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No, TomTom Can’t BuyBuy, Says EC

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The EC objects to TomTom’s €2.9 billion plans to purchase map supplier Tele Atlas. The statement gives TomTom a date (May 5th) by which it will have to come up with remedies to EC concerns.


Once a statement of objections is issued, this can slow the deal process as it creates a formal procedure that must be followed to resolve problems with the deal.
TomTom is anxious to go past hardware where double-digit profit margins could decline. TeleAtlas would also strength its arsenal against competitors.
Tele Atlas supplies online mapping to Google Maps, Nokia and others.
The companies together seek to gather info on traffic flows to create new features such as daily map updates and predicting traffic jams.

Go EC Has No Latitude for GPS Maker

I.T.’s Fifth Revolution, says Ballmer at CeBIT

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 Each seven years, the I.T. industry gets a revolution, says Steve Ballmer, now CEO of Microsoft and stepping into Bill’s role as market forecaster.

Balmer told his CeBIT audience that the raw ingredients of the 5th Revolution: expanded processing power, huge amounts of storage, ubiquitous broadband, natural UI and screens everywhere.

 “Together, these five ingredients will change almost everything we do,” explains Ballmer. “So what will the world look like in 2015? I think the best way to understand the changes is to think of them in three areas: personal empowerment, social interaction and global issues.”

Read Ballmer on the 5th Revolution

EC Fines Microsoft €899 million

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 “Do we have your attention now?” The EC fines Microsoft €899 million for non-compliance. That’s ½ of what Exxon was fined for the famous Valdez 11 million gallon oil spill.

“Microsoft was the first company in fifty years of EU competition policy that the Commission has had to fine for failure to comply with an antitrust decision", says European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes. "I hope that today's Decision closes a dark chapter in Microsoft's record of non-compliance…".

Actually the fine was lower than what Microsoft expected and had already preserved in its budget.

Now You’ve Really Made Nellie Mad

CeBIT Opens with 5845 Exhibitors

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 This year China (500 exhibitors) overtakes Taiwan (490) for the first time in CeBIT history as 3005 exhibitors come from outside Germany in 2008.

“Green IT” is this year’s theme and Hannover’s own green thumb (and late bookings) boosted the number of exhibitors at CeBIT to an impressive 5845 exhibitors. Everyone expected a larger drop from the 6153 exhibitors in 2007. “Since January the situation has developed much better than we had been expecting,” says Ernst Raue, Board Member of Deutsche Messe.

CeBIT 2008 offers a new concept based on four major categories: Business Solutions, Public Sector Solutions, Home & Mobile Solutions, and Technology & Infrastructure. The Climate Savers Computing Initiative hopes to reduce IT's CO2 emissions from computers by 50% from 2007 to 2010. The group, led by Dell, HP and Lenovo, and other PC makers, will show energy-efficient IT concepts in a special "green village." Climate Savers held a news conference to unveil the environmental efforts of some companies. But for every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction: a Greenpeace event the next morning focused on disclosing IT makers' use of pollutants.

Go CeBIT’s Green This Year

Test Your Brain at CeBIT. Yes, Really…

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 There will be a stand at CeBIT where they will place EEG electrodes on your head to measure your brain activity. Then they will capture 3 minutes of your EEG data to train a system to control all the functions of a house via..yep, you got it!..your own brain waves.

The brain wave system allows you to switch on the TV, play music, open the doors and windows, operate a camera at the door, walk through the house, and many other activities.

More importantly, this device may prove (although this research is not the intention of the maker) that we still have brain waves after being in this I.T. business for years. Think ahead with Brain Control.

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