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  • Facebook's call touches on spending plans, video, forex, search [View news story]
    You might be seeing Facebook ads without knowing it. When Facebook puts a post labeled "Sponsored" in your news feed, perhaps while mentioning a friend liked the company/product being promoted, that's an ad. Facebook gets paid if you "like" the promoted page.
    Jan 28, 2015. 08:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Yahoo pares gains, Alibaba -3.1% as spinoff news digested (updated) [View news story]
    The shares will trade. The SpinCo just won't be able to sell itself to Yahoo for about a year after launching, in order for the spinoff to remain tax-free to Yahoo.
    Jan 28, 2015. 01:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Yahoo pares gains, Alibaba -3.1% as spinoff news digested (updated) [View news story]
    It's before the open. They issued a PR a couple weeks ago:
    Jan 28, 2015. 01:07 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • MicroStrategy -6.7% on revenue miss, license plunge [View news story]
    The tag has been changed. Apologies for the mix-up.
    Jan 26, 2015. 06:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • INTC, HPQ, NTAP slump following Seagate's guidance [View news story]
    The PC/enterprise increases were for Q4. Guidance suggests PC growth could be negative in Q1. Internet demand and the server cycle should keep enterprise growth positive.
    Jan 26, 2015. 02:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AMD jumps above $2.50 on M&A rumor [View news story]
    Definitely possible. But the government has allowed many Chinese purchases of U.S. tech companies and business units to go through, usually with some provisions to prevent access to U.S. government systems and networks. See Lenovo/IBM and Lenovo/Motorola.

    I think a lot would depend on how important the government considers AMD's IP. If it agreed to a deal, I'm guessing AMD would point to its recent job cuts as a reason why it needed outside investment.
    Jan 26, 2015. 02:21 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • UBNT and ARUN lower, RKUS higher on Citi launches [View news story]
    The majority of Ubiquiti's revenue is from product lines other than UniFi. The airFiber line doesn't rely on Wi-Fi, and the airMax line doesn't use Wi-Fi for its long-range links.
    Jan 26, 2015. 01:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • AMD jumps above $2.50 on M&A rumor [View news story]
    Assuming the rumor is true (big if, of course), I suspect that depends on how much financing the Chinese government is willing to provide. It's pretty likely that any attempt by a Chinese company to acquire a major U.S. chipmaker would have some government involvement.
    Jan 26, 2015. 12:55 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AMD jumps above $2.50 on M&A rumor [View news story]
    A Chinese developer of RISC CPUs for Linux hardware.
    Jan 26, 2015. 12:32 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple roundup: Cook's pay, board change, Apple Watch, Verizon [View news story]
    Though I don't think 9to5 Mac's battery life report is something to be alarmed about, it looks like AppleInsider is giving a misleading view of what was reported. Here's the full text of the relevant section:

    << Apple initially wanted the Apple Watch battery to provide roughly one full day of usage, mixing a comparatively small amount of active use with a larger amount of passive use. As of 2014, Apple wanted the Watch to provide roughly 2.5 to 4 hours of active application use versus 19 hours of combined active/passive use, 3 days of pure standby time, or 4 days if left in a sleeping mode. Sources, however, say that Apple will only likely achieve approximately 2-3 days in either the standby or low-power modes…

    Apple has also been stress-testing the Apple Watch’s battery life with pre-bundled and third-party applications. Our sources say that Apple is targeting 2.5 hours of “heavy” application use, such as processor-intensive gameplay, or 3.5 hours of standard app use. Interestingly, Apple expects to see better battery life when using the Watch’s fitness tracking software, which is targeted for nearly 4 hours of straight exercise tracking on a single charge. >>

    In other words, Apple was targeting 19 hours of mixed use last year along with 3 days in standby mode and 4 days in sleep mode, but the Watch will reportedly likely have only 2-3 days of battery life in standby and sleep modes.

    If one engages Watch apps for hours at a time, battery life falls to 2.5-4 hours. That's something most people won't often do, but much like data on a phone's talk time or a tablet's video viewing time, it gives an idea of how much the Watch can be used on a charge.

    Tim Cook said he thinks Watch users will typically end up charging the device daily (overnight). 9to5 Mac's numbers are pretty much in line with that.
    Jan 23, 2015. 11:43 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Verizon reports strong wireless adds, but service growth declines [View news story]
    That's not a spelling error. "Adds" is industry shorthand for "additions."
    Jan 22, 2015. 01:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T, Sprint follow Verizon lower [View news story]
    Sprint's 30K postpaid adds include tablets and other connected devices. The company suggested phone adds (though improving) were still negative.
    Jan 22, 2015. 12:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft details Windows 10, promises free upgrades [View news story]
    It means you don't have to pay, provided you upgrade in the first year Windows 10 is available.
    Jan 21, 2015. 01:21 PM | 17 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google roundup: Mobile payments, $2B+ contract, Search [View news story]
    IBM bought PwC's management consulting and IT services unit, but not PwC in its entirety. PwC had revenue of $34B in its last fiscal year.
    Jan 18, 2015. 01:38 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Priceline falls below $1,000 [View news story]
    Priceline owns It accounts for a large % of their bookings/revenue.
    Jan 15, 2015. 06:24 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment