Archive for August, 2011
We have been surprised by the enthusiastic response to the TouchPad price drop, and we understand that many customers were disappointed that HP and our retail partners ran out of supply so fast.
I tried to answer some questions that were generated by this sale in an earlier post. Today, I have posted an updated FAQ based on questions you’ve asked.
I also want everyone to know that that we’ve pulled down the “notify me” page due to an overwhelming number of requests to be notified. Those who signed up will receive an email as soon as more information is available. In the meantime, I will continue to provide updates here and on Twitter, along with my colleague Bryna.
Many of the questions below address concern about orders placed on our HP Home & Home Office and HP Small & Medium Business online stores. It’s important to note that these are separate stores with slightly different procedures. We also know that we’re sparse on information about availability outside the US. We will share updates on regional availability as the information comes in.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The news stormed across blogs and headlines this week: Facebook had become the first website to rack up a mind-boggling 1 trillion monthly page views.
The tip came from an advertising service called DoubleClick AdPlanner — which, ironically, is operated by Facebook rival Google (GOOG, Fortune 500). The most recent AdPlanner report, which covers the month of June, showed that users viewed approximately 1 trillion pages on Facebook during the month.
But a different pageview measurement service, the widely used comScore, has a wildly different number. Its latest report, for July, found that Facebook had “just” 467 billion monthly page views.
Facebook still blows away the competition, with Google in a distant second place. But comScore’s number is less than half AdPlanner’s.
Why the discrepancy?
Measuring Internet traffic is an extremely imprecise art, and each tracker uses its own combination of metrics. The DoubleClick planner incorporates directly measured traffic from sites that use Google Analytics (Facebook presumably doesn’t) and aggregated sample data from Google’s other products, like the Google Toolbar that millions of Web surfers have installed. Google says it also factors in other third-party market research.
ComScore (SCOR), on the other hand, extrapolates total page views from two sources: a network of 2 million users worldwide who allow the company to anonymously record their Web traffic, and data collected from over 1 million domains.
Analysts say comScore’s methodology is generally more trusted. The 12-year-old company makes money from selling its service to clients, so it’s got a vested interest in paying rigorous attention to the accuracy of its methodology.
By contrast, AdPlanner is a free tool for advertisers who use DoubleClick. AdPlanner may help advertisers decide where to put their ad dollars, but it is not meant as a replacement for other measurement services.
Google admits as much, telling advertisers on its own explanatory page that “you can get an idea of” the pageview numbers from its data. AdPlanner’s pageview counts are rounded to the nearest 1 million users; comScore’s numbers are far more exact, rounded to the nearest 1,000 users.
“I’d think comScore’s edge comes from the fact that it’s in the metrics business, and its metrics are more widely used for ad currency and planning by large media buyers,” said Andrew Frank, analyst at Gartner. “1 trillion does make for a good story, though …”
Facebook declined to comment on whether it believes it has reached 1 trillion page views.
In June, Google became the first website to hit 1 billion unique visitors per month, according to comScore. That measurement counts the number of people who visit each site in a given month, excluding return visits. Facebook is currently third on that list, by comScore’s count. It has 737 million unique visitors, behind Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500)’s 899 million.
When IBM announced its intention to abandon the PC market in 2004, it was big news on a number of levels, not the least of which was that IBM had created this very market. Not on purpose, of course. But by using off-the-shelf hardware for its PCs and licensing third-party software, IBM inadvertently opened the doors to clones—clones that appeared in a flood after the IBM PC BIOS was copied.
This past week, Hewlett-Packard dropped its own similar bombshell. It, too, will exit the PC market, by selling or spinning off its own PC business. But there’s a big difference between the HP announcement and IBM’s earlier decision. Unlike IBM, which had long before ceded PC leadership to smaller, faster-moving companies, HP is, as I write this, the most dominant PC maker on earth. So the market it’s leaving is one over which it reigns supreme. More >
For those of you who are still following all of the webOS news, I thought I’d share what I know about how things have been going at HP since the announcement, and shed some light on a few projects that never came to be.
Some of the information below comes from friends who work in the webOS Global Business Unit, née Palm. I’ve always been enthused about the potential of webOS, so with HP ditching all of its plans for webOS hardware, I was eager to pry some more details out of these people. Some of this info has also been floating around tech sites for a while, and I was able to confirm its accuracy. More >
We’ve been tracking the twists and turns of the Dropbox mega funding round feeding frenzy for over a month now. In July Sarah Lacy wrote that they’d be raising $200 million to $300 million at a $5 billion or higher valuation. A week ago MG Siegler wrote that the auction process was over and Dropbox was considering bids as high as $10 billion.
The company has now chosen which investors will lead and participate in the round, we’ve heard from one of our sources. The final valuation will be less than $6 billion, and we’ve heard that the original estimates of a $200 million – $300 million round are still accurate. We do not yet know who’s leading the round or otherwise participating, but that information will probably become available soon.
In the end Dropbox didn’t choose the investor with the highest valuation bid, we’ve heard. Look for the round to close and be announced in the coming weeks.
By NICK BILTON
I’ve recently learned that real estate brokers in San Francisco have reached a consensus on a topic that entrepreneurs and investors can’t seem to agree on: that we are in the midst of a technology bubble.
Technologists have been debating the existence of such a bubble for over a year now, but they just can’t seem to agree. Some argue that companies like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, are overvalued with multi-billion dollar valuations. Others say that technology companies are actually undervalued. More >