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Microsoft is now Danger's middle name

Microsoft dug deep into its pocketbook recently with the offer to buy Yahoo for the large sum of $46 billion -- that offer was rejected. Microsoft, however, announced a purchase today that was much easier to finance.

Microsoft says that it agreed to purchase Danger Inc., the company best known for the Sidekick mobile device. Microsoft president of Entertainment and Devices Division Robbie Bach said in a statement, “Microsoft is a global leader with our Windows Mobile software and expanding mobile services. The addition of Danger serves as a perfect complement to our existing software and services, and also strengthens our dedication to improving mobile experiences centered on individuals and what they like.”

Microsoft says that Danger Inc. has connected with a young and enthusiastic customer base that is Internet-savvy and socially inclined. The purchase is expected to add additional assets and resources to Microsoft’s entry into the consumer space.

Danger Inc. chairman and CEO Henry R. Nothhaft said, “Danger continues to provide an effortless and fun mobile experience for consumers. Now by combining our uncompromised application software and powerful back-end service with Microsoft, we can expand our innovative service offerings even further and take mobility to a new level.”

The terms of the Microsoft purchase are unknown at this time. It doesn’t take any insider information to know after the purchase of Danger, a Sidekick running Windows Mobile will be just around the corner.



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By therealnickdanger on 2/11/2008 1:29:21 PM , Rating: 5
NVIDIA High-Definition Windows Smartphone:

http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/15672/NVIDIA-Announc...

I think I'm going to return my HTC Touch.




RE: You guys also might be interested in this:
By jadeskye on 2/11/2008 1:43:51 PM , Rating: 5
that could be the sexiest thing i've seen all day...


RE: You guys also might be interested in this:
By robinthakur on 2/12/08, Rating: -1
By maverick85wd on 2/12/2008 7:37:39 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
It tries to copy the silver trim from the iphone but distorts the lines to a awkward to hold shape, plenty of ports, grooves and joins to collect dirt and dust in and looks sort of tacky.


Are you serious? A new phone is released that has a face dominated by a screen, and automatically it looks like an iPhone? This thing is 10X sexier than the iPhone, prototype or not.

I do wish the phone had more than just the Windows Mobile platform, hopefully we will see some open source alternatives soon!


RE: You guys also might be interested in this:
By ice456789 on 2/11/2008 1:48:55 PM , Rating: 3
Just linking to that should be worthy of a 6!


By Master Kenobi (blog) on 2/11/2008 1:52:53 PM , Rating: 3
Damn, now thats what I would call an iPhone killer. What a sexy piece of hardware.


RE: You guys also might be interested in this:
By Polynikes on 2/11/2008 3:43:20 PM , Rating: 3
I agree, I must say, the iPhone/iPod touch are awesome, but I'm not a fan of Apple products (or their prices) in general and I hate iTunes. This would be a great alternative it looks like.


By MasterTactician on 2/11/2008 4:23:57 PM , Rating: 3
WANT


By winterspan on 2/12/2008 5:10:54 AM , Rating: 2
HA! You guys are dreaming... Is that huge reference device even a phone? Anyways, although I give props to nVidia for that impressive chip, as long as any phone based upon it runs Windows mobile, then nothing will change.

Although the iPhone and iPod Touch are beautiful, sleek devices, their real strength lies in the amazingly intuitive interface. I do however, have high hopes for a capacitive- touchscreen Android phone..


RE: You guys also might be interested in this:
By Mitch101 on 2/11/2008 1:53:09 PM , Rating: 2
That is a beauty. Now make one without the screen and put in a hard drive and remote control and http://www.PopcornHour.com will be toast.


RE: You guys also might be interested in this:
By vdig on 2/11/2008 3:23:25 PM , Rating: 2
You could also just add a USB 2.5 external hard drive and have the remote control support built into the device at the link.

What a sexy device! Thank you for the link!

Now the DIY projector wannabe in me is asking this: is that an LCD screen, what size is it, and could I use it in a DIY projector setup? If yes to all of the above, I could imagine myself making multiple purchases. If only there's a 1080P version....


By Mitch101 on 2/11/2008 4:57:13 PM , Rating: 3
I had a http://www.PopcornHour.com for about a week and decided to build a HTPC instead. Dont get me wrong the Popcorn hour is an excellent device. But my previous PC being nearly worth nothing to e-bay it in parts I decided to add a $40.00 Radeon HD 2600pro to it and poof it can do the same as the popcorn hour. Throw in a HDTV tuner card and it can now do things the popcorn cant. Plus PC upscaling pwns any dvd player.

I'm going to write a web interface and use my outdated iPaq CE device as a Wifi remote.


By Alpha4 on 2/11/2008 2:00:25 PM , Rating: 2
She will be mine. Oh yes!... She will be mine.


By TerranMagistrate on 2/11/2008 8:00:27 PM , Rating: 2
I need that...

And it kind of looks like what I'd imagine the PSP2 would look like. Sony and NVidia are close business partners, maybe this awesome smartphone wonder chip will make its way to a future portable gaming device.


By Alias1431 on 2/15/2008 3:00:00 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, but will it blend?


Wow
By TerranMagistrate on 2/11/2008 1:19:13 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft sure is in a buying mood lately.




RE: Wow
By FITCamaro on 2/11/2008 1:22:28 PM , Rating: 4
Like a spoiled 16 year old girl on a shopping trip.


