HP Wins Dubious “Worst Footnote” Award for 2011

After running HP for 11 months, former CEO Léo Apotheker got several million dollars in severance benefits. Exactly how much is hard to determine. For that, HP has won a unique and dubious award.

In Memoriam: Tech Products We Lost Too Soon

While many are offering their tech predictions for 2012, we thought we’d take a moment to remember those that have gone to the tech-product graveyard.

Viral Audio: A Look Back at Tech in 2011, and Forward to 2012

Should auld iPhone 5 be forgot and never brought to market …

Analyze This: You Wrote How Many Emails This Year?

Forget analyzing your Facebook status updates and Foursquare check-ins. The really interesting data lies in your email exchanges from the past year.

Year of the Talking Phone and a Cloud That Got Hot

Important new products and services—including Ultrabooks, cloud computing and Android devices—raised questions and anticipation for the year ahead.

Xbox 360 Sold Out Last Month

Here’s an interesting data point regarding Microsoft’s Xbox. According to Larry Hryb, director of programming for Xbox Live, the Xbox 360 was sold out by the end of December, and the company is evidently struggling to keep up with demand. “Jan/Feb supply is tight as well,” Hryb said in a tweet, adding that he expects “amazing” year-over-year growth in 2011. We’ll see where things stand when NPD releases its December sales data today.

Intel Beats Earnings Expectations Despite Slower PC Market

Earnings were up a record 48 percent, while PC revenues were flat and data center sales grew.

Apple Opposes Proposal on CEO Succession Planning

A few noteworthy nuggets from Apple’s 2011 Proxy Statement, filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The most interesting, a strongly worded rebuttal to a shareholder proposal calling on the company to adopt a written CEO-succession-planning policy.

PlayBook on Track for Q1 Kick-Off

Research in Motion’s PlayBook tablet is on schedule for launch in the first calendar quarter of 2011. And that’s the word from the company itself.

In 4G Race, Verizon Pulls Ahead With Pricey Speed

Verizon Wireless’s new 4G network is “wicked fast” but potentially costly, writes Walt.

Go-Go Gadget Economy

Nokia Stops Christmas From Coming