Why Tech Mergers May End Up Hurting the Web

[qi:115] Suddenly, it’s mating season in the tech sector. Xerox (s xrx) is paying $6.4 billion for a piece of the cloud, Adobe (s adbe) is hooking up with Omniture (s omtr) and Intuit (s intu) with Mint, and that may just be the start. As Om pointed out, this is good news for startups and entrepreneurs, especially those with money tied up in late-stage investments that aren’t likely to go public soon. But is a wave of mergers necessarily a good thing? Read More about Why Tech Mergers May End Up Hurting the Web

Startups Aim to Bring Personalization Back in Style

penn&tellerMorning panels at this year’s TechCrunch 50, which showcases 50 startups over two days, have wrapped up in San Francisco today, and so far we’ve seen big announcements from the non-startup world. Mint confirmed that it’s being acquired by Intuit (s intu), and Microsoft (s msft) unveiled a visual search feature on Bing that lets users browse through web images, such as digital cameras or past presidents of the United States, rather than links. The feature, which is publicly available in beta today, will be particularly useful for online shopping because you can narrow your search to display images for a specific price point or choose to view the top products searched by users. Read More about Startups Aim to Bring Personalization Back in Style

RIM CEO: Phones Are Intensely Personal

BB PearlPhones are personal devices, more so than almost any other gadget that one can use. I have stated before that gadgets used in the hand are very personal in nature as a result, and is why there is no such thing as a “killer phone.” There will never be a “one phone fits all” because we are all so different and the phone is so personal. Research In Motion (s rimm) learned that quickly when it started making BlackBerrys aimed at consumers.

RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis gave a talk at the D: All Things Digital conference and he admitted that the company was pulled into the consumer market due to demand. He also now realizes that phones are intensely personal devices, which makes the consumer space more difficult than the business market.

“The closer a technology gets to a person, the more it has to represent our values, our styles,” he said. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all (business).”

It’s great to see that RIM discovered this early on. The company hasn’t been in the consumer space all that long and as we often say it’s a different beast than the enterprise market. We geeky consumers want the perfect phone, even though it doesn’t (and never will) exist.

(via CNET)