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The Best of the Tech Blogs: Could Design of Windows 8 Be a Big Mistake?


Plus, Verizon is honored for delivering on quality.


This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary about the tech sector from around the Web.

Link: Microsoft Corporation: Will It Alienate People with Radical Windows 8 Look?
"Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) has received critical acclaim for its transformative new operating system, Windows 8, which is slated to be released to consumers in October. While many critics and tech geeks are embracing the new interface that is designed for touchscreens on tablets and smartphones, perhaps the most important stakeholder – the consumer – has yet to really be tested on this new OS."

Link: Quality Matters: J.D. Power and Associates Crowns Verizon Wireless King of Network Quality
"While having the biggest subscriber base in the U.S., Verizon Wireless (VZ) has also maintained the best network quality of all national carriers according to J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Wireless Network Quality Performance Study (Volume 2). The big red carrier scored highest in five regions, including the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, West, and Southwest."

Link: Sony Mobile Heads to Japan as Workforce Gets Slashed by 15 Percent
"Sony (SNE) is serious about streamlining its operations, and the latest moves by the company point to one big goal: Saving cash.

"For starters, Sony is moving its Sony Mobile headquarters from Lund, Sweden to Japan, closer to its corporate headquarters. Sony Mobile is the division created when Sony bought Ericsson's share from their Sony-Ericsson partnership last year."

Link: One Year In: What We've Learned About CEO Tim Cook
"When Tim Cook was named permanent chief executive of Apple (AAPL) a year ago Friday, most discussion centered on what Jobsian qualities and trademark values Cook didn't possess: He's not a product visionary, or "crazy" or charismatic enough.

"But very quickly into his official tenure replacing Steve Jobs, Cook signaled which qualities he would bring to the table. One week in, Cook elevated 22-year employee Eddy Cue from vice president to SVP of Internet Services, making him part of the company's small, tight leadership team. A week later, Cook began a charitable donation matching program for employees - the first of its kind for the company."

Link: An Empire Strikes Back: Intel Muscles Into the Mobile Market
"Some of the biggest bets in the computing industry were made on the fifth floor of Intel's (INTC) Robert Noyce Building, on the northeast corner of the chip giant's main campus in Santa Clara, California. It was here that CEO Andy Grove cemented the "Wintel" partnership that would dominate the PC industry for more than a decade. In 2005 newly installed CEO Paul Otellini announced an agreement with Steve Jobs here, bringing Apple computers into the fold."

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Link: Google's Audacious Bet on Fiber and Why it Could Work
"FORTUNE -- Last month, Google (GOOG) announced its Google Fiber initiative promising 1 gigabit of Internet speed for $70 a month and throwing in dozens of high-definition television channels for another $50 a month. The announcement was greeted with equal parts enthusiasm and skepticism.

"The news elicited a lot of excitement and envy from geeks outside of Kansas City, where Google had chosen to do a pilot run of the project. Not only would Google waive the $300 installation fee for early subscribers, it would give them online access that's 50 times faster than the 2-megabits-per-second access most Americans have lived with for much of the past decade."
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