Palm post mortem: what could have been

Palm post mortem: what could have been

For those of you who are still following all of the webOS news, I thought I’d share what I know about how things have been going at HP since the announcement, and shed some light on a few projects that never came to be. Some of the information below comes from friends who work in the webOS Global Business Unit, née Palm. I’ve always been enthused...

R.I.P. Microsoft Zune, 2006-2011

Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft has finally decided to put an official end to its Zunemedia player line. “A person familiar with the decision” has informed them that Microsoft will not be putting out any new hardware in the line, and will be henceforward focusing on integrating Zune functionality with the Windows Phone 7 platform. Not exactly unexpected;...

For their part, HTC and Samsung have accused Apple of resorting to litigation instead of competing fairly in the market.

For their part, HTC and Samsung have accused Apple of resorting to litigation instead of competing fairly in the market.

An examination of the two patents the U.S. International Trade Commission found handset maker HTC infringed upon in an initial ruling on Friday has revealed that the patent claims in question may apply to “every Android device out there.” Apple won a skirmish on Friday in its ongoing dispute against HTC when a judge for the ITC ruled that the...

So sue me: are lawyers really the key to computer security?

So sue me: are lawyers really the key to computer security?

 By Timothy B. Lee | If your code gets hacked, are you the one on the hook? In the early decades of the software industry, the answer was usually “no.” Software licenses routinely disclaimed liability, and until recently, security flaws were considered to be just another fact of life. When problems were discovered, companies were expected to fix...

5 Reasons Why Google Health Failed

5 Reasons Why Google Health Failed

What doomed Google’s online personal health record system? For starters, consumers haven’t bought into the basic idea. By Marianne Kolbasuk McGee InformationWeek June 29, 2011 03:32 PM Last week, Google confirmed what had been rumored for quite some time: The company is pulling the plug on Google Health, the online personal health record system that...

Dropbox et al

Dropbox et al

It’s been more than a week since the FTC layeth the smackdown on Dropbox, charging that the cloud-based file-sharing service hasn’t been totally honest with its customers about the degree of security it offers. At the heart of this matter is whether someone other than those authorized could access your files. Dropbox has conceded a small number of...