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  • Google to Turn Times Square into a Giant Voice Search Experiment on Friday [View article]
    Assuming lots of people try doing this on Friday, how long can Google keep a huge map up on the screen? I can understand scrolling on the ticker but keeping a map up long enough to read it just seems unrealistic.

    More importantly, this makes for a decent publicity stunt if advertised well but I don't see this driving more users to Google Search by Voice.

    Happy Thanksgiving all!
    Nov 26 03:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ten years ago today brought the repeal of Glass-Steagall, which had split commercial and investment banking since the Depression. DealBook looks back at how few opponents the repeal had - and then there's Sen. Byron Dorgan (in 1999): "I think we will look back in 10 years’ time and say we should not have done this, but we did because we forgot the lessons of the past, and that that which is true in the 1930s is true in 2010."  [View news story]
    Dow Jones Industrial Average Nov. 12, 1999: 10,769.32
    Dow Jones Industrial Average Nov. 12, 2009: 10,197.47

    I think that speaks for itself.
    Nov 12 10:39 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Research in Motion Is a Takeover Target [View article]
    @ User 493712

    This "JamesApple" character is infamous around here for mindlessly bashing RIMM and all of Apple's other competitors. You can safely ignore all of his comments because none of them contain objective insight.

    On Nov 12 12:03 PM User 493712 wrote:

    > Hi James,
    > I initially did take your comments seriously because I thought some
    > of your opinions do make senses. However, after reading the comments
    > you posted about RIM in the past month, I start to believe you have
    > special agenda, which is to destroy RIM reputation by those untruthful
    > statements. I just cannot believe that a very profitable company
    > with excellent product (may not be that excellent in your mind) and
    > leading position in the market has nothing good in your "unbias"
    > opinions. By now, all your saying is to attach RIM. Your unconditional
    > love with Apple does not make RIM a bad company necessarily. I
    > don't know about your background. It appears that you have some
    > degrees of knowledge in finance and investing. Even though those
    > analysts bearish on RIM still think it is great company and current
    > downturn is due to "possible" competition (remember, it is just possible
    > not for sure yet and based on history, they were proved to be wrong.)
    > So for your own interest, if you still want to maintain your reputation
    > on this blog, please say something objective. Otherwise, your comments
    > will only become B.S. and joke in my mind.
    Nov 12 06:30 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Research in Motion Negativity Looks Overdone [View article]
    Agreed completely. So in the analyst's opinion Research in Motion has been relatively successful in combating Apple's iPhone for the past two years but it will fail miserably in reacting to Motorola's Droid?

    I have owned Motorola for quite some time (unfortunately) and the company has had no good products for the last three or four years. I find it appalling that anyone believes that RIMM will lose HALF of its value due to competition from MOT.
    Nov 2 01:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats: Two More Investment Candidates [View article]
    Very good reminder. Those who want to know more about the Dividend Aristocrats should check out this PDF:


    On Oct 30 10:31 AM David Van Knapp wrote:

    > Just to underscore a point that Avi makes: Just because a stock is
    > on the Dividend Aristocrats list does not make it a good investment.
    > S&P only updates the list once per year, in December, so the
    > current list still contains several stocks that have already cut
    > their dividends in 2009. They will be ineligible for next year's
    > list, but they are still on the currrent list even though the damage
    > has already been done. Use the list as a starting point, not as an
    > imprimatur.
    Oct 31 07:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google Responds to AT&T's Claims of Call Blocking [View article]

    I guess the other carriers don't have the type of data splicing and dicing capabilities that GOOG has. Or perhaps AT&T has no real incentive to cutout these expenses?

    On Oct 29 05:39 PM Weez wrote:

    > And why didn't the other carriers point this out before?
    Oct 31 07:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Baseball's defending champion Phillies won the first game of the World Series last night, spurring speculation on an uncomfortable financial parallel: The last time Philadelphia won repeat championships was 1929 and 1930. A Moody's economist's study shows the economy souring whenever a Philly team wins the title.  [View news story]
    Perhaps they are in the wrong line of business?

