John Paczkowski

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Danger Will Robinson! Do Not Approach the Sidekick!

drballmerA quick update on the Microsoft/Danger Sidekick fiasco.

T-Mobile has pulled its Sidekick handsets off the market following a back-end server failure that resulted in many users losing their personal data. Surf over to the carrier’s Web site and you’ll find that it now lists the entire Sidekick line of devices as “temporarily out of stock.” Evidently, T-Mobile would prefer to resolve the current service issues before it resumes selling the Sidekick–not that anyone would buy one right now anyway.

Microsoft (MSFT) and T-Mobile still haven’t explained why the server failure occurred and more importantly, why they don’t have a backup of lost user data. Meanwhile, speculation is mounting that the failure was caused by an attempted storage area network transition without contingency plans.


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald