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  • Wal-Mart (WMT) CEO Mike Duke and his crew will spend 2 days hosting Mark Zuckerberg (FB) and his senior team at the retailer's Arkansas home office this week as they discuss ways to "deepen" their relationship. A bigger online presence is key to Wal-Mart, which rang up $444B in total sales last year, but trails well behind Amazon's online revenue of $48B.  [View news story]
    two places I never wanna be
    Jul 19 11:03 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • New Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer will receive up to $141M in compensation over the next 5 years - a $1M/year base salary + a mix of performance bonuses, restricted stock units, and options. Bloomberg Businessweek provides the background story for Mayer's surprise hiring: two secret meetings held away from Yahoo's campus - the second involving Dan Loeb and the rest of Yahoo's board - closed the deal. (SEC filing) (previous)  [View news story]
    ship of fools
    Jul 19 11:02 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • User discontent with Facebook's (FB +2%) Timeline feature has led to declining customer satisfaction, claims research firm ACSI. Its latest consumer survey gives Facebook a score of 61, down 760 bps from the year-ago period. Of course, customer satisfaction and customer usage aren't the same things - Google+ scored a 78, and AOL a 74. But data has emerged recently suggesting Facebook's U.S. consumption has hit a plateau.  [View news story]
    UselessBook
    Jul 18 05:59 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Since the Court upheld Obamacare, small business owners have gone from denial to outright anger. Many entrepreneurs are focusing on figuring out what moves they can make to gum up the works and prove healthcare reform was a bad idea and offer a case study on why it will fail. Some of the top threats: Firing workers instead of hiring, stop providing health insurance altogether and pay the $2K penalty, or even going so far as to shutter their businesses.  [View news story]
    hogwash
    Jul 17 10:34 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Since the Court upheld Obamacare, small business owners have gone from denial to outright anger. Many entrepreneurs are focusing on figuring out what moves they can make to gum up the works and prove healthcare reform was a bad idea and offer a case study on why it will fail. Some of the top threats: Firing workers instead of hiring, stop providing health insurance altogether and pay the $2K penalty, or even going so far as to shutter their businesses.  [View news story]
    wacko chicken little talk from wacko steve forbes magazine. ignore.
    funny how all those businesses in Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Canada and countless others have been able to survive with universal coverage isn't it?
    Jul 17 08:12 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia (NOK) slashes the price of its flagship Lumia 900 phone by half in the U.S., barely a quarter after its introduction - though it's not clear whether Nokia or partner AT&T (T) will take the bigger hit. Quick price drops aren't unprecedented, but NOK (with market cap now down more than 95% from its tech-boom peak) is under scrutiny after a lackluster Lumia rollout.  [View news story]
    windows phone sleeps with kin
    Jul 15 04:02 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • HTC phones don't infringe on four Apple (AAPL) patents related to touchscreen technology, and three of those Apple patents are invalid, according to U.K. Judge Christopher Floyd. The patents in the case were: slide-to-unlock feature, tools to scroll through photographs and change alphabets, and functionality to touch the screen in two spots simultaneously. It's not an insignificant defeat for Apple.  [View news story]
    the patent system in the us is broken. there need to be substantial penalties for seeking patents on things you didn't invent.
    Jul 4 01:33 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google (GOOG) has thousands of brilliant engineers, but do they understand consumers? Gizmodo's Sam Biddle has his doubts after going over Google I/O's product announcements. The sharing features of the Nexus Q streamer, panned in reviews, don't "sound like any fun unless you're an Android engineer." Google+'s new "party mode" feature "is as painfully dorky as it sounds." And the adoption of Project Glass requires "not just a leap in technology, but in culture." (also)  [View news story]
    don't know about you, but i sure as hell don't want anybody wearing those creepy glasses at MY party... or anywhere i'm at for that matter
    Jun 30 05:05 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The bottom line for employers of the Supreme Court healthcare opinion is that most companies won't drop coverage for workers, but some might rework their plans and smaller ones could delay hiring. That's because firms with 50+ workers will be liable for a fine starting at $2K per employee if they don't provide insurance. "That will flat out limit us to 49 employees," says one small-business exec.  [View news story]
    how about if we just don't cover republicans?
    Jun 28 12:19 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't look for businesses to go on any hiring binge if Obamacare gets rejected, says CNBC's Larry Kudlow. The "uncertainty premium" of the policy is far too high. It's been a deterrent to job creation for some time now, and will continue to be long after the election regardless of how the Supreme Court votes on the issue. Why? Because no one has the first clue what the healthcare system will look like if it passes, nor, worse yet, what Congress will actually propose if the bill is struck down.  [View news story]
    everyone except larry kudlow should have a right to healthcare
    Jun 28 01:07 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The WSJ says that while it has "never put much stock in the judgment of credit-ratings agencies," Moody's bank downgrades "can help Americans understand" the failures of Dodd-Frank. "The law's signature achievements are higher costs, reduced opportunities and weaker banks," says the paper.  [View news story]
    wsj = foxnews print edition. bunch of nutcases wearing suits.
    Jun 24 05:07 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's (AAPL) efforts to stop the June 21 launch of Samsung's (SSNLF.PK) flagship Galaxy S III have been denied by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, who appears to be getting fed up with the enormous volume of lawsuits being thrown around. A trial is now set for July 30 - expect the Galaxy S III, which has seen huge pre-orders and will be sold by all 4 nationwide carries, to do brisk business between now and then.  [View news story]
    there should be penalties for claiming you invented something you didn't.
    Jun 13 08:35 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's (NOK) Lumia 900 has sold well via AT&T (T), but hasn't been a smash hit, says CNET's Roger Cheng. Online orders began falling in May, and dropped below those for other Windows Phone (MSFT) models. On Amazon, the black version of the 900 has fallen to #8 on the bestseller list, though reviewers still give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Best Buy's mobile chief has offered a similar take on the 900, but thinks Windows Phone sales will pick up with the release of Windows 8, which sports a similar UI.  [View news story]
    "L"
    Jun 13 08:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft (MSFT -2.6%) considered making an offer for Nokia (NOK -8.3%) in late 2011 and examined the company's books, but both parties decided against a sale, reports The Register's Andrew Orlowski. He speculates Microsoft would prefer to see Nokia, which is hemorrhaging cash, become cheaper before making a bid. Nokia fell sharply today after Samsung shot down rumors of takeover interest.  [View news story]
    so much for windows phone saving nokia
    Jun 11 07:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Netflix (NFLX) content starts to come out of a dry spell with the streaming addition of Thor and next month's planned additions of blockbusters Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Captain America: The First Avenger. February's expiration of deals with Starz and Disney hasn't helped subscriber growth, which takes a toll on the stock - down 4% today and down 42% in three months.  [View news story]
    do yourself a favor. turn off cable. turn on netflix. never hear a tv ad again.
    Jun 11 04:17 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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