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Google buys BufferBox, might give Amazon Locker a run for its money

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/30/google-buys-bufferbox-lockers-online-purchases/

Google buys BufferBox, might give Amazon Locker a run for its money

Google has just snapped up BufferBox, a Waterloo, Ontario-based startup that offers temporary lockers for online purchases much like the ones recently deployed by Amazon. Instead of 7-Elevens and RadioShacks however, the relatively young startup has only just started a deal to install parcel kiosks in Canada’s Metrolinx GO Transit stations. The Mountain View company hopes to keep BufferBox alive through the acquisition, with plans for 100 kiosks in Greater Toronto and Hamilton in the next year. Of course, we can’t help but think this could all be part of Google’s master plan for a rumored same-day delivery service that might make Amazon a touch nervous. Hopefully this means future Nexus deliveries will be a just little faster, eh?

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Saturday, December 1st, 2012 news No Comments

Google’s Stock Has Done Surprisingly Well Under Larry Page (GOOG)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-google-stock-under-larry-page-2012-8

While we spend much of our time focused on Apple’s incredible stock run, Google has also been experiencing a nice little run of its own lately.

Under Larry Page the stock is up 15%, which is somewhat surprising because Page is not exactly favorable to Wall Street, or investors.

In fact, Page’s actions as CEO have been somewhat hostile to investors. He split Google’s stock giving himself even more power. Google is releasing all sorts of new, weird products like Google Glass, and self-driving cars. Investors tend to frown on these odd ball products.

So, what’s working for Google? Well, it’s not Facebook. And it’s pretty evident Facebook’s ad sales aren’t coming at the expense of Google’s. Perhaps that’s helping propel the stock forward.

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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 news No Comments

What Square’s Starbucks Deal Might Look Like

Source: https://intelligence.businessinsider.com/welcome

Square announced yesterday that it will handle all of Starbucks’s U.S. credit- and debit-card sales.

According to Yahoo Finance, analyst consensus for the calendar quarters ending September and December are $3.38 and $3.81 billion, respectively. This doesn’t quite align with Starbucks’ fiscal schedule, but we will assume revenue distribution is similar.

Historically, Starbucks generates about 75 percent of its revenue from the Americas. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll also assume Square is handling Starbucks’s Q3 sales even though the system probably won’t be rolled out for a while.

According to SAI’s Owen Thomas, 25 percent of its sales go through its prepaid Starbucks cards. His assumption of 50 percent credit card sales also seems fair to us.  

Additionally, Square’s annualized run rate for transaction volume has organically been growing by $1 billion every other month. Square last announced they were handling transactions at a $6 billion-a-year rate in June. If this growth rate continues, Square will handle the annual equivalent of $7 billion this month, $8 billion in October, and $9 billion in December.

Combining the expected Starbucks sales and its organic growth, Square would be handling $28.6 million of payments a day at the end of the year at an annual run rate of $10.4 billion. With a 2.75% take of transactions, it would be generating revenues of $787,000 a day—for an annual revenue run rate of $287 million.  

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Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 news No Comments

A Tale Of Two Social Networks (FB, LNKD)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-linkedin-vs-facebook-revenue-2012-8

LinkedIn reported earnings last night, and one thing that jumps out is its revenue growth rate, which is sky-high compared to Facebook.

As you can see here, LinkedIn’s year over year revenue growth rate is 89%. Facebook, on the other hand, is 32%. LinkedIn’s absolute revenue is much smaller. We’ve also plotted it below.

LinkedIn is reporting stronger growth than Facebook because it’s not as ad dependent as Facebook. LinkedIn has subscriptions, advertising, and job listings. Those three revenue streams help its growth.

It’s also growing at a greater clip because LinkedIn is coming into its own now. While LinkedIn is an older site than Facebook, it’s taken longer to mature. It seems to have figured out a great business model.

Facebook investors, the one’s still hanging onto the stock, are betting that Facebook will figure out a better business model in the long run too.

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Sunday, August 5th, 2012 news No Comments

Microsoft’s Windows Division Generated Less Revenue Than Its Servers Division (MSFT)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-microsoft-revenue-by-segement-2012-7

Here’s an incredible chart from Microsoft’s last earnings report that didn’t get the sort of attention it deserves. The Server and Tools division generated more revenue than the Windows division in the last fiscal year.

The Windows division is still much more profitable, earning $11.5 billion compared versus $7.4 billion for Servers & Tools. And one of the reasons Windows generated less revenue than Server & Tools is that Windows 7 is at the end of its run.

However, this chart is illustrative of a two big trends for Microsoft. First, while Vanity Fair wants to call it a lost decade for Microsoft, it clearly wasn’t all lost since it built a third huge new business division. Second, while people worry about the future of Windows, and whether or not it gets disrupted by iOS and Android, the truth of the matter is that Microsoft is more than just Windows.

