USA Today reports that one by one, five powerhouses of the U.S. PC industry have stumbled over the past five years. Now, the once unflappable Dell is in crisis mode. Dell’s CEO, CFO and other vice presidents have resigned amid a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation. In addition, Dell has disappointed Wall Street by announcing a decline in revenue in the most recent quarter. Overall, the PC industry is shifting faster than some companies can adapt, according to Gateway CEO Ed Coleman. Laptops are replacing desktops as the preferred PC. Consumers are basing purchasing decisions on aesthetics as well as raw power. Business in developed countries is slowing, while business in developing areas is taking off. Because of this, manufacturers need to be able to compete in both markets if they want to thrive…

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