Category: Technology

James Post: Hurd's move to Oracle major risk

September 8th, 2010 in Technology 0 comments

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Intel settles antitrust case with FTC

August 4th, 2010 in Technology 0 comments

computer chipIn 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 of a $1.25 billion settlement last year with competitor AMD and as Intel continues to contest a $1.45 billion antitrust fine in Europe.  Law Professor Keith Hylton, an authority in antitrust law, says the incentives on both sides for a settlement were especially strong in this case.

“The FTC’s claims, which mirrored those of the European Comission, were not well founded in American law.  Intel, in spite of having a strong legal argument, had no interest in spending years in litigation against the FTC (along with the European Commission).  The obvious result of this mixture of incentives is a settlement.”

Contact Keith Hylton, 617-353-8959, knhylton@bu.edu

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Dell to roll out iPad rival

May 25th, 2010 in Technology 0 comments

Dell StreakWith 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 Information Systems Department, asks what Dell can do to differentiate and win, beyond a lower price point which depends on scale.

“More interesting question is, how will these Android-powered tablets perform against Apple iPad?  That is the real battleground.”

Contact N. Venkat Venkatraman, 617-353-7117, venkat@bu.edu

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Google/AdMob deal okayed

May 21st, 2010 in Technology 0 comments

Google on laptopDespite 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 AdMobLaw Professor Keith Hylton, an authority on antitrust law, said it looks like the right decision given rapid changes in the market such as rival Apple buying the third largest mobile ad network, Quattro Wireless.  Besides, he said, Google doesn’t seemed worried about antitrust threats from the Obama administration.

“[Google] appears to have the administration working diligently on its side on the net neutrality issue, and that is probably worth a lot more than these relatively minor antitrust issues.”

Contact Keith Hylton, 617-353-8959, knhylton@bu.edu

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iPad rival from Verizon/Google

May 12th, 2010 in Technology 0 comments

verizon-google-logoVerizon and Google are teaming to develop a tablet computer in their combined effort to catch up with Apple‘s iPad and host AT&TSchool 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 but between pairs or clusters of firms.

“The real question is whether it will be a Google-branded tablet like NexusOne or Android-OS running on multiple variations of touchscreen tablets manufactured by many different hardware vendors.”

Contact N. Venkat Venkatraman, 617-353-7117, venkat@bu.edu

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Google buys 3-D software maker Bump

May 3rd, 2010 in Technology 0 comments

Bump Technologies logoContinuing 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 the battle for user interface when, just a few years back, we would have expected Microsoft to do so.”

Contact N. Venkat Venkatraman, 617-353-7117, venkat@bu.edu

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Palm bought by H-P

April 29th, 2010 in Technology 0 comments

Palm PreStruggling smart-phone pioneer Palm Inc., unable to keep up with Apple’s iPhone or RIM’s Blackberry, is being bought out by Hewlett-Packard for around $1.4 billion in cash.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, chair of the Information Systems Department, says he has his doubts if H-P CEO Mark Hurd can make this bet pay off.

“But if he can develop a series of devices (netbooks, smartphones and other devices) using Palm WebOS, then H-P could emerge as a serious competitor to Apple, Google, Nokia, RIMM and Microsoft. “

Contact N. Venkat Venkatraman, 617-353-7117, venkat@bu.edu

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Networked networks shown as fragile

April 16th, 2010 in Technology 0 comments

computer cablesYou’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 study co-author Gerald Paul, a BU research scientist.

“Networks with broad distributions are robust against random attacks. But we found that broad interconnected networks are very fragile.”

Contact Gerald Paul, 617-353-3411, gerryp@bu.edu

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Palm shopping itself

April 12th, 2010 in Technology 16 comments

Palm PrePDA pioneer Palm, creator of the Pre smartphone, reportedly is shopping itself and has hired Goldman Sachs to help find a buyer.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, head of the Information Systems Department, says a sale was inevitable as Palm has not been able to gain much traction with it’s Pre beyond a small group of core followers.

“It may well be that Palm does not get a premium and that an acquisition may be attractive for the talent but not for hardware or software.”

Contact N. Venkat Venkatraman, 617-353-7117, venkat@bu.edu

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Microsoft to offer new mobile phone

April 6th, 2010 in Technology 0 comments

Microsoft Pink phoneIn 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 not convinced the strategy will work.

“It’s not clear to me why Microsoft is pursuing dual directions with its mobile phones as it may confuse the issue rather than clarifying it. In any event, the mobile space is more exciting than ever.”

Contact N. Venkat Venkatraman, 617-353-7117, venkat@bu.edu