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October 2, 2007

LOTD for October 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 3:12 pm

Security officials at LAX are using software to place random security checkpoints to make things more difficult for terror surveillance:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21035785/site/newsweek/page/0

The 3Com deal is going to really be scrutinized because Chinese company Huawei would own about 20% of 3Com (3com supplies sensitive intrusion protection technologies to the DoD):
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7070967a-6e62-11dc-b818-0000779fd2ac.html

Nokia offered $8.1 bil for Navteq, Garmin shares fell because people had assumed that Garmin would buy Navteq…Nokia’s shares fell also because investors feel they overpaid:
http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSN0125513020071001?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews

Microsoft is apparently introducing the Zune 2 today…it reportedly look quite similar to the iPod Nano. It must really bug Microsoft that the iPod outsells the Zune 25:1!
http://www.betanews.com/article/Microsoft_to_Debut_Zune_2_on_Tuesday/1191256215

Wii sales in Japan are 4x the PS3 for April-Sept…though at least the PS3 is far above the Xbox 360 in Japan:
http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUST12367720071001?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews

EBay finally admitted that it grossly overpaid for Skype, taking a $1.43 bil charge related to that 2005 acquisition. Instead of the $1.7 bil in incentives Skype shareholders could have made (in addition to the $2.6 bil purchase price), they will get $530 mil. With this accounting change, instead of the $3.13 bil eBay actually paid, they Skype will be treated as if it cost $1.7 bil:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/01/technology/01cnd-ebay.html?ex=1348891200&en=c96f10bf5451caec&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Interesting summary of the drama behind the 700 MHz auction lobbying/lawsuits:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,137829-c,legalissues/article.html

Verizon users can now change calling plans without extending their contracts:
http://www.fiercewireless.com/press-releases/palm-announces-q108-results?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

HTC sold 800k Touch phones (smartphones similar to the iPhone) in about the same time period that Apple sold 1 mil iPhones:
http://www.fiercewireless.com/press-releases/htc-launches-new-devices-sells-800k-touch-phones?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

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