Following yesterday’s rumor that Hulu had received an a buyout offer from Yahoo, the usual “people familiar with the matter” have informed the LA Times and a reporter for CNBC that the sale process could begin within two weeks. The word is investment banks Guggenheim Partners and Morgan Stanley have been tabbed to make the sale happen and prospective bidders are already on notice, as its owners seek to separate themselves from a business that is looking more and more like a competitor than a savior. One way to make sure anyone is actually interested in buying the site is to strengthen its content licensing deals, and oh-so-coincidentally Variety is reporting Hulu has already reached a new deal to keep the TV shows from Fox flowing. Yesterday we asked for your ideas on who an eventual buyer might be and so far the list includes Google, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix and Pets.com, which should just about cover it.
Hulu reportedly retains investment bankers and renews Fox deal, will go on sale soon originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Jun 2011 18:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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You know how Motorola’s Atrix is unique in having all these docking stations and a Webtop app that collectively turn it into a far more versatile computer than your average superpowered smartphone? Well, Sanjay Jha has just told investors at a Morgan Stanley shindig that the Atrix won’t be unique for long — the Webtop app will be making an appearance on all of Moto’s “high performance” smartphones in the second half of this year, and we’re told that the only reason the Droid Bionic won’t be shipping with it was the simple constraint of time. What that implies, but something Jha didn’t say, is that the Bionic and Moto’s other forthcoming devices are likely to have laptop docks of their own — hopefully with a connector that makes the docking accessory interchangeable between models.
Motorola: all our high-end smartphones will have Webtop from June onwards originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 13:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha
had hinted once before
that there would be a family of Motorola tablets, but speaking at Morgan Stanley’s Technology, Media & Telecom Conference today, he promised that those other Moto tablets would hit before the end of the year. Naturally, Jha wasn’t talking specifics, but we’re betting that next tablet is a 7-incher — he mentioned that 7-inch form factor a number of times and said that size was more “fun” and “portable.” Similar to what he said on the Moto earnings call, he implied that the 10-inch size was more for professionals. Jha also spent a bit of time talking about pricing, and stated that he expects the price on the Xoom and other tablets to come down in price in the second half of the year, especially as component prices decrease. So, how’s the Xoom
doing at that $599 starting price? Well, it’s only been a couple of days, but he assured the interviewer that “sales have started relatively well.”
Motorola’s Sanjay Jha hints at a 7-inch tablet before the end of the year, foresees tablet prices dropping originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 13:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.