Intel posts Q2 2013 earnings: revenue of $12.8 billion, net profit of $2 billlion

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/17/intel-posts-q2-2013-earnings-revenue-of-12-8-billion-net-prof/

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Intel just posted decidedly mixed results for the second quarter. While it largely matched its outlook from the first quarter with $12.8 billion in revenue and a healthy net profit of $2 billion, it also saw sharp year-over-year drops in revenue from some of its core divisions. The PC Client Group, which makes the brunt of Intel’s processors, saw its revenue decline 7.5 percent; the Other Intel Architecture Group, which primarily handles mobile chips, faced a 15 percent drop. Intel hasn’t explained the dip, although there are a pair of major factors at work. In addition to facing a very rough PC market, the company only launched its Haswell architecture late in the quarter — there hasn’t been much time for customers to buy the new chips. Intel says there’s “strong acceptance” from early Haswell customers, however, and its outlook for the current quarter is slightly rosier as a result — it expects to make the same $13.5 billion in revenue that we saw a year ago.


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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 news No Comments

The Man Who Turned Off Cookies In Firefox Just Doesn’t Care If It Hurts Advertisers

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/jonathan-mayer-and-cookies-in-firefox-2013-5

Jonathan Mayer / Twitter

Jonathan Mayer is the man who turned off third-party cookies in upcoming versions of Firefox. (Cookies are the little bits of code that web sites drop onto your browser as you surf so that advertisers can target you with ads.)

He just told AdExchanger that he no longer cares what advertisers think about privacy and cookies, because they’ve lost that debate.

His Twitter account has been a brutal stream of sarcasm about advertisers who want a solution that leaves cookies in place.

Mayer’s move has angered advertisers, who were in the midst of negotiations for an industry-wide standard on tracking cookies when it happened. Advertisers want the cookies left on by default, with an option for users to turn them off if they want more privacy. The Firefox move keeps them off by default, and users must choose to turn them on.

Safari and Microsoft have similar no-cookies policies. Without Firefox, virtually all the major browsers would come in default anti-tracking positions — and that’s a huge threat to advertisers whose ads pay for much of the web we see every day.

Mayer! told Ad Exchanger he doesn’t care. He says advertisers have lost the negotiations already:

The leverage used to be on the advertising industry’s side, but it has become clear by virtue of the technologies at the browsers’ disposal that the leverage is now on the consumer’s side.

The advertising side would be expected to reevaluate their hardline “We’re not going to negotiate” stance and rethink their strategy. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened. So I’m not too optimistic on negotiated terms for Do Not Track, but I’m increasingly optimistic that by virtue of the browsers’ efforts, consumers will get the choices they want.

His Twitter has been equally dismissive:

Jonathan Mayer / Twitter

And again:

Jonathan Mayer

The DAA is the Digital Advertising Alliance, which wants cookies on by default:

Jonathan Mayer / Twitter


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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 news No Comments

BlackBerry says TIFF vulnerability exposes enterprise servers to malware

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/18/blackberry-tiff-vulnerability/

BlackBerry says TIFF vulnerability exposes enterprise servers to malware

BlackBerry has always prided itself on its top-notch security features, so it’s a little worrying to see the company release a “high severity” advisory today warning of a potential exploit. According to the Waterloo-based operation:

Vulnerabilities exist in how the BlackBerry MDS Connection Service and the BlackBerry Messaging Agent process TIFF images for rendering on the BlackBerry smartphone.

Essentially, hackers could rig a TIFF file with malware and then trick a BlackBerry user into loading it via webpage, email or an embedded message, thus allowing the bad guys into their company’s Enterprise Server. BlackBerry hasn’t received any reports of attacks just yet, but urges IT administrators to update their BES software all the same. The update is available at the source, as are several temporary workarounds for those that can’t update their installations just yet.

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Source: BlackBerry Knowledge Base

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Monday, February 18th, 2013 news No Comments

Firefox nightlies now support AAC, MP3 and H.264 by default in Windows

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/07/firefox-nightlies-now-support-aac-mp3-and-h-264-by-default/

Firefox nightlies now support AAC, MP3 and H264 by default in Windows

Mozilla hasn’t been the most eager supporter of commercialized media formats; it flipped the H.264 switch in Firefox’s HTML5 support last year only when it was clear WebM wasn’t taking off. Still, those who regularly test the company’s latest work will be glad to hear that support for AAC, MP3 and H.264-based MP4 is now enabled by default in Firefox nightly builds. Provided you’re using Windows 7 or newer, it’s no longer necessary to change settings to play relatively common HTML5 audio and video formats. Web users wanting the extra support in a finished version of the browser will need to wait for a completed Firefox 22, which is expected to launch in late June; risk takers just need to check out the source links.

