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  • Mark Zuckerberg, The Warren Buffett Of Technology? [View article]
    Zuckerberg is doing this because he knows Facebook will be dead by 2020. This is no different than AOL buying out Time Warner in the 1990's. AOL knew they were not worth what the market had placed them at... so they went out and got an actual business. In Zuckerberg's case... Oculus might actually be the only tangible thing he actually owns right now. And, he should buy more like it very soon... while his net worth is still high with Facebook stock.
    Apr 2, 2014. 08:03 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Michael Lewis' Flawed New Book [View article]
    I would disagree with you, Sugar Charlie. I do not believe that this is actually scaring off individual investors.

    If anything else, this is helping to restore some faith that the system might actually work. How often have you had someone explain to you how your trades are being filled? I am assuming not once in the era of HFT.

    If some entity is skimming off the top... no matter how "tiny" it might be... it is still illegal. Allowing loop-holes and unethical behavior only undermine the trust and credibility of the market. Without trust and ethic business practices, our economy can never reach a fraction of its true potential (just look at a corrupt environment like India... on paper it should sky-rocket, but in practice... entrenched corruption keeps the country down).

    We should not go lightly on corrupt practices as HFT skimming.

    You may be fortunate to be financially independent at 73... but just how many "life-times" of personal wealth have been stolen by HFT? Even if it was just enough for one person... that is too much.
    Apr 2, 2014. 07:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Michael Lewis' Flawed New Book [View article]
    This particular quote made me laugh-out-loud:

    "I'll tell you what happens when the little guy presses that key: his order doesn't go anywhere near any stock exchange, and no HFT shop is going to front-run it. Instead, he will receive exactly the number of shares he ordered, at exactly the best price in the market at the second he pressed the button, and he will do so in less time than it takes his web browser to refresh."

    This "blogger at Reuters" has obviously never filled his own orders.

    If I set a limit at the ask or bid, I would say 75% of the time the order will not fill immediately. However, if I just buy or sell at the market price... I almost always get an immediate fill... BUT, at a few cents higher or lower then what was displayed on my screen. Virtually every single market order I place fills at a price that was not on my screen. They are filled fast... but not at what I wanted when I hit buy/sell.

    Front running is a crime, and trying to complain that the first half of a book about this crime did not impress you... is nothing but an attempt to detract from the real issue. Illegal front-running.
    Apr 2, 2014. 07:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Michael Lewis' Flawed New Book [View article]
    @Christian Alpers

    A very good point!
    Apr 2, 2014. 07:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry closes near $8, two pension funds only want pieces [View news story]
    "manipulation does not last for 2 years?" It does when hedge-fund short sellers help create a "true market"... particularly when they are heavily invested in the oligopoly of Apple and Google.

    Who cares what happens from here... I know I will never buy an Apple or Google product (although the NSA would probably love it if we all did). I never agreed to sign over my privacy in the first place.

    Enjoy living with Big Brother, all you iSheep and Zomdroids.
    Sep 25, 2013. 11:36 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry closes near $8, two pension funds only want pieces [View news story]
    Sorry... but I for one was more than happy to turf my Android for BlackBerry. I definitely would get rid of my BlackBerry if it became just another Android product.

    I am sick of Big Brother.
    Sep 25, 2013. 11:26 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Canada pension plan open to taking BlackBerry stake [View news story]
    This is huge! This is what longs have been anticipating for so many months...

    The short squeeze is definitely upon us! Haza!
    Aug 10, 2013. 02:50 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Anything Bring Apple Back? [View article]
    Hmmm... sounds like a dumb firm. Why would they want the NSA tracking their every move? At least BlackBerry is not part of Prism... sounds like a good choice to me.
    Jun 13, 2013. 10:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Revelations over government electronic surveillance have widened to include several of the country's largest technology companies under a program called PRISM. A National Security Agency document reportedly shows that it has "direct access" to the servers of Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YHOO), Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Paltalk, AOL (AOL), Skype, YouTube and Apple (AAPL). While the NSA document says PRISM has the consent of these firms, those contacted denied any knowledge of the program. The question is whether the disclosures will cause a drop-off in user activity. [View news story]
    I know this comment is a little late, but I just have to point out that BlackBerry is NOT on this list. Which is precisely why I switched from my HTC Android to a BlackBerry product this year.

