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The following press release depicts desperation.

Desperation, in this context, begets a new standard.

The new standard, assuming the entire mass market adopts it (any PDA or cell phone users out there? anybody currently use a laptop for business?), begets "macro-hypergrowth," our tornado.

The smart phone tornado is coming. The operating platform of choice is...

...Psion (PON)? Please draw your own conclusions.

Perhaps it's not too early to teach one another how to make trades on the London Stock Exchange.


UPDATE 2-Ericsson, Nokia, Motorola call on London media
 
Source: Reuters
(Adds analyst comment para 4, 5)
LONDON, April 11 (Reuters) - The world's top three mobile
phone manufacturers -- Finland's Nokia , Motorola
(NYSE: MOT) of the U.S. and Sweden's Ericsson -- said on
Tuesday they were calling a London news conference at 1400 GMT.
The companies said in a statement they wanted to share the
industry's views of the latest technology developments in the
fast-emerging mobile electronic business market.
No further details were immediately available.
Motorola, Nokia and Ericsson are already linked via their
Symbian joint venture with British handheld computer company
Psion Plc (LSE: PON) and Matsushita <6781.T> of Japan.
Psion-led Symbian is built around Psion's EPOC operating
platform, which has thrown down the gauntlet to U.S. computer
giant Microsoft Corp's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows CE and palmtop market
leader Palm Inc (NASDAQ: PALM) rival technology.
Analysts said the news conference could unveil another stage
in a battle between leading telecoms groups to produce an open
operating system that will become the industry standard for the
likes of smart phones -- cellphones with similar functions to
those on palmtops, such as e-mail and word processing.
"The key thing they (Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia) want to
do is develop mobile commerce as quickly as they can, and if
they can get standards set between them, they'll accelerate the
whole market," noted one analyst.
The Symbian platform also has layers of services dealing
with WAP (Wireless Application Protocol), which connects mobile
phones to the Internet, Bluetooth, which allows mobile devices
to communicate with each other without wires and high speed
General Packet Radio Switching (GPRS) network technology.
These are features that Windows CE and the Palm operating
system currently lack.
But the borders between alliances are becoming increasingly
blurred in an industry that is braced for booming demand for
smart, high tech cellphones as European governments hold beauty
contests or put up for auction next generation mobile licences.
((Kirstin Ridley, European Equities Desk +44 20 7542 7987, fax
+44 20 7542 3722, e-mail kirstin.ridley@reuters.com))
REUTERS
Rtr 09:00 04-11-00


Page 31 of the revised edition:

"...managers find themselves saddled with what we call a broken, mission-critical process. These broken processes are jeopardizing the entire enterprise's ability to serve its customers...The sense of urgency is great-these are pragmatists who fear they may be about to get fired. As such, they seek out their opposite numbers in similar companies to find out if they have seen the problem, and if so, if they have found a solution."

Page 33:

"Once...the market has rallied around its solution, all other vendors get summarily excluded from the segment (pragmatists like to standardize on a single solution once they find one that works);"


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