Archive for October 17, 2007

HP Philippines announced new solutions and services to its Business Technology portfolio that help customers better manage and optimize business information as well as their technology infrastructures.

The new offerings help CIOs accelerate better business outcomes by mitigating risk in electronic data discovery and compliance, driving growth through better alignment of IT and business, and lowering cost through better use of data center assets.

The solutions and services include a platform that simplifies the management of information in email and other business documents, a new solution designed to help enterprise customers manage business service demand and IT project portfolio decision making, and services that help increase data center efficiency and performance.

The offerings align to three strategic focus areas of the HP Business Technology portfolio – Business Information Optimization, Business Technology Optimization and Adaptive Infrastructure.

HSW International, Inc. said that its largest shareholder, HowStuffWorks, Inc., had agreed to be acquired by Discovery Communications, LLC, a nonfiction media company, dedicated to providing knowledge and satisfying curiosity across all platforms for the amount of US$250million.

HSW International, which develops and operates businesses in Brazil and China, will remain a separate company. HSW International will continue to hold exclusive and perpetual rights to HowStuffWorks content in China and Brazil, as well as an option for content licenses in Russia and India.

Sony Ericsson and Motorola, Inc. announced a definitive agreement under which Motorola will acquire a 50% interest in UI Holdings BV, the parent company of UIQ Technology AB, which is currently wholly owned by Sony Ericsson.

Under the agreement, Motorola and Sony Ericsson will work together and jointly invest in the development of the UIQ open user interface platform. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. As previously announced, Sony Ericsson acquired UIQ Technology from Symbian Ltd in February 2007.

UIQ, formerly owned by Symbian, provides a user interface and development platform for mobile phones.  UIQ allows manufacturers to use one set of code for a range of phones with diverse screen and control configurations, including softkeys and touch screens.

AOL to Shed 2000 Jobs

Posted: October 17, 2007 in Tech

America Online (AOL) will cut 2,000 employees or 20% as it continues its transition from internet access provider to an online advertising company. The cuts will include about 1,200 employees in the United States, including 750 in northern Virginia.

The reduction comes on top of 5,000 positions cut last fall following the announcement that AOL would begin giving away AOL.com e-mail accounts, software and other features once reserved for paying subscribers to boost traffic to ad-supported Web sites.

Broadcom Corporation announced a new single-chip HSPA (high-speed packet access) processor that integrates all of the key 3G (third generation) cellular and mobile technologies on an extremely low power, single 65 nanometer CMOS die.

Broadcom’s new “3G Phone on a Chip” solution enables manufacturers to build next generation 3G HSUPA phones with breakthrough features, sleek form factors and very long battery life, all at a fraction of the cost of today’s solutions – driving widespread consumer adoption.

YouTube rolls out filtering tools

Posted: October 17, 2007 in Tech

Google, Inc. launched, in beta form, the latest content management tool YouTube Video Identification. The technology is expected to make it easier for copyright owners to identify their content and manage how it is made available on YouTube.

Video Identification technology will help copyright holders to decide whether they want to block, promote or even – if a copyright holder decides to license the content appearing on the site – monetize their videos.