The Fail-Whale's Days May Be Numbered

July 23, 2010 – Today’s most interesting stories in technology, media and entertainment:

The Fail-Whale’s days may be numbered. Even though Twitter is no where near the size of Facebook, it is adding over 300,000 users a day. So, starting in Salt Lake City later this year, Twitter plans to launch its own data centers. I won’t miss the Fail-Whale, will you?

Microsoft is giving all 90,000 of its employees a new Windows 7 phone to beta test. Yep, you guessed it. The Windows 7 team wants to avoid their own version of antennagate.

Amazon customers purchased $1 billion worth of goods on mobile handsets last year. The number is astonishing, and shows just how far mobile purchasing has come in the iPhone era, when users can not only browse, but make purchases from their phones. Expect mobile purchasing to become even more popular as 4G networks roll out and tablet computers hit critical mass.

HP announced that its long rumored slates will arrive this Fall. However, while the Windows 7 powered tablet computers will hit the market, don’t expect to buy one at Best Buy because the slate is expected to launch solely for enterprise customers. With that in mind, HP may roll out an entirely different line of webOS based devices for the consumer market.

Today’s Video — Shelly chats about Facebook’s 500 million users with Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander on Fox 5 News at 5 (WNYW-TV New York)

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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