News Corp. may split into two businesses; Apple employees respond to a recent New York Times Apple Store story.
News Corp. mulls splitting in two [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]
The split would carve off News Corp.'s film and television businesses, including 20th Century Fox film studio, Fox broadcast network and Fox News channel from its newspapers, book publishing assets and education businesses. News Corp.'s publishing assets include The Wall Street Journal, the Times of London and the Australian newspaper, as well as HarperCollins book publishing.
Over the weekend, The New York Times profiled Apple's retail operations and controversially touched upon Apple's retail employees. ... As you will read, some responses defend and agree with The New York Times, and some reflect it by praising Apple and the opportunities that the company has provided them. The common theme, though, is that many (not all, some completely agree with the NYT) employees seem to agree that Apple retail has provided them with incredible benefits and opportunities that set it apart (positively) from any other retail organization.
Earlier this month, Salesforce.com spent $689 million to buy Buddy Media, which makes Facebook tools for interacting with customers. Oracle last month bought Virtue, which helps companies coordinate social network posts, for $300 million. And analysts expect acquisitions of "Facebook for business" plays to continue. So who will be next to score in the social-meets-business lottery? Here's a shortlist of top contenders...
How many computers to identify a cat? 16,000 [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
The research is representative of a new generation of computer science that is exploiting the falling cost of computing and the availability of huge clusters of computers in giant data centers. It is leading to significant advances in areas as diverse as machine vision and perception, speech recognition and language translation.
Yammer will join the Microsoft Office Division, led by division President Kurt DelBene, and the team will continue to report to current Yammer CEO David Sacks, according to a Microsoft statement
Nexus 7: This is Google's new Nexus tablet [GIZMODO AUSTRALIA]
As rumoured, Google's going to announce a 7-inch, Nexus-branded tablet called the Nexus 7. According to the leak, it's built by Asus, with a 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, GeForce 12-core GPU and 1GB of RAM with two different storage variants: 8GB and 16GB. The Nexus tablet will also feature NFC and run Google Wallet (probably only in the US) and Android Beam.
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* Digg founder Kevin Rose and the rest of his team from the mobile app incubator Milk are joining Google (GOOG). The move comes after the news that Milk was shutting down its one and only app, Oink. (AllThingsD)
* PayPal unveiled its new credit card reader and app, which will enter MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 16, 2012 6:30 AM ET
Companies are generally slow to adopt new online tools consumers love. That has been true of social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn. Until now.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE -- What do you get when you cross a buzzword like "social networking" with an eye-glazing term like "enterprise software"? A buzzkill -- in this case, one called "enterprise social networking."
As long as the web has been around, the consumer side of things MOREMar 5, 2012 11:36 AM ET
Is the "Facebook for the office" company joining the rest of the Valley in cranking up the IPO machine?
FORTUNE -- Nothing says, "we plan to go public" more than when a startup bulks up its board with executives from brand-name companies. Software company Jive has just done that, with the addition of former McAfee (MFE) Chairman Chuck Robel, McAffee President David DeWalt, Facebook's VP of Technical Operations Jonathan Heiliger and MOREMichael V. Copeland, Senior Writer - Mar 30, 2011 4:13 PM ET
Salesforce's Marc Benioff is turning to social products like Chatter to drive growth for tomorrow, even as enterprise adoption continues to bring in revenue today.
Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff is the kind of guy who could sell customer relationship management software to Eskimos. But can he convince IT departments to buy into Chatter, his company's enterprise collaboration tool?
Benioff certainly thinks so. According to Salesforce.com's (CRM) recently released quarterly earnings report, he's MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Feb 25, 2011 10:57 AM ET
Big, expensive, custom software from blue-chip software and consulting companies has been a rule of thumb for giant corporations for decades now. Is it possible a new breed of cloud-oriented startups can change all that?
Anyone who's had to sort through a clunky "reply all" email chain at work or tried to post a document to the intranet knows that there's got to be a better way. In fact, they probably MOREShelley DuBois, writer-reporter - Nov 1, 2010 10:46 AM ET
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