Happy Independence Day!
The July 4th celebrations helped contribute alot of Bang this week, but there was definitely not much Bing… According to the WSJ yesterday, “Microsoft is booking a $6.2 billion charge for its money-losing Internet division, an admission that a business anchored by the Bing search engine has failed to live up to its expectations”.
But as to the Bang…
- Weekend and early week storms raged across the East. Over the weekend, storms disrupted Amazon’s data centers which of course disrupted their cloud customers (Amazon’s RCA here), and on Monday NPR reported that outages could last most of the week. A client I am working with had a manufacturing facility taken offline and Verizon could give no ETA.
- Cisco reacted to backlash over pushing automatic updates to Linksys routers as part of the Cisco Connect Cloud effort. PC World quoted a Cisco spokesman as admitting “this was just a mistake”. Network World wondered “is it an indication of where we’re all going when we go into the cloud? Will we have all control and privacy stripped away at the whim of vendors looking to gain some financial leverage from that lack of control and privacy?”.
- Dell confirmed rumors that it is continuing its acquisition spree by acquiring Quest Software.
- RIM continues to get beat down as a result of last week’s announcement of the Blackberry 10 delay and earnings shortfall.