Sharing a bike with a friend requires trust and a U-lock. Sharing 600 bicycles with the city of Boston requires technology and a big investment. Alison Cohen's Alta Bicycle Share is up for the task.
Alison Cohen used to ride her bike 17 miles to work every day, a "ridiculous commute," she now admits, but one which gives her solid cred in her current job: president of Alta Bicycle Share, a MOREDavid Whitford, Editor At Large - May 17, 2011 11:41 AM ET
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* Multiple reports abound that Microsoft is negotiating to buy popular video calling service Skype for some $8.5 billion, but according to All Things D, the MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 10, 2011 6:30 AM ET
Shipping dates tightened Wednesday from 2-3 weeks to 1-2 weeks
Wouldn't you know that two days after my iPad 2 finally arrived -- nearly a month after it was ordered -- the ship times on Apple's (AAPL) online store tightened to 1-2 weeks, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Within hours of the product's launch, customers who bought their iPad 2s online had to wait 4-5 weeks.
Whether the improvements are due to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 20, 2011 3:33 PM ET
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RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie refuted some criticism that the company may have rushed its PlayBook tablet to market. "I don't think that's fair," he told Bloomberg News. "A lot of the people that want this want a secure and free extension of their BlackBerry." The interview came after a few early MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 15, 2011 5:52 AM ET
Green industries of the 21st century could spring from unlikely sources -- just ask software billionaire Tom Siebel.
FORTUNE -- Bright ideas about how to help the environment and in the process make a few bucks -- or perhaps even a few billion bucks -- abound. But which of them could actually work?
Might it be billionaire Tom Siebel's new venture, the mysteriously-named C3, which aims to use clever software to radically improve MOREScott Woolley - Apr 4, 2011 10:20 AM ET
The book industry thinks its digital transformation is happening even faster than it did with music and movies.
At the GigaOm Big Data conference in New York City this week, Barnes & Noble (BKS) executive Marc Parrish took the stage to discuss rapid changes in the book publishing industry.
"The book business is changing more radically now, and quicker, than movies or music or newspapers have, because we're doing it in a MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 25, 2011 1:31 PM ET
The only model left at Apple's Fifth Ave. flagship store Saturday was the $829 Verizon 3G
Second-day iPad 2 stories were dominated by reports of long lines and product shortages, some of them clearly colored by the reporter's personal disappointment.
Mark Gurman's piece about "poor retail launch planning" posted at 9to5 Mac, for example, might not have been as critical of Apple (AAPL) if, after waiting 10 hours in line at the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 12, 2011 12:12 PM ET
An hour after this was shot in NYC, the queue had swelled to nearly 1,200 people
The second edition of Apple (AAPL) tablet computer drew the largest crowd I've ever seen at New York's Fifth Avenue Apple Store. This was shot at 4 p.m. Friday. By the time the doors of the big glass cube opened, Gene Munster's team at Piper Jaffray had counted 1,190 heads.
It took 4 minutes and 38 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 12, 2011 6:57 AM ET
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Meet Rachel Sterne, New York City's first chief digital officer. The 27-year-old NYU alum, founder of citizen news portal GroundReport, and former LimeWire employee will be tasked with overseeing and improving New York City's digital footprint, streamlining existing social-media interactions, creating public-private partnerships, and improving the city's Web site, nyc.gov. (Wall Street Journal)
Though its revenues fell MORE
With the big box consumer gadget chain's revenues down, it seems shoppers are heading to specialty stores or online to get their goods.
Though holiday shopping has been surprisingly healthy so far, particularly online, Best Buy is feeling the pain associated with fickle consumer trends. For its third quarter ending November 27, Best Buy (BBY) reported revenues of $11.89 billion, less than the $12 billion the company pulled in the MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 14, 2010 5:35 PM ET
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