Five Companies That Dropped The Ball This Week

Acer Cancels Alibaba Smartphone Event, At Google's Behest

Acer was planning to hold a press conference this week to announce its CloudMobile A800 smartphone, which runs on Alibaba's Aliyun software, but apparently didn't think through the competitive implications, according to a report from MarketWatch. Alibaba claims Google told Acer it would pull out of its Android partnership with the OEM if it went through with the plan. Whoops!