Posted by Shirley Brady on September 7, 2010 05:30 PM
* HP sued former CEO Mark Hurd after Oracle hired him. GigaOm's Mathew Ingram notes why: non-competes are unenforceable in California, but protection of trade secrets is allowed.
* AOL hopes new partnership with Ellen DeGeneres will drive traffic across its network of sites.
* Google TV will launch this year, confirms CEO Eric Schmidt, while today's discombobulated logo baffles Web searchers.
* GM's OnStar is offering free services to combat Ford's Sync system.
* Amazon is pushing manufacturers to make their packages easier to open, hoping to reduce consumer "wrap rage."
* BP pins hopes on "Future BP" positioning.
* HSBC's chairman exit (to become UK's trade minister) leaves a void at the global bank.
* J&J seeks damages from Merck over Remicade partnership.
* JetBlue's infamous (and former) flight attendant Steven Slater is negotiating a plea deal.
* Nokia is getting ready to unveil its new E7 smartphone.
* Ryanair's CEO isn't giving up on his pay toilet idea.
* Samsung reveals low-power chip, implies that Apple's iPad is driving down chip prices.
* Terra Firma filed suit in New York, claiming it was tricked into buying the EMI music label by Citigroup.