How to kill a good idea: Motorola’s Atrix 4G Laptop Dock to cost $500

Motorola’s Atrix 4G was one of our favorite devices from the Consumer Electronics Show, primarily because it had the cool ability to turn into a full-fledged ultraportable laptop when plugged into its Laptop Dock. So it’s impressive just how quickly AT&T has managed to quash my excitement for the device with the announcement of its crazy Laptop Dock pricing.

Google's Chrome OS netbook coming Dec. 7th

It’s been a long stretch, but Google is nearing the finish line with its Chrome OS netbook operating system. The company sent out invitations today to a Chrome event on Tuesday, December 7th, where it will launch the netbook, sources tell Engadget.

Dell and HP may join Acer for first Chrome OS devices

While our story on Acer unveiling Chrome OS devices at Computex, the big Taiwanese trade show for computer manufacturers, didn’t pan out the way our sources had led us to believe it would, we do know that Acer is hard at work at devices featuring Google’s Web-centric operating system. Now it appears that Dell and HP may be among the first Chrome OS adopters as well, according to Download Squad.

HP on WebOS devices: Tablet coming before October, no plans for netbooks

We’ve written previously that HP’s acquisition of Palm will also mean a great deal for the company’s future tablet and netbook plans, particularly since Palm’s WebOS software is well-suited for those types of devices. Now we have even further details on those plans. HP is planning to bring out a WebOS-equipped version of its Slate tablet before the end of the fiscal year in October, and it appears to have given up on the idea of bringing WebOS to netbooks, according to Digitimes.

Acer to launch Chrome OS devices in two weeks (exclusive)

It’s been some time since we received any new details on Chrome OS, Google’s web-focused operating system for netbooks. But that’s about to change in a couple weeks. We’ve learned from multiple sources that the Taiwanese computer manufacturer Acer will launch Chrome OS devices at the Computex Taipei show, which will be held from June 1 to June 5.

HP's Palm acquisition is about tablets and netbooks, too

During a conference call this afternoon, HP executives emphasized that the deal to acquire smartphone maker Palm is about more than phones. Executive Vice President Todd Bradley described Palm’s WebOS operating system as something that can also power tablet computers (or, as HP prefers to call them, “slates”) and the low-end laptops known as netbooks.

Google netbook rumor seems credible

Rumors of a Google-branded PC of some sort have been around for years. In 2006, I blogged a Consumer Electronics Show press conference at which reporters goaded Eric Schmidt: “What about the Google PC?” and, “You’d be stupid not to do it, so you must be doing it, right?”

5 O'Clock Roundup: Oracle results are meh, PC sales drop, funding you missed this week while reloading TechCrunch

Oracle’s profits up 4 percent despite lower sales – Quarterly revenue was off 5 percent, but the company kept costs down and grew profit margins by 4 percent. The Redwood City, Calif.-based company earned $1.124 billion, or 22 cents a share, on sales of $5.054 billion. In some areas the company was hit hard. New license revenue was off 22%, and revenue from consulting fell 23 percent. On a conference call, president Safra Catz said Oracle’s operating profit margin hit 46%, a company record. If Oracle closes its pending deal to acquire Sun Microsystems, that would, Catz said, immediately add $1.5 billion to Oracle’s annual profits.