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Microsoft “Finnishes” Murdering Nokia

Ax Falls at Microsoft as Company Looks to Cut up to 18,000 Jobs

Some 12,500 of the cuts are coming from the Nokia Devices and Services unit–roughly half that unit’s workforce.

Ah, Nokia!

I warned you goddammed Finns (and Palm and Microsoft) when the iPhone came out. But you had to be so smug! Where is your smugness now?

Your corporate egos just led to your own unemployment, the unemployment of the people who counted on you, and a massive sinkhole in the GDP of Finland. At one time in Japan, such shame would be worthy of self-annihilation. I’d recommend it, but you’d only ignore that advice too!

Let Nokia (and Palm and the current state of Microsoft) be a lesson to every company — tech or otherwise.

And I’m telling all of you right now: Wake up or China is going to eat your lunch. And your dinner. And your next-day breakfast too.

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Batman In Gotham

Photos taken today, July 10, 2014; reduced for publication.

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Lei Jun: Integrity

Lei Jun sent out this Weibo communique today:

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There Should Be A Special Internet Award For infanr’s Photo Editor

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Whoever chooses the photos over there does awesome work.

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Chuwi Announces V99i iPad Air Clone

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Intel 64-bit Bay Trail-T Z3735D CPU, 3G via Huawei UltraStick, other specs not yet released.

See IMP3Net [Google Translate].

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DataVision Is Gone Too

Photos taken today Friday April 14, 2014. Resampled and resized to VGA; click to enlarge.

I was on their website not too long ago. They never let on.

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J&R: Two Days Post-Death

Photos taken today Friday April 14, 2014. Resampled and resized to VGA; click to enlarge.

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Sony Exits North America eBook Market

Sony Selects Kobo to Bring its World Class eBookstore to Sony Readers in the US and Canada

In a weird twist, both Sony’s eBook division and Kobo are led by Japanese. It used to be, respectively, an American and a Canadian.

What the hell. One last kick in the gut to Sony for botching the tremendous potential of the Reader and for not listening to those who said it needed wireless from the start. Let me link to my original four-part post from 2006:

Sony Reader: Part 1 (of 4)
Sony Reader: Part 2 (of 4)
Sony Reader: Part 3 (of 4)
Sony Reader: Part 4 (of 4)

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Microsoft’s New CEO

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Microsoft Board Names Satya Nadella as CEO

It’s going to be interesting to see if he can deal with the consumer side of the business.

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Tizen Is Dead

Samsung Challenge to Apple and Google Stumbles

Understatement of the year so far:

It was unclear whether Samsung’s recent rapprochement with Google was driven by its struggles with Tizen.

I wondered if Samsung would throw Tizen under the bus in a previous post.

According to the linked report, it turns out Tizen had already been run over by several buses.

Even if Samsung dares to show Tizen at Mobile World Congress later this month, it will be only to save face.

But it’s dead.

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