06 March 2014

Valuations, Tech, the Next WhatsApp (video)

Everyone Wants to Invest in Next WhatsApp: Medved: Video - Bloomberg: "March 4 (Bloomberg) -- Jon Medved, founder and CEO at OurCrowd, discusses how hard it is to build valuations for tech companies and why there is so much interest in funding tech startups on Bloomberg Television’s “In The Loop.”"

Microsoft’s Nadella Manages Legacy of Ballmer-Board Split - Businessweek: "...They were frustrated by his tendency to talk more than listen, the people said, and his reaction to the pushback on Nokia was for some the last straw. The board rejected the first deal as too expensive and complex, including not only the handset division but also a mapping unit Microsoft didn’t need. Even without maps, Fitch Ratings called the price “excessive” in a note yesterday, citing a deterioration in the user base for Windows-based phones...."

FreedomPop's 'Snowden phone' encrypts your calls and data | Mobile - CNET News: "The new $189 "Privacy Phone" comes with VPN, 128-bit encryption, and other tricks aimed at keeping you safe and anonymous."

IDC Expects PC Shipments to Fall by -6% in 2014 and Decline Through 2018 - prUS24700314"Worldwide PC shipments fell by -9.8% in 2013, slightly better than a projected decline of -10.1%, but still the most severe contraction on record, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker . . . Overall growth projections for 2014 were lowered by just over 2%, and subsequent years were lowered by less than 1%. However, the changes are enough to keep long-term growth just below zero, and push volumes below 300 million throughout the forecast rather than staying slightly above this level...."

Apple CFO to leave, joins Goldman board
Before rising through the ranks at Apple, Oppenheimer was a finance executive at payroll company Automatic Data Processing (ADP, Fortune 500) and a technology consultant at Coopers & Lybrand, a precursor to Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Oppenheimer ...

Microsoft Dresses Up Enterprise Apps
Microsoft on Tuesday announced a wave of new Dynamics CRM and ERP applications and enhancements, tying the marketing, social, mobile, and cloud-deployment enhancements to the theme of improving customer experience. The new apps and features, ...

Google Capital Invests in Auction.com
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Google Capital is investing $50 million in Auction.com, valuing the online real-estate marketplace at $1.2 billion, according to an Auction.com press release. The Auction.com deal is the fourth by Google Capital, which takes minority stakes in later ...

Microsoft's 'Cortana' alternative to Siri makes a video debut
Cortana, which is Microsoft's rival to Apple's Siri and Google Now, takes its codename from Cortana, an artifically intelligent character in Microsoft's Halo series who can learn and adapt. Cortana, Microsoft's assistant technology, likewise will be ...

Ballmer: Microsoft a `Two-Trick Pony'
March 5 (Bloomberg) –- Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde reports on Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaking at the Oxford Union Debates, sponsored by Bloomberg, about his tenure at Microsoft and what he could have done differently. She speaks to Mark ...

Google held extensive barge talks with National Park Service
San Jose Mercury News
Google held extensive talks with the National Park Service about bringing its mysterious barge and floating tech exhibition studio to San Francisco's historic Fort Mason Center last fall, until the project was put on hold because of construction delays ...

Google launches indoor maps in India
Times of India
We worked with mall owners and authorities that manage a place to get the floor plans and location details and have added that information to Google Maps," Suren Ruhela, director and product manager, India Google Maps, told TOI. "For now we are ...

Apple's iPhone-Syncing CarPlay Has BlackBerry Inside
PC Magazine
In fact, CarPlay will work hand-in-hand with the QNX embedded OS owned by BlackBerry, the struggling Canadian handset maker which in recent years has seen the likes of Appleand makers of phones running Google's Android software all but erase its ...

Minyanville: Amazon's delivery system faces scrutiny
The issue seems at first to be too trivial to appear on the docket of the nation's highest court: Should Amazon be required to compensate warehouse workers for the minutes they spend each day at a security checkpoint? In the end, the case -- which the ...

Microsoft loses mapping patent tussle in German fight with Google and Motorola
Germany's Federal Patent Court has struck down a contended Microsoft mapping patent, leaving Google and Motorola, as well as other smartphone providers, free to use the technology without licensing agreements in the country....

Baby Sea Turtles Go Rogue, Satellite Shows
Baby sea turtles may not all follow the path scientists suspected the animals would travel. In fact, new satellite tracking shows that at least some turtles drop out and head for browner — and warmer — pastures. Scientists have long suspected that young sea ...

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