Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 2nd May 2010 22:07 UTC
Google BumpTop, that physics-based 3D desktop thing, has been acquired by Google. "Today, we have a big announcement to make: we're excited to announce that we've been acquired by Google! This means that BumpTop (for both Windows and Mac) will no longer be available for sale. Additionally, no updates to the products are planned." No word on what Google's plans are.
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MS Google
by strcpy on Mon 3rd May 2010 04:32 UTC
strcpy
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2009-05-20


This means that BumpTop (for both Windows and Mac) will no longer be available for sale. Additionally, no updates to the products are planned." No word on what Google's plans are.


Sounds awfully similar to the infamous Microsoft practices in the 1990s.

Buying potential or real competitors out of the market place, likely to make room for your own product.

Don't, be evil.

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RE: MS Google
by aesiamun on Mon 3rd May 2010 05:27 in reply to "MS Google"
aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm not sure what you are talking about, this is google's M.O.

They bought Grand Central and immediately closed creation of new accounts until it was properly "Googleized". This might take a year or more but everything eventually becomes available again.

As they integrate everything into the Google account and preferences system, along with making it fit their way of working, it's typically only available by invite only.

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RE[2]: MS Google
by strcpy on Mon 3rd May 2010 05:51 in reply to "RE: MS Google"
strcpy Member since:
2009-05-20


As they integrate everything into the Google account and preferences system, along with making it fit their way of working, it's typically only available by invite only.


Agreed. This is alternative to put it.

Ring. Ring. Product bundling.

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RE: MS Google
by cb88 on Mon 3rd May 2010 16:35 in reply to "MS Google"
cb88 Member since:
2009-04-23

Are you kidding me bumptop is stupid.... Google bought it so it wouldn't be an embarassment to the entire Internet anymore.

All joking aside I *really* don't see how bumptop aims to increase desktop productivity the fact that the computer desktop isn't really a desktop it most of what makes it usefull ...Bumptop is little more than bling on the touchscreen

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