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Amazon's Letter To Shareholders Should Inspire Every Company In America

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Late last week, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos published his latest letter to shareholders. This year's letter, like most of Bezos's letters, should inspire most companies to change the way they do business. Specifically, it should inspire companies to do business the way Amazon does business--sacrificing this year's profits to...
Amazon's Letter To Shareholders Should Inspire Every Company In America

Amazon's Cloud Can Handle 1 Million Transactions Per Second (AMZN)

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Amazon's cloud is so popular, it now routinely handles more than 500,000 transactions every second, and peaks above 1 million. That's according to a letter to shareholders today from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Bezos was talking about S3, the storage service used by many startups, including Instagram and  BandCamp (which...
Amazon's Cloud Can Handle 1 Million Transactions Per Second (AMZN)

In the platform wars, open is ultimately more valuable than closed, says Betaworks

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When it comes to the future of the web, there are a few incubator-style seed investors that are worth paying attention to, and New York-based Betaworks is likely at or near the top of that list — founder and CEO John Borthwick has been an early proponent of some of...
In the platform wars, open is ultimately more valuable than closed, says Betaworks

The War Over Yahoo's Board Is On (YHOO)

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Big Yahoo shareholder Dan Loeb, the managing partner of a hedge fund called Third Point, is waging a proxy war against Yahoo. He wants to fire a bunch of its directors and install new ones. For a while it looked like the proxy war might be avoided. As an olive...
The War Over Yahoo's Board Is On (YHOO)

Financial Communication, Warren Buffett Style

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It's annual report season, which includes announcements from the CEO and/or chairman of every public U.S. company. Given that Warren Buffett, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, is the most successful investor of all time, you might expect that a 23-page communication from him would be jargon-packed and over most people's...
Financial Communication, Warren Buffett Style

Boot up: Wikipedia shoves out Google Maps, Instagram reaction, pics inside Apple, OLPC in Peru and more

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Plus how the TSA decides what to scan, Google at Hollywood's big bash, why Microsoft bought those AOL patents and moreA quick burst of 12 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamHow Apple, Microsoft & Wikipedia fight Google's "Best-Loved Service" >> ReadWriteWebThat service being Google...
Boot up: Wikipedia shoves out Google Maps, Instagram reaction, pics inside Apple, OLPC in Peru and more

With Alternative Offers From Blackstone & Icahn On The Table, Dell Filing Shows It Will Push Ahead With Silver Lake Merger

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Dell announced today that it has filed its initial proxy materials with the SEC in connection with a merger agreement between Dell, its Chairman and CEO Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners. Under the terms of the deal, shareholders would received $13.65 in cash for each share of stock, which...
With Alternative Offers From Blackstone & Icahn On The Table, Dell Filing Shows It Will Push Ahead With Silver Lake Merger
Tesla stock jumps almost $20 after record $562M in sales and first-ever quarterly profit

Google's Schmidt dismisses Microsoft at his own peril

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Eric Schmidt, the former CEO and current executive chairman of Google, doesn't appear to be taking Microsoft seriously. In an interview with All Things Digital, Schmidt said that the Apple-Google platform rivalry is "the defining fight in the industry today." The two companies, he said, are part of a...
Google's Schmidt dismisses Microsoft at his own peril
Amazon's Pivot

Groupon's Andrew Mason Says No Regrets on Moving Too Fast

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In a letter to shareholders today, Groupon CEO Andrew Mason addresses the company’s bumpy road, calling it “an unfortunate side effect of our unprecedented growth.” In three years, Groupon has grown to 11,000 employees in 48 countries, and in the past year alone, has acquired 11 companies and launched 11...
Groupon's Andrew Mason Says No Regrets on Moving Too Fast

Bezos's Shout-Out for His Cloud Service

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In his annual letter to shareholders, Amazon's founder and chief executive devotes time to a business few shareholders yet care about -- cloud computing. It may be a sign that Jeff Bezos is in it for the long game....
Bezos's Shout-Out for His Cloud Service

Amazon CEO Bezos in shareholder letter: Authors are our customers, too

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Amazon released its 2012 annual report (PDF) Friday, and as usual it is accompanied by a letter to shareholders (PDF) from CEO Jeff Bezos. The letter focuses on the things that Amazon does to “improve our services, adding benefits and features, before we have to.” A few tidbits: “Prime Instant Video...
Amazon CEO Bezos in shareholder letter: Authors are our customers, too
Ballmer to Microsoft shareholders: 'a fundamental shift [is] underway in our business'

Weekend-special: Netflix unlocked for all Xbox Live users

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Microsoft is giving all Xbox Live users access to the Netflix app — just for this weekend. Normally, the app is only available for Gold-level subscribers who pay $60 per year. But Major Nelson announced today that all Live users with a Netflix subscription will have access this weekend. It...
Weekend-special: Netflix unlocked for all Xbox Live users

Amazon swipes Dora from Netflix with new Viacom streaming deal

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Dora has found a new casa at Amazon. Amazon this morning announced a streaming deal with Viacom Networks that brings a broad selection of exclusive children’s programming to the Amazon Prime Instant Video service, following the expiration of Netflix’s deal with Viacom. Shows included in the deal include popular kids...
Amazon swipes Dora from Netflix with new Viacom streaming deal

The F.U. Effect: Netflix Counts One Billion Reasons To Do Exclusive Content

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Revenue for the video streaming firm hit $1 billion this quarter, and it now boasts more subscribers than HBO. Netflix released its numbers (.pdf file) for the first quarter of 2013 yesterday, and the video streaming firm has done good. One billion revenue of revenue for the first three...
The F.U. Effect: Netflix Counts One Billion Reasons To Do Exclusive Content

Netflix to add "family" streaming plan with four simultaneous streams

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Netflix announced plans to introduce a "family" tier of the streaming service that will allow up to four devices to play video from one account simultaneously, according to a letter to shareholders released Monday. Netflix stated that large "families" are often cramped by the two-simultaneous-stream limit, so the company...
Netflix to add "family" streaming plan with four simultaneous streams

Amazon's Customer Service Secret? Automatic Refunds

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Jeff Bezos detailed a few perks that keep customers coming back to the site in his letter to shareholders. In a crowded market of online streaming video, Amazon is working its way ahead with a simple customer service tool, the company's CEO, Jeff Bezos, said in a letter to...
Amazon's Customer Service Secret? Automatic Refunds

Beats increases its share ownership to 75%, lets HTC keep majority stake, 'commercial exclusivity in mobile'

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Although HTC and Beats are just shy of the one-year anniversary of their 300 million dollar partnership, it looks like the two are again growing apart. In a letter to shareholders today, it's been announced that the original owners of Beats plan to buy back 25 percent of its...
Beats increases its share ownership to 75%, lets HTC keep majority stake, 'commercial exclusivity in mobile'

Netflix Says Less Than 8,000 People 'Gamed' its Free Trials To Watch House Of Cards

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Netflix released its first quarter earnings report today, and the company saw another period of strong growth, adding over three million streaming members, bringing its total to 36 million. Domestically, Netflix saw two million new streaming members, which was relatively equal compared to last quarter and up from 1.74 million...
Netflix Says Less Than 8,000 People 'Gamed' its Free Trials To Watch House Of Cards

Netflix's Big, HBO-Inspired, 10-Year Bet On Original Content

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The pilot episode of a new television series can send it rocketing toward ratings success, renewal, and eventual syndication, or plummeting toward cancelation. But in the world of Internet TV, says Netflix, "don't expect overnight results." That's the message the company sent yesterday while announcing its quarterly financial results. On...
Netflix's Big, HBO-Inspired, 10-Year Bet On Original Content

Dell Committee Slams Icahn's Latest Offer, Saying It Falls Short

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The special committee of Dell’s board of directors overseeing its go-private process fired back at activist investor Carl Icahn’s latest proposal today in a letter to shareholders, saying it is “not, in its present state, a transaction that the special committee could endorse or execute.” Earlier today, Icahn proposed that...
Dell Committee Slams Icahn's Latest Offer, Saying It Falls Short

To Justify A $100 Billion Valuation, Facebook Has To Generate $400 Of Revenue Per Member

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Is Facebook expensive or cheap at its current valuation?  What’s the value of a network? That is a question we have been asking here at CoRise.  Facebook is more than a “social portal” - it is a network. Much of the fifinancial discussion that has taken place since the...
To Justify A $100 Billion Valuation, Facebook Has To Generate $400 Of Revenue Per Member

Netflix gains subscribers, tracks Amazon “carefully”

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“Given Amazon’s size and ambitions, we continue to track their progress carefully as well.” With that brief statement, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings acknowledged one of the online streaming video service’s perceived competitors in its quarterly letter to shareholders as part of today’s first quarter 2012 earnings report: Amazon Prime Instant...
Netflix gains subscribers, tracks Amazon “carefully”
Why Andrew Mason is still wrong about Groupon’s prospects

Google profits climb, company announces stock split

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Google’s profits rose sharply in the first quarter, to $2.89 billion, with CEO Larry Page saying the company is “tremendous momentum from the big bets we’ve made in products like Android, Chrome and YouTube.” The search giant also announced an unusual plan to implement what amounts to a stock split,...
Google profits climb, company announces stock split

Groupon's Restaurant Tools Get A VP Of Sales

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Two of Groupon's recently acquired products for restaurants now have the same VP of Sales, moving the company's strategy of leveraging its salesforce to sell multiple products a step forward. Groupon wants to be more than a marketing tool. Over the past couple of years, the company has launched...
Groupon's Restaurant Tools Get A VP Of Sales

Zuckerberg: Doing a Phone Doesn't Make Any Sense

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While an increasing amount of energy at Facebook is on mobile efforts, CEO Mark Zuckerberg insisted that the company has no interest in doing its own phone hardware. “A phone just doesn’t make any sense,” Zuckerberg said at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference on Tuesday. “That’s always been the wrong strategy...
Zuckerberg: Doing a Phone Doesn't Make Any Sense
Ahead of House of Cards premiere, Netflix asks investors to fund new original content
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