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
A second look at the claim that Apple's four-year conquest of the mobile market is adrift
Business Insider's Henry Blodget may come to regret -- if he doesn't already -- using the phrase "dead in the water" to describe the performance of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone in a comScore market share survey that seemed to show, as Blodget's headline put it, that "Android is destroying everyone."
The comScore survey to which Blodget was MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 12, 2011 5:26 AM ET
Also-rans from Samsung, Motorola and others don't seem to have made much of a dent
"Despite the addition to the market of new tablet computers like the Samsung Galaxy and the Motorola Xoom, in the United States, Apple's iPad is still dominating the conversation – and market."
So begins Nielsen's summary of the results of a survey of U.S. tablet owners fielded in April.
Apple's (AAPL) iPad had the largest share (82%), split MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 5, 2011 10:00 AM ET
With 2013 looming as a tipping point for ebooks, the struggling giant should regroup behind its Nook ebook business, fast.
In the late 1990s, the book industry was upended by the rise of the superstore. With big footprints in exurban shopping centers, Barnes & Noble (BKS) and Borders (BGP) superstores offered what many shopping-mall-sized and downtown mom and pop stores couldn't: aisles upon aisles of hardbacks, paperbacks and magazines, and cushy MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 13, 2011 5:00 AM ET
The intrepid Branson launches Virgin Oceanic, a quest to explore the deepest parts of the aquatic world.
FORTUNE -- Yesterday at the Brainstorm GREEN conference in Laguna Niguel, Calif., Richard Branson sat down with Fortune Managing Editor Andy Serwer for a conversation where he unveiled his latest venture, Virgin Oceanic, through which he will explore the deepest underwater areas of the world.
"Virgin Oceanic will expand the reach of human exploration on our planet. MOREPaul Smalera - Apr 5, 2011 2:58 PM ET
The Android phenomenon isn't a US-only affair.
Digital banking provider Intelligent Environments published the results of a study yesterday profiling the buying habits of smartphone buyers in the UK.
Some 28% of smartphone users own an Android, with 26% using an iPhone and 14% a BlackBerry, the study for digital banking provider Intelligent Environments found. More than four million British people over 18 years old own an Android - and it is popular with both MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 5, 2011 11:42 AM ET
The Agency's country-by-county Internet count plays catch-up to Wikipedia
The last time we visited the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook -- a document that is supposed to be updated every week -- its "country comparison" list of Internet users seemed woefully out of date. Specifically, its December count of Internet users in China (298 million) differed from Wikipedia's (425 million) by 127 million people.
Wikipedia's numbers struck us as more credible MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 1, 2011 8:25 AM ET
Now that it's set to become part of AT&T, many T-Mobile customers are wondering, "Will they let me get out of my contract?" It's the question T-Mobile doesn't want to answer yet.
By Daniel Roberts, reporter
It seems anyone with a cell phone contract has had the thought, whether due to owning an antiquated phone, moving to an area with no service, or dealing with an umpteenth dropped call: "When is my MOREMar 23, 2011 12:53 PM ET
T-Mobile and AT&T say they won't have to raise rates to make more money after the merger, but it's hard to see how they could resist.
At a recent investor conference, T-Mobile's top executives made a point of belittling data plans for smartphone users offered by rivals AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ). T-Mobile's entry-level data plan costs $10, they pointed out, while AT&T demands 50% more for the same 200 megabyte-a-month MOREScott Woolley - Mar 21, 2011 8:26 AM ET
What does AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA mean for Sprint? A whole lot of trouble.
Sprint (S), the third-largest U.S. carrier, has struggled to find its niche for years. It spent billions of dollars building out a WiMAX 4G network that has failed to pay off. It's also battled customer losses (a.k.a. churn in industry lingo) and a reputation for less-than-stellar customer service. Assuming AT&T's (T) acquisition of T-Mobile MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Mar 20, 2011 5:56 PM ET
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