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Google PC rehash

A top executive of thin-client maker Wyse Technology, told The New York Times that Google has been in talks with his company. "The discussions are focused on a $200 Google-branded machine that would likely be marketed in cooperation with telecommunications companies in markets like China and India, where home PCs are less common, said John Kish, chief executive of Wyse," the Dec. 11 article said.


http://news.com.com/2061-10812_3-6016821.html
Permalink Kasey 
January 4th, 2006
Growing the eyeballs through cheap computers sent to where the most of the people live. Not bad.
Permalink son of parnas 
January 4th, 2006
Uhh, color me unimpressed. For one thing, $200 is not a particularly low price point. Given that virtually everyone in China and India pirates the OS, you can probably get a full-featured PC for $200 in those countries (you can get close to that in the US). Plus the $100 laptop is coming.

Secondly, its based on the idea that consumers in those countries are neophytes who want a dumbed-down device.

Hopefully Google isn't stupid enough to actually do this. If they do, expect WebTV 2.0, with similar market outcomes.
Permalink dave 
January 4th, 2006
It doesn't have to be that dumb. The $100 computer looked pretty good to me.
Permalink son of parnas 
January 4th, 2006
>Plus the $100 laptop is coming.

With Negroponte at the helm of *that* plan, the $100 laptop is probably going to fail.
Permalink Colm O'Connor 
January 4th, 2006
Google thin-client computer, huh? :)

http://antyx.blogspot.com/2005/10/google-vs-opera-part-i.html
Permalink Flasher T 
January 4th, 2006
"you can probably get a full-featured PC for $200 in those countries (you can get close to that in the US)"

Actually PC equipment is cheaper in the US than pretty much anywhere in the world (short of Taiwan and China I suppose), in absolute figures. It's quite annoying.

When I was in Cali, I was asked to bring back a snowboard for a coworker who was heading back home a week after me; he couldn't take it himself because he was carrying a fulltower PC and a high-end CRT (sic) display.
Permalink Flasher T 
January 4th, 2006
>Secondly, its based on the idea that consumers in those countries are neophytes who want a dumbed-down device.

Why the fuck do you think that?
Do you still think than everything outside the US are tribal people?
Asshole.
Permalink Masiosare 
January 4th, 2006
A civilized person would've understood he was saying exactly the opposite. ;)

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 4th, 2006
Techdirt's take:

http://techdirt.com/articles/20060104/1258203_F.shtml

Basically:

A) Why move into a low margin business?
B) This is the 9,000th rumor about what Google has been 'going to do'.
Permalink Colm O'Connor 
January 4th, 2006
Lol. Give me back my "asshole"
:P
Sorry , i didn't read that well.
Permalink Masiosare 
January 4th, 2006
What ever they do, I am sure it will be Beta. :)
Permalink What is .NET? 
January 4th, 2006
false alarm. utterly not happening at all apparently.
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 4th, 2006
Phew!
Permalink Google Investor 
January 4th, 2006
Analysts said reasons for the heightened interest in Yahoo call options ranged from recent rumors that software company Microsoft Corp. might be seeking to partner or merge with the Internet company, to bullish expectations for the company's upcoming fourth quarter earnings report.

"The speculative activity in short-term calls might reflect the recent talk about an alliance with Microsoft," Ruffy said.

Such rumors have been rampant since Google Inc. recently fortified its lead in the Web search market by taking a 5 percent stake in Time Warner Inc.'s AOL Internet unit.

On Sunday the Los Angeles Times cited what it called speculation that Yahoo had rebuffed an $80 billion bid from Microsoft as too low.
Permalink  
January 4th, 2006
"Why move into a low margin business?"

McDonalds has more money than De Beers.
Permalink Flasher T 
January 5th, 2006

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Joel on Software discussion board.

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