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October 29, 2010

Morning roundup: pick of the comment, October 29 2010

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Microsoft runs basically the worst Internet start-up ever (TechCrunch)
Microsoft’s latest financial figures are in, and on the surface they look very impressive. But one sector should be causing concern at Redmond: the Online division has lost $1bn in a year. MG Siegler reports.

Symbian: A lesson on the wrong way to use open source (GigaOm)
Nokia hoped to revive Symbian’s importance by reinvigorating its developer base in light of a rush of Linux-based operating platforms like Android and LiMo. It hoped in vain and a lack of source code is the foundation for many its problems, says Matt Asay.

Where in the World Is Léo Apotheker? (The New York Times)
There are things you can muzzle, like dogs and guns. And then there is Lawrence J. Ellison, says Ashlee Vance.

Why enterprise social software may be doomed in government (Gartner)
A very popular questions from our government clients is: "which enterprise platform should we use for collaboration?". From the very beginning, the conversation gears toward tools and technologies, and possibly technologies that government can select and control, says Andrea Di Maio.

IDC: Apple passes RIM to become fourth largest mobile phone vendor globally as Nokia, LG, and Sony Ericsson struggle (Engadget)
Can you remember the day when Apple’s audacious plan to sell 10 million iPhones in its first year was greeted with extreme skepticism within the cellphone industry. Now the computer company is shipping 14.1 million handsets every three months, says Thomas Ricker.

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