Apple Samsung Lawsuit

Apple vs Samsung has a date with the Supreme Court

Apple vs Samsung has a date with the Supreme Court

By on July 14, 2016 at 2:25 PM.

Yes, the rounded rectangles dispute will be going all the way to the land’s highest court.

Five years after the Apple vs Samsung patent dispute officially kicked off, the case is set to be resolved once and for all. The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments over Samsung’s appeal in part of its long-running legal dispute, with the date set for October 11th. A verdict is expected sometime in December or January.

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Tesla Model X 60D

Does Tesla hate its own customers?

By on July 14, 2016 at 12:44 PM.

Does Tesla hate its own customers?

Among for-profit companies born in Silicon Valley, few have a nobler cause than Tesla. Make no mistake, Tesla is a publicly traded company and its goal first and foremost is to make money. But unlike most companies in and around the Valley, it’s changing the world for the better while it makes money. It doesn’t build useless iPhone apps and it’s not trying to launch an Uber for kitty litter. Tesla makes electric cars and has singlehandedly sped up the transition in the automotive industry from gas to alternative fuel sources by a decade at the very least.

With all that in mind, it’s difficult to comprehend how a company doing so much good can hate its customers so much at the same time. More →

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Hit List

LINE IPO

LINE is another Zynga

By on July 14, 2016 at 12:21 PM.

LINE is another Zynga

LINE became the biggest tech company to enter the US stock market this year as its shares soared 30% above issue price in early New York trading. Buying these shares is something you should not do. Yes, messaging is a hot space and no, there aren’t many messaging apps companies you can invest in. But app vendors tend to be bought or go public at the worst possible time. The recent history bears grim witness.

Zynga announced the purchase of an app company called OMGPOP literally within 48 hours of when the main product of that app vendor peaked. OMGPOP proceeded to fall apart with stunning speed thereafter.

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Pokemon Go Sales

New Pokemon Go statistics will blow your mind

By on July 13, 2016 at 11:24 AM.

New Pokemon Go statistics will blow your mind

There is little doubt by now that Pokemon Go is becoming the most successful mobile app of all time, at least as far as launch-week performance is concerned. Niantic just launched the game in Germany… and it hit No. 1 on the iPhone revenue chart in just three hours. The 13 hours it took to hit the top of the US sales charts last week was incredible enough. But apparently the American media storm surrounding Pokemon has driven consumers in other countries into an absolute frenzy of anticipation. More →

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Game Changers

Hyperloop One Lawsuit

Hyperloop One is turning into a hot mess of legal drama

By on July 12, 2016 at 5:50 PM.

Hyperloop One is turning into a hot mess of legal drama

Hyperloop One is supposed to be one of the pioneering companies on the cutting edge of disrupting the transportation industry for greater efficiency, etc. But if the no-holds-barred lawsuit filed by a co-founder today is anything to go by, the company is not in good shape.

In the suit, former co-founder Brogan BamBrogan alleges that top execs engaged in threats, physical abuse, bullying, and even financial misconduct. In turn, the defendants have called the lawsuit “delusional,” “nonsense,” and “a measure of Hyperloop’s success.” Not to mention a total PR disaster.

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Tesla Autopilot Death

Of course Tesla isn’t going to disable Autopilot

By on July 12, 2016 at 2:07 PM.

Of course Tesla isn’t going to disable Autopilot

It’s been a bad couple weeks for Tesla. Not only did it suffer the first fatal crash of an Autopiloted vehicle, but the NHTSA is investigating the crash, and the SEC is reportedly looking into breaches of securities law surrounding the same event.

None of this is good for Tesla, or the much-heralded Autopilot cruise control software. But should Tesla disable the feature? Of course not.

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Comcast Data Caps New Locations

Even more customers are going to have to deal with Comcast’s data caps

By on July 8, 2016 at 4:59 PM.

Even more customers are going to have to deal with Comcast’s data caps

One of the most hated policies in cable industry is expanding this week as Comcast has informed customers in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan that they will soon be part of the carrier’s “Terabyte Internet Experience.” In other words, they’re all going to be subject to data caps next month.

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TV
ESPN Streaming Without Cable

ESPN reportedly breaking away from cable bundles with its own streaming package

By on July 8, 2016 at 12:13 PM.

ESPN reportedly breaking away from cable bundles with its own streaming package

The last domino has begun to fall.

According to a new report from The Information, ESPN is preparing to launch its own a la carte streaming TV package that won’t require a cable subscription. The network has long resisted this separation from the cable bundle, but it appears that after losing millions of subscribers to cord cutting over the past few years, ESPN has no choice but to jump on the bandwagon.

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Elon Musk Rant

Is Elon Musk’s brash attitude hurting Tesla’s brand?

Is Elon Musk’s brash attitude hurting Tesla’s brand?

By on July 7, 2016 at 3:09 PM.

While many corporate executives tend to err on the side of not stirring up trouble or controversy, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is nothing if not outspoken. One could even argue that Musk’s unabashed willingness to shoot from the hip, criticize the status-quo and more or less say whatever pops into his head is precisely why he has garnered such a devoted following. Say what you will about Musk, but he has never been someone you’d associate with the word boring.

But in the wake of all the controversy surrounding a fatal Model S crash involving Tesla’s Autopilot software, some are now wondering if Musk’s brash demeanor — which often manifests itself online — is a detriment.

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Tesla Vs Fortune

Everything you need to know about the dramatic war between Tesla and Fortune

Everything you need to know about the dramatic war between Tesla and Fortune

By on July 7, 2016 at 9:16 AM.

A real-life drama unfolded in Silicon Valley on Wednesday night and the aftermath continues to spill out across the media on Thursday morning.

In a war of words that could have far-reaching implications, Tesla and business news publication Fortune Magazine are at odds over a series of events that took place earlier this year. Fortune made some serious allegations against Tesla in recent articles, suggesting that the company intentionally waited to disclose a preliminary NHTSA investigation into a recent fatal accident until after it held a stock sale and raised more than $1 billion in fresh capital. Meanwhile, Tesla CEO Elon Musk fired back by suggesting that the Fortune articles were paid attacks before Tesla published its own official response, which was both lengthy and unconventional. More →

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Samsung Earnings Q2 2016

As iPhone sales stall, Galaxy S7 is even hotter than Samsung expected

By on July 7, 2016 at 8:51 AM.

As iPhone sales stall, Galaxy S7 is even hotter than Samsung expected

As it does ahead of each quarterly earnings report, Samsung on Thursday announced earnings guidance for the second quarter of 2016. The company expects Q2 2016 operating profit to come in at about $7 billion, up a healthy 17% from the same quarter last year. It will mark Samsung’s strongest profit performance in more than two years, and it’s thanks in large part to strong sales of Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge flagship smartphones. Samsung shares jumped 2% on the results.

Samsung warned six months ago that 2016 would be another difficult year for the consumer electronics giant after a disappointing 2015, suggesting that not even Samsung itself expected its new flagship smartphones to sell so well. More →

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Netflix Comcast Partnership

Netflix is coming to Comcast set-top boxes later this year

By on July 5, 2016 at 4:55 PM.

Netflix is coming to Comcast set-top boxes later this year

The animosity between Netflix and Comcast has been well-documented over the past few years, but it appears the two companies have finally put aside their differences for a smart business deal. According to Recode, the two companies confirmed on Tuesday that the Netflix streaming service will be featured on Comcast’s X1 platform before the end of 2016.

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