Comcast FCC Commissioner Clyburn Dinner

Comcast: It’s ‘insulting’ to think there’s anything shady about us paying $110,000 to honor an FCC commissioner

By on August 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM.

Comcast: It’s ‘insulting’ to think there’s anything shady about us paying $110,000 to honor an FCC commissioner

Comcast really, really doesn’t like it when you talk about the enormous piles of cash it’s burning to jam its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable through the regulatory process. Comcast was not at all happy when we wrote about its decision to invite an attorney at the Department of Justice’s antitrust division to a Winter Olympics kickoff party less than a month before it announced its plan to merge with TWC, for instance. And now Politico reports that Comcast again finds itself in the midst of controversy after it recently revealed that it will be paying $110,000 to sponsor a dinner honoring current FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn. More →

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Samsung Smartphone Profit Margins

Remember when everyone said Apple was ‘doomed?’ Now it’s Samsung’s turn

By on August 12, 2014 at 8:35 AM.

Remember when everyone said Apple was ‘doomed?’ Now it’s Samsung’s turn

My, how things change. Over the last couple of years, many Wall Street analysts have been predicting “doom” for Apple, highlighted by Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdry’s classic declaration that Apple would “disappear” unless it released an iWatch within 60 days. Now it looks like Samsung, which for a while was many analysts’ golden boy, is getting the exact same treatment that Apple got in the aftermath of Steve Jobs’ passing. More →

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Google Barnes & Noble

Google just threw Barnes and Noble a lifeline in its battle with Amazon

By on August 7, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Google just threw Barnes and Noble a lifeline in its battle with Amazon

In 2011, Amazon announced that for the first time ever, eBook sales had finally exceeded print sales in the United States. This wasn’t quite the death knell of the brick-and-mortar book store, but it was clear in which direction the audience had begun to shift. Now, right on the heels of the unveiling of Kindle Unlimited, Google and Barnes & Noble have announced they will be joining forces to deliver physical copies of books to your home on the same day you order them. More →

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Microsoft Mobile First Cloud First

What Microsoft’s new CEO really has up his sleeve

By on August 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM.

What Microsoft’s new CEO really has up his sleeve

A lot of people we talk with who only follow consumer electronics news are always surprised to learn that Microsoft is still a gigantically profitable company. After all, they reckon, Windows 8 is hugely polarizing, Windows Phone is nowhere, the Surface is a money-losing flop and even the Xbox One has been running a distant second in console sales compared to Sony’s PlayStation 4. Given all these high-profile stumbles, it is fair to ask: Just why isn’t Microsoft falling apart at the seams? More →

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AOL Dial-up Monthly Subscription

Forget 4G, AOL still tricks millions of subscribers into keeping their dial-up subscription

By on August 7, 2014 at 7:15 AM.

Forget 4G, AOL still tricks millions of subscribers into keeping their dial-up subscription

While more and more carriers and Internet service providers are looking at ways of increasing data speeds, some people are still stuck on dial-up service, or at least they’re paying for it even though they might not really need it. AOL has no less than 2.34 million dial-up subscribers left, Re/code reports, who pay just over $20 per month for dial-up Internet access, even though many of them may already get their Internet fix from somewhere else. More →

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iPhone 6 Rumors Launch

Here are more signs that Apple’s iPhone 6 launch will be its biggest ever

By on August 6, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Here are more signs that Apple’s iPhone 6 launch will be its biggest ever

Apple will unveil the iPhone 6 in early September, and launch at least one version of it in the weeks following the keynote. The company is said to have placed iPhone 6 orders amounting to 80 million units for 2014, which would make the iPhone 6’s launch the biggest in Apple history so far. A new report from Digitimes seems to indicate that the iPhone maker plans to sell a large number of handsets in the second half of the year, as the Taiwanese publication reveals that Apple suppliers in the region are doing quite well financially.  More →

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Amazon Same-Day Delivery Expansion

Amazon’s same-day delivery service gets even better in six new cities

By on August 6, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Amazon’s same-day delivery service gets even better in six new cities

One of Amazon’s latest initiatives is being updated to get more items to customers on the same day that they deliver than ever before. Amazon announced today in a press release that it would be bringing “Get it Today” capabilities to its online store for customers in Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC metro areas. With “Get it Today,” you’ll be able to order as late as 1pm local time (in select locations) and still receive any of the million-plus items eligible for same-day delivery. More →

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T-Mobile Vs. Sprint Legere

Legere greets Sprint’s new CEO the only way he knows how: Ruthless trolling

By on August 6, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Legere greets Sprint’s new CEO the only way he knows how: Ruthless trolling

Welcome to the American wireless industry, Marcelo Claure — hope you don’t mind being ridiculed nonstop by one of your top rivals. Hours after Claure was officially announced as Sprint’s new CEO, T-Mobile CEO John Legere decided to greet him using the same tactics that he’s used to become close friends with Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson. In other words, Legere decided to ruthlessly troll him on Twitter. More →

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Sprint T-Mobile Merger FCC

FCC chairman Wheeler seems very happy that Sprint killed the T-Mobile merger

By on August 6, 2014 at 2:50 PM.

FCC chairman Wheeler seems very happy that Sprint killed the T-Mobile merger

Count Federal Communications chairman Tom Wheeler as one of the people who is happy that Sprint decided to call off its proposed $32 billion merger with T-Mobile. In a brief statement released on Wednesday, Wheeler expressed satisfaction that there would still be four major wireless carriers in the United States and added that Sprint should now take this opportunity to actually improve its network and service offerings instead of simply trying to acquire more spectrum through pricey mergers. More →

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Worst Bosses Ever Stories Zuckerberg

Ex-Facebook employee says Zuckerberg used to brandish a samurai sword to intimidate people

By on August 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Ex-Facebook employee says Zuckerberg used to brandish a samurai sword to intimidate people

Here’s one Mark Zuckerberg anecdote that would have made for a great scene in The Social Network. Business Insider has been leafing through a new ebook written by Noah Kagan, who is now the CEO of daily deals website AppSumo and who worked at Facebook for nine months back in 2005, and it’s found that Kagan makes some pretty startling allegations against his former boss that involve a samurai sword. More →

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Ex-Apple Employee Sam Sung Auction

The most hilariously named ex-Apple employee is auctioning off his old business card

By on August 6, 2014 at 11:30 AM.

The most hilariously named ex-Apple employee is auctioning off his old business card

Amazing but true: Apple at one time employed a man named Sam Sung, who left the company in late 2013. However, Sung has decided to use his awesomely ironic name to help a greater cause and he’s now auctioning off one of his old business cards on eBay for charity. More →

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Microsoft Nokia Layoffs Employees

Microsoft is trying to make laid off Nokia employees feel better in the worst way possible

By on August 6, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Microsoft is trying to make laid off Nokia employees feel better in the worst way possible

Microsoft is definitely not setting high standards for bedside manner when it comes to laying off Nokia employees. MarketWatch reports that Microsoft is trying to assuage anger in China over its plan to ax thousands of Nokia employees by offering laid off Chinese workers… wait for it… a free Nokia handset. More →

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