Apple next act; why Google Hangouts are hot.
Bernstein Research: People don't want Windows phones [BOY GENIUS REPORT]
"Our research shows that for many years, poor sales of Windows-based phones stem from a deep and stable lack of consumer interest for the product," Ferragu wrote. "Despite numerous and repeated efforts of manufacturers (Nokia, but also Samsung and HTC) and Operators to develop an alternative toAndroid and Apple based on Windows, and despite the launch of numerous phones based on Windows with strong features, reviews and marketing support, the operating system remains cornered to less than 5% market share in smartphones."
Apple's next act [PANDODAILY]
You can also view Apple's corporate history through this three-act prism: its rise, fall from grace, and rebirth. While you're at it, you could layer in shorter subthemes molded into three-act structures such as Microsoft aping the look and feel of Apple's graphical interface, Apple suing, and Microsoft prevailing in court; or the wider arc of the two rivals pursuing divergent business strategies: 1.) Microsoft licenses its operating system while Apple chooses to control the hardware, 2.) Microsoft seemingly wins while Apple flounders, 3.) Microsoft stumbles as Apple, with its closed ecosystem, takes the lead on new technologies like tablets and mobile devices, leaving the former beast of Redmond in its wake.
When the public offering of the social network flopped, GSV fell hard, and it still has not recovered. Shares of GSV, which were sold for an average of $15.35, are trading at $8.54.
"We probably benefited from our stake in Facebook more than we deserved on the way up," said GSV's chief executive, Michael T. Moe, "and were certainly punished more than we deserved on the way down."
Why Google hangouts are hot: Television's next frontier [THE DAILY BEAST]
The search engine behemoth is training its spotlight on a realm that once belonged only to the networks. No longer needed are satellite trucks or underground cables to beam talking heads to people's living rooms. A simple Internet connection and a camera are rendering expensive gadgets obsolete. The question is whether viewers will follow.
Sony Mobile laying off 1,000 people; why the freemium business model isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Microsoft gets a new logo [THE SEATTLE TIMES]
The new logo, which incorporates a multicolored Windows symbol in addition to the "Microsoft" name in straightforward, lighter type, is intended to "signal the heritage but also signal the future — a newness and freshness," said Jeff Hansen, Microsoft's general manager of brand strategy. It's coming MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Aug 23, 2012 1:11 PM ET
Why Facebook wants to be your online bank; the new power struggle in Silicon Valley.
Twitter CEO says company has "a truckload of money" [LOS ANGELES TIMES]
"We are going to remain private as long as we want," he said. "I like being private for all sorts of reasons. It allows us to think about the business and the way we want to grow it in the small boardroom as opposed to MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jul 11, 2012 12:59 PM ET
How Kickstarter gave these fledgeling fashion designers capital; a deep dive into Windows Phone 8.
Foxconn CEO: iPhone 5 'will put Samsung Galaxy S III to shame' [WIRED]
At a shareholders' meeting Monday, Gou reportedly said that the new model "will put Samsung's Galaxy S III to shame." Gou also reportedly called Samsung "a company with a track record of snitching on its competitors" — a reference to a European price-fixing investigation of the flat MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 21, 2012 10:00 AM ET
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* Research in Motion (RIMM) is reportedly seeking a financial advisor to help the ailing handset maker weigh strategic options. One analyst suggestion? License out the BlackBerry operating system to a company like Samsung. Also: A look at RIM's only (and lonely) BlackBerry story. (Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal)
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33 of 46 analysts expect Apple to meet or beat that mark in its quarterly report next week
One of the big computer news stories last quarter was the continued strength of Apple's (AAPL) Mac sales even as the rest of the PC industry was shrinking. (See Mac sales zigged as Windows PC sales sagged in Q4.)
How well did the Mac do? We put the question to our two groups of analysts MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 18, 2012 2:28 PM ET
If tablets are computers, Apple's share of the global market now dwarfs its competitors
Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore came away from this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas unimpressed with what Apple's (AAPL) rivals had to offer in the way of tablet computers:
"2011 was supposed to be the year of the Android tablet. One year later, Android tablets have failed to meet expectations and for the most part have been MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 13, 2012 7:12 AM ET
And in the Apple market, Lion is still trailing two-year-old Snow Leopard
In its final monthly report for 2011, NetApplications offers a window on the shifting fates of the various flavors of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows and Mac OS X that show up at its 40,000 clients' websites.
As a rule, creaky old legacy systems dominate.
Windows XP, which Microsoft introduced in August 2001, is still the single most-present PC operating system, with a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 1, 2012 10:56 AM ET
The voice of Windows in the enterprise discovers that Mac users are more productive
That 41% of enterprises won't let Apple (AAPL) PCs anywhere near their computing services -- not even e-mail or the Internet -- should come as no surprise to the IT professionals who subscribe to Forrester Research's market research reports. After all, it reflects the advice that Forrester has been giving information technology departments for decades. Take, for MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 27, 2011 8:00 AM ET
Net Applications shows a 25% increase in Apple's global desktop share in fiscal 2011
"Mac gets back-to-school bump" is the headline of a brief report Saturday in Net Applications' September survey. It notes that Apple's (AAPL) share of desktop usage, as measured by visits to its clients' websites from machines running OS X, rose 0.42 percentage points in September to a record (for Apple) of 6.45% worldwide and 13.7% in the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 1, 2011 8:16 AM ET
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