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Palm federal has layoffs

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Palm, the maker of the Treo, today warned of lower quarterly revenue and announced belt-tightening including layoffs among its government focused staff.

Palm officials could not be reached for comment so I could not confirm a number of people laid off, but in a press release, the company said that it is “currently implementing several cost-savings initiatives, including reducing its U.S. workforce, consolidating its European operations, and shifting responsibility for Asia Pacific sales, marketing and administrative support to its U.S. offices.”

CNet reported:

With revenue falling to dire levels, Palm may need a Christmas miracle to stay afloat next year.

The latest dose of bad news? Revenue for Palm’s second fiscal quarter, which ended last week, will be just $190 million to $195 million, the company announced Monday ahead of its December 18th conference call. Wall Street analysts had been expecting Palm to record $331 million in revenue, an astonishing 41 percent gap caused by “reduced demand for maturing smartphone and handheld products,” Palm said in a press release.

MarketWatch reported that shares of Palm on Monday slumped 16% to $1.57.

The maker of the Treo line of mobile devices said it now expects fiscal second-quarter revenue to drop from the year-ago period. It’s also seeking to cut costs over the rest of the fiscal year. It aims to reduce operating expenses by 20 percent by the fiscal fourth quarter through U.S. job cuts and the consolidation of European operations. The company forecast revenue of $190 million to $195 million, compared with $349.6 million a year ago, because of “reduced demand for maturing smart phone and handheld products.”

Interesting that they are cutting back in the government market — particularly the federal government market, which many expect to grow — perhaps faster then the consumer market for awhile.

Written by cdorobek

December 1, 2008 at 8:15 PM

Posted in Industry

DorobekInsider’s most read posts for the past 7 days

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It was Thanksgiving week, so… it was fairly quiet. But still… the most read items for the past 7 days…

  1. NewsBytes: Items worth reading (or hearing)… NASA undergoing hacks… Vivek Kundra… government 2.0… and Safavian pardon watch
  2. Obama CTO frenzy: More names in the mix
  3. Hear the Federal News Radio Book Club: The SPEED of Trust
  4. A very happy Thanksgiving
  5. Apps for Democracy… and my recommendation for Obama CTO
  6. Gartner’s 10 technologies worth watching
  7. 11.30.2008 NewsBytes: Obama jobs… fiscal discipline… and an OMB director blog?
  8. NewsBytes — the November 28 edition… Bush gets a cyber-attack briefing… and TARP job search
  9. Is the NASA CIO stepping down? More Friday
  10. The Federal News Radio Book Club: The SPEED of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey
  11. NASA CIO Pettus: Stepping down to spend time with the family — really
  12. Navy out with one of the first Web 2.0 policy memos
  13. Tim Young’s retirement festivities
  14. Tech guru Genachowski named to Obama transition team
  15. Interior’s Howell to move to OMB
  16. Obama’s yet-to-be-named CTO suggestion box
  17. OMB’s Tim Young is going to… Yes, we now know
  18. Oprah thinks the Kindle is great too!
  19. Who might be the government’s CIO… er, CTO
  20. DorobekInsider: Why feds may not be able to use YouTube
  21. FCW excerpt of ‘The SPEED of Trust’ — in preparation for Wednesday’s Federal News Radio Book Club
  22. Hear the Navy CIO talk about the Navy’s Web 2.0 policy
  23. NASA CIO update… the CIO job is posted, but no official word yet
  24. OMB’s Tim Young announces his departure, but to where

Written by cdorobek

December 1, 2008 at 6:58 PM

Posted in DorobekInsider

The DorobekInsider Guide: Experimenting with Twitter, Part II

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twitterSo a few weeks ago, I offered up the DorobekInsider Guide: Experimenting with Twitter, Part I… and at that time, I promised that I would offer up a list of people worth following. You see, one of the biggest challenges with Twitter (much like real life) is building your network. If you tweet and there is nobody to hear you and you can’t hear anybody, well… you will never know what it is like.

So I started earnestly creating the list… and then I was notified (via Twitter) about lists that already exist.

So… if you are new to Twitter and want to find out what this is all about and whether it actually means anything to how you actually lead your life, here are a few starting points…

First off… my previous blog post on Twitter has some links and goes through why I find Twitter fascinating…

Second… Steve Lunceford over at BearingPoint (and on Twitter) posted a wonderful list of players that you can “follow.”

Third… The AlleyInsider has a list of government sources on Twitter.

I should also mention that Federal News Radio’s Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Jane Norris featured Laura Fitton of Pistachio Consulting (follow her on Twitter), a company that specializes in Twitter and other Web 2.0 technologies. You can hear that interview here.

I also post many of my Twitter related links and stories at

You can also follow Federal News Radio on Twitter…

Don’t get it at all? Feel overwhelmed by the whole thing?

I mentioned this before, but it is worth mentioning again… One of my favorite — and one of the easiest — comes from the remarkable team at Common Craft, who produce these wonderful “plain English guides” to all sorts of things — mostly technologies… and including Twitter.

Written by cdorobek

December 1, 2008 at 9:51 AM

Posted in Government 2.0, Web 2.0

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