Week in review: Motorola, Verizon ready the Droid
The new Google Android smartphone gets prepped to arrive next month, while Windows users settle in with Windows 7. Also: The latest on Facebook privacy.
Verizon Wireless customers will soon be able to get their hands on the much-anticipated Google Android phone called the Droid.
Verizon and Motorola officially unveiled the device, which, like most smartphones of its class, will cost $199 with a two-year contract. And it will be available to consumers starting November 6.
The device offers voice-activated search that allows users to speak a query, and the Google-powered search engine delivers Web results or device-native results such as stored contacts, music, and photos. The voice search also works with the new turn-by-turn directions for Google Maps. It allows users to view geographic information, such as My Maps, Wikipedia entries, and transit lines on the map.
In its online and retail stores, Microsoft is selling computers loaded with all of its online software, including its Windows Live, Zune, and Security Essentials products.
Results of the Windows 7 upgrade poll
Yahoo says in a regulatory filing that the companies have agreed to extend the deadline by which they will have a definitive agreement.
Hector Ruiz, the former CEO and chairman of Advanced Micro Devices, has been linked to the insider-trading case.
Cisco Systems plans to buy a Web-based security software company called ScanSafe, marking the third announced acquisition this month.
After continued scrutiny from privacy advocates, Facebook has explained the difference between deleting and deactivating accounts.
Although the company hasn't put a long-term revenue strategy in place, one of its backers says Twitter didn't raise $100 million last month out of a need for cash.
Revenue from chip sales is expected to rise in the fourth quarter. Still, iSuppli adds a good dose of caution to its report.
Google is giving users of its Voice service a way to forward missed cell phone calls to its free voice mail service while retaining their usual cell phone number.
The open-source Drupal package now is used to power WhiteHouse.gov. But please don't conflate open source and open governance.
In a speech on global health, Bill and Melinda Gates tout some successes but also call for more action to nearly halve the number of childhood deaths worldwide within 15 years.
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