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What media companies could learn from a student newspaper

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It’s become obvious by now that many newspaper companies are struggling when it comes to making the transformation from print to digital. Shutting down the print version on certain days — as Advance Publications and Canada’s Postmedia have recently done with many of their titles — and putting up...
What media companies could learn from a student newspaper
Feds to carriers: Let’s share the airwaves

Dell falls short on Q4 earnings: $16 billion in revenue, only $931 profits

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Q4 of fiscal year 2012 was another rough one for Dell. The company fell short of expectations yet again, netting less than a billion dollars in operating income on revenues of $16 billion. The one bright spot is enterprise services, which had another record quarter, accounting for 30 percent of...
Dell falls short on Q4 earnings: $16 billion in revenue, only $931 profits

"We're no longer a PC company, we're an IT company."

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"We're no longer a PC company, we're an IT company.": That’s not IBM. That’s not HP. That’s Dell. But you’ll notice the trend. Everyone is getting out of the PC business because it’s a shitty business to be in. IBM was way ahead of the curve (and is reaping the...
"We're no longer a PC company, we're an IT company."

How one "Series A crunched" startup traded user acquisition for dollar acquisition

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Wendr’s story has a beginning that’s familiar to many a startup. Sam Zises saw a hole in the market for social networking apps. They were great for sharing one’s current activity. but they were awful for making plans for the future. So built an app that helps friends share their...
How one "Series A crunched" startup traded user acquisition for dollar acquisition

Interphase's Penvue interactive display system highlights its strengths (video)

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If you've ever been on the receiving end of "death by PowerPoint," you'll know just how tiresome a passive presentation can be. Interphase hopes its new Penvue (pronounced Pen-View) portable interactive display system can maybe help spice things up a little. The hand-held unit is about the size of...
Interphase's Penvue interactive display system highlights its strengths (video)
Best Buy founder's plan to turn things around: Shrink the 'big box' and be more like Apple

VBWeekly, the paranoia edition! Featuring the insecurity of at least 3 CEOs

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Holy moly, what a week it’s been! As one of our astute editors pointed out, paranoia (that some other company is stealing your ideas, getting ahead at your expense, etc.) seemed to be a theme this week. Here’s the recap: We got the scoop on this one: a confirmed...
VBWeekly, the paranoia edition! Featuring the insecurity of at least 3 CEOs

SQL is what's next for Hadoop: Here's who's doing it

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When we first began putting together the schedule for Structure: Data several months ago, we knew that running SQL queries on Hadoop would be a big deal — we just didn’t know how big a deal it would actually become. Fast-forward to today, a mere month away from the event...
SQL is what's next for Hadoop: Here's who's doing it
With Lucky Sort creators on board, Twitter is officially a data company

Dropbox Poaches Google's Guido Van Rossum, The Father Of Python

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The original open source software “Benevolent Dictator For Life” and author of Python, Guido Van Rossum, is leaving Google to join Dropbox, the startup will announce later today. Rossum was a software engineer at Google since 2005, and should be a huge help as Dropbox is built on Python. He’s...
Dropbox Poaches Google's Guido Van Rossum, The Father Of Python

Facebook opens mobile ads for apps to all developers, keeps them on the money train

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It's no secret that Facebook saw FarmVille for iOS as writing on the wall: it had to either tap into mobile app revenue or risk losing income (and marketing-savvy developers) whenever someone left the web. Following a beta this summer, the company's solution to its dilemma is now open...
Facebook opens mobile ads for apps to all developers, keeps them on the money train
Apple's Stream Dreams: The History Of A Potential Pandora Killer

Press Start: Sony reveals PS4 Dualshock details, next Xbox not quite always online and more

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Plus, EA Partners to close, Ambient Studios shuts down and the story of Ridiculous FishingA selection of links, hand-picked by the Guardian games writers.PlayStation DUALSHOCK4 Controller | YouTubePlayStation developers explain some of the key elements of the new Dualshock controller.I like the idea of the speaker on the controller handling...
Press Start: Sony reveals PS4 Dualshock details, next Xbox not quite always online and more

Intel preps Atom bombs to drop on ARM

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Intel preps Atom bombs to drop on ARM: A few things: 1) Great, if obvious, title. 2) This is The Register, so it could be all bullshit. 3) Timothy Prickett Morgan: Intel's point in hosting Thursday's meeting with journos and in telling this story about the meeting with Bechtolsheim is...
Intel preps Atom bombs to drop on ARM

