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  • Hewlett Packard (HPQ) has decided to re-enter the tablet market, this time taking advantage of Microsoft's (MSFT) forthcoming Windows 8 platform in a fresh attempt to make a stronger impact. The firm had suspended its touchPad WebOS tablet production line last year due to poor sales.  [View news story]
    Can't wait to get my hand on a Win 8 Tablet!
    May 13 06:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Three JPMorgan (JPM) execs connected to its $2B trading loss will leave the firm this week, according to the WSJ. Bruno Iksil - "The London Whale" - will be stripped of trading duties.  [View news story]
    Cut all executive compensation so there is something left for the lowly shareholders like myself. That goes for the other banks as well.
    May 13 05:52 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Annaly: REIT Panic Ahead [View article]
    It's not about jealousy, its just that when executives receive huge paydays it makes you wonder if the company is being run for the shareholders or for management.

    See all big banks, Lehman, etc - profits could be much higher if compensation was reined in. I am also concerned that the man in question here has been officially dinged for professional missteps.
    May 13 01:40 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Device Battles Over, Let The Ecosystem Wars Commence: What Do Smart Phone Buyers Really Want? [View article]
    That's a good point, and it elucidates why only Microsoft can truly compete with Apple, as they have a major computer presence, XBox/Kinect, smart phones and (soon) tablets. I think the MS system will be more comprehensive than Apple's. Of course the devil is in the details and it has to work flawlessly.
    May 13 01:25 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The big splash you hear is the sound of California sliding into the Pacific Ocean under the weight of its pension obligations, as the number of retired government workers receiving annual pensions in excess of $100K hits 12,199 - a 25% Y/Y increase.  [View news story]
    Irrelevant? It has more than twice the number of millionaires as the next state. It has by far the largest economy of any state, more people than any other state, etc. What a silly thing to say.
    May 10 12:20 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Governor Brown's administration in California has notified state employee union leaders of its intent to cut payroll costs by at least 5% as a hoped-for $9.2B budget deficit looks to be considerably higher. Brown has the authority for layoffs, but not to adjust pay and benefits, which have been targeted for years without success. (earlier)  [View news story]
    It will get worked out.
    May 10 12:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's (NOK) Lumia 900 continues to post decent U.S. sales, says Raymond James' Tavis McCourt: conversations with sales reps suggest the device is still being actively promoted (previous), and is AT&T's second most popular model after the iPhone. However, Bernstein's Pierre Ferragu, long bearish on Nokia, claims interest in the Lumia is "evaporating in European markets."  [View news story]
    Sounds very positive.

    Now let's follow it up with similar launches/pushes at all major US carriers. And a huge China push.
    May 9 02:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Verizon recently joined AT&T in giving its support to Windows Phone (MSFT), and now Sprint (S) appears to be doing the same. Though Sprint's only Windows Phone model, the HTC Arrive, hasn't sold well, an exec says the company is "bullish" on Windows Phone 8, code-named Apollo, and will give the platform another look in the August-September timeframe. Nokia (NOK) should be happy to hear that. Sprint also says it will shut down its legacy iDEN network by 2H13.  [View news story]
    Sounds good I will definitely get one around that timeframe.
    May 9 11:13 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Annaly Quarterly Results: Things You May Have Missed [View article]
    I was mainly commenting about what was espoused in this article:

    http://bloom.bg/IHus6f
    May 9 10:38 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia (NOK) announces partnerships with several major developers to introduce apps for Lumia Windows Phones - some of the apps will be exclusive to Lumia models for a limited time. Among the partners are ESPN, Groupon, PayPal, and (notably, given the back-story) Angry Birds maker Rovio. Though Windows Phone now has ~80K apps available, that figure still puts it well behind iOS and Android.  [View news story]
    great news
    May 8 01:27 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Annaly Quarterly Results: Things You May Have Missed [View article]
    Thanks.

    A question I haven't seen addressed though - what about the very high compensation for the CEO? He had a pretty indignant response when questioned about it as far as I could tell.
    May 8 01:26 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP (BP -2.8%) trades lower on the back of a Barclays ratings reduction to Underweight, seeing the stock as "dead money on the 12-month investment horizon." The firm notes the Justice Department and Gulf states are looking to put BP on trial this summer over the 2010 oil spill, which suggests that very little progress has been made toward an out-of-court settlement.  [View news story]
    Bout to buy some more.
    May 8 01:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Will A $265 Million Sale Put Nokia On Track? [View article]
    White 900 sold out again at Amazon.

    It's going to be tough for Nokia but seeing what Motorola was sold for and Nokia sells a ton more phones I think we will be ok.
    May 8 01:14 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia Ready To Soar On Lumia 900 Success [View article]
    Actually Nokia being third in smartphone sales isn't bad. I guess still ahead of HTC Motorola etc.

    If they can ramp up Lumia sales fast enough to stay at 12 million sales a quarter and then start to increase it it would be impressive. The 900 and 610 release plus releases in China should help quite a bit this quarter.
    Apr 27 11:12 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Samsung (SSNLF.PK) overtakes Nokia (NOK) as the world's biggest provider of cellphones, ending the Finnish company's 14-year reign. Samsung's shipments rose 36% to 93.5M phones, well above Nokia's 82.7M. With shipments of 44.5M smartphones, Samsung also regained the lead from Apple (AAPL) in that segment.  [View news story]
    Lol, like the 3gs that Apple still sells?
    Apr 27 11:02 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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