Opera opens new round in browser battles

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Web browser developer Opera Software ASA asked European regulators Thursday to force Microsoft Corp. to give users a choice of Internet software with its Windows operating system.

In a complaint with the European Commission, Opera also alleged that Microsoft was holding back developers from making programs that work with each other “by not following accepted Web standards.”

Opera, a small company in Oslo, Norway, has failed to gain a foothold in the browser market despite years of innovations. Its market share dipped even more as Mozilla’s Firefox emerged to rival Microsoft’s market-dominant Internet Explorer browser over the past few years. These days, Opera is stronger on making browsers for mobile devices, an area where Microsoft is not a major player.

Palm Lays Off Workers

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Palm Inc., 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.”

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