FORTUNE -- Here's an interesting sequence of events, buried between the lines of a Samsung e-mail trail that Apple (AAPL) entered into evidence as part of its big patent infringement suit, now in its third week.
-- Oct. 4, 2011: From Samsung's VP of U.S. sales Mike Pennington to Samsung America CEO Dale Sohn and chief marketing officer Todd Pendleton.
"As you have shared previously, we are unable to battle [Apple] directly in our marketing. If it continues to be Samsung's position to avoid attacking Apple ... can we go to Google and ask them to launch a campaign against Apple..."
-- Oct. 5, 2011: Steve Jobs dies.
-- Oct. 7, 2011: Pendleton to Pennington.
"Hey Michael, We are going to execute what you are recommending in our holiday [Galaxy S2] campaign and go head to head with iPhone 4S."
We now know, thanks to documents Samsung released as part of its defense, that its mockery of Apple's devoted fan base (best lines: "I could never get a Samsung. I'm creative." "Dude, you're a barista.") drove Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller to distraction.
"I can't help but think," he later wrote Apple's ad agency, that "'these guys are feeling it' (like an athlete who can't miss because they are in the zone) while we struggle to nail a compelling brief on iPhone... Something drastic has to change. Fast."
UPDATE: AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger digs a little deeper in Samsung email targeted Steve Jobs' death as "our best opportunity to attack iPhone"
The round will value the company behind WordPress.com at north of $1 billion.
FORTUNE -- Automattic, the company that runs blogging platforms WordPress.com and WordPress VIP, is out raising between $100 million and $150 million in new venture capital funding, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
The round values the company at more than $1 billion and would be a slight step up from its valuation in September 2013. At the time, Tiger MOREErin Griffith - Apr 15, 2014 4:33 PM ET
Interest in Titan Aerospace and others is not just about the "next billion" Internet users.
FORTUNE -- For a few weeks last month, it seemed clear enough: Facebook (FB) would acquire the long-range solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace and use its technology to deliver Internet to remote areas of the world. It was ostensibly a hedge against Google's balloon-driven Project Loon and the possibility that Google (GOOG), rather than Facebook, would connect the MOREClay Dillow - Apr 15, 2014 3:30 PM ET
Deal follows Apple's acquisition of Topsy, one of just four Twitter data resellers.
FORTUNE – This morning Twitter (TWTR) acquired Gnip, a social data company, for an undisclosed amount. The deal will likely mint Gnip's early investors a healthy return, as the Boulder-based startup had only raised $6.64 million in venture backing with 85 employees. Back-of-the-envelope estimates say the company had been running on its own profits for some time.
The deal marks a MOREErin Griffith - Apr 15, 2014 11:11 AM ET
Funding comes on the heels of competitor Wealthfront raising $35 million.
FORTUNE -- A crop of new websites is fighting to help manage your money. They're offering lower fees than traditional financial advisers, improved service, and a host of bells and whistles, from slick mobile apps to elaborate interactive dashboards. Increasingly, they're backed by deep-pocketed investors from the industry they're trying to disrupt.
Betterment is the latest company to enter the fray. On Tuesday the firm said it MOREErin Griffith - Apr 15, 2014 8:56 AM ET
As subsidies end, the market for consumer electronics in China is slipping. But it won't stay back for long.
By Peter Suciu
FORTUNE -- For the first time ever, sales of consumer electronics last year in Asia, led by China, exceeded sales in North America. To industry observers and demographers alike, the rapid growth of the Chinese market for consumer electronics comes as no surprise: There are now more than 160 MOREApr 15, 2014 8:00 AM ET
Wearable technology is seen as one way for companies to ensure that employees are keeping active and sleeping well.
By David Nield
FORTUNE -- At times, it seems like the companies that make wearable gadgets have more interest in them than their customers do. Even as companies with little in common -- global sportswear company Nike (NKE), printer-maker Epson, software giant Google (GOOG) -- rush to offer portable devices that track MOREApr 15, 2014 7:00 AM ET
With Google Glass on sale today, it's time to have serious talks about technology and privacy.
By Christian Madsbjerg
FORTUNE -- Google opens up its Explorer Program today, offering the general public an opportunity to purchase Glass for $1,500. Although spots are limited, the expansion of the Glass club has created tremendous excitement across tech blogs and Silicon Valley -- finally, the tools are readily available to record our complete existence, every MOREApr 15, 2014 5:00 AM ET
The file-syncing startup has launched a suite of new tools designed to capture a greater share of your online life.
FORTUNE -- Last week, cloud file storage company Dropbox unveiled an array of new tools designed to capture a greater share of your online life.
The new applications included tweaked versions of Mailbox, the e-mail app Dropbox acquired last year, and Carousel, a photo application for iOS and Android that lets its users MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 14, 2014 6:17 PM ET
Startup has 90 corporate clients in three cities.
FORTUNE -- Certain industries are known for their over-the-top employee perks. Workers in the finance and tech sectors, for example, enjoy such benefits as unlimited vacations and free lunches. Now you can add one more perk to the list: "beauty chores."
Manicube, a New York-based startup, offers manicures and pedicures to working women in their offices. This week the company raised $5 million from MOREErin Griffith - Apr 14, 2014 3:07 PM ET
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