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Why It's Finally Time To Break Up Hewlett-Packard

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Hewlett-Packard is in big trouble. That's hardly news. But things have now gotten so bad that Wall Street analysts are starting to call for the breakup of the iconic tech company. Here's why they're right. Lately, HP hasn't had much good news for investors. Its stock is in the...
Why It's Finally Time To Break Up Hewlett-Packard

HP earnings: top 3 takeaways

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Hewlett-Packard continues to be rocked (disproportionately, according to one analyst) by a flood-induced hard drive shortage; its go-to printing business is sputtering; and the company as a whole continues to spend too much on too many products. On the plus side, HP’s high-stakes bets on 3Par “cloud” storage and enterprise software player Autonomy,...
HP earnings: top 3 takeaways

Inside Instagram: How Slowing Down Put The Little Startup In The Fast Lane

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The must-have app on the iPhone is not iMessage. It's not iTunes or Safari or even Find My iPhone. It's Instagram, the photo-sharing app that once described itself as "quirky." Cultish would be more appropriate these days. Those who use and love Instagram are locked to their iPhones in...
Inside Instagram: How Slowing Down Put The Little Startup In The Fast Lane
File Sharing in the Post MegaUpload Era

The Thin Line Between $1 Billion And Going Out Of Business – A Conversation With Instagram's Kevin Systrom

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Before becoming a millionaire hundreds of times over when Facebook bought his startup for $1 billion, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom spoke at Business Insider's Ignition West conference just a few weeks ago. At the conference, Kevin and I had a conversation that is, in retrospect, pretty enlightening. I told Kevin...
The Thin Line Between $1 Billion And Going Out Of Business – A Conversation With Instagram's Kevin Systrom
What's More Valuable: Facebook Or YouTube? (GOOG, FB)

Google sold Frommer's Travel -- but kept all the social media data

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Mystery solved. Many were scratching their heads over why Google sold Frommer’s Travel Guides this month — less than a year after buying the brand for $22 million. The answer is the same as for why Google does nearly anything: data. As Skift reports, Google handed over the company to...
Google sold Frommer's Travel -- but kept all the social media data

Editorial: Physics and politics stand in the way of true mobile

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Progress is lumpy. The future is attained in a series of epochal strides, each followed by a lot of relatively inconsequential shuffling forward. The invention of the internet (and especially the consumer-friendly web) was a rare giant step that motivated immense adoption of computers and digital lifestyles. A global...
Editorial: Physics and politics stand in the way of true mobile
Zynga Is In Talks To Buy “Draw Something” Maker OMGPOP

Google's M&A Guy: It Might Have Been OK If Google Bought Groupon (GOOG, GRPN)

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Google famously tried to buy Groupon for $5.75 billion. No dice: Groupon went for an IPO instead. As a public company, it's currently worth $4.7 billion. At a conference, David Lawee, Google's vice president of corporate development, took a question about whether Google was glad, in retrospect, that the deal...
Google's M&A Guy: It Might Have Been OK If Google Bought Groupon (GOOG, GRPN)

Delaware court doesn't allow Apple's four belated infringement counterclaims against HTC

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The Chief Judge of the District Court of Delaware just denied an Apple motion to amend its answer to an HTC complaint in order to bring infringement counterclaims over four patents. Apple will now have to look for another opportunity, most likely a separate lawsuit, to assert those patents against...
Delaware court doesn't allow Apple's four belated infringement counterclaims against HTC

Hawaii's proposed online tracking law comes under fire from ISPs, civil libertarians

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There may be some trouble brewing in paradise, thanks to a seemingly draconian law currently under consideration in Hawaii's state legislature. If passed, H.B. 2288 would require all ISPs within the state to track and store information on their customers, including details on every website they visit, as well...
Hawaii's proposed online tracking law comes under fire from ISPs, civil libertarians

New Jewneric Post: Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic in Retrospect, Part III: Bad Timing http://twurl.nl/mq7nte

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New Jewneric Post: Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic in Retrospect, Part III: Bad Timing http://twurl.nl/mq7nte

German court holds that Android does not infringe Microsoft's radio interface patent

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This morning, the Mannheim Regional Court sided with Motorola Mobility on one of Microsoft's various patent assertions against the Google subsidiary. Presiding Judge Andreas Voss ("Voß" in German) announced the decision, which Microsoft may and presumably will appeal.Today's ruling validates my assessment after the August trial that a finding of...
German court holds that Android does not infringe Microsoft's radio interface patent

It Sure Looks Like Apple Made A Big Mistake Releasing New iMacs Last Year (AAPL)

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Apple ended last year with a fury of new products -- the iPhone 5, the iPad Mini, a new MacBook with a Retina screen, new iPods, an updated iPad, and redesigned iMacs. As a result, it's starting this year a complete and utter lack of news or new products. In...
It Sure Looks Like Apple Made A Big Mistake Releasing New iMacs Last Year (AAPL)

That Massive ‘Jews Against the Internet’ Rally This Weekend Is Not Very Press-Friendly

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Shhhh. After three weeks of getting the run-around (“Uh, I don’t know, call this number”) it seems that the rally of “Jews against the Internet” at Citi Field on May 20 is looking to exclude reporters as well as women. We asked, not The Times? The Post? The Daily News? Nope. In retrospect, we...
That Massive ‘Jews Against the Internet’ Rally This Weekend Is Not Very Press-Friendly
Verizon Wireless says 4G LTE rollout to be completed by mid-2013

Thomas Penfield Jackson, 1937-2013: What if his Microsoft breakup order had been upheld?

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Thomas Penfield Jackson — the federal judge who declared Microsoft a monopoly and ordered a breakup of the company— died this weekend at the age of 76 from complications of transitional cell cancer, according to a New York Times report. Thomas Penfield Jackson Jackson’s landmark breakup order, issued on June 7,...
Thomas Penfield Jackson, 1937-2013: What if his Microsoft breakup order had been upheld?

Apple's original iPhone marketers pondered such names as TriPod, Mobi and iPad

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Ken Segall, Apple's former advertising head who coined the iTerm for its product naming convention, told students at the University of Arizona that they could be pocketing a "TelePod" right now instead of an iPhone, according to 9to5Mac. That was among the now-strange-sounding names Cupertino pondered for the device,...
Apple's original iPhone marketers pondered such names as TriPod, Mobi and iPad

30 Years Of The CD, Of Digital Piracy, And Of Music Industry Cluelessness

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A post on The Next Web reminds us that the CD is thirty years old this month. As the history there explains, work began back in the 1970s at both Philips and Sony on an optical recording medium for music, which culminated in a joint standard launched in 1982. The...
30 Years Of The CD, Of Digital Piracy, And Of Music Industry Cluelessness

The Long, Weird Road To The Facebook Phone

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Time and again, Mark Zuckerberg has made it perfectly clear: "We're not going to build a phone." Zuck's most recent pronouncement came at Facebook's 2012 fourth-quarter earnings call. (See also Facebook's Zuckerberg: We're Not Going To Build A Phone.)  On Thursday, just two months later, Facebook is widely expected to announce an...
The Long, Weird Road To The Facebook Phone

A look at Yahoo’s CEOs from 1995 to 2012 (all six of them)

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As we reported earlier, Scott Thompson has stepped down been ousted as CEO of Yahoo!. The reason was, as you may already be aware, a mixup flub of facts on his resume. There have been six CEOs in the history of Yahoo! (plus a short interim-stint by Tim Morse that...
A look at Yahoo’s CEOs from 1995 to 2012 (all six of them)

Before “it gets better,” gay youth still need help. Enter AnonyMouse.

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“In college, I wanted someone to talk to about being gay and found someone through Craigslist. Clearly a poor decision in retrospect, despite the fact that I did end up finding a mentor who helped me come out. “However, I don’t want other naive youngsters to be forced to make...
Before “it gets better,” gay youth still need help. Enter AnonyMouse.

Why Apple Cannibalized The iPod (AAPL)

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Remember the iPod? It just observed its 11th birthday Tuesday, though few noticed. When Apple launched the iPhone in 2007, it wasn't trying to create a huge new business as much as it was looking to protect its vital iPod franchise. In the last three months of 2007, Apple sold...
Why Apple Cannibalized The iPod (AAPL)

Tim Cook admits that iMac launch should have been postponed to avoid delays for customers

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When asked about staggered product launches during the Q&A of Apple’s Q2 2013 earnings call today, Apple CEO Tim Cook admitted that he wished Apple would have postponed the launch of the new iMac until after the holiday season in order to avoid the significant delays that customers experienced in the initial months of...
Tim Cook admits that iMac launch should have been postponed to avoid delays for customers

Why Was It Poland That Led The European Revolt Against ACTA?

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In retrospect, it is now clear that the pivotal moment in the campaign against ACTA was last January, when thousands of people took to the streets in Poland despite the sub-zero temperatures there. A few weeks later, similar protests took place across the continent, especially in Eastern Europe, which then...
Why Was It Poland That Led The European Revolt Against ACTA?

Kayak For Textbooks: How BIGWORDS Raised $80M, Went Bankrupt, Then Got Profitable Again

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In 1998, seeing an underserved niche in the textbook market, Jeff Sherwood and his three co-founders launched BIGWORDS. By the beginning of 2000, they had grown from a team of four to a team of 250, had a warehouse in Kentucky, raised close to $80 million in outside funding, made...
Kayak For Textbooks: How BIGWORDS Raised $80M, Went Bankrupt, Then Got Profitable Again

Booting Up: Sometimes You Eat the Bear, and Sometimes He Eats You Edition

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The Surface surfaces. (Photo: flickr.com/spicagames “If the deal soured, it would be his ‘throat to choke.’” In retrospect, a poor choice of words. [Wall Street Journal] Spotify has launched a for-real Pandora competitor. [AllThingsD] However, we’d be very interested to know how much that’s going to cost them in royalties. We’re...
Booting Up: Sometimes You Eat the Bear, and Sometimes He Eats You Edition

AOL may never be able to patch up Patch

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The internet company has placed high hopes -- and lots of cash -- in its hyperlocal news venture. But, with just a few sites actually turning a profit, the numbers may never add up. FORTUNE -- It was supposed to be a savior. AOL's hyperlocal news venture Patch was created...
AOL may never be able to patch up Patch

Netbook to go extinct by 2015, says iSuppli

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Netbooks were just a transition device to the post-PC era. In retrospect, Apple's iPad was the meteor that forced Netbooks into extinction. [Read more]...
Netbook to go extinct by 2015, says iSuppli
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