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Intel Creates $100 Million Fund To Make Your Car Smarter (INTC)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/intel-creates-100-million-fund-to-make-your-car-smarter-2012-2

 

Ferrari F12berlinetta CarIntel Capital announced today a $100 million fund devoted to cars.

So what’s a chip company doing betting on technology in cars?

Intel estimates that by 2014, cars will be one of the top three fastest-growing markets for connected devices and Internet content. That eventually gives Intel an opportunity to put more of its chips in a whole new place: cars.

As an Intel manager put it in the press release announcing the fund: “The car is the ultimate mobile device.”

The Intel Capital Connected Car Fund will invest in technologies such as advanced driver assistance systems, speech recognition, gesture recognition, and eye tracking.

But there’s no mention of self-driving cars just yet. That is all Google for now.

 

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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 news No Comments

The Best Proof We’ve Seen Yet That Being On Twitter Can Make You Money

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-best-proof-weve-seen-yet-that-being-on-twitter-can-make-you-money-2012-2


This morning, news broke that the Greeks had a reform deal. The Euro shot up on the news.

But if you were on twitter, you could have profited early.

Trader @pawelmorski just posted this annotated chart.

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Thursday, February 9th, 2012 news No Comments

Twitter Thinks BeachMint Would Make An Interesting Acquisition

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-thinks-beachmint-would-make-an-interesting-acquisition-2012-2


BeachmintJosh Berman Diego BerdakinTwitter’s corporate development director Mike Brown told a panel at Vator Splash that BeachMint, a service that lets customers buy products picked by celebrities, would be an interesting one for Twitter to buy next. 

Brown said that while celebrities make Twitter what it is, the celebrities are not paid to produce content.

“We are lucky they share content and say crazy things,” Brown said, because they make Twitter interesting to read.

Right now, celebrities tweet for free because of the exposure they get in real-time. They also get paid by brands to endorse products in various venues — including on Twitter.

Brown’s comments suggest that the company is at least thinking about getting more directly involved in those kinds of transactions.

Brown made his comments after ScaleVP’s Sharon Wienbar talked at length about Beachmint, an investment her firm made early on. For the celebrity connection to work, it has to feel authentic for social commerce.

See also: Facebook Reorg May Pave The Way For More Acquisitions

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Friday, February 3rd, 2012 news No Comments

Here’s Facebook’s Next Big Business

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-heres-facebooks-next-big-business-2012-2


Facebook’s ad revenue may not be growing fast enough to justify a $100 billion valuation. But ads are not the company’s only source of revenue.

Payments are becoming a big deal as well.

Last summer, Facebook started charging companies like Zynga 30 percent of each transaction — like purchasing a virtual good like a cow. (That’s a big reason why Zynga accounts for 12 percent of Facebook’s revenue, alhough that figure includes advertising as well.)

So although payments started as a tiny sliver of Facebook’s overall revenue, now it’s up to about 17 percent of the total.

As companies start to sell other kinds of goods through Facebook, like concert tickets, this percentage could grow.

facebook ad revenue split 

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Friday, February 3rd, 2012 news No Comments

Here’s Facebook’s Next Big Business

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-heres-facebooks-next-big-business-2012-2


Facebook’s ad revenue may not be growing fast enough to justify a $100 billion valuation. But ads are not the company’s only source of revenue.

Payments are becoming a big deal as well.

Last summer, Facebook started charging companies like Zynga 30 percent of each transaction — like purchasing a virtual good like a cow. (That’s a big reason why Zynga accounts for 12 percent of Facebook’s revenue, alhough that figure includes advertising as well.)

So although payments started as a tiny sliver of Facebook’s overall revenue, now it’s up to about 17 percent of the total.

As companies start to sell other kinds of goods through Facebook, like concert tickets, this percentage could grow.

facebook ad revenue split 

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Friday, February 3rd, 2012 news No Comments

Apple’s REAL Earnings Expectations (AAPL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-apples-real-earnings-expectations-2012-1

Apple consistently releases comically low guidance, then obliterates it. For the last six quarters, Apple has beaten its guided EPS by 38%, and revenue by 16%.

