december 31

december 31

Apple becomes the top smartphone vendor in US as Siri helps iPhone 4S outsell iPhone 4 by 75 percent

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We saw the Android-iOS duopoly coming last summer. Now, the effects of this incredibly tight choke hold is becoming painfully evident to virtually every handset maker sans Apple and Samsung. According to a fresh NPD survey from this morning, during the fourth quarter of 2011 Android and Apple together accounted for...
Apple becomes the top smartphone vendor in US as Siri helps iPhone 4S outsell iPhone 4 by 75 percent

Amazon Net Income Falls Nearly 60 Percent

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Amazon Inc. has announced its earnings from the last quarter of 2011. According to a press release, net sales increased to $17.43 billion, a 35 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2010. Net income for Q4 2011 decreased 58 percent to $177 million, or $0.38 per diluted share. Net...
Amazon Net Income Falls Nearly 60 Percent

Samsung's designarounds present Apple's source code analysis with moving targets

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A couple of weeks ago, Apple brought a motion for sanctions against Samsung for multiple alleged violations of a court order regarding source code. Many media reported on the motion at the time.Late on Friday, Samsung filed its opposition brief. Samsung claims that it fully complied with a December 22...
Samsung's designarounds present Apple's source code analysis with moving targets
Advanced Equities settlement another headache for Bloom Energy and cleantech

Nokia’s 2011 by the numbers: $1.4bn operating loss, 77.3m smartphones and 339.8m mobiles shipped

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Today, Finnish mobile giant Nokia submitted its annual SEC financial report for 2011, detailing its yearly financials, risks, forward-looking statements — generally giving us an overview of the company’s health at the end of last year. Last year, Nokia took action to reverse its smartphone business, signing a deal with...
Nokia’s 2011 by the numbers: $1.4bn operating loss, 77.3m smartphones and 339.8m mobiles shipped

Yahoo Has No Bearing On Alibaba.com Privatisation, E-commerce Site Says

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group’s main business unit aims to delist from the Hong Kong stock market - but says the move is unrelated to an effort to buy Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) out of the company. The parent group has proposed taking Alibaba.com private for HK$19.6 billion ($2.5 billion),...
Yahoo Has No Bearing On Alibaba.com Privatisation, E-commerce Site Says

Facebook Files S-1 for $5 Billion IPO (revealing stats & revenue)

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Updating as this plays out with deeper analysis and links… Just a few moments ago, Facebook officially filed an S-1  for an initial public offering seeking to raise $5 billion. Here are a few key findings… - 845 million monthly active users, year over year growth of 39% -...
Facebook Files S-1 for $5 Billion IPO (revealing stats & revenue)

Amazon posts holiday quarterly earnings, stock climbs

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Amazon today announced financial results for its fourth quarter that concluded on December 31, 2012. Net sales of the e-commerce leader increased 22 percent to $21.27 billion in the fourth quarter, compared with $17.43 billion in fourth quarter 2011. Despite the net sales, net income decreased 45 percent to $97...
Amazon posts holiday quarterly earnings, stock climbs

Google Spent Nearly $2 Billion On 79 Acquisitions In 2011

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Yesterday, Google filed its 10-K with the SEC, revealing the number of acquisitions and money spent on these purchases in the year. As of Q3, Google had spent over $1.4 billion on 55 acquisitions for the year. Google ended 2011 spending $1.9 billion (including cash and stock) on completing 79...
Google Spent Nearly $2 Billion On 79 Acquisitions In 2011

Facebook’s Risk Factors: Mobile, Gov, Slowed Growth, Google+

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Facebook’s S-1 IPO filing includes a detailed assessment of business risks. These include: its lack of mobile monetization and the fact that it doesn’t own a mobile platform, government restriction of access, inability to maintain its growth rate, and competition from Google+ as well as Twitter and Microsoft. Below you...
Facebook’s Risk Factors: Mobile, Gov, Slowed Growth, Google+

Dropbox-Rival Yandex.Disk Now Preloaded On Samsung Ultrabooks In Russia; Next Stop: The World

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Yandex, Russia’s biggest search company, today is making two key moves to ramp up Yandex.Disk, its foray into cloud storage services. Today, it is announcing that Samsung will preload Yandex.Disk on to its Series 5 range of Ultrabooks, starting in Russia. And on top of that Yandex is adding English-language...
Dropbox-Rival Yandex.Disk Now Preloaded On Samsung Ultrabooks In Russia; Next Stop: The World

WhatsApp processed a whopping (record) 18 billion messages on the last day of 2012

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Mobile messaging app WhatsApp has had a pretty remarkable 2012. It just announced that it had set a new single day record for the most messages published on December 31. The service processed 18 billion total messages, exceeding its previous record set last August of 10 billion messages. According to the...
WhatsApp processed a whopping (record) 18 billion messages on the last day of 2012

Filing: Microsoft's Sinofsky technically an employee through end of the year

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Steven Sinofsky in Anaheim in September. (Microsoft photo) Just in case you were worried: It looks like Steven Sinofsky will still get his employee discount on Microsoft products for the holidays.  A Microsoft filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission gives the official word on the Windows president’s departure, saying...
Filing: Microsoft's Sinofsky technically an employee through end of the year
IBM Beats; Revenue Down One Percent To $29.3B; Net Income Up 6 Percent To $6.1B
Yahoo Bids Farewell to South Korea, Completes Exit

