DailyDose: Apple experiments with watch like device & Microsoft 128GB surface pro sells out online in hours

Microsoft SurfaceDailyDose, your everyday technology brief is here. In today’s edition: Apple experiments with watch like device,  Microsoft 128GB surface pro sells out online in hours, Samsung Emerges as a Potent Rival to Apple’s Cool and more.

Microsoft’s 128GB Surface Pro Sells Out At MS Online Store Just Hours After Launch: Microsoft’s $999 128GB Surface Pro has sold out in the online Microsoft Store in the U.S. (via WinBeta), just a few hours after going on sale today, February 9. More here.

Samsung Emerges as a Potent Rival to Apple’s Cool: The maker of iPhones, iPads and iPods has never faced a challenger able to make a truly popular and profitable smartphone or tablet — not Dell, not Hewlett-Packard, not Nokia, not BlackBerry — until Samsung Electronicsm reports The New York Times. Read more here.

Egypt Court Orders Block on YouTube Access: A Cairo court on Saturday ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing Web site YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that set off deadly riots last year, but the ruling can be appealed and, based on precedent, may not be enforced. More here.

Alcatel-Lucent CEO’s Exit Leaves Board With Unwanted Job: As Alcatel-Lucent SA Chief Executive Officer Ben Verwaayen told board members this week he wouldn’t seek an extension of his contract, he threw them no less daunting a task than turning around the French telecommunications equipment maker: finding a successor. More here.

Bezos’ Kindle-Less Amazon Mashed in China by Ma’s Alibaba: When Amazon.com Inc. unveiled its Kindle store in China in December, something was missing: the Kindle. The online shop sells most e-books for less than 10 yuan ($1.61), yet doesn’t offer Amazon’s best-selling line of e- readers and tablets. Consumers must download reading apps for Apple Inc. iPads and iPhones or Google Inc.’s Android software, or use e-readers from domestic competitors.  More here.

Apple experiments with devices similar to watches: Apple Inc. is experimenting with the design of a device similar to a wristwatch that would operate on the same platform as the iPhone and would be made with curved glass, the New York Times reported on Sunday. The article cited unnamed sources “familiar with the company’s explorations”. More here.

Southeastern joined by other Dell investors: At least three of Dell Inc’s top 20 shareholders support Southeastern Asset Management’s decision to vote against the $24.4 billion buyout of the No. 3 PC maker led by CEO Michael Dell, a person close to the matter said. More here.

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