RE: Wow
By christojojo on 2/11/2008 1:27:20 PM , Rating: 3
Hey MS! I have this '95 Voyager ... Uh, I mean mobile tech testing lab... for sale. How much would you be willing to pay for controlling interest?


RE: Wow
By StevoLincolnite on 2/11/2008 1:28:45 PM , Rating: 3
Leave me out of this!


RE: Wow
By Protozero on 2/11/08, Rating: 0
RE: Wow
By Tsuwamono on 2/11/2008 2:39:37 PM , Rating: 2
i hope they dont start ruining good companies now.. they can buy all the crappy companies they want. just please leave us some good ones!


Microsoft should pass on buying Yahoo
By Mitch101 on 2/11/2008 1:48:31 PM , Rating: 2
The real thing for Microsoft here is to gain market share away from Google. Yes they gain internet market share by buying Yahoo but that doesn't decrease Google's internet share. So buying Yahoo doesn't do Microsoft any good in gaining away internet traffic from Google.

Microsoft bought a decent domain name to replace MSN called http://www.Live.com and all they need to do is put a catchy commercial program to the name instead of buying Yahoo. Heck Yahoo holding out for more money is just that Yahoo is acting like a bunch of Yahoo's. Microsoft I suggest you dont buy them just learn to be smarter.

I bet you the problem with Microsoft market share is just getting the name out there.

"Dont just surf the internet LIVE IT at LIVE.COM by Microsoft" Catchy tune in the background with people doing stuff they normally do on Google. MAPS/DIRECTIONS, Finding Stuff, ETC, Etc. Find out the top 5 things people do on google and demonstrate people doing that on LIVE.COM.

Has anyone seen a commercial for Microsoft Live? How many never heard of it until this post?

I would like to point out something and that's Microsoft advertising group is trash. In fact its best was Windows 98 but since then its been trash. If it weren't for game companies pushing games on the 360 Microsoft would have dropped the ball on the console. Its why the Zune doesn't sell nearly as well as an iPod. POOR MARKETING/ADVERTISING!!!

Why is IE still pointing to MSN? Start pointing it to LIVE.COM! Instead they have a stupid little plug in on the MSN page.

Live.com is a much better name. It can be used in a sentence like google it. You can say Live it! Nobody will say MSN it.




By v1001 on 2/11/2008 2:17:17 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm this is the first time I've heard of it. That's actually a pretty awesome site. I love all the tons of images on the image page. And the maps is fast and I like the set up. I might start using this instead of google.

The only thing is their live page dogs really slow when clicking at times. Like it's way to bloated.


RE: Microsoft should pass on buying Yahoo
By kinnoch on 2/11/2008 2:27:43 PM , Rating: 2
I think you simplify the situation a little too much. I've never seen a google advertisement, yet they are dominating.


By Mitch101 on 2/11/2008 4:46:04 PM , Rating: 2
Look to the right. Up a little. Little more. Thats a google ad.


By ImSpartacus on 2/11/2008 4:07:10 PM , Rating: 2
I've heard of them.

Hell, I had a ".net passport" before Live.com was even thought of. Them one day, they asked me to convert my passport to a Windows Live ID, and I did. The .net passport was the predecessor to Live.com.

I personally don't use Live.com, but it's useful when I'm at a Microsoft site (Bungie.net is an MS site for all you Halo fans.) and I don't have to register, just login and go.


RE: Microsoft should pass on buying Yahoo
By noirsoft on 2/12/2008 12:37:32 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
You can say Live it

Maybe, except that it's pronounced like "hive" and not like "give"

"Live it" (pronounced correctly) sounds awkward.


By Mitch101 on 2/13/2008 5:59:31 PM , Rating: 2
Then they should change it. "Live a little better"


Phone?
By pauldovi on 2/11/2008 1:40:33 PM , Rating: 2
With Apple in the phone business, Google talking about it, Microsoft doesn't want to be left out. I think you will see a Microsoft Phone soon.




RE: Phone?
By Mitch101 on 2/11/2008 1:51:09 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft already has software for phone but I do agree it could be improved upon. It should be upgradable and contain more customization to add a cool factor. Like Skinning the mobile interface.


RE: Phone?
By bhieb on 2/11/2008 2:00:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yes software that is actually pretty good once you strip all the carrier and manufacturer's crap off of it. I have had a few HTC WM5 and WM6 devices, and the one thing the iPhone has over them is how fluid the interface flows. Yes you can do everything and more on a WM6 phone, but it just does not flow as well.

Hopefully this aquisition will help. MS really needs to build their own phones. There just is not enough horsepower on the phones yet to deal with a hardware maker screwing up the interface with the OS.

Just like a game console the OS and hardware really need to be in sync for a truely great phone, and you cannot rely on a dozen different hardware makers to get it right.


RE: Phone?
By Mitch101 on 2/11/2008 4:50:21 PM , Rating: 1
One can say the iPhone was a wake up call to the industry.


AMD ???
By Rebel44 on 2/11/2008 1:50:21 PM , Rating: 1
AMD is so cheap that they could easily buy it for fraction of what they offered for Yahoo.




RE: AMD ???
By DASQ on 2/11/2008 1:57:40 PM , Rating: 2
I fail to see what Microsoft would do with a CPU/GPU design and fabrication corporation. It doesn't nothing to aid Windows, or anything Windows related, really.


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