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Thursday, February 7th, 2013 news No Comments

Song Played 1.5 Million Times On Pandora Earns A Shockingly Trivial Amount Of Money (P)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/having-your-song-played-15-million-times-on-pandora-earns-a-shockingly-trivial-amount-of-money-2013-1
Zoë Keating

Obviously, the digital revolution hasn’t been very good for the music business.

Not even apps like Spotify and Pandora are helping.

Sure, Spotify and Pandora pay musicians every time one of their songs are played – but they don’t pay much.

Take cellist Zoë Keating, for example.

In a blog post which is cited in today’s New York Times, Keating says that one of her songs was played 1.5 million times during a recent six month span?

Guess how much money she made from that…





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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 news No Comments

Hate To Be Rude, But Facebook Is Not The Next Google. It’s Not Even Close (GOOG)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-hate-to-be-rude-but-facebook-is-not-the-next-google-its-not-even-close-2012-1

Information about Facebook’s 2011 revenues and operating profits leaked last week, just ahead of this week’s expected IPO filing.

If CNBC’s reporting is accurate, the numbers are disappointing for a company that’s supposed to be valued at $75 billion to $100 billion when its shares start trading.

Revenues came in at $3.8 billion, less than an expected $4+ billion. Operating profits were $1.5 billion, less than an expected $2 billion.

Facebook’s results look particularly disappointing in comparison to Google’s first seven years of business. We’ve drawn out that comparison below. 

The comparison is actually worse than it looks. Remember, Google was born at time when Internet usage, and online ad spending, wasn’t even half of what it is today. 

The fact is, Facebook is a huge consumer hit – 850 million people us the site each month – but it’s ad products are not, really. 

Google’s ad products are business magic. Consumers see ads for products that they literally want to see. 

So far, Facebook hasn’t found that kind of magic. Investors looking at Facebook’s S1 filing this week will have to wonder if it ever will.

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 news No Comments

ZTE pays Microsoft around $27 for each Windows Phone made

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/19/zte-pays-microsoft-around-27-for-each-windows-phone-made/

How much does it cost to license Microsoft’s latest and greatest mobile OS? A fair bit it seems. While numbers have been bandied around before, this is the first time a per-handset figure was to an internal employee — this time, the portfolio manager for ZTE UK, no less. Pegged at $27 per ZTE smartphone, TrustedReviews managed to get those licensing beans spilled at the glitzy London launch of the company’s first Windows Phone, the ZTE Tania. The fee flies in the face of open-source Android, which requires no price to install on handsets. Microsoft, however, is still keeping an eye on its Google rival, collecting patent licensing fees from several major phone manufacturers. ZTE hasn’t yet commented on the figure.

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Thursday, January 19th, 2012 news No Comments


Source: http://scobleizer.com/2010/01/28/a-16-year-olds-view-of-apples-ipad-ifail/

Tonight when I picked up my son in Petaluma we started talking about the Apple iPad and he told me he thought it was a “fail.” This reaction was interesting coming from Patrick (he was first in line in Palo Alto for the iPhone and has been an Apple fan for as long as I remember.)

Anyway, I asked him if I could record our conversation, he said yes, and this is the result. It’s in two parts, because when we uploaded the first part we got a lot of reaction on Twitter so followed it up with a second part. Here’s the two audio recordings, sorry for the poor quality, we recorded that while driving.

Part I.
Part II.

His major points are:

1. That it isn’t compelling enough for a high school student who already has a Macintosh notebook and an iPhone.
2. That it is missing features that a high school student would like, like handwriting recognition to take notes, a camera to take pictures of the board in class (and girls), and the ability to print out documents for class.
3. That he hasn’t seen his textbooks on it yet, so the usecase of replacing heavy textbooks hasn’t shown up yet.
4. The gaming features, he says, aren’t compelling enough for him to give up either the Xbox or the iPhone. The iPhone wins, he says, because it fits in his pocket. The Xbox wins because of Xbox live so he can play against his friends (not to mention engaging HD quality and wide variety of titles).
5. He doesn’t like the file limitations. His friends send him videos that he can’t play in iTunes and the iPad doesn’t support Flash.
6. It isn’t game changing like the iPhone was.

Anyway, revealing conversation with a teenager who got extremely excited about the iPhone (and saved up to buy his own) the day he saw that.

What do you think?

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 digital No Comments

The Ads Won Awards for Crispin; But Did Nothing for Client BurgerKing – Whoa! Big Surprise

What Crispin’s Lauded BK Work Doesn’t Do: Gain Ground On McD’s

Since Hiring the Agency, King Earned Ad Plaudits but Hasn’t Closed the Gap

CHICAGO (AdAge.com) — For all of Burger King’s marketing triumphs with its ad agency, Crispin Porter & Bogusky, it has lost — and continues to lose — ground to its largest and most significant rival, McDonald’s.


Source: http://adage.com/article?article_id=137472

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