Category: Technology

Intel settles antitrust case with FTC

In a “I-never-did-it-and-won’t-do-it-again” deal, Computer chip-making giant Intel agreed with the Federal Trade Commission to step back from business practices — like coercing computer makers not to buy microprosessor chips from rivals — which allegedly stifled competition and deprived consumers of better choices for at least a decade.  The “play nice” settlement comes on the heels […]

Dell to roll out iPad rival

With Apple having sold its one millionth iPad last month, Dell says it will roll out its 5-inch-screen rival tablet — The Streak — next month in England in in the U.S. later in the summer.  It will run on Google‘s open-source Android operating system.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, chairman of the […]

Google/AdMob deal okayed

Despite concerns that Google could extend its Internet marketing dominance into the emerging field of wireless devices, federal regulators approved the company’s $750 million purchase of its mobile advertising rival AdMob.  Law Professor Keith Hylton, an authority on antitrust law, said it looks like the right decision given rapid changes in the market such as […]

iPad rival from Verizon/Google

Verizon and Google are teaming to develop a tablet computer in their combined effort to catch up with Apple‘s iPad and host AT&T.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, head of the Information Systems Department, is researching competition in business network and says this is a new form of competition — not between firms […]

Google buys 3-D software maker Bump

Continuing its furious buying spree, Google has acquired Bump Technologies, maker of software that makes computer desktops appear to be 3-D.  This latest acquisition by the world’s most popular search engine, says School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, just intensifies the competitive battle between Google and Apple. “Looks like Google and Apple may be defining […]

Networked networks shown as fragile

You’d think that networks that are linked to other networks would be more stable because they’d multiply their redundancy.  Wrong.  New research by BU physicists, published in the latest Nature magazine and discussed in Wired, shows just the opposite.  In fact, networked networks are more susceptible to swift, catastrophic collapse than are independent networks, said […]

Microsoft to offer new mobile phone

In a bid to become more relevant to the hardware side of the mobile-phone business, reports say Microsoft will unveil a new line of phones (code name “Pink”) with social-networking capabilities — different from the “Windows Phone,” expected later this year.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, head of the Information Systems Department, says he’s […]