After the shortest time on market ever, the Microsoft Kin has been unceremoniously yanked from market. Which, I guess, you could see as swift and decisive action on Microsoft's part, rather than a total failure of the company's mixed-up mobile strategy. Or both. Also, Apple lawsuits, Google's uncertain future in China, and the Woot monkey finds a new home at Amazon.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Instead of automatically sending your junk mail to the trash bin, send it over to the burrito artists at Chipotle. The casual food chain is now accepting your spam at firstname.lastname@example.org and will donate $10,000 to The Lunch Box for every 500,000 junk mails it receives.
The campaign is an effort to bring higher-quality, healthier food with sustainable ingredients to school kids, but not to worry: Said food does not include Chipotle burritos, which contain 1,179 calories, according to Livestrong.com. Unfortunately, the call to action does not include sending Chipotle the other kind of SPAM.… Read more
Microsoft's Kin isn't the only phone project from Redmond whose fate is uncertain.
The software maker announced last year a project called OneApp, which was aimed at putting applications on a variety of not-so-smart phones. The idea was to create a software layer that could run on the kind of basic phones popular in emerging markets. Developers could then write software that would run on top of OneApp and thus run on a wide range of phones.
The company tested OneApp with carrier Blue Label Telecom in South Africa last year and also conducted some evaluation programs with … Read more
Links from Thursday's episode of Loaded:Amazon.com is releasing an updated Kindle DX with a lower price Amazon will soon allow you to read parts of Kindle books in the browser with HTML5 And in more Amazon news, the company buys Woot.com Google claims that search suggestions are being blocked in China Google News is redesigned with more customization and social-sharing features Microsoft ditches plans to launch the Kin in Europe, deciding instead to focus on Windows Phone 7
Breaking news! According to Microsoft, it's killing the Kin! Also, Apple unleashes the juggernaut that is the iPhone 4 last week only to suffer tales of antenna woes soon after. We also talk about the latest Android news--the Droid X, Evo 4G problems, and the Samsung Galaxy S devices, just to name a few--plus the silliest phone name of all time.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
Amid anemic sales, Microsoft has decided to halt work on its Kin phone less than two months after the product hit the market.
The social media-oriented phone will not make its planned European debut and Microsoft is shifting the entire Kin team to work on Windows Phone 7, the Microsoft smartphone operating system due out later this year. Andy Lees, who heads up the company's cell phone efforts announced the move to Microsoft workers earlier on Wednesday, according to a source close to the company.
Microsoft confirmed the move in a statement to CNET.
"We have made the … Read more
Google has been very candid about its struggles in China. Now a new post from Google gives us more insight into how this battle between the search giant and China continues to unfold.
Earlier this year, Google refused to continue blocking search results that were mandated by the Chinese government so the government threatened to shut them down completely in China. Google circumvented this by routing all Chinese traffic through servers in Hong Kong.
We all knew that was a temporary solution. Now China is threatening not to renew Google's Internet content provider license if the company continues to … Read more
With Microsoft's Kin not exactly flying off store shelves, Verizon has cut the prices of the youth-oriented social-networking phone.
Despite a significant TV ad campaign, the phones have gotten comparatively scant attention since their launch. The Kin, designed to target a similar demographic as the Sidekick, has faced steep competition from the iPhone and other smartphones, which don't cost any more per month and offer the ability to run thousands of applications.
Look for Brian Tong's new movement on Facebook: pain-ray-free produce. But the rest of us actually think it's kind of cool that the government pain-ray has been re-tasked to warm freezing plants. Also, the Supreme Court has finally ruled in the Bilski patent case, giving us a relatively non-destructive moderate decision. ACTA is ramping up again, and we make a date to go see "The Social Network."Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more