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AmEx to Offer a Prepaid Debit Card that Rewards Users in FarmVille Cash

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American Express and Zynga are rolling out a rewards program today that will allow players to earn virtual currency when they spend money in the real world. For FarmVille fans willing to jump through a number of hoops, including signing up for a Zynga-branded prepaid card from American Express, they will...
AmEx to Offer a Prepaid Debit Card that Rewards Users in FarmVille Cash

Amazon Is Thinking About Real-World Stores

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Good E-Reader reports today that Amazon plans to launch a retail store in its hometown of Seattle "within the next few months." It will be a small boutique emphasizing its Kindle e-readers and physical copies of its Amazon Exclusives book titles. It will also stock accessories for Kindles, such as...
Amazon Is Thinking About Real-World Stores

RIM’s tailspin

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The number of BlackBerry phones sold fell 41% year-on-year in the last RIM fiscal quarter. Sequentially the fall was 30%. Though surprisingly poor, I note that Nokia’s smartphone business fell even more dramatically last quarter (down 50% y/y and 39% sequentially). LG also saw a 44% decline in unit shipments...
RIM’s tailspin

Yahoo's New CEO Preps Major Restructuring, Including Significant Layoffs

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According to multiple sources both inside and outside the Silicon Valley Internet giant, Yahoo’s CEO Scott Thompson is preparing a massive restructuring of the company, including layoffs that are likely to number in the thousands. Much of the change — which could be announced as soon as the end...
Yahoo's New CEO Preps Major Restructuring, Including Significant Layoffs

Redbox acquires NCR Corporation and Blockbuster Express DVD rental kiosks in $100 million deal

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Right on the heels of the announcement that it will be partnering with Verizon for a "streaming-video venture," Redbox has revealed it will be expanding its physical footprint by acquiring all of the entertainment assets of rival NCR Corporation. In the deal, worth up to $100 million, Redbox will...
Redbox acquires NCR Corporation and Blockbuster Express DVD rental kiosks in $100 million deal
Torbit’s Insight Measures The Affect Of Site Speed On Your Bounce, Conversion & Revenue

Facebook Could Actually Be A Direct Threat To Google's Core Business (GOOG)

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We published a version of this note in March on Business Insider Intelligence, BI's internet industry research service. If you were a subscriber, you'd already know this! Click here to learn about BI Intelligence and sign up for a free trial → One of Facebook's innovative ad formats, Sponsored...
Facebook Could Actually Be A Direct Threat To Google's Core Business (GOOG)

Read Yahoo CEO’s Letter to Employees About Layoffs

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Yahoo today confirmed this morning it plans to cut 2,000 jobs, or 14% of its 14,000 work force. Here’s CEO Scott Thompson’s letter to employees: Yahoos – Today we are restructuring Yahoo! to give ourselves the opportunity to compete and win in our core business. The changes we’re announcing today...
Read Yahoo CEO’s Letter to Employees About Layoffs

Facebook's Decision To Pay $1 Billion For Instagram Is A Big Red Flag

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Facebook's decision to pay $1 billion for Instagram, a 13 person photo sharing startup with no revenue, is a bit of a shock. While many people have congratulated Facebook for smartly taking out a budding rival, few have looked at the other side of what that means. Facebook, with...
Facebook's Decision To Pay $1 Billion For Instagram Is A Big Red Flag

Big Tech: How Microsoft Will Profit Off Webmail Without Reading Your Inbox

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Microsoft says its new Outlook.com webmail service won’t read your email to target you with ads. So how do they plan to make money? Photo: Peter McCollough/Wired No doubt about it: Outlook.com looks great. The user interface for Microsoft’s just-announced Hotmail overhaul is crisp and clean—I’m a sucker for whitespace....
Big Tech: How Microsoft Will Profit Off Webmail Without Reading Your Inbox
Big Tech: If Surface Tablets Fail to Post Monster Sales, MSFT May Not Care

VMware shakeup: Maritz is reportedly out

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Paul Maritz CEO of VMware at Structure 2011. A tech trade publication is reporting that VMware CEO Paul Maritz is being pushed out and will be replaced by Pat Gelsinger, the current COO of EMC. EMC owns roughly 80 percent of VMware, the market leader in server virtualization. It’s a...
VMware shakeup: Maritz is reportedly out

Google Applies for .Google, .YouTube and .LOL Top-Level Domains

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Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) closed its window for new generic top-level domain name applications. ICANN will publish a list of all the applied-for strings in two weeks, but Google today already announced some of the names it applied for. Among these are, as expected,...
Google Applies for .Google, .YouTube and .LOL Top-Level Domains

Expanding the Internet domain space

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In 2016, it’s estimated that almost half of the world’s population will be online, yet nearly 50 percent of the websites we visit are found in the .com top-level domain (TLD), which was among the first TLDs created in 1984. Despite the great opportunities the web has enabled for people...
Expanding the Internet domain space

New ‘radically simplified’ WordPress is on the way

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Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress and Automattic (see disclosure) says that the service is preparing for a significant change of direction — by releasing a much simpler version designed to work on mobile. Speaking at the paidContent 2012 event on Wednesday, Mullenweg said that he had been hard at...
New ‘radically simplified’ WordPress is on the way

