Can money buy Microsoft some smartphone love?
And why is Samsung trying to game benchmark tests?
These, my friends, are the questions that tech investors should be asking themselves this week while waiting for Twitter's highly anticipated IPO filing to drop.
So let's get down and explore the dark side of smartphone growth strategies.
Microsoft's Mobile Pickle
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Back in May, I remarked how I had given up hope for Apple, Google, and Microsoft to deliver a better TV experience.
After gritting my teeth through Apple TV and Boxee Box ownership, it just seemed like tech players, both major and minor, could never get it together on the home entertainment front and would forever deliver stunted, hamstrung products that would never live up to their full potential.
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Apple shares rose about 2% Tuesday on news that billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn had dinner with Apple chief executive Tim Cook on Monday and “pushed hard” for a buyback.
“Had a cordial dinner with Tim last night. We pushed hard for a $150 billion buyback. We decided to continue dialogue in about three weeks,” Icahn tweeted Tuesday.
In August, Icahn said “Apple has the ability... » more
The Canadian insurance and investment company Fairfax Financial Holdings has offered to buy BlackBerry. Here's why Microsoft should swoop in instead.
Earlier this month, the fallen emperor of the tech world, Microsoft announced that it would be acquiring another former market leader, Nokia.
As Nokia is the leading manufacturer of Windows Phones, the deal has been seen as an effort to... » more
Document-sharing website Scribd Tuesday launched a digital subscription program for books.
The cloud-based service will allow subscribers to read books on their iPhone, iPad, Android devices and web browsers for $8.99 a month.
HarperCollins signed on as Scribd’s first major publishing partner, so most of the books available through the subscription as of now were published by them, according... » more
At this point, we’re all familiar with the words "made in China," but a recent survey found that only 6% of Americans can name a Chinese brand.
It’s one of the great disparities of globalism.
For all of the overseas goods that end up in U.S. markets, very few Chinese companies have made it big on this side of the Pacific.
Language and culture barriers play a role, no... » more
It’s no day at the plage operating a giant, successful, multinational American company, once you’ve run up against some very un-American notions about tax policy from abroad.
Such as the “data tax” on Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, about to be proposed by France for adoption by the European Union.
Apparently, France would like to impose a data transmission tax on those companies... » more
Google is about to require a Google Plus account to comment on YouTube videos, which could give both properties a boost.
Google is the undisputed king of Internet search. Last month, its share of the search market was 67%.
It even makes the most popular browser, Chrome, with 52% of the market.
Gmail is also the world's largest email provider, having beat out Microsoft's Hotmail... » more
When working in an office, one can nary go a week without hearing the mating call of theiPhone user: "Hey, does anyone have a spare iPhone charger? Uh, no, the other one. The smaller one."
Because of its stubborn refusal to switch to the more universal micro-USB format - the likes of which are standard on Android, Windows, and BlackBerry devices – Apple continues to make the lives... » more
The folks at Yahoo must have danced with joy when their new logo design was widely ridiculed and panned.
They had changed their logo. And somebody noticed.
Anybody who has ever worked at a web company on the skids knows that stopping that downward momentum is a near impossibility.
And yet, it looks like Marissa Mayer, in the CEO’s job only since July 2012, might have pulled it... » more