Google buys mysterious firm run by former Apple employees

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  • Reply 21 of 49
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 33,117member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cvaldes1831 View Post


    My guess is that Dobberpuhl and his gang packed up their stuff and left before the ink was dry on the contract.



    They've had enough practice, they should be able to clean out their cubicles in 15-20 minutes, tops. Heck, half the guys probably never unpacked from their last company. They probably grabbed their move boxes and told their pals that they see them at happy hour.



    Apparently, they weren't happy with the stock options.
  • Reply 22 of 49
    monstrositymonstrosity Posts: 2,234member
    Those dirty scumbags are guaranteed to be up to no good (google).
  • Reply 23 of 49
    Teleportation technology!
  • Reply 24 of 49
    Fire=speed / light=TV So a home server networked Internet TV.
  • Reply 25 of 49
    29922992 Posts: 202member
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    Originally Posted by bitman View Post


    Maybe it's WebTV.



    or maybe g_KTV )))
  • Reply 26 of 49
    monstrositymonstrosity Posts: 2,234member
    Or more than likely an iPad rip off.
  • Reply 27 of 49
    bugsnwbugsnw Posts: 717member
    Interesting stuff... what will google do with this new toy?



    I appreciate the name break down by AppleInsider.



    Foreign languages...I think Firelight would have been a cooler name.



    "Come on baby lux my agni" just doesn't have the same ring...



    Could be new connection technology to compete with Intel's light-cable or whatever it's called.
  • Reply 28 of 49
    g3prog3pro Posts: 669member
    Never has an AppleInsider article with so little information garnered so much attention from posters who have so little to say.



    Any mention of the terrible compensation package the PA folks received from Apple?
  • Reply 29 of 49
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 2,482member
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    Originally Posted by str1f3 View Post


    Google has been buying a new company every day for the past six months. Their lack of direction reminds me of MS circa 2000.



    But if this has to do with servers, then this actually would be one of the few things that Google has done that makes sense. But otherwise I agree about the lack of direction. Google reminds me of a gifted kid with ADD. Very smart, can't finish anything, easily distracted. Maybe Apple should put out rumors that they are planning a new line of garage door openers just to confuse and distract google. I'm sure there's somebody inside google who has been itching to design a quasi-open source operating system for garage door openers that also projects ads onto the back wall of the garage.
  • Reply 30 of 49
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,426member
    Which they knew all about thanks to being on Apple's board no doubt.
  • Reply 31 of 49
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    Originally Posted by Tofino View Post


    worst. logo. ever.



    Have to agree - it's like a early 90's design
  • Reply 32 of 49
    akf2000akf2000 Posts: 223member
    I can exclusively reveal they are working on fire and light.
  • Reply 33 of 49
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,426member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by g3pro View Post


    Never has an AppleInsider article with so little information garnered so much attention from posters who have so little to say.



    Any mention of the terrible compensation package the PA folks received from Apple?



    I have to respect your comment from such a long time member of AI but this is a fun rumor blog for Apple enthusiasts and joking around is part of the fun. We all get serious now and then too and all have to deal with the anti Apple trolls trying to ruin the blog. So when there is the occasional post that has little information having a few jokes is totally ok IMHO. Your point could be a topic but it isn't in this thread so why hi-Jack his one, get that one started so we can all pitch in
  • Reply 34 of 49
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,426member
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    Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss View Post


    Late 1990s I was thinking, but yes -- if it moves, buy it. If it doesn't move, imagine it could, and buy it.



    Mmmmm I wonder... Dot com boom 2 coming? I missed out having the sense to sell then, don't want to miss out if it happens again. My wife sold a house back then to a guy with 9 million he'd got from selling his company and he never stopped bragging. He even started a 'how to get rich' organization based on his expertise in such things. I met him and asked what his company did prior to being bought, turns out they made FileMaker databases ... That's it! I wasn't sure whether to laugh or throw up.



    So, I'd add 'if it doesn't exist, imagine it and sell it'.
  • Reply 35 of 49
    jasenj1jasenj1 Posts: 922member
    "Agnilux is derived from agni - Sanskrit for fire and lux - Latin for light."



    Fire.... hot, burns. Light... fast, illuminates.



