Yesterday, JD Power released its newest tablet satisfaction study and the Internet went a bit nuts. For the first time, Samsung had edged out perennial favorite Apple in customer satisfaction on tablets. This was a stark change from volume one of the study which had Apple handily beating its competitors.
Microsoft has announced a new $40 billion share repurchase authorization with no expiration date. With the move, Microsoft in effect granted itself $40 billion in latitude to buy its own shares whenever it wants to. The announcement came with a dividend increase of 22 percent to $0.28 per share.
Its stock has responded by doing very little, rising just 0.39 percent in regular trading.
During this afternoon's earnings call, Pandora executives said that they would lift for the 40-hour monthly cap on free mobile listening that was announced back in February.
This is actually the second time Pandora has instituted a free cap and then lifted it again — it last lifted the cap in September 2011.
CFO Mike Herring said the decision was based on two factors.
Yes, you read that right. The Washington Post Company just announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its newspaper publishing business to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos for $250 million.
"I, along with Katharine Weymouth and our board of directors, decided to sell only after years of familiar newspaper-industry challenges made us wonder if there might be another owner who would be better for the Post (after a transaction that would be in the best interest of our shareholders)," said Post Chairman and CEO Donald Graham in a press release.
Well, here we go. After a considerable amount of teasing (not to mention cheerleading from Google execs during earnings calls), Motorola Mobility is finally ready to unveil its long-awaited Moto X smartphone to the world, and it's going to do it at a special event in New York City on August 1.
Actually, you know what? "Unveil" may not exactly be the right word -- the veil has basically been off for months if you go the sheer number of leaks we've seen make the rounds.
Clueful, the mobile privacy app Apple booted from its App Store for being too revealing -- or possibly because of its own behavior -- is staging a comeback. This time around, Clueful's maker Bitdefender is targeting Android users instead, with plans to reveal what the apps on your phone are doing, and how your privacy may be compromised in the process.
Google Cloud Platform Opens To General Availability With 3 Million Applications, New Pricing And PHPPosted: May 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
Google announced today at I/O that it made Google Cloud Platform generally available, marking a milestone for the cloud community and the real arrival of a giant to contend with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its pay-as-you-go pricing.
The service, now with 3 million apps, is now open to any developer or business. In its post announcing the news, Google revealed a bit about new pricing, instance types and other features:
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One interesting thing to watch is how social networking platforms mature divergently as businesses around the world.
Sina Weibo, the public microblogging platform that has had a huge impact on online discourse in China, is veering down a path toward e-commerce and transactions after Alibaba took a stake worth $586 million in it last month. The platform is one of the two more influential social networks in China today, with the other being Tencent's messaging app WeChat.
Almost one-third of Facebook's advertising revenue is now coming from mobile platforms, according to the company's latest earnings release. About $375 million of Facebook's $1.25 billion in advertising revenue came from products like the company's new mobile app install ads.
That's up from last quarter, when Facebook said it made 23 percent, or $305.9 million, from mobile ads. So this is a nice 22.5 percent quarter-over-quarter increase in mobile advertising revenue.