Today in Tech: Michael Dell’s post-PC company, Netflix passing big milestone?

April 25, 2011, 10:30 AM UTC

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    Dell CEO Michael Dell sat down with The Wall Street Journal to reflect upon the path his company has taken since he co-founded it in his dorm room some 26 years ago. Among the areas discussed: how the tablet’s meteoric success surprised him, why Android tablets will pass the iPad in market share, where he sees the most company growth coming from (hint: investments, acquisitions, and partnerships). (Wall Street Journal)

  • Analysts predict Netflix’s latest quarterly earnings, due out today, could make it the largest subscription entertainment business in the U.S., passing Comcast and Sirius XM Radio. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Over at TechCrunch, Michael Arrington penned a pretty convincing argument about why we’re in the midst of a tech “blubble.” (Yes, blubble!) (TechCrunch)
  • A breakdown of IT product and services spending. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Looking for a tech job? Seriously consider applying to start-ups. Despite U.S. unemployment hovering around 9.2%, 83% of U.S. start-ups plan to hire in 2011. (Mashable)
  • Max Mathews, aka the father of computer music, passed away last week from pneumonia. In 1957, he created the Music program, which allowed an IBM 704 mainframe computer to play a 17-second music composition. It was the first time ever sound was digitized, stored, and retrieved on a computer. Mathews was 84. (New York Times)
  • Seven lessons to learn from Amazon’s EC2 cloud service outage. (ZDNet/Software as Services)
  • Despite speculation that Twitter would relocate its headquarters somewhere outside of San Francisco, it’s sticking around. A lot of that’s due to the passing of a payroll tax exemption that basically lets Twitter off the hook from a 1.5% payroll tax for the next six years, provided it moves to the city’s Central Market Street and Tenderloin areas (which it will). (Los Angeles Times)
  • Why last week’s iPhone “LocationGate” brouhaha isn’t the big deal some think it is. (ComputerWorld via Cult of Mac)
  • Lenovo is planning a snazzy new 10.1-inch Android 3.0-based ThinkPad tablet with 1,280 x 800 touchscreen, a pen option for “sketching and note taking,” and a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. Expect this baby to hit by September at latest. (This is my next)
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