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Thursday, October 20, 2011

BlackBerry maker accused of infringing BBX trademark

BlackBerry maker accused of infringing BBX trademark

"BBX, the operating system that Research In Motion is counting on to revive its floundering BlackBerry franchise, has run into trouble even before the company could install the system in its smartphone line.
A New Mexico firm claims the "BBX" name is protected by trademarks it holds and is threatening to take legal action against RIM unless it stops using the moniker."

AT&T sees slowdown in iPhone activations

AT&T sees slowdown in iPhone activations

"The country's largest telecommunications company said it activated 2.7 million iPhones in the third quarter, the lowest number in a year and a half. A new iPhone model the 4S, was launched just after the end of the quarter.
On Tuesday, Apple Inc. surprised investors with global iPhone sales figures that were below lofty expectations. But sales of the 4S were very strong in the first three days in stores, so AT&T may already have made up for a slow third quarter."

Samsung and Google unveil Galaxy Nexus smartphone

Samsung and Google unveil Galaxy Nexus smartphone

"Samsung Electronics unveiled its newest Galaxy Nexus smartphone Wednesday, the first to use the latest version of Google's Android operating system.

The new phone is seen as the Samsung-Google partnership's answer to Apple's iPhone 4S, which in less than a week on the market has already sold more than 4 million units.
At a glitzy unveiling in Hong Kong, Google executive Andy Rubin said Android's latest "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system demonstrates innovation "that works on phones and tablets and everything in between."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dropbox CEO Turned Down Nine-Figure Buyout From Steve Jobs in 2009

Dropbox CEO Turned Down Nine-Figure Buyout From Steve Jobs in 2009
"According to an article in Forbes, Dropbox founder Drew Houston and his business partner met with Steve Jobs in Cupertino in 2009. The purpose of the meeting? Jobs wanted to buy Dropbox for a reportedly nine-figure sum. The outcome of the meeting? Houston essentially said thanks but no thanks; Dropbox wasn’t for sale.

Jobs probably had meetings like this every week, where he hosted some whip-smart startup founders and tried to buy their company, either to remove them from competing with Apple products or to use their technology to build or improve an Apple product."