Icahn Leads New Pitch to Win Dell Shareholders »

Icahn Leads New Pitch to Win Dell Shareholders

Two of Dell’s largest stockholders, Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management, have teamed up to propose an alternative to Michael Dell’s plans to take his computer company private. The new deal on the table, issued in a letter to board members, involves a leveraged recapitalization that will pay investors and keep them on as shareholders […]

B&N Investors Salivate Over Microsoft Nook Deal »

B&N Investors Salivate Over Microsoft Nook Deal

Barnes & Noble investors reacted with pure unadulterated joy to the possibility that Microsoft is considering entering the e-book market and will acquire the company’s Nook unit for a whopping $1 billion. Shares rose by a dizzying 24 percent on Thursday, when the rumor surfaced. By the close of Friday trading, shares were up another […]

YouTube Tinkers With Subscription Model »

YouTube Tinkers With Subscription Model

YouTube unveiled a new subscription plan this week and will allow select channels to charge for monthly viewing plans. It’s the first time the online video hub will charge for content. Channels including Jim Henson’s TV will show episodes of Sesame Street for subscriptions starting at $2.99 per month, or users could pay $4.99 per […]

Facebook’s Road Trip May Include a Stop to Buy Waze »

Facebook’s Road Trip May Include a Stop to Buy Waze

Rumors that Facebook is deep into the process of purchasing Waze — maker of a mobile satellite navigation app that leverages crowdsourced mapping and traffic tips — are making the rounds. Facebook has apparently signed the terms and is conducting due diligence after six months of negotiations, according to published reports. The social networking giant […]

TV Networks vs. Technology: The Battle Rages On »

TV Networks vs. Technology: The Battle Rages On

Earlier this month, News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey threatened to pull the Fox network off the airwaves and convert it to a pay-TV channel. This came following a court ruling that allowed New York City-based Aereo to allow its subscribers to view over-the-air TV broadcasts. Aereo was in essence pirating the broadcasts, Carey […]

PowerMap Lets Users Visualize the Lay of the CRM Land »

PowerMap Lets Users Visualize the Lay of the CRM Land

PowerObjects has released PowerMap, a new add-on for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. “It is a way to create a visualization of geolocation in the database,” said PowerObjects CEO Dean Jones. Version 2, which is expected in a few weeks, will have stepped-up capabilities, and a more advanced version will follow within a few months. At its […]

Wanted in Healthcare: More Wireless Devices for In-Home Patients »

Wanted in Healthcare: More Wireless Devices for In-Home Patients

The machine-to-machine communications industry is undergoing a period of fundamental change and significant growth. Encouraged by declining chipset and sensor costs, manufacturers are increasingly embedding their products with wireless connectivity. Mobile operators and key players in industries as diverse as automotive, oil and gas, and healthcare all have a strong interest in pursuing this growing […]

Amazon Droops Following Profit-Light Q1 Report »

Amazon Droops Following Profit-Light Q1 Report

The market digested the earnings report Amazon released on Thursday, and toward the end of trading Friday it was clear investors were less than pleased, with the company’s stock down by about 6.5 percent. Little wonder: Amazon reported that its net income decreased 37 percent to $82 million in the first quarter, compared with $130 […]

Mobile Ads Show Life in Google Q1 Earnings »

Mobile Ads Show Life in Google Q1 Earnings

Google released a quarterly earnings report Thursday that beat estimates and also showed the company may be coming to grips with the problem of monetizing its mobile platform. The tech giant reported net income of $3.35 billion, or $9.94 per share during the first three months of the year, a 16 percent jump from the […]

Verizon May Have Finagled a Less Taxing Way to Buy Out Vodafone »

Verizon May Have Finagled a Less Taxing Way to Buy Out Vodafone

Verizon Communications, which posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on the performance of its wireless business, has increased the pressure on Vodafone Group to sell its 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless. The sale would give Verizon Communications full control of the largest mobile carrier in the United States. “There has been a lot of speculation […]

The Hidden Risks of Mobile CRM, Part 2 »

The Hidden Risks of Mobile CRM, Part 2

Mobile marketing may just be in its infancy, but it already has ushered in a world of new risks — or rather, existing risks that have been repackaged. They range from running afoul of still-developing regulations to security concerns, to consumers misinterpreting content. Keeping a marketing message consistent is becoming more essential. Fortunately, companies have […]

Google Grooms Chrome for the Office »

Google Grooms Chrome for the Office

Google this week introduced two new features for its Chrome browser in a move to bolster demand in the corporate sector. “There is a massive concern surrounding Google and privacy that generally has corporations avoiding this browser officially in favor of Firefox or Internet Explorer,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. Legacy […]

Holistic Tech Support in a DIY World »

Holistic Tech Support in a DIY World

The evolving technological needs of consumers have prompted changes not only in tech support services, but also in the business strategies of technical support providers. Those providers need to adjust their business models in order to effectively meet consumers’ needs and remain relevant. At first glance, many recent innovations would seem to eliminate the need […]

Google Juices Mobile Ad Delivery »

Google Juices Mobile Ad Delivery

Advertisers targeting mobile device users have some homework to do on the Google mobile ads system. The search giant this week provided more specificity about its AdWords Enhanced Campaigns, which lets mobile advertisers adjust bids by device, location and time of day within a single campaign. For example, a pizza restaurant may pay more for […]

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