Shelly Palmer: Walmart to sell $300 H-P Laptop: MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer November 5, 2009

Walmart and Hewlett-Packard have teamed for a $300 computer.
The computer, which is priced like a netbook but built like a full-fledged laptop, features a 250GB hard drive, 3 GB of RAM, a DVD burner, a 15.6 inch screen and is powered by Microsoft's Windows 7. Designed exclusively for Walmart, the computer could be a major victory for shoppers looking for the power of bigger laptop for the price of a netbook.

Leaked photo's of Microsoft's Courier hit the web yesterday.
The booklet, which is rumored to be similar to Apple's secret tablet, features two 7-inch multi-touch screens, which fold together like a book. The Courier also features a built-in camera and Wi-Fi connection and may be key player in the burgeoning tablet business.

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Intel, noting that the chip manufacturer made illegal bribes to computer manufacturers in order to get placement of its chips on their machines. The suit is similar to one brought upon Intel in Europe, in which the EU ruled against Intel and required the company to pay a fine of $1.45 billion.

EMI will begin selling instantly recorded live concerts at its artists shows.
The largest recorded music company in the world hopes its new Abbey Road Live series will allow fans to purchase a live recording of a concert immediately following the show on either CD, DVD, USB or through a digital download. While the service has been around for years, EMI hopes a widespread push in North America and Europe will help the label recoup low album sales.

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Good For Business: Rupert Murdoch Opines On Fox News Feuds

rupertWho says corporate Q1 2009 earnings calls can’t make for a riveting show? In an earnings call regarding News Corporation’s performance this past quarter, Rupert Murdoch went beyond the balance sheet, opening up to shareholders and reporters about the broken truce with MSNBC and the battle with the White House.

From a terrific writeup by Daily Finance’s Jeff Bercovici:

On the feud with MSNBC (Specifically, Olbermann):

“We did not start this abuse, which we thought went way beyond … It was personal and went way beyond — not on me but on others. Finally, we had to allow people to retaliate. The moment they stop, we’ll stop. We don’t believe in it, and we don’t think it’s good business.”


On the White House:

“”As for the tensions with the White House, I think they overplayed it. It’s probably been good for us in terms of ratings … We haven’t really had any continuing problem there at all. We cover them, and they have said publicly that we are absolutely fair in our reporting of the White House. They just don’t like one or two of our commentators, which we understand.”

On  the “icing out” of FNC from interviews with “pay czar” Kenneth Feinberg

“All our competitors…immediately went to the White House and complained and said, ‘This is not the way to treat anybody in the media.’”

Apart from spicing up what could be a dry bit of business procedure in more cautious hands, Murdoch’s outspokenness during earnings calls is smart media strategy: It allows him to get out of the trap of speaking to reporters who might be hostile or reporters who might be accused of being too sympathetic (odds are, many of whom are his employees) and to simply get his message out to the public.


Bercovici: Murdoch dishes on Fox News feuds with White House, MSNBC

Peter Kafka also has a great set of running notes on the earnings call over at AllThingsD.