Tough for Telefónica as Euro mobile goes down the pan

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There’s no doubt that many European businesses are struggling right now, but it seems the pain is worse for some than it is for others. For example: Spanish operator Telefónica, the world’s third largest mobile firm, seems to be taking a hiding. The company has just reported its latest results,...
Tough for Telefónica as Euro mobile goes down the pan
HP building multiple tablets this year: 'we want to be the number one computer vendor'

Facebook Now Drives More Traffic to Key Sites Than Google

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UPDATE: A couple of notes to clarify this post. First, the chart above, which I pulled from compete.com, shows the top sites that Facebook drives traffic to. Also the headline has been updated to reflect that Facebook is drives more traffic to portals than Google. The San Francisco Chronicle story...
Facebook Now Drives More Traffic to Key Sites Than Google
Sony and Sharp officially terminate LCD partnership
Dish Chairman Ergen Doesn't Want To Kill Ads, He Wants To Make Them Better

LivingSocial lost $558M in 2011

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Amazon spent $175 million for a 31 percent stake in number two daily deals site LivingSocial, and in so doing bought us all the best look yet at the privately-held Groupon competitor’s financials. Buried in Amazon’s annual 10-K filing, made public following the company’s disappointing fourth quarter earnings report, we get...
LivingSocial lost $558M in 2011
Will the Metallica table help pinball "ride the lightning" to relevance?

Dell falls short on Q4 earnings: $16 billion in revenue, only $764 million in profit

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Q4 of fiscal year 2012 was another rough one for Dell. The company fell short of expectations yet again, collecting roughly three quarters of a billion dollars in net income on revenues of $16 billion. The one bright spot was its enterprise division, which had another record quarter -- accounting...
Dell falls short on Q4 earnings: $16 billion in revenue, only $764 million in profit

T-Mobile Raises iPhone Price by $50, Down Payment on iPhone 5 Starts at $150

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When 4th-place U.S. cell carrier T-Mobile launched the iPhone last month, customers could purchase it for a $100 down payment with 24 monthly payments of $20 to cover the full cost of the phone. Now, however, T-Mobile has ended that promotion and the 16GB iPhone 5 has a $150 down...
T-Mobile Raises iPhone Price by $50, Down Payment on iPhone 5 Starts at $150

In the wake of Apple vs. Samsung, Samsung gets cozy with Microsoft

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Less than one week after a jury handed down a decisive win for Apple in its case against Samsung, the Korean company now appears to be moving away from its embrace of Android to the relatively safer waters of Windows Phone.On Wednesday, I argued that Microsoft was set to gain...
In the wake of Apple vs. Samsung, Samsung gets cozy with Microsoft

Wildfire Only Sells Ads Through Partner Adaptly, So Will Google Buy Them Too?

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Wildfire, just acquired by Google, isn’t a social ads company. It relies on its partner Adaptly for access to ads APIs for Facebook and other sites. That means Google may buy Adaptly or another ads company any minute now. Otherwise Google will have to split the profits of social ads...
Wildfire Only Sells Ads Through Partner Adaptly, So Will Google Buy Them Too?

Another One Bites The Dust: Australian Parliament Committee Recommends Rejecting ACTA

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While most of the attention on ACTA has been focused on the growing likelihood that Europe will reject the treaty, it appears that something similar is happening down under as well. The Australian Parliament's "Joint Standing Committee on Treaties" is now recommending that Australia reject ACTA as well. “The Joint...
Another One Bites The Dust: Australian Parliament Committee Recommends Rejecting ACTA
AT&T adds new features to U-verse app for iPhone and iPad

Windows Phone 8: Third time’s the charm for Microsoft

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When Microsoft introduced Windows for the Pocket PC twelve years ago it was intent on leveraging its unmatched arsenal of applications into a dominant position in hand-held computing. For many years it did, if only because there were few alternatives, and Windows CE and later Windows Mobile integrated well with...
Windows Phone 8: Third time’s the charm for Microsoft

Netflix loses $4.58 million, as DVDs decline and streaming grows

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Netflix has reported its first quarter financial results. The company lost $0.08 per share on $870 million in revenue in the quarter. Analysts had expected the company to lose 27 cents per share. The company exceeded that mark. Wall Street expects revenues of $897 million for the company in the...
Netflix loses $4.58 million, as DVDs decline and streaming grows
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