Today in Tech: Is voicemail dying, too?September 4, 2012: 1:02 PM ET
Amazon inks content deal with Epix for moving streaming service; Apple unveiling the iPhone 5 on Sept. 12?
The invitation e-mailed to journalists offers no detail beyond the place and time (San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater on Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. Pacific). But the tag line -- "It's almost here" -- and the fact that the shadow cast by the big "12" looks a lot like the number 5 strongly suggest that this is the event at which the new iPhone will be announced and that it will indeed be called the iPhone 5.
With the rise of texting, instant chat and transcription apps, more people are ditching the venerable tool that once revolutionized the telephone business, displaced armies of secretaries and allowed us to eat dinner more or less in peace. ... In data prepared for USA TODAY, Vonage, an Internet phone company, says the number of voice-mail messages left on user accounts was down 8% in July from a year ago.
David Ebersman, the man behind Facebook's I.P.O. debacle [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
But when it came to Facebook's catastrophe of an initial public offering — the stock reached a new low on Friday, closing at $18.06 — it was Mr. Ebersman, not Mr. Zuckerberg or Ms. Sandberg, who was ultimately the one pulling the strings. Now, three months after the offering, the company has lost more than $50 billion in market value. Let me say that again for emphasis: Facebook's market value has dropped more than $50 billion in 90 days.
Netflix shares fell by as much as 11% Tuesday morning after one of its formerly exclusive content partners struck a deal with rival Amazon. Amazon announced that it has inked a deal to stream movies from Epix on its Prime Instant Video service. Epix is a Viacom-owned company that owns the digital rights to many Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate movies.
The AntiSec hacking group claims to have released a set of more than 1 million Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) obtained from breaching the FBI. The group claims to have over 12 million IDs, as well as personal information such as user names, device names, notification tokens, cell phone numbers and addresses.