Google Mystery Barge

Google’s $4 million mystery barge is headed for the junk yard

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Google’s $4 million mystery barge is headed for the junk yard

$4 million is barely a drop in the bucket for Google, which racked up $16 billion in revenue in the June quarter alone. But $4 million is the amount Google just burned on its mystery barge, which is reportedly about to be dismantled after Google had tried to use it as a floating showroom. More →

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Apple Beats Acquisition 200 Employees

It’s official: Apple is axing 200 Beats employees

By on July 31, 2014 at 2:40 PM.

It’s official: Apple is axing 200 Beats employees

Apple is cleaning house as the $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics approaches completion. Bloomberg reports that Apple has informed over 200 Beats employees that they will not be able to stay on with the company for the long term once the transaction has been finalized. According to the source, most of those jobs are in finance, HR and other areas where the two groups might overlap. More →

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Sprint T-Mobile Merger Dead

This could be the final nail in the Sprint-T-Mobile merger’s coffin

By on July 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

This could be the final nail in the Sprint-T-Mobile merger’s coffin

The $32 billion merger between Sprint and T-Mobile always faced a major uphill climb since U.S. regulators really weren’t keen on the idea of letting the wireless industry consolidate even further. And now a new report from The Wall Street Journal indicates that Sprint parent company SoftBank may no longer be the only company willing to shell out big bucks for America’s scrappy “Uncarrier.” More →

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Criticism

The one thing that Tim Cook really needs to do better

By on July 31, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

The one thing that Tim Cook really needs to do better

Unlike a lot of pundits and analysts, I actually think Tim Cook has done a very good job of running Apple. The company is still insanely profitable and Apple customers’ loyalty has shown no signs of waning. Granted, he’s not Steve Jobs, but that’s not a bad thing because he’s shown that he’s very skilled at getting a bunch of very talented people with very big egos to work together effectively as a team — not an easy feat when you consider how a post-Jobs Apple could have easily turned into one giant turf war. More →

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T-Mobile Earnings Q2 2014

T-Mobile swings to Q2 profit, adds 1.5 million net customers

By on July 31, 2014 at 7:15 AM.

T-Mobile swings to Q2 profit, adds 1.5 million net customers

T-Mobile on Thursday morning reported solid second-quarter earnings that sent the stock climbing in pre-market trading. The company says it led the industry in a number of key areas including service revenue growth (7.1%), total revenue growth (8%), branded postpaid net subscriber additions (579,000) and branded prepaid net subscriber additions (102,000). Total net customer additions in the June quarter totalled an impressive 1.5 million, which included more than 1 million total branded net customer additions. More →

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NSA's Keith Alexander Private Online Security

Want to make $1 million per month? Retire from the NSA

By on July 30, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Want to make $1 million per month? Retire from the NSA

Former NSA director Keith Alexander will charge companies up to $1 million a month to keep them safe from online hackers, Foreign Policy reports. Apparently Alexander and business partners from IronNet Cybersecurity have founded a new firm after leaving the government and military in March. The company supposedly offers a new technology that has a “unique” approach when it comes to detecting hackers online. More →

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Robert Scoble Windows Phone

The man who said Google Glass would revolutionize computing wants Microsoft to dump Windows Phone

By on July 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

The man who said Google Glass would revolutionize computing wants Microsoft to dump Windows Phone

One-time Google Glass enthusiast Robert Scoble is always an entertaining read, although he’s not exactly someone whom tech companies should take advice from. After all, Scoble was once so enthusiastic about Google Glass that he compared it to the Apple II and similarly said it would revolutionize the way we do computing. Needless to say, that hasn’t turned out to be the case, as even Scoble admitted earlier this year that Glass in its current incarnation is “doomed.”

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Nintendo 3DS Doomed

How ‘Last Blockbuster Syndrome’ dooms empires like Nintendo

By on July 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

How ‘Last Blockbuster Syndrome’ dooms empires like Nintendo

For years, Nintendo has believed it could reject smartphone and tablet apps, yet still flourish. The reason for this delusion is familiar — it’s the toxic Last Blockbuster Syndrome that doomed the consumer electronics divisions of Motorola in 2004 and Nokia in 2007. Often at the start of a massive trend shift in consumer electronics, dominant dinosaurs get one massive hit built on a nearly obsolete paradigm, and that allows them to be lulled into a comfy trip to the grave. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

This is what Comcast instructed employees to do following viral-call-gate

By on July 30, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

This is what Comcast instructed employees to do following viral-call-gate

Comcast’s customer care service is a mess, as many affected customers and even former and current employees will attest, no matter what the company says in public. It all became even clearer following that customer call that was recorded by a certain tech personality, and which quickly went viral, as it revealed that Comcast is desperately trying to put a stop to service cancellations. The company took immediate action by apologizing for the incident and explaining its customer care policies publicly. Internally, the company served its employees a new memo supposed to be a reminder of its “customer interaction policy.” More →

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Nintendo Earnings Q1 2015

Wii U drags Nintendo into $97 million Q1 loss

By on July 30, 2014 at 7:15 AM.

Wii U drags Nintendo into $97 million Q1 loss

Nintendo’s struggles continued in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, as relatively poor Wii U sales and high costs resulted in yet another loss for the struggling video game giant. Nintendo on Wednesday reported a June-quarter loss of 9.92 billion yen, or $97.3 million, compared to an 8.6 billion yen profit in the same quarter last year. Revenue totalled 74.7 billion yen, or roughly $732.3 million, in the quarter, which represents an 8% decline from the year-ago quarter. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

The most shocking thing about the infamous ‘Comcast phone call from hell’

By on July 29, 2014 at 3:53 PM.

The most shocking thing about the infamous ‘Comcast phone call from hell’

The infamous call between Ryan Block and a Comcast retention agent in which the rep refused to let Block unsubscribe from Comcast genuinely surprised me. Not because it wasn’t something I expected out of Comcast — there’s a very good reason it and Time Warner Cable are America’s two most hated companies, after all — but more because in the days following the call, several current and former Comcast employees reached out to me to talk about how Comcast’s policies are basically designed to make both their lives and their customers’ lives a living hell. More →

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BlackBerry Secusmart Acquisition Analysis

BlackBerry’s newest acquisition looks like the smartest move it’s made all year

By on July 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

BlackBerry’s newest acquisition looks like the smartest move it’s made all year

BlackBerry has been doubling down on its reputation as the most secure mobile device manufacturer lately and the company just made a very smart move that could solidify that reputation even further. BlackBerry announced that it acquired German security firm Secusmart on Tuesday and as ZDNet points out, this could be a very big move for BlackBerry as it tries to make sure its enterprise and government customers don’t jump ship to iOS and Android devices. More →

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