What's better: short trains that leave frequently or longer trains that leave less often?
Given Google programmers' philosophy of releasing products early then iterating often, it's no surprise that higher frequency is their preference: thus the announcement Thursday that Google will speed up the release cycle of its Chrome browser.
New stable versions of Chrome today arrive about every three months, but Google wants to double that pace, said Chrome Program Manager Anthony LaForge.
"Under the old model, when we faced a deadline with an incomplete feature, we had three options, all undesirable: (1) Engineers had to … Read more
The SEC on Thursday announced a $100 million settlement with both Dell, the company, and Michael Dell, chairman and CEO. The PC maker is neither admitting nor denying the allegations in the SEC's complaint.
Dell, however, reiterated on Thursday that it had previously instituted remedial measures, including finance and accounting training, organizational structure changes separating the accounting function from the finance function, internal financial and accounting processes, and systems infrastructure investment to ensure effective, transparent accounting and appropriate internal financial controls.
Though Intel is not a party to the case, it made the following the statement: "We cooperated with the SEC in the case. Any characterization of Intel's relationship with Dell has not been tested or adjudicated by any court. This is strictly a settlement between Dell and the FTC."
The SEC filing on Thursday starts by alleging that "beginning at least as early as 2001, Intel began to provide additional 'rebates' to Dell and other personal computer makers that were not related to the contractual marketing program and that were different in character from ordinary course price discounts. No one disclosed these payments to the market."
The SEC continues, alleging that the percentage of Dell's operating income that was based on Intel payments increased dramatically between… Read more
Overall, quarterly earnings have been pretty positive for tech companies. Stay tuned for more results.
Amazon revenues jump but miss expectations Things are pretty good with Bezos and company. So good, in fact, that Wall Street overestimated Amazon's performance for the second quarter of the year.(Posted in The Social by Caroline McCarthy) July 22, 2010 1:35 p.m. PDT
Dell said on Thursday that it will pay $100 million to settle charges that it engaged in fraudulent accounting practices to appear to be meeting Wall Street earnings targets.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probe into the company and chairman Michael Dell, which has been previously disclosed, alleged that Dell "failed to disclose" payments from Intel to use its processors and "materially misrepresented" the reasons for its improving profitability.
Dell said in a statement that it and its chairman agreed to the settlement without admitting any wrongdoing or illegal activities.
The autofill option in Apple's Safari browser can expose personal data without the user's consent, a security researcher reported on Wednesday. It remains unclear as to whether the problem affects Safari specifically or all WebKit-based browsers, which include Google Chrome. It's recommended that Safari and Chrome users disable the autofill feature immediately, until further notice.
Jeremiah Grossman, the chief technical officer of WhiteHat Security, documented the exploit in a blog post on Wednesday, saying that it affects both the current version of Safari, version 5, and the legacy version, Safari 4. He said that the exploit is … Read more
IBM on Thursday will unveil a new hybrid mainframe design that aims to cut data center sprawl and be a bridge to other systems.
All of the hardware giants--IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, Dell and Oracle--are producing magic boxes (or armies of them) to modernize data centers and bridge them to cloud computing. IBM is aiming its hybrid mainframe, which is designed to manage other systems too, at the data center simplification effort.
The lead-in to IBM's zEnterprise System was interesting as rivals were pooh-poohing the effort before the launch. IBM CFO Mark Loughridge foreshadowed the mainframe launch during the … Read more
Apple is set to become the world's second largest semiconductor buyer in 2011, another sign of the shift in the balance of power in the chip world.
Driven by the success of the iPad and iPhone, Apple is expected to pass Samsung as the world's No. 2 chip buyer in 2011, second only to Hewlett-Packard, according to market researcher iSuppli.
The firm is projecting that Apple's semiconductor spending in 2011 will hit $16.2 billion, surpassing Samsung Electronics, which is forecast to be at about $13.9 billion. HP will stay in the No. 1 position with $… Read more
The Federal Trade Commission has extended by two weeks its deadline for reaching a settlement with Intel.
The FTC said Wednesday that the extension "allows the Commission more time to consider a proposed settlement." The original order was issued on June 21 and was set to expire this coming Friday. This action extends the withdrawal until 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 6.
On December 16 of last year, the FTC filed a complaint alleging that Intel had illegally used its dominant market position in microprocessors--also referred to as CPUs or central processing units--for a decade to … Read more
Want the ability to print preview in Chrome? Me, too. But we'll have to wait, because it's one of the features that didn't make the Chrome 6 cut.
Typically in software development, there comes a point when programmers have to turn their attention from adding the fun new technology to making sure what's going to ship actually works. This point, called the code freeze, just happened for Chrome's sixth "milestone."
Google believes in continuously updating its browser, and given its steady encroachment on the turf of Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's … Read more