Cheap PCs, anyone?
Google will unveil its own low-price personal computer or other device that connects to the Internet.
Sources say Google has been in negotiations with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., among other retailers, to sell a Google PC. The machine would run an operating system created by Google, not Microsoft’s Windows, which is one reason it would be so cheap ? perhaps as little as a couple of hundred dollars.
Microsoft comes out swinging
When Microsoft lost its yearlong battle to replace Google as the provider of advertisements on Time Warner Inc.’s AOL Search last month, one analyst described the defeat as “the death knell” for MSN, Microsoft’s Internet service.
Within days, speculation was rampant that Microsoft, determined to keep itself in the game, had offered to buy Yahoo Inc. for $80 billion. If rumors were to be believed, the Microsoft bid ? a premium of more than 30% over the Web giant’s current market value ? was rejected by Yahoo as too low.
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