Quote Originally Posted by rkumetz View Post
One of the problems with a company giving away their plans to make a new better version of something is that it tends to cause people who would have purchased the current product to wait which sort of dries up R&D funding.
Ten years ago I went to Marshall and asked among other things if they were working on a GPS based falconry product. I was told "We are keeping a close eye on the possibilities.". As I left a team of UBLOX guys came in the door. I considered it good business ethics at the time to pass along the "close eye on the possibilities" and not mention the UBLOX boys.

The classic Silicon Valley blunder was Osborne Computer. They were a major player in the lugable computer market. They announced plans for a new, better computer. Sales (and cash flow) dried up. By the time the new design was ready Osborne was dust in the wind.

Thomas of the Digital Disasters