Palm announces sales results Q3- cash position needs strengthening

palm-prePalm (s palm) addressed their Q3 sales results today and it looks like they can’t get the Pre released fast enough.  Their falling financial position has led many to believe that the Palm Pre is a make or break proposition for the smartphone maker and these numbers would bolster that argument.

Wall Street was expecting quarterly sales of $155 million but Palm said today sales will only be $85 to $90 million due to later-than-expected deliveries of the Treo Pro.  Palm will be announcing full financials later this week and it’s likely their loss will be greater than Wall Street expected.  It is beginning to sound more and more that Palm is “all in” with the Pre.

CEO Ed Colligan had at least some good news to share today:

“The much-anticipated launch of the Palm(R) Pre(TM) remains on track for the first half of calendar year 2009, but as expected we’ve got a difficult transition period to work through,” said Palm President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Colligan. “Despite the challenging market environment, the extraordinary response to the Palm Pre and the new Palm webOS(TM) reaffirms our confidence in our long-term prospects and our ability to reestablish Palm as the leading innovator in the growing smartphone market.”

Let’s hope Palm can get that Pre out the door soonest and that it is the savior the company desperately needs.

(via ZDNet)

MSI to announce GT725 gaming notebook

msi-gt725MSI (s msie) may be the Wind people but they do big notebooks, too, and later today they will be announcing the first gaming notebook to feature the ATI Radeon HD4850 graphics package.  MSI claims the HD4850 will provide desktop gaming performance for this 17-inch notebook.

The GT725 is tricked out with the Intel Centrino 2 (Penryn P9500) processor and a Blu-Ray player in addition to the 17-inch screen and HD4850 graphics.  It’s also stacked with the high-performance components you’d expect like 4 GB of memory and a 320 GB HDD (7,200 rpm).

The GT725 starts at $1,450 and complete details are on the MSI web site.

Updated: Limelight Networks CDN Hiccups in Asia

Updated with Limelight response:  A source of mine just alerted me that Limelight Networks (s LLNW) is suffering some kind of outage in Asia and Europe. Their U.S. network is working just fine, and perhaps that’s why I have not heard anything. It is hard to tell from here in San Francisco, and for now consider this unverified report. I have reached out to the company and waiting to hear back from them as well. Their head of PR just got in touch with me and said that the company did have a network degradation in parts of Asia that led to really slow response times, but the service was restored to normal by 1 A.M. Mountain Time. The service wasn’t impacted in Europe and North America, but rather impacted a few web sites in Asia that were using “using one of our storage centers.”

“We are looking into the cause and waiting for details,” he said, pointing out that the outage took place for a shade over two hours. In a follow-up update, the rep said that the “degradation in service” took place during a five-hour “maintenance window” by NTT, and that “three of our customers in Asia reported service performance degradation during that time.” If you are one of the sites (or service) that was impacted by this outage, get in touch or leave a comment. I will update the story as soon as I get more details. Further update: Readers are saying that Limelight is still down — please see the comments section. If this outage is happening it is not good testimony for Limelight, which recently touted that its global content delivery capacity had exceeded two terabits per second (Tbps). Or as the company colorfully put it, enough capacity to deliver broadcast-quality content to over 2 million simultaneous Internet users.

Image: Limelight Networks Map, courtesy of the company

DNS Problems Hit Yahoo

Updated: Yahoo, one of the largest web sites on the planet, is being plagued by series of problems related to Domain Name System (DNS). A test using Gomez’s testing service shows error messages in certain cities such as Chicago. Others are experiencing slower access to Yahoo web sites, including the home page. There is already some chatter about this on Twitter, where people are pointing to problems with Yahoo Finance pages. If you have experienced these problems do let me know in the comments. I am going to try and talk to Yahoo and get to the bottom of it as quickly as I can.

Update: In response to my inquiry, Yahoo sent over an official statement via email, which reads:

“Yahoo! experienced a disruption in service earlier today that affected users in some geographic areas. We’ve addressed the issue and full service is now available. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Revver Site Having Problems

We’ve been getting tips for the last few days that Revver is down and/or having trouble serving off-site videos. However, each time we check, the site seems to be up for us. TechCrunch did a story on the outage reports today and got an explanation from owner LiveUniverse that the site is undergoing a “major migration from a CDN/provider to a tier 1 & top technology provider.”
The lack of dependability magnifies the fact that Revver is no longer providing the service it did in its heyday, when many major video stars — such as Ze Frank, Ask a Ninja, Lonelygirl15, and Invisible Engine — depended on the site as their main host and as a source of income. Revver does seem to have a few people left working on the site since it was acquired by LiveUniverse for about $5 million in February — however it does seem to be fading away.
I received the image below via email from one of the Revver video publishers who sent us a complaint (like I said, for some reason I continue to be able to access the site):

YouTube Offline for An Hour

YouTube, like the iPod, has become a cultural phenomenon and part of our online lives. From politicians to pointless singers, everyone knows and uses YouTube. And that is why when the largest online video site goes down, it is major news. Of course it results in all sorts of rumors – DNS hacks, domain expirations or aliens landing on the roof of YouTube office (OK I made the last one up).

Actually the explanation might have been less exciting and proved to be a plain old technical snafu of sorts. A YouTube spokesperson said the service went down for an hour due to internal technical issues, and the problems have been fixed.

YouTube like many large consumer websites continues has had a history of outages. Check out the Pingdom page and get a good idea about YouTube’s track record so far. YouTube’s performance seems to have progressively improved since Google acquired the company for $1.6 billion back in 2006. YouTube receives about 10 hours of video per minute, and serves up terabytes of data per second. I will post an update later in the day.