    PRISM could prove to be a threshold moment in the smartphone industry. This may not have an effect on the American smartphone market, but globally you may find countries preferring to use other devices. Perhaps even start making their own just because it is more secure.

    The myth has always existed that Facebook was just a tool for the government... and now it looks to be true. Google is the company that worries me the most about personal information... they even own 23andMe which provides information about your personal genetic code. You may as well just call Google "Big Brother".
    Jun 13, 2013. 01:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry (BBRY +2%) spikes higher on rumors Carl Icahn has bought a stake in the company. H-P was the beneficiary of such rumors a couple weeks ago. Earlier today, Scotia Capital argued a strategic partner such as IBM (once reported to be interested in BBRY's network operations centers) is likely to buy the company. [View news story]
    ...and Obama uses a BlackBerry... perhaps the USA deserves to own it. :-) Personally, I prefer this to Lenovo.
    May 12, 2013. 01:38 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Smartphone Operating Systems - Third Place Will Go To BlackBerry [View article]
    Quite a lot of useless comments in this section. Only time will tell... Meanwhile, I will continue to enjoy my Z10... suckas!
    May 12, 2013. 01:25 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Sells Out In 90 Minutes At Selfridges [View article]
    Hold your short position at your peril.
    Apr 30, 2013. 02:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Telefonica (TEF) obtains a $257M credit line from Canada's export agency to purchase BlackBerry (BBRY) phones and services. The deal comes shortly after the debt-laden carrier obtained a $1B credit line from Sweden's export agency to buy mobile infrastructure gear from Ericsson. [View news story]
    Would just like to share the fact that I canceled CNBC from my cable package today. Most useless channel on TV... they should be in jail.
    Apr 5, 2013. 06:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Date Intel, Marry Apple, Kill Blackberry [View article]
    Yeah, so much so I bought the phone on Thursday... keep trying.
    Apr 1, 2013. 05:31 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Date Intel, Marry Apple, Kill Blackberry [View article]
    As of March 28th, I traded in my Android for a BlackBerry Z10. This is the first BlackBerry I have ever owned.

    The phone has been amazing. After four days of immersing myself in the new phone, I am 100% convinced that it is a phone worth your hard earned $$$.


    - Flick keyboard on the Z10 is amazing and almost addictive. This was my biggest surprise. I had initially planned on buying the Q10, but after using the touch keyboard on the Z10... I was hooked.

    - BlackBerry World has far exceeded my expectations of a new smartphone platform for apps. I was with Android fairly early on with their launch, and BlackBerry has blown that experience out of the water. I have spent hours combing through many of the apps. I am very satisfied with what I see and use, and am very confident that this will only get better. My wife uses an iPhone, and she has been impressed with what BlackBerry has done (a large feat in itself as she has always bought Apple).

    - The ease of the QNX operating system. Granted it takes a couple of days to get the hang of it, but now it is feeling like second nature. It really is an improvement over my last smartphone, and I really do not see anything out there that is better.

    - Security is amazing. I love how much control I have over apps that I have downloaded. My previous device just told me what apps were accessing. My Z10 helps me manage permissions in a much more straightforward manner. I have also utilized the encryption functionality on my Z10, so that all my personal files and data are protected.


    - Zero. I did have a slow start up time after rebooting from a software update... but it was much faster afterward. I can honestly say that this phone is the perfect phone for me. I love the control I have over my security, and that I am no longer within the Google environment. I can still access my Gmail just fine, and the map app that comes with the Z10 works very well. I find as a consumer, I am in a place with Google that I was with Microsoft about 10 years ago.... the larger a company gets... the more I do not like to use their products. I am very uneasy with the likes of Google and Facebook "protecting" my information. The more open people get with these companies, the more it causes me to go the other way.

    BlackBerry is the most secure option for me, and I am very happy with my Z10.
    Apr 1, 2013. 04:18 AM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment