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  • Nadella talks cloud spending, unveils new Microsoft Azure services [View news story]
    I love all the Cloud crap...they are just what we used to call Web Application Servers...the actual data storage could ALWAYS be at someplace offsite. Amazing how all these companies made all the businesses reinvest again just by changing the names...!
    Oct 20 08:42 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • CBS announces online subscription service [View news story]
    And, with this and the Showtime announcement, it is be beginning of the end (slow death) for the Sat. and cable companies (of course, cable will raise prices for the internet/ISP they provide, which will help a bit). That is why they are providing more and more original content, because that is where the money will come from (ads).
    Oct 16 01:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WSJ: H-P breaking up into two companies [View news story]
    Dirty legal secret is that much of their profits is by selling way way over priced printer cartridges :)
    Oct 7 12:17 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Jobless Claims falls 8K to 287K [View news story]
    Exactly. We could easily put many to work right now repairing our crumbling infrastructure, crappy Internet access compared to other modern countries. That gets people jobs, and then they spend the money on consumer goods. Borrowing rates are at record lows so NOW is the time to invest. GOP actually WANTS to do this, but since Obama has been pushing it, they have to say NO. You want to see big spending increases, elect a GOP President and Congress.
    Oct 2 01:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Jobless Claims falls 8K to 287K [View news story]
    They never said that. Provide a web link to such a story. They have said that the likelihood of a serious problem here is very very low given our good medical services and practices.
    Oct 2 01:51 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Jobless Claims falls 8K to 287K [View news story]
    Repeal Obamacare? Oh sure, make it even harder for lower and middle class to have any spending money for goods. Our antiquated health system now puts us at an extreme disadvantage in the worldwide competition. Which is why many companies are fleeing overseas. We are spending WAY too much on healthcare (both workers and employers). We are giving 35% away to insurnace companies which are not needed at all. Get to the single payer Medicare model fast. If GOP takes Senate, you can forget that.
    Oct 2 01:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Jobless Claims falls 8K to 287K [View news story]
    Yes, but also corporate profits are at an all time high, as computerization takes over, and demand for human labor declines, depressing salary increases (but, long term, buying power, which will doom us). That is what the 1%/inequality battler is all about. Soon, there will be fewer buyers who can afford luxuries, and many businesses will suffer. Of course, the 1% have homes overseas can escape to, as even the gate communities here will be overrun eventually.
    Oct 2 01:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Twitter gains after CFO hints at major product changes [View news story]
    As an investment, I think Twitter does well for a few years, but the public is quickly getting sick of the advertisements and messing with the feeds that Facebook has done, all for making money. I think at some point, there will be a Twitter like service which bans all advertisements, and gets back to the Twitter beginning as a communications mechanism. Perhaps we pay a monthly fee. Will be well worth it to avoid the push for profits that has ruined FB and will soon ruin Twitter.
    Sep 4 03:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WSJ: Apple smartwatch to include NFC, curved OLED, two models [View news story]
    Best use will be for payments on the fly, since transaction over the air is encrypted and should be safe and secure. It is a cart and horse situation. So many different mobile payment solutions, but nothing except really Square (Starbucks, Whole Foods... has caught on). Square uses Bluetooth so the merchant sees you on their iPad register app. But no credit card info is on your phone. NFC would more safely allow your data to be on your phone only, so it doesn't have to be on cloud databases and exposed to hacking. So hopefully having the hardware on Apple will spur development, which will make mobile payments really take off.
    Sep 4 03:06 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Q2 GDP revised higher to 4.2% growth [View news story]
    Effect of harsh winter weather, then catch up because of the resulting pent up demand in 2Q. Just as many experts at the time expected. But many here scoffed at the weather "excuse". Quiet now I see.
    Aug 28 12:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Bank of America confirms U.S. deal; +1.1% premarket [View news story]
    That all depends upon whether laws are broken.
    Aug 21 01:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Twitter's 38 Million Zombies Could Impact Ad Revenue [View article]
    I agree they do need to find a way to show ads to the zombies, and I'm sure they are working on it. With the current model, you can "follow" Twitter feeds from your mobile, or at twitter. com (e.g., https://twitter.com/cnbc) without ever having an account. Perhaps they should change that (force an account, or, better, use a carrot (like product discounts others don't have) to entice people to get an account ID to log in. E.g., if I knew American Airlines would give 20% coupons at random for flights, but ONLY for people logged into their Twitter account, I would get an account.
    Aug 12 12:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Twitter Continues To Excessively Reward Its Employees [View article]
    Agree with much of what you say, but that is Silicon Valley, and what inspires people to work 80 hour work weeks. At least with options the "little" people get to share in success. Also remember, their "base" salary is probably way way below average, so if they fail long term, they can walk away with very little.
    Aug 4 11:10 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's e-book deal cleared; Beats Music chief to run iTunes Radio [View news story]
    I doubt Android users, with many radio and streaming options, would want ITunes trash on Android...
    Aug 3 09:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Iliad confirms bid for T-Mobile; AT&T/Verizon sell off [View news story]
    I hope no buy or merger with Sprint. As it is, there is not enough competition. T-mobile offers the best mobile deals currently, and is pushing the other carriers. I'll be going to New Zealand later this year, and T-mobile gives me free data (text msg, email. web browsing, music streaming). Who else does that!! And, can make free phone calls when on WiFi (or I can tether my tablet from my mobile phone and do free Skype video back to the USA).
    Jul 31 01:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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