Technology is fueling major changes in how we live, by making it possible to order coffee, get dressed and even plan a dinner party -- all with services offered by startups. Bloomberg's Alex Barinka puts a handful of these New York City startups to the test by replacing her day-to-day activities with their services. (Bloomberg)
Bloomberg’s Jordan Roberston discusses North Korea’s loss of access to internet networks. Something is really not well at Google. How is it possible to trip up the amazing position Google had in the smartphone world one year ago into the abyss where it's not even capable of selling a single phone directly to the consumer today? If you want to know why Google's stock is down in 2014, vastly underperforming Apple and other companies, look no further than this fiasco. Source: Smartphones: Apple Knows What It's Doing, Google Doesn't - Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) | Seeking Alpha: "Summary: Every single smartphone on Google’s direct-to-consumer eCommerce site is listed as sold out, and in most cases have been for months. Other models (Google Play Edition) from Samsung and Sony have been discontinued altogether. How is it possible for the world’s smartphone market share leader to simply abdicate? This explains Google’s recent market share loss to Apple, and its resulting underperforming stock in 2014. Who is responsible for this fiasco at Google? New management is urgently needed...." (read more at the link above)
China is Planning to Purge Foreign Technology and Replace With Homegrown Suppliers - Bloomberg: "“A key government motivation is to bring China up from low-end manufacturing to the high end,” said Kitty Fok, China managing director for IDC. National security provides China a powerful rallying cry, particularly within its sprawling state sector. China National Petroleum Corp., the country’s largest energy producer, announced Nov. 26 -- during China’s first Cybersecurity Week -- that it had replaced its Microsoft e-mail with the homegrown eYou program to improve security. “The technology gap is closing,” said Mota, who advises Cisco and HP, as well as Huawei and ZTE. “In China, they have the patience to figure it out.”" Android E-Commerce And Market Numbers - Business Insider: "Android is exploding as a mobile commerce driver. Android's share of mobile commerce orders is up 26% year-over-year. Android devices now account for just over one-fifth of all mobile e-commerce orders in the US. The fragmentation problem is extremely overblown, from all perspectives: screen size, operating system version, and device proliferation. Globally, 80% of Android devices are running the two latest available versions of the platform. In the U.S, it's over 90%. Android Lollipop will roll out beginning this month."
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SecureInvestment.com Uses New Backdoor to Europe: Latvia: Video - Bloomberg: (Allow video to load after clicking play or go to link above) A website called SecureInvestment.com persuaded investors from around the world to wire their money to bank accounts in a handful of countries, including Latvia, where a web of the site's holding companies and cut-outs also seems to end. Bloomberg's Willem Marx reports.
Inside the New Book About Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer: Video - Bloomberg: (Allow video to load after clicking play or go to link above) Techomony CEO David Kirkpatrick comments on Author Nicholas Carlson’s book “Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!” (Source: Bloomberg Dec 19) NYTimes.com: ".... Mayer may not be able to buy herself the time. Major Yahoo shareholders have recently begun collaborating on a series of spreadsheets that calculate that AOL and Yahoo are worth between 70 and 80 percent more when combined than they are apart. Some investors are further attracted to the merger because it will bring AOL’s chief executive, Tim Armstrong, into Yahoo. Like Mayer, Armstrong made his career as an early Google employee — but he was in charge of its sales force. After a rough start, Armstrong has managed to get AOL’s stock going again, not by inventing some new consumer product but by optimizing its ad and media assets. Armstrong, who has seen a version of this analysis, appears willing to consider a deal. Doing so, of course, would provide enormous personal benefit; Armstrong, who owns 5 percent of AOL, could stand to gain tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars. For Mayer, the calculus is less enticing. It’s unlikely that her personal turnaround plan included shrinking a $30 billion company into a $5 billion one, all to combine it with a $3 billion company and realize $1 billion in cost-savings...."
Is Yahoo Doing Enough to Keep Activists Satisfied?: Video - Bloomberg: (Allow video to load after clicking play or go to link above) Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg’s Tom Giles examines third-quarter results from Yahoo and whether or not chief executive officer Marissa Mayer is doing enough to keep activist investors satisfied. He speaks on “In The Loop.”
Bloomberg’s Mia Saini reports on lessons learned from the hack attack on Sony.
Peter Singer, author of “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar,” and senior fellow at New America Foundation, discusses the hacking attack on Sony Pictures. State-sponsored or not, Sony Pictures malware “bomb” used slapdash code | Ars Technica: "... But as Cisco research engineer Christopher Marczewski and Williams wrote in a Cisco Talos blog post today detailing their analysis, the wiper malware didn’t have to be very complex to do what it was intended to do. “Data is the new target, this should not be a surprise to anyone,” Marczewski wrote. In addition to denying the victim access to corporate data and doing harm to their business, “wiping systems is also an effective way to cover up malicious activity and make incident response more difficult, such as in the case of the DarkSeoul malware in 2013,” he added. As crudely as it was built, it’s clear that the wiper malware compiled for the actual attack on Sony Pictures was packed with deep intelligence on the company’s network...." Exclusive: Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android - sources | Reuters: "Google, however, has never provided details or a timeframe for its long-term plan to put Android Auto directly into cars. The company now plans to do so when it rolls out the next version of its operating system, dubbed Android M, expected in a year or so, two people with knowledge of the matter said." Need for Speed · thewalrus.ca: An Alberta town becomes an unlikely Internet innovator--"... A similar project has arisen in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the city owns a fibre network that also recently launched 1 Gbps service. In Ontario, the city of Stratford and a group of communities in the east of the province have experimented with building their own networks. In Olds, the institute owns O-Net and the infrastructure, but the majority of funding has come from provincial loans guaranteed by the municipality...."
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Guy Kawasaki, co-author of “The Art of Social Media” discusses Apple’s transition from Steve Jobs to Tim Cook and what he sees for the company in the year ahead. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.” (Dec. 15 Bloomberg)
CNET Preorder your $30000 diamond-bedazzled Apple Watch
.. A jewelry company is already putting dibs on a diamond AppleWatch. ... Mervis teased the custom luxury edition of the watch on its Facebook page. ....
Lawrence Lundy, Consultant at Frost & Sullivan, discusses the tablet wars and why Apple is forgoing the ‘junk’ market. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “On The Move.” (Source: Bloomberg Oct 23) Apple's Big New Hire: Is She a Luxury Play?: Video - Bloomberg: (Allow video to load after clicking play or go to link above) Sharif Sakr, senior European Editor at Engadget, discusses Angela Ahrendts move to join Apple as senior VP of retail and online sales and the challenge of bringing changes to Apple’s retail outlets. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “The Pulse.” (Oct. 15 Bloomberg) more technology news below ( @ web version--link below) Follow @expricom
U.S. Links North Korea to Sony Hacking - NYTimes.com: "... Senior administration officials, who would not speak on the record about the intelligence findings, said the White House was still debating whether to publicly accuse North Korea of what amounts to a cyberterrorism campaign..."
Sony’s New York premiere of “The Interview” was canceled and the fourth-largest U.S. cinema chain won’t screen the film after threats of violence from the hackers behind a devastating cyberattack on the studio. Adallom President of Marketing Tal Klein and Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw speak on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)
ABC News Instagram Gets Five New Filters
It's been two years since Instagram added any new filters to its lineup of classics like Rise, Lo-Fi, and X-Pro II. So it's high time the Facebook-owned company got on that, right? Well, get ready to get excited, Instagrammers. Because the photo- and ...
The Independent Google Reveals 2014's Top Searches
Google clocked trillions of searches worldwide in 2014, but one man managed to steal the spotlight: The late Robin Williams landed the No. 1 spot in the global trends charts. The comedian and actor passed away in August, prompting folks around the world ...
PCWorld Sony can make any eyewear more like Google Glass
Sony has just announced a new attachable display module that can turn a "pair of fashionable glasses, goggles, sunglasses, or other type of eyewear" into smartglasses. And, yes, it's completely detachable so you can remove it whenever you want to.
USA TODAY Report: Samsung Eyeing Apple Pay Competitor
Samsung is in talks with payments startup LoopPay for a technology that would rival Apple's new mobile payment system, according to a Tuesday report from Re/code. The technology, slated to make its debut in 2015, would bring greater convenience to the ...
Does Sony Have a Case to Stop Hack Reporting?: Video - Bloomberg: (Allow video to load after clicking play or go to link above) Sony Pictures Entertainment requested news outlets stop disclosing material from a devastating computer hack as its studio chief made plans to meet a civil-rights leader after the exposure of a racially tinged e-mail exchange. Rasch Technology And Cyberlaw Principal Mark Rasch weighs in on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg 12/15)
iTunes trial: Case over Apple's digital music dominance heads to jury
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OAKLAND -- iTunes 7.0: A landmark improvement to Apple's software for the iPod or an empty update meant to drive out competitors and hike prices for consumers? That will be the $1 billion question for a federal jury in Oakland as they deliberate over ...
Video game industry struggles to grow, a year after new consoles launch - CNET: "After months of subsisting on strong sales of new game hardware, overall game spending plummets in November." Google and French Space Agency partner on Project Loon: Press Releases - CNES: "A fleet of balloons providing an Internet connection to rural, remote and underserved areas: that is the goal of Google’s ambitious Project Loon. CNES is supporting this project with balloon engineering expertise for which it has acquired international acclaim over the last 50 years. CNES and Google are delighted to be working together to give new momentum to research efforts in this area."
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, sidestepping communication through the media, held his second public question-and-answer session to address users directly. (Bloomberg 12/12) Antivirus Companies Shouldn’t Have Hidden What They Knew About Regin Government Malware | MIT Technology Review: "Antivirus companies had tracked the sophisticated—and likely U.S.-backed—Regin malware for years. But they kept what they learned to themselves. Last week we learned about a striking piece of malware called Regin that has been infecting computer networks worldwide since 2008. It’s more sophisticated than any known criminal malware, and everyone believes a government is behind it. No country has taken credit for Regin, but there’s substantial evidence that it was built and operated by the United States. This isn’t the first government malware discovered. GhostNet is believed to be Chinese. Red October and Turla are believed to be Russian. The Mask is probably Spanish. Stuxnet and Flame are probably from the U.S. All these were discovered in the past five years, and named by researchers who inferred their creators from clues such as who the malware targeted. I dislike the “cyberwar” metaphor for espionage and hacking, but there is a war of sorts going on in cyberspace. Countries are using these weapons against each other. This affects all of us not just because we might be citizens of one of these countries, but because we are all potentially collateral damage...." HP Will Release a “Revolutionary” New Operating System in 2015 | MIT Technology Review: "...The main difference between The Machine and conventional computers is that HP’s design will use a single kind of memory for both temporary and long-term data storage. Existing computers store their operating systems, programs, and files on either a hard disk drive or a flash drive. To run a program or load a document, data must be retrieved from the hard drive and loaded into a form of memory, called RAM, that is much faster but can’t store data very densely or keep hold of it when the power is turned off. HP plans to use a single kind of memory—in the form of memristors—for both long- and short-term data storage in The Machine..."
Quartz The war against Google in Europe is escalating—but will it make any difference? Quartz Also yesterday, on another company blog, Google noted the release of a ... That spurred responses from Google, Yelp, and the Microsoft-sponsored ...
Wall Street Journal Google pulls Amazon app from Play Store listing CNNMoney Amazon and Google are having an app store standoff, resulting in the ... avoiding the standoffs with app developers that Apple (AAPL, Tech30) is so ... Google Removed Amazon's App From The Play Store - Business Insider
Google Translate Adds 10 New Asian and African Languages The Next Web Multilinguals can now learn to say hello in 90 languages using Google Translate, ... You Can Now Shop atApple's Online Store with Paypal ... Microsoft sends out invites for Windows 10 event at headquarters on January 21 ... Mark Zuckerberg is thinking about how to let you 'Dislike' things on Facebook.
Benchmark's General Partner Bill Gurley speaks about the state of valuations in technology. He speaks with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on Studio 1.0. (Source: Bloomberg 10Dec2014--see more videos below.) Bill Gurley - Wikipedia: "Bill Gurley (born May 10, 1966) is a general partner at Benchmark, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm in Menlo Park, California. He is listed consistently on the Forbes Midas List and is considered one of “technology’s top dealmakers."
Benchmark's General Partner and early Uber investor Bill Gurley speaks about the car-booking app's potential to disrupt the rental car industry.
Benchmark's General Partner Bill Gurley speaks about competition between Apple, Amazon, Google and Twitter. He speaks with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on Studio 1.0.
Benchmark's General Partner and early Uber investor Bill Gurley compares Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
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Vectra Networks CEO Hitesh Sheth discusses the rising rate of insider cybercrime. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Pimm Fox on “Taking Stock.” (Source: Bloomberg 10Dec2014)
techNEWS: Blue Coat Exposes “The Inception Framework”; Very Sophisticated, Layered Malware Attack Targeted at Military, Diplomats, and Business Execs | Blue Coat: "One of the most sophisticated malware attacks Blue Coat Labs has ever seen · Initially targeted at Russia, but expanding globally · Masterful identity cloaking and diversionary tactics · Clean and elegant code suggesting strong backing and top-tier talent · Includes malware targeting mobile devices: Android, Blackberry and iOS · Using a free cloud hosting service based in Sweden for command and control..." Iranian Hackers Hit Sheldon Adelson's Sands Casino in Las Vegas - Businessweek: "... early on the chilly morning of Feb. 10, just above the casino floor, the offices of the world’s largest gaming company were gripped by chaos. Computers were flatlining, e-mail was down, most phones didn’t work, and several of the technology systems that help run the $14 billion operation had sputtered to a halt. Computer engineers at Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) raced to figure out what was happening. Within an hour, they had a diagnosis: Sands was under a withering cyber attack. PCs and servers were shutting down in a cascading IT catastrophe, with many of their hard drives wiped clean. The company’s technical staff had never seen anything like it...."
Google Lat Long: Map this way—Google My Maps now in Drive: "Whether you’re planning an epic road trip with friends or mapping out your favorite runs for a ski vacation, it’s easy with Google My Maps, our custom map creation tool. Starting today, you can access My Maps right from Google Drive, so it’s even easier to create, access and share your custom maps. Creating a custom map is just as easy as opening up a new Google Doc. Just select “New,” then “More,” then “Google My Maps” to tap into your inner cartographer...."
Google Publishes 'Live Channels For Android TV' Android Police Today Google has released an app for accessing live channels into the Play Store. ... All the technology exists to make it happen and the big boys are just going to bleed their cash cow until they're as relevant as Microsoftin Mobile. ... apple developer account in real time and show the latest sales.