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Apple hasn’t lost its appetite for chips!

April 29th, 2009 Comments off

It’s becoming clear that Apple has a growing interest in chip technology. Since it’s partnerships in the late 80s and early 90s resulting in advanced versions of the ARM family of CPUs Apple has continued to dabble in chip design. Recently this “hobby” has become a more tangiblestrategyfor Cupertino, with the acquisition last year of PA Semi and the hiring of chip “gurus” from both IBM and ATI. Read more…

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IBM’s Papermaster finally gets to be Apple’s iPhone master

April 27th, 2009 Comments off

Apple can finally welcome one of its newest employees in waiting. Mark Papermaster is at last allowed to take up his position with the company. Much delayed by theshenanigansIBM decided to pull by claiming that his choice to join Cupertino in some way damaged their oh so buoyant CPU business. Read more…

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IBM Eyes Sun With Cisco On Its Mind – Forbes.com

March 18th, 2009 Comments off

Another un-merger story!  This one jumps the shark willingly, quoting industry analysts who say… “I don’t know if it’s happening, but it would be a pretty good fit for IBM”….  Urrrr….  Hang on…..  Did you notice the “I don’t know” at the beginning of that “informed” quote…

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If the two companies ever reach a deal, it would be IBM’s largest-ever acquisition, and represent a departure from its recent strategy of focusing on deals to strengthen its software and services businesses, rather than hardware.

Urrr.  Sun is in the process of ditching its hardware business as fast as it can. Most of its recent layoffs where from the hardware groups especially the floundering SPARK technology.  If anything Sun has realized that if it’s to survive it needs to cut it’s losses in hardware and focus on software and services.  Isn’t that what IBM already does very, very well?  How, exactly, would that be any kind of departure?

I think as a culture our attention span might be decreasing over time because we’re “informed” by people who have even shorter attention spans, especially when it comes to verifying their facts!

I call shenanigans.  Moving on.

IBM Eyes Sun With Cisco On Its Mind – Forbes.com.

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