    I think they were working on something laser related. Mini-laser projector for cell phones, or something like Light Peak, maybe chip-to-chip comms, or a pure laser based CPU!



    If Google grabbed them then it may be useful in data centers, or related to Google's high speed Internet plans.



    - Jasen.



    P.S. AAPL pushing $260!!!
  • Reply 36 of 49
    bloggerblogbloggerblog Posts: 2,108member
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    Originally Posted by iVlad View Post


    I think they are ex-employees of those companies for a reason.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cvaldes1831 View Post


    This is turning into a joke.



    These ex-P.A. Semi guys can probably show up at Shoreline Billiards, shoot a couple of games while making offhand remarks about their latest "design" and get bought out six months later, doing little more than puttering around with some CAD program on the next generation low-power CPU (ARM, MIPS, whatever).



    Congratulations, guys! Mountain View has plenty of vacant commercial real estate that is ready for your next startup!



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bdkennedy1 View Post


    Uhhhhhhhhhh, let me guess. It's uhhhhhhhhhh, a set top box or a Google TV.



    Let me guess more. The Apple TV wasn't going anywhere so Apple employees left and genius Google snapped them up.



    If you want something really entertaining, watch dork pizza face Eric Schmidt (Bill Gates II) take the stage at the MacWorld 2007 keynote on Apple's site.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tofino View Post


    worst. logo. ever.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by steve_arts View Post


    Google is evolving into Microsoft! (evil laugh)



    Hey don't be a Hayter!
  • Reply 37 of 49
    masternavmasternav Posts: 442member
    So, I guess if we all read AND remembered previous AI articles (go ahead, check out past articles) that this was covered earlier on right here in these very articles stacks - that the head of Marketing for PASemi, spun off and created AgniLux with other former PASemi officers - which, again according to the previous AI articles, is pursuing development of server solutions and a partnership with Cisco for next gen systems for them. As was previously speculated here, this meant that Apple was MOST interested in acquiring the PASemi intellectual property. This they did. If the acquisition went as most do, key players came on board with Apple to finalize the transfer of IP and direct future implementation and the rest go off to do other stuff (like AgniLux). For example with Dobberpuhl having founded and developed PASemi and been the recipient of the largest bit of cash coming from Apple for it, at 65 he is well-positioned to leave Apple after the transition and retire or pursue pet projects as he feels so inclined.



    The rest may find homes in Apple, or leave and do other stuff as well. It's a win-win for Apple regardless of what they do, even with Google picking up AgniLux. So for the record AI if you go back and look at the key player s at AgniLux, MOST of them are former PASemi employees, NOT former Apple employees. Really, is the issue here abjectly poor short-term memory or what??



  • Reply 38 of 49
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,756member
    For a split-second there I thought it was Palm.
  • Reply 39 of 49
    dr millmossdr millmoss Posts: 5,403member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    Mmmmm I wonder... Dot com boom 2 coming? I missed out having the sense to sell then, don't want to miss out if it happens again. My wife sold a house back then to a guy with 9 million he'd got from selling his company and he never stopped bragging. He even started a 'how to get rich' organization based on his expertise in such things. I met him and asked what his company did prior to being bought, turns out they made FileMaker databases ... That's it! I wasn't sure whether to laugh or throw up.



    So, I'd add 'if it doesn't exist, imagine it and sell it'.



    You could try laughing and throwing up at the same time. It's quite a sensation, but I can't recommend it.



    I don't think we're going through the same kind of speculative madness that presaged the dot-com bust. But I think we are seeing Google emulating Microsoft's plunge into unfocused acquisitiveness during the mid-to-late '90s, to a remarkable degree. At that time Microsoft seemed to have no other program than to bet on every horse running. Some of the bets they were placing were actually kind of scary at the time, e.g., buying into TV cable companies around the world. It looked like they might succeed in dominating the content delivery system in the way they already dominated everything else. It didn't work out.



    With that lesson in mind, I'm not worried about Google in the same way I once worried about Microsoft. They are already sowing the seeds of their own incapacity, just as Microsoft did.
  • Reply 40 of 49
    Perhaps the latest trend in search is ARM servers? The power savings alone might make it worthwhile.



    Microsoft is looking at using ARM in its data centers: http://www.eetimes.com/224400808.
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