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This looks like a good move for Amazon. It's basically a 'razors and blades' strategy. Sell the device for as little as possible to make money selling content. The content and distribution has always been the key to these types of devices. Apple will continue to do VERY well with their iPad which has carved out a nice niche in the business community. The Kindle is really designed more as a consumer device with very little appeal to businesses. Interesting times we live in....
The voice of reason. Most people have no clue as to what's involved in building and running a large-scale web applications infrastructure. It makes perfect sense that Apple would build it's software platform in such a way that it can be run on any number of 'cloud' infrastructures including Amazon, Microsoft, and others. Apple has stumbled badly, in Cloud Services, and they cannot afford to have iCloud fail especially due to lack of a scalable, reliable infrastructure.
How ever much money HP looses on unit they can make up in volume
Palm (or HP) should have scrapped the hardware and licensed WebOS to OEM's in the first place. There was NO chance another vertically-integrated ecosystem (such as iPhone/iOS) was going to be successful in competing with Apple or Google. Google waited until Android was established before buying MM, but it will be interesting to see how their OEM's deal with this. In my opinion, HP should sell WebOS and be done with it...
Nobody really knows SJ's medical condition except himself and his doctor. Many people are purely speculating. Being CEO is an incredibly demanding job and from what I've read SJ was a very hands on CEO. Being Chairman gives him the opportunity to step away from the day-to-day grind, which would likely take a toll on anyone's health, especially for a cancer and liver transplant survivor. Who knows how long SJ has to live. However long he's got, he's entitled to live in...
I think this pretty much sums up the situation. HP can spin this all they want, but without a hardware platform, either directly or via OEM's. WebOS is dead...
Getting back to HP's dropping of TouchPad and Phone, this was entirely predictable when they acquired Palm. This is an acquisition I heavily criticized at the time...
While you are entitled to your opinion, your statement demonstrates a stunning lack of knowledge about these companies and the markets they compete in. Dell and Apple compete in a few market segments, but increasingly they are vastly different companies, with different products, competing in different segments. A large part of Dell (and HP's) revenue comes from Enterprise solutions (Servers, Storage, & Networking) as well as Services. Apple is primarily focused on Client...
Looks like the smoking gun has been found! BTW, I worked for Sun and a colleague of mine covered Google, and Yahoo, so I have a little perspective. Basically, Sun and Yahoo were able to successfully negotiate a Java license, but Sun and Google were not. This was a HUGE bone of legal contention although Android had yet to ship. Oracle certainly must have factored any potential future Java licensing revenue into the purchase price of Sun Microsystems. Java was probably...
Interesting debate. My sense is that HP has staked their reputation, not to mention billions of dollars, on TouchPad. Unfortunately for them, they have an extremely steep hill to climb due to the runaway success of iPad. This holds true for the manufacturers of Android tablets with a major difference being they have nowhere near the R&D sunk into their devices. Apple and Google are quite frankly in a better position since they can leverage the huge volume of smartphones...
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