NY judge compels Twitter to reveal user's data

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On Monday, a New York criminal court judge denied Twitter’s motion (PDF) to stop a court order that requires the company to produce information about one of its users, an Occupy Wall Street protestor. The move appears to open the door to Twitter’s release of the data in question, lest...
NY judge compels Twitter to reveal user's data

SearchCap: The Day In Search, December 31, 2012

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Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Search Engine Land’s Most Read Stories Of 2012: Google Places Goes Google+, Panda, Penguin & More What were our most popular stories on Search Engine Land......
SearchCap: The Day In Search, December 31, 2012

Facebook says it had 432M mobile users in December 2011, 13 percent are mobile-only

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Facebook had 432 million mobile monthly active users as of December 31, 2011, according to an updated filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company also revealed that just over 13 percent of these users accessed the social network exclusively through mobile devices. When the company filed for an...
Facebook says it had 432M mobile users in December 2011, 13 percent are mobile-only

comScore: U.S. Holiday Shoppers Spent $42.3B Online, Up 14% From Last Year

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After posting some early numbers just after Christmas, comScore just released its final analysis of U.S. online holiday spending for 2012: shoppers bought a total of $42.3 billion worth of goods online from November 1 to December 31. That’s up 14% from the $37.2 billion comScore reported last year, but...
comScore: U.S. Holiday Shoppers Spent $42.3B Online, Up 14% From Last Year

RealNetworks reaches agreement over its e-commerce practices, including pre-checked boxes

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RealNetworks had come under fire from the Washington State Attorney General’s office for some of its e-commerce practices in the past. Two years after those complaints were made, the two sides have reached an agreement. The response from the company admits no “guilt”, but it was clear that consumers were...
RealNetworks reaches agreement over its e-commerce practices, including pre-checked boxes

AT&T reports 8.6 million iPhones sold in 4Q, $6B loss

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Adding to the rash of major company quarterly results, AT&T has posted its own numbers. For the quarter that concluded on December 31, 2012, AT&T's revenues totaled $32.6 billion, up 0.2 percent versus the same time period in 2011, but posted a $6 billion loss regardless of earnings. Fourth-quarter 2012 cash...
AT&T reports 8.6 million iPhones sold in 4Q, $6B loss

Reuters Producer Indicted for Allegedly Conspiring with Anonymous

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Mr. Keys. (Photo: Twitter) Power-Twitterer and Reuters deputy social media editor Matthew Keys has been indicted by the Justice Department, accused of “conspiring with members of the hacker group ‘Anonymous’ to hack into and alter a Tribune Company website.” That would be the homepage of the Los Angeles Times. All...
Reuters Producer Indicted for Allegedly Conspiring with Anonymous

10 Ways Your App Can Grab A Chunk Of This Holiday Season's $2.4 Billion In App Sales

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It's estimated that 2 billion apps will be downloaded during the week of December 25. Here's how your app can cash in on the holiday rush. To truly unravel how money moves around the app economy, you'd need a bank of 30 to 60 servers scraping data from the...
10 Ways Your App Can Grab A Chunk Of This Holiday Season's $2.4 Billion In App Sales

Kony 2012 is about now – right now. Get with the programme! | Charlie Skelton

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Why aren't you sharing your hatred of Joseph Kony right now, non-right-now person? This is the way the new world worksKony 2012 has plenty to say about the world and what it means to be living in it. This is my attempt to set out its "world view" or weltanschauung...
Kony 2012 is about now – right now. Get with the programme! | Charlie Skelton

Briefly: $50 Best Buy gift card promo, iKey StreetCase

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Best Buy is currently offering complimentary $50 gift cards to all customers that active a new mobile phone. The offer is valid on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile phones activated with a two-year agreement at Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile or BestBuy.com. To receive the gift car customers must first...
Briefly: $50 Best Buy gift card promo, iKey StreetCase

Microsoft issues security warning, urges IE update

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Microsoft has issued a security warning for users of Internet Explorer versions 6 through 8. The vulnerability opens the possibility for remote code execution, and it is based on the way Internet Explorer accesses an object in memory that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated. This can...
Microsoft issues security warning, urges IE update

Headed Home

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Waiting to board this plane and fly home (@ Delta Sky Club - Satellite 1 (デルタ・スカイクラブ - 第1サテライト) w/ 2 others) [pic]: 4sq.com/ZO2kNa— Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) December 31, 2012...
Headed Home

Larry Ellison Might Buy An Airline

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How do you top buying 97 percent of a Hawaiian island? Buy a Hawaiian airline to help people get there. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is rumored to be buying Island Air, reports Dave Segal at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, citing two unnamed sources said to be familiar with Ellison's plans. Island Air...
Larry Ellison Might Buy An Airline

There's Still One Thing That Has To Happen Before Apple Stock Recovers...

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Apple is facing many issues and challenges, all of which we have described in detail here. But, importantly, at ~$425, these problems are already "in the stock"--meaning that most investors have recognized and adjusted for them. At ~$425, moreover, Apple's stock appears to be notably cheap. The company now...
There's Still One Thing That Has To Happen Before Apple Stock Recovers...
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