If the trend holds, Apple will report $12.86 in EPS, and $42.9 billion in revenue. That would blow away the Street’s expectation of $10.07 EPS, and $38.76 billion.

chart of the day, apple guidance vs. earnings eps, jan 23 2012

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 news No Comments

Will Google’s Market Cap Pass Microsoft’s This Year? (GOOG, MSFT)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-googles-market-cap-has-been-closing-in-on-microsoft-2012-1


Two years ago Apple pulled off an impressive feat: Its market cap surged past Microsoft to become the most valuable company in the tech industry.

Then last year, IBM managed to slip past Microsoft to be more valuable. It’s since fallen back and Microsoft is more valuable.

Who will it be this year? Well, it could be Google. The search company is just $19 billion behind Microsoft. All it would take is Google’s stock going on a tear, and Microsoft’s fading or sitting still.

When (or if) it happens, you know Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is going to freak out. Don’t forget, he’s the guy who threw a chair and had a tantrum when Google poached one of his employees.

chart of the day, google and microsoft market cap, jan 5 2012

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Thursday, January 5th, 2012 news No Comments

This Map Reveals The Trick Behind IKEA’s Store Layout

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-brilliant-trick-behind-ikeas-store-design-2012-1


Grocery stores all use some simple tricks to disorient and delay customers, but IKEA takes the so-called Gruen Transfer to another level.

A lecture on the subject by Alan Penn, professor of architectural computing at University College London, has gotten a lot of buzz this year (via Good and WSJ).

Penn found that IKEA customers, following the signature yellow path, walk through the entire warehouse store. They get lost, encounter products they weren’t looking for and spend enough time shopping that they feel justified making impulse purchases.

Here’s a customer heatmap from Penn’s presentation, followed by the video.

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 news No Comments

Fraudsters Now Using 3D Printers To Make Authentic Looking ATM Skimmers [Scams]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5866491/fraudsters-now-using-3d-printers-to-make-authentic-looking-atm-skimmers

Fraudsters Now Using 3D Printers To Make Authentic Looking ATM SkimmersWhat looks like the card slot from a Chase Bank ATM is actually a sophisticated card skimmer removed from a branch in West Hills, California. And police believe a 3D printer may have been used to create it.

Those green bulbous card slots that were supposed to make it very difficult for a card skimmer to be attached to an ATM have turned out to be just a minor inconvenience for sophisticated thieves. Investigators believe this skimmer—which perfectly fits over the ATM’s regular slot— was created from a mould that came from a 3D printer. Which means those behind this particular ATM scheme had some very expensive tools at their disposal.

Fraudsters Now Using 3D Printers To Make Authentic Looking ATM SkimmersIn addition to being a perfect replica of the ATM’s standard card slot, this skimmer incorporates a small pinhole camera that starts recording the PIN pad whenever a card is inserted. On the underside is a series of holes that investigators believe allowed the thieves to download data and footage, but the complex electronics on the inside may have been salvaged from a cellphone, giving this skimmer wireless connectivity. So in the future, like in many situations, make sure you take a good look at the hardware before you stick your thing in the slot. [KrebsonSecurity via BoingBoing]


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Friday, December 9th, 2011 news No Comments

Samsung Rockets Past Apple To Take The Lead In Smartphones (AAPL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-samsung-smartphone-2011-10


Smartphone shipments for Q3

We knew this was coming, but now it’s more official-ish.

Samsung is the world’s biggest smartphone dealer, beating Apple soundly in the third quarter of this year, according to data compiled by Strategy Analytics.

Strategy Analytics says Samsung “shipped” 28 million smartphones versus Apple’s 17.1 million.

Tiny caveat: In its earnings release Apple says it sold 17.1 million smartphones. We don’t think Samsung is stuffing 11 million smartphones in the channel to take the top spot, but it’s worth making a note of the distinction in language.

Apple was the top smartphone dealer in Q2, but it had a down quarter as consumers waited for the iPhone 4S. It’s unlikely to return to the top spot unless it has a mammoth fourth quarter.

And for all the Apple bulls out there who will predictably say, “So what, Apple has all the profits.” You’re right! Apple earns considerably more more money on the iPhone than Samsung earns on smartphones.

However, as we’ve pointed out over and over: This is a platform war. The more success Samsung has with the Android platform, the worse it is for Apple and iOS.

And the more phones Samsung sells, the fewer iPhones Apple can sell.

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