Palm to dump MyPalm portal

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Palm to dump MyPalm portal By: Ian Fried Source: News.com Handheld giant Palm plans to discontinue its Web-based MyPalm portal, which offers online access to personal calendars and address books. According to a message posted on its Web site, Palm will delete all customer data on Jan. 10. Palm is keeping the MyPalm portal’s mobile section, which offered content to people with handhelds capable of Wireless Data access. As previously reported, Palm earlier this month cut more than a dozen jobs at its Cambridge, Mass., site. That facility was home to some of the company’s MyPalm efforts and was the former site of Anyday.com, an online calendar company acquired by Palm last year. That cash and stock deal was valued at $80 million when it was announced in May 2000. Sources have said that Palm plans to annnounce additional layoffs as early as this week. The company has already cut roughly 500 workers in two rounds of cuts earlier this year. According to the letter on Palm’s MyPalm portal: “Beginning January 10, 2002, Palm, Inc. will no longer offer the MyPalm Web portal. All MyPalm Web portal services, such as Date Book and Address Book, will cease operation, as will the Date Book Update and Free Time Viewer applications on MyPalm mobile portal. All PIM data (everything in your Date Book, Address Book, To Dos, Reminders and Memo Pad) will be permanently deleted from the MyPalm portal and will no longer be accessible.” The company is also deleting the Palm.com e-mail accounts for all customers except Palm VII and Palm VIIx owners who get their wireless Internet service through Palm. A Palm representative did not immediately comment. MyPalm was announced in November 2000. At that time, the company had not yet acquired the Mypalm.com domain name. The company then reached a deal to share the domain with Dominic Hulewicz, the owner of a British Internet consulting firm who used Mypalm.com as the domain name for the e-mail address for his handheld. For much of the past year, traffic to Mypalm.com has been redirected to the official MyPalm site: My.palm.com. However, on Monday the site was displaying content that apparently belongs to Hulewicz, who has owned the Mypalm.com site since 1999. Recently, Palm has not been touting its content-related business, focusing instead on splitting the business into two parts–the unit that makes its handhelds and the one that creates and licenses the Palm operating system. The company is looking to create a separate subsidiary for the OS business by the end of the year. And next year, Palm wants to start the process of creating two separately traded companies.

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