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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:01 AM
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Source: Struggling Palm Lays Off Workers
Source: AP

By MAY WONG

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Palm Inc. (PALM), the troubled maker of Treo smart phones, laid off about 10 percent of its work force this week to cut expenses, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The Sunnyvale-based company issued a statement Thursday confirming some layoffs were made as part of a restructuring. The person said Palm, which has a worldwide staff of 1,150, was eliminating more than 100 jobs. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Palm did not publicly disclose the number of layoffs.

Palm's statement said the restructuring, which also included some reassignments, was part of its ongoing effort to "focus and better align resources behind core initiatives" and "to ensure that our expenses are in line with projected revenues."

Palm has struggled against stiffening competition over the past year. Some missteps, including product delays and the cancellation in September of a portable computer call Foleo, have compounded the problem.

Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20071214/D8TH4UUG0.htm...
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robcon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:30 AM
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1. I think this story from Popular Mechanics explains the layoffs.
The Palm Foleo, which was never introduced, even though it was announced and produced, made the "Ten worst gadgets of 2007" from Popular Mechanics. Not exactly sterling management and design expertise from Palm.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/reviews/4236...
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pnorman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:00 AM
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3. There's quite a bit of praise packed into that"condemnation".
$600 was a little steep for a cell-phone add-on, but had it caught on, that would have changed in the course of time. I was REALLY looking forward to that Foleo! I have a HUGE library of books in my Treo, that would have looked GREAT on it! Many are public domain, but most are full price purchases. A while back, a fellow DUer marveled that I was reading books on the tiny screen of my cell-phone! It's actually quite practical, but was a little fatiguing after a while.

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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-15-07 12:26 AM
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4. I read books on my iPAQ.
Microsoft Word now has an ebook feature which allows you to create your own, also.
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pnorman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-15-07 07:47 AM
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5. I've been reading books on my Sony TH-55 for quite some time now.
That too is Palm OS, and was the reason I went for that Treo 700p. I expect it's at or about the same screen size as your iPAQ, but I'd still have liked the much larger screen of that Foleo.

Among the MANY book I have on the Treo is the M/W Unabridged Dictionary (43MB), as well as several other reference books (some in .PDF format). My most recent addition, is the full Wikipedia. I also have a number of Audible.com spoken word books on that Treo, although I now use another device for that purpose.

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pnorman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:33 AM
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2. Not good news for me!
No, I don't own any stock of theirs (or anyone else's for that matter), but I've been an enthusiastic admirer/user of the Palm OS for quite some time. That dictated the choice of my first and only smartphone (Treo 700p).

I was really looking forward to that Foleo! That was to be "tethered" to the Treo phone, and allow full internet activity on a large screen and with a near full-sized keyboard. It was to be light, and with very low power consumption (sigh!). Recently, I found some ~$30 software that will let me tether either of my laptops to the phone. The smaller of the two, a 7 year old Sony, is small & light enough to qualify as "shoulder-bag" portable, but it wouldn't have been the same as that Foleo! (sigh again!)

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