    On Oct 29 08:35 PM a fat panda wrote:

    > "A Moody's economist's study shows the economy souring whenever a
    > Philly team wins the title. "
    > So that is what they were studying when they issued those AAA ratings
    > on junk bonds. At least they are studying something, given the performance
    > of their AAA bonds one might have guess that it was just a monkey
    > in the back office with a handful of darts.
    Oct 29 08:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sept. Metropolitan Area Employment: Unemployment worsened in 371 of the 372 metro areas tracked by the Dept. of Labor, with 13 areas now above 15%.  [View news story]
    "Bismarck, N.D., registered the lowest unemployment rate in September, 2.9 percent, followed by Fargo, N.D.-Minn., 3.7 percent, and Grand Forks, N.D.- Minn., 3.8 percent."

    Time to move to North Dakota yet? There are under 4,000 (officially) unemployed people in Fargo! I think you might find that many on one block in areas of Michigan.
    Oct 28 10:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Short Amazon: Risky Investment at Current Price [View article]
    Agreed. I do not follow AMZN actively anymore but shorting a stock that is "in favor" is always a recipe for disaster.

    On Oct 28 01:42 AM Richard Glenn wrote:

    > Shorting stocks based on valuation is a sure fire way to end up broke
    > eventually. Yes, you may be right in the long term, but without very
    > deep pockets there is a good chance that you will be busted flat
    > before the "inevitable" decline.
    > If you want to bet against Amazon, use options -- here's one way:
    > For a more complete rebuttal, see my article on Amazon here:
    Oct 28 09:26 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • While so-called pay czar Kenneth Feinberg's new rules for TARP-backed firms cut compensation by about half, they also boosted base salaries by 14% to an average of $438K/year after executives complained. The move contradicts Feinberg's goal of tying pay to long-term performance, and "deepens the confusion and skepticism" surrounding the program.  [View news story]
    This is all well and good but the real question is, who watches the pay czar? The watchmen?
    Oct 28 09:20 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Blog Reading Gone Mainstream? [View article]
    The line between what is a blog and what is actually news content is quickly vanishing. For example, in the past hour I have read numerous news articles, blogs, blogs about news articles, blogs about blogs, news articles, about news articles, blogs from news companies, and even one blog about a blog about a news article.

    Clearly the permutations are endless.
    Oct 26 05:51 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Shoppers to Spend $400 Million on eBay Using Its iPhone App [View article]
    I do not know who this is more impressive towards: Apple or eBay?

    I would have to say Apple. I assume that the eBay bidders would just find some other way to bid if it were not for the iPhone/iPod Touch.
    Oct 26 01:57 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple Is Worth $80 [View article]
    @other commentors: No need to be nasty with the replies.

    @Kai: As with the majority, I strongly disagree that Apple is "worth" $80. The most obvious reason why is the companies outstanding balance sheet.

    Apple has over $26 per share in cash and has a book value per share of $31. Are you trying to tell us that one of the most innovative companies in the world that is growing at a phenomenal rate should be trading at 3x cash and 2.5x book value? Heck, even value investors would be tempted by those multiples.
    Oct 25 02:22 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Running the Numbers: The Roller Coaster That Is Apple [View article]
    As many have mentioned GAAP vs. non-GAAP, I thought it was worthwhile to note that the FASB has finalized ASU 2009-13 dealing with Multiple-Deliverable Revenue Arrangements.

    Oct 10 07:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Research In Motion (RIMM): Q2 EPS of $1.03 beats by $0.03. Revenue of $3.5B (+37%) vs. $3.6B. Sees Q3 revenue of $3.6B-3.85B vs. $3.92B. Shipped about 8.3M devices and added 3.8M net new BlackBerry accounts, to total of 32M. Shares -10.3% AH. (PR)  [View news story]

    RIMM will definitely rebound. This is not a case of a company performing poorly - their revenues were up 37% in a recession! RIMM is now fully locked into the consumer market and will continue to experience huge growth. iPhones are much better than Blackberries in general (disclosure: I own both a blackberry and three iPods of varying models) but there is still plenty of room in the market right now.

    For further proof that RIMM will rebound eventually, take a look at what happened in June when it released its last earnings.


    Investors in RIMM just have a habit of getting ahead of themselves then punishing the company for missing their lofty expectations.

    On Sep 24 04:18 PM TechStockMan wrote:

    > Do you think RIMM will rebound?
    Sep 24 07:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment