DAILY FIVE (1/21)

21 January 2011

1. What the departures of Apple, Google CEOs mean for Microsoft, TechFlash, Todd Bishop

It has been a week of major executive departures in the tech industry, with news of Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ leave of absence followed by Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s announcement yesterday that he’s handing over the reins to co-founder Larry Page.

2. Strategy Analytics: 15% of smartphones sold in 2011 will have multi core processors [45% in 2015], IntoMobile, Stefan Constantinescu

The bean counters at Strategy Analytics have whipped out their abacuses and tabulated that 15% of the smartphones sold this year will have multi core processors and that by 2015 that figure is likely to sky rocket to 45%. They go on to say that this year Samsung and Qualcomm will be shipping the most multi core processors, in this case dual core, followed by NVIDIA, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments. We’ve been saying this for a while now, that just because NVIDIA was first to the market with their dual core Tegra 2 processor, Qualcomm’s more attractive offering that also bundles a slew of wireless radios will be more attractive in the long term.

3. Verizon releases first iPhone ad, Washington Post, Hayley Tsukayama

Verizon released its first, extremely dramatic, ad for the iPhone 4 to YouTube, thanking all the Verizon faithful for waiting so patiently.

4. Verizon Files Early Challenge to Latest ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules, Wall Street Journal, Ashby Jones

What, you ask, is that clickety-clackety noise you hear off in the distance, emanating from office buildings everywhere? Here’s the answer: It’s the sound of lawyers (and their assistants), typing up legal challenges to the Federal Communications Commission’s recent rules on “net neutrality.”

5. A Patent Legislative Agenda, What Congress Should Do in 2011, IP Watchdog, Gene Quinn

The 111th Congress once again left patent reform efforts on the table without any resolution or even a vote. That might be just as well given that in the minds of most the patent reform efforts were not truly “reform,” but rather were merely changes that would not have made for a stronger Patent Office or otherwise addressed some of the pressing issues that require Congressional attention.

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