Morning Briefing: SkyDrive updates, European Lumia performance and Apple and Samsung to attempt settlement

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for the 18th of April 2012, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web that broke while you were sleeping and what we are watching here at TECHGEEK.com.au.

Here’s what we are watching:

  • Microsoft has updated SkyDrive with support for the Open Document Format. They have also have changed the file size limit from 100MB to 300MB and have also introduced Twitter sharing and a new short URL for images shared to Twitter from Windows Phones (sdrv.ms). There is also “really big things coming soon,” possibly referring to the rumoured syncing clients for Mac and Windows.
  • The PlayStation Store is having a permanent price-drop on selected PSP games, including Patapon 3, God Of War: Ghost of Sparta, Gran Turismo, Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier, Killzone: Liberation, LittleBigPlanet, Resistance: Retribution and many more for $11.95.
  • Reuters is reporting that European carriers have not been happy with the Nokia Lumia lineup, with some saying that problems include their overpriced nature with a lack of real innovation, battery life issues and little Nokia marketing support. They say that all of this makes the phones a hard sell against iOS and Android. “If the Lumia with the same hardware came with Android in it and not Windows, it would be much easier to sell.”
  • Apple and Samsung’s legal fight may finally be going somewhere, with talk of a settlement. US District Judge Judge Lucy Koh has recommended that representatives talk in front of a magistrate. The two companies have agreed to the meditation and the companies, including Apple and Samsung CEOs, will have to meet within 90 days to discuss the possible settlement.
  • Speaking of lawsuits – Oracle and Google are in their little war over Java. CNET has some sketches from the case, while both Page and Ellison appeared. Page was a video testimony recorded in 2011, but Ellison appeared in court and also revealed that Oracle planned to buy RIM or Palm to enter the smartphone industry – but analysis commissioned told them not to.
  • Yahoo’s new CEO has admitted that the company is bloated. Talking about its financial results – which saw a growth in revenue and earnings – its CEO is planning to cut 50 properties and focus on its core. “Yahoo has been doing way too much for too long and was only doing a few things really well,” he admitted.
  • Fortune questions why the hell are we speculating that Apple will enter the TV industry. Pointing out that the market is crowded, margins are terrible, no single global market and the likelihood that people will buy one will be little since people tend to hold on for TVs for decades – why would they even enter? Well, the fanboys still remain hoping.
  • And, finally, Sony has apparently “fallen blindly in love with its brand”. According to a marketing professor writing in the New York Times, he claims that Sony has had a “astonishing lack of ideas”, not produce a hit product and that it has been used to represent the low-end and high-end products, making it diluted.

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