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Tech Roundup: Yahoo Erases Profiles, Twitter Seeks Business Model, More

Google capital expenses dip -- Who knew the company could dance? Google took its capital expenses for a dip that has had some analysts in a dither, shocked that the company could have restrained its spending. Infrastructure may be an advantage, but so is smart management, and perhaps the company is learning that spending alone is not a measure of dedication to operations. Company CFO Patrick Pichette said, "We are going to continue to invest in capex, so we have no plans of slowing down," and explained that the slow-down was temporary because of the incremental nature of building out data centers. Once you've completed one, the initial rush of capital would hopefully slow down, and Google just finished the first phase of two of them. But not to worry: if it needs to spend more, at least the company found another source of revenue: monetizing the personalized version of Google's home page, iGoogle. By opening up more space, widget creators (and Google) have more room to display ads and get money from somebody, even if the users won't pay. [Source: GigaOM, Ars Technica]

Apple and Psystar skip court â€" for now -- They could simply have headed into a courtroom, but Apple and clone maker Psystar have agreed to head to alternative dispute resolution, which is something less than a court fight but more than couple's counseling. They'll start in non-binding arbitration and through an analysis of the strengths of their respective cases and some mediation. It's still going to take months, but if they can work something out, both sides could save a lot of money and guarantee that the settlement doesn't become public. Could it be that Apple is not so certain of its position? [Source: MacObserver]

Yahoo finds change is hard -- Few people really enjoy change, and Yahoo is seeing how many dislike a change in a web site they frequent. The company has been working on a new home page design, but is doing so in very small stages. As AOL found with, do too much that your audience doesn't like and you can lose half of it. So far, Yahoo's received 10,000 comments, including people who disliked the smaller number of news stories, which is ironic because there were more, but the cleaner design made people think there were fewer. Of course, Yahoo does have a few problems that need solutions even faster. Hopefully those won't cause a major walk-out, whether of investors or employees -- though wiping out every single user profile on its network and telling people to recreate them was probably not helpful. [Source: New York Times, TechCrunch]

Who uses ya, baby? -- Microsoft's Steve Ballmer got into a bit of a tousle with some Gartneranalysts who were pressing him on the competition Google Apps are offering Microsoft Office. Ballmer said that no one uses them, that the adoption of the service is "flatlined," and that Microsoft Office is growing 30 percent in the consumer market. Does that mean there are a lot of people who don't own it yet? To grow 30 percent in the consumer market when you've had such a lock on that area of business seems a tad suspicious. Maybe he should try a spreadsheet -- Office or Google Apps -- to see just how big that number is supposed to get past, oh, tomorrow. The world might need an addition to the population explosion to make the statement right. [Source: InternetNews]

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