How Will the Mobile Phone Industry Respond to Google/Motorola? The huge news this week was Google’s proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility, which has pundits speculating about how the highly volatile and competitive mobile business will respond, especially given the current patent wars. Among the possible scenarios:
- Microsoft keeps a close partnership with Nokia but adds closer ties to Asian handset makers like Samsung, HTC, and LG Electronics.
- Amazon and HP team up via WebOS.
- Research In Motion becomes an attractive acquisition target, but for whom?
- Sony Ericsson feels pressure to monetize its patents.
- Apple (or someone else) rushes to buy Kodak’s $3 billion worth of imaging patents.
IT Employment Rises Despite Lagging Economy: IT employment continued its month-over-month climb, growing for the 18th consecutive month. According to TechServe Alliance, the number of IT jobs increased by 1,800 to 4,053,600 jobs in July. That’s up by more than 120,000 jobs from a year ago, and above the 4 million mark that experts contend is a healthy sign for the IT market. “Despite the tepid recovery, IT employment remains a bright spot. Both the data and the anecdotal reports of our member companies confirm that demand for IT professionals remains robust, said Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance. Reuters
Old School Techs Face Job Hunt Challenges: While a vibrant tech job market should be good for everyone, the rush to attract top new talent is leaving some veteran employees in the dust. “If you were a minor tech employee at a B company, you are not going to come back to the tech industry anymore because they only want top talent,” Kris Stadelman, executive director of NOVA, a federally funded employment and training agency based in Sunnyvale, told the San Francisco Examiner. Graduates from top comp sci programs may get as many as 10 offers, while recently laid-off workers find little interest. NBC Bay Area
Dell Shows How Consumer Tastes Are Changing: Dell, the second-largest personal-computer maker, tumbled in trading after slower spending on PCs and consumer technology made it miss its sales forecast. Lackluster demand from the consumer marketplace offset stronger corporate orders for servers. It seems clear that consumers are choosing tablets and smartphones over new desktops, so as Dell suffers, Apple only gets stronger. Bloomberg
Patent Wars Are Diverting Cash from Innovation: The current gold rush in tech patents is diverting money away from innovation and, experts say, is therefore hurting America. That’s ironic because patents are supposed to act as incentives for innovation, not inhibitors. The current market for patents is driven more by legal concerns than the pursuit of technical excellence. “It’s a transfer of wealth from innovators to bondholders and stockholders who have no motivation to innovate. It’s disturbing,” says one observer. The New York Times
IBM Experimenting with Cognitive Computing: IBM announced two experimental chips that are structured more like the brain than earlier generations of CPUs, and could result in what Big Blue calls “cognitive computing.” The idea: to make computers that work more like the human brain in perception and learning. Emulating the brain could result in devices that consume much less space and energy by copying the system and neurons and synapses that put memory and processing closer together. The Wall Street Journal
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