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Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 news No Comments

News Corp launches Amplify educational unit, with help from AT&T (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/23/news-corp-launches-amplify-educational-unit/

News Corp launches Amplify educational unit, with help from AT&T

In light of recent scandals, it’s hard not to see this as a bit of image rehabilitation, but we’ll do our best to take it at face value. News Corp is bringing its 18-month-old educational division to the fore by rebranding it Amplify and teaming up with AT&T to put tablets in the hands of students. The unit will focus on developing products and services tailored for classrooms, ranging from kindergarten through high school. And, at the center of that ecosystem, will be the Amplify Tablet (which, judging from the video below, appears to be a modified Galaxy Tab). Videos, encyclopedia entries, books and even remote tutoring apps will all be just a tap away. The tablets will get their first trial run in the US during the 2012-2013 school year. With the phone hacking scandal behind him, former New York City school chancellor Joel Klein (who headed up News Corp’s internal investigation), is free to focus on getting Amplify rolling and into classrooms across the nation. Before you head off, make sure to watch the clip from AT&T after the break.

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Monday, July 23rd, 2012 news No Comments

One Of The Most Amazing Things About The iPhone’s First Five Years (AAPL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-one-of-the-most-amazing-things-about-the-iphones-first-five-years-2012-6

The iPhone turns five this week. One of the most impressive things about the iPhone’s five year run is that the average selling price of the phone has remained just about the same around $600, notes Horace Dediu of Asymco. Meanwhile, Apple’s rivals pull in less than $400 per device.

Think about that for a second. Apple defined the modern smartphone market with the iPhone. It then faced an onslaught of competition from Google, Microsoft, Palm, and Research In Motion. Despite their various efforts to dethrone the iPhone, Apple has managed to stay on top. This is evident by the fact that since 2008 Apple has never had to slash its prices.

With all the competition, and pressure from carriers, if Apple was losing the smartphone battle, you’d expect it to cut the price of the phone. Instead, it’s been steady.

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Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 news No Comments

Android Market Share Flattens In The U.S.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/android-market-share-flattens-2012-6

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After an amazing two-year run, it looks like Android’s U.S. market share is beginning to flatten out, according to comScore’s April smartphone market share numbers. Android’s share dipped slightly from previous month, and has been losing momentum throughout 2012. Apple, meanwhile, has been the big winner so far this year.

As we argued in our special report on the platform wars, Apple has a developer network effect that gives them the edge in the mobile market share race. Consumers are ultimately drawn to phones with the most and best apps. Developers, in turn, follow the money, and currently make four times as much money on iOS.

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 news No Comments

The Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/14/the-encyclopaedia-britannica-is-going-out-of-print/

It was probably inevitable, but on Tuesday, it became official: the Encyclopaedia Britannica is finally going out of print. The news was confirmed yesterday by Jorge Cauz, president of Chicago-based Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., who told the New York Times that his company has decided to completely abandon print operations, in favor of its online platform. The announcement marks the end of a remarkable 244-year run for Britannica and its leather-bound tomes, which at one point stood as a hallmark of middle class living rooms and libraries. In fact, it’s been barely two decades since the company reached its high water mark, when it sold some 120,000 sets back in 1990. Once the internet came into full bloom, however, Britannica’s sales soon plummeted. In 2010, the publisher sold just 8,000 sets, leaving an additional 4,000 unsold copies to gather dust in a warehouse.

Tuesday’s announcement may mark the end of an era, but Cauz seems to have come to terms with Britannica’s decision, calling it a “rite of passage.” He’s also eager to devote more time to his company’s website, which will look to chip away at Wikipedia‘s market hegemony. Cauz, however, believes the two platforms can (and must) co-exist, because they fill two different roles. “We cannot deal with every single cartoon character, we cannot deal with every love life of every celebrity,” he explained. “But we need to have an alternative where facts really matter. Britannica won’t be able to be as large, but it! will al ways be factually correct.”

The Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Mar 2012 01:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPhone becomes top-selling cellphone in Japan over the Fall quarter, gives Sharp a run for its money

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/09/iphone-top-selling-japan/

Think the iPhone is popular in the States? Well, the device is taking off in Asia as well. Based on a report from research firm IDC Japan, Apple snagged the largest share of mobile phone shipments in the country for the quarter at 26.6%, ending the market dominance of local manufacturers. Popularity of the iPhone 4S rose during the period from October to December and propelled the device maker past Fujitsu / Toshiba’s mark of 18.3% and third place Sharp, coming in at 15.7%. Sharp still owned the top spot for 2011, though, with 20.1% of total shipments while Apple finished the year third with 14.2%. For more stats on the Japanese smartphone market, hit the source link below to read on.

IDC: iPhone becomes top-selling cellphone in Japan over the Fall quarter, gives Sharp a run for its money originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Mar 2012 10:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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