Watch This Blind Man Take A Trip In One Of Google's Self-Driving Cars (GOOG)

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Google's self-driving cars have absolutely nothing to do with Google's core business, and Google has never even tried to explain how they're going to make money. But so what? They're really cool. They push technology forward. And as this video shows, they could make people's lives better in real,...
Watch This Blind Man Take A Trip In One Of Google's Self-Driving Cars (GOOG)

Nokia's extreme dieting continues as it kills off Nokia Money

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If you thought Nokia had finished its program of slimming down, think again. The axe is being wielded on Nokia Money as the company seeks to reinvent itself as a lean'n'mean mobile player. The mobile payments and cash management service was launched in India late last year, but both...
Nokia's extreme dieting continues as it kills off Nokia Money

Sony to now think as “One Sony,” with a focus on digital imaging, gaming, and mobile

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In an effort to be more nimble with its decision-making (and less of a lumbering corporate giant), Sony today has announced a new business structure, which it’s calling “Sony One.” The initiative is Spearheaded by the company’s new CEO Kazuo Hirai, who has been vocal about his plans to...
Sony to now think as “One Sony,” with a focus on digital imaging, gaming, and mobile

Blurb, The Custom Book Printing Startup, Is Tossing Its Hat Into The E-Book Ring

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Blurb has had a good amount of success as a disruptive player in the “traditional” publishing space. The San Francisco-based company, which lets anyone write and publish a physical book at relatively affordable prices, has built a profitable business with more than 100 staff and more than a million...
Blurb, The Custom Book Printing Startup, Is Tossing Its Hat Into The E-Book Ring
Microsoft Paid $1.2B for Yammer, But You Can Have It for Free

Torbit Insight: A free tool that lets you see load times for every user on your website

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If you run a website then chances are that you are familiar with how important the loading times are to keeping visitors on your pages. But there aren’t very reliable ways to see exactly what load times mean as far as conversions go, and that’s where Torbit Insight is about...
Torbit Insight: A free tool that lets you see load times for every user on your website

Ixia acquires cybersecurity firm BreakingPoint for $160m in cash

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NASDAQ-listed Ixia, which offers IP and wireless network testing and visibility solutions, has agreed to acquire security testing company BreakingPoint Systems for roughly $160 million in cash. BreakingPoint had raised at least $28 million in funding from firms like Austin Ventures and Genesis Inventions. In May 2012, Ixia picked up...
Ixia acquires cybersecurity firm BreakingPoint for $160m in cash

You might start seeing .google .docs and .youtube domain names soon

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According to an announcement from Google today, the company will start exploring ways to expand the domain space. ICANN recently held an open submission for new top-level domains (like .com and .net), and Google apparently participated by submitting some of its own. The gTLD submission process closed on March 29th...
You might start seeing .google .docs and .youtube domain names soon

It's Official: Yahoo Reorgs Itself Just Like We Said (Memo Time!)

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Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson just sent this note to Yahoo employees, about a new organization for the company. I’d go into the deets, but it is all below and tracks on previous reports I have done, including this morning. Please enjoy the memo: Yahoos – It’s time for Yahoo! to...
It's Official: Yahoo Reorgs Itself Just Like We Said (Memo Time!)

Starbucks Is Buying This San Francisco Bakery For $100 Million (SBUX)

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Starbucks is laying down $100 million to buy San Francisco bakery chain La Boulange owner Bay Bread Group reports Lisa Baertlein at Reuters. Food has always been a problem for the world's biggest coffee chain, so it's trying to find ways to patch that up. This marks its biggest non-coffee acquisition...
Starbucks Is Buying This San Francisco Bakery For $100 Million (SBUX)

How cloud computing can improve your charity's efficiency

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Cloud computing allows staff to access IT systems from remote locations and be more confident about data securityThe budget did little to alter the economic outlook and the sector is still facing very tough times. In NCVO's latest Charity Forecast survey, 90% of respondents claimed they expected the voluntary sector's...
How cloud computing can improve your charity's efficiency

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning (AAPL, FB, GOOG, BBY, IBM, AOL)

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Good morning! Here's the news: Apple might get sued for price-fixing today. Here's what it will take for Best Buy to recover. Facebook could actually be a direct threat to Google's core business. IBM fires back at Cisco with a $2 billion smart server project. Nokia is giving Lumia...
10 Things You Need To Know This Morning (AAPL, FB, GOOG, BBY, IBM, AOL)

Hollywood Has Ruined Relationship With ISP It Sued Over Piracy

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In November 2008 and after three years of voluntary discussions that went nowhere, the Hollywood movie studios under the banner of the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) decided to would be a good business decision to sue ISP iiNet. Their aim was to hold the ISP responsible for the...
Hollywood Has Ruined Relationship With ISP It Sued Over Piracy
Yahoo CEO: We're "Only Doing a Few Things Really Well"
Hillcrest Labs open sources Kylo TV browser
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