to connect remote users and branch offices securely to the networks of small and medium-sized businesses. Smaller companies are finding VPNs cheaper to operate than more costly dedicated T1 phone line...

Asia Market Key in $2.2B 3Com Deal

After a summertime lull, the private equity buyout trend returned to the tech sector Friday with networking systems maker 3Com agreeing to be bought by Bain Capital, with a minority stake going to China's largest networking company. Marlborough, Mass.-based 3Com -- which was at the forefront of the ...

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