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Winklevoss twins forget Facebook, invest in SumZero

September 17, 2012

The Winklevoss twins Tyler and Cameron, collectively known as Winklevii, are trying their hand at social networking once more, and Mark Zuckerberg is nowhere in sight. Have this pair of multi-millionaires finally moved on from Facebook?

Apple “most-valuable public company,” kinda

August 20, 2012

Apple has, by one measure at least, become the most-valuable publicly-traded company of all time. If you completely ignore inflation, that is. Which you cannot.

Farmers keep up with the what, where and when of farming with FarmLogs

August 5, 2012

Farmers keep up with the what, where and when of farming with FarmLogsAnyone who has ever played one of the simulated farming games on Facebook knows that it can be hard to keep up with when you need to check back in to reap your crops or water your plants.  Imagine a several thousand acre real farm with a variety of different crops in different fields and you can imagine the logistical issues that could, ahem, crop up. FarmLogs helps keep up with all the details and makes them easy to find for daily, weekly and monthly planning purposes.

Facebook stock hits new low

August 2, 2012

When Facebook went public with an IPO in May each share cost $42. Now, each Facebook share is being traded at around the $20 mark. That has to smart.

PC sales slump but reasons unclear

July 12, 2012

PC sales slump but reasons unclearThe number of PCs shipped by manufacturers has notably fallen in the US according to new estimates. There’s also a surprising dip in the global figure.

Analyst: Facebook will die within 8 years

June 5, 2012

At least one analyst believes Facebook will die within the next 8 years. A happy prediction to make given the recent IPO.

How Tim Cook is changing Apple

May 24, 2012

Tim Cook had mighty boots to fill when he took over from Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple. So, 10 months in and how is he doing?

Vacations from email improve productivity

May 3, 2012

Vacations from email improve productivityWhile email is a vital source of information for many of us, it is also a stressor and a distraction.  According to a study conducted by the University of California, Irvine, restricting access to email reduced stress and improved focus.

New solar cell creates more electricity by lighting up

April 19, 2012

New solar cell creates more electricity by lighting upWhile solar cell efficiency is theoretically able to reach 33.5 percent efficiency, so far solar cells have only been able to reach 26 percent until now.  Eli Yablonovitch, principal researcher and UC Berkeley professor of electrical engineering has developed a new solar cell that will achieve 28.3 percent efficiency and it does so by emitting light.

$2 an hour workers join virtual production line

April 19, 2012

$2 an hour workers join virtual production lineManufacturers already break down production into small tasks and outsource them to the developing world. Now a company thinks it can do the same with computer-related services.

Interxion staff will sleep with servers during the Olympics

April 12, 2012

Interexion staff will sleep with servers during the OlympicsFor many, the 2012 Olympics will be a once in a lifetime event watching world class athletes compete for the honor of being the best in the world.  For the Interxion crew it means sleeping with the companies data center servers in London.  The company fears that there will be problems with London’s transportation system making it difficult for critical staff to get into work. That’s why the company is providing sleeping quarters because having operators available on site 24/7 will reduce any problems that might arise.

Facebook & Instagram: A perfect match?

April 9, 2012

Facebook has acquired Instagram for a cool $1 billion. But are the tech giant and the tech startup a perfect match?

Yahoo shrinks yet again – 2,000 laid off

April 4, 2012

Another day, another round of job losses at Web giant Yahoo. Would the last person to leave the office please turn out the lights.

Linux is a rounding error in Apple’s world

March 29, 2012

Open source and Linux have been hugely successful, changing how software is developed and delivered. Naturally, one of the ways that success can be measured is in dollars, though the corporate world’s two-fisted adoption of open source have seen the rewards accrue and spread in ways visionary Linus Torvalds couldn’t have predicted all of those years ago in his Finnish college dorm room.

Best Buy will close 50 big stores while opening 100 small ones

March 29, 2012

Best Buy will close 50 big stores while opening 100 small onesBest Buy is approaching its mixed fourth quarter earning results with mixed strategies.  While the company is planning on the inevitable downsizing of personnel, a loss of 400 positions in the company’s corporate and support areas, it is also planning a change in retail strategy. Of course there will be the inevitable in store reorganizations and “improved customer experiences,” but the company is also going to mix its approach to retail marketing in general. 

Ample new iPad supply drowned scalpers

March 26, 2012

One of the most remarkable things about the just consummated new iPad launch is how orderly and clean it was. Yes, there were some lines on March 16, but they cleared up quickly and wait times for new online orders have stabilized at a week. In fact, if you want one tomorrow, there’s a pretty good chance your local Apple Store or Best Buy can put one in your hands. That’s great news for everyone except the scalpers looking to make a quick profit.

T-Mobile lays off workers, AT&T spreads sour grapes

March 23, 2012

Here are a couple pieces of, well, “news” from the convoluted logic department. Whereas T-Mobile is reaping a well earned harvest of doom and gloom for doing nothing during the year that the FCC considered their proposed merger with Ma Bell, for its part, AT&T is saying the job losses are the FCC’s fault. Wow, just wow. Why is it the dumbest stories come out on Fridays?

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