Amazon Builds the Spheres, While Google Opts for the Hulk

As with Apple, Facebook, Samsung and many other tech companies, Amazon and Google are in the analog building business of late. According to the Seattle Times, the e-commerce giant had its plan for a “five-story office building formed by three intersecting spheres” unanimously thumbs-upped by that city’s design-review board. There are still other approvals to … Continue reading

Facebook’s Q3: Looking for the Latest on Mobile Ad Performance

Facebook knocked last quarter’s earnings out of the park. As we approach Facebook’s third-quarter earnings come Wednesday afternoon, can the social giant go two for two? That hinges, of course, on the high bar the company set for itself in mobile. After nearly a year of little traction in the mobile monetization space, Facebook’s mobile … Continue reading

Is Marissa Mayer’s Year-Old Employee Review System at Yahoo Finally Taking Aim at Underperformers?

A little over a year ago, only a few months into her tenure, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer sent out an internal “goals” memo to employees that outlined a new system of evaluating the efficacy of its staff. It read, in part: “Moving forward, we will have both annual goals and quarterly goals that we will … Continue reading

Zulily to Price IPO at $16-$18 a Share, Valuing Deals Site at About $2 Billion

Cash image copyright Julia Ivantsova Discount shopping site Zulily said in an SEC filing today that it is looking to price shares during its upcoming IPO at $16 to $18. With the company offering 6,377,500 shares, Zulily would raise just shy of $115 million if it priced at $18 a share. That price would also … Continue reading

Uh-Oh, Canada

When I heard that the troubled Obamacare Web site was built by a Canadian company, of course I felt personally responsible. … I’ll be happy when the glitches are all worked out and everything’s running smoothly, so I can put this all behind me. – Montreal-born Barry Blitt, who drew the cover for next week’s … Continue reading

Can Fairfax Close Its BlackBerry Bid?

“We’ve got a track record of 28 years of completing what we’ve done. We’ve never re-negotiated. We thought long and hard before we offered $9 dollars a share and we’re not in the business of offering a number and at the last minute changing the figure. Over 28 years our reputation is stellar on that … Continue reading

Is YouTube Too Big to Have a Really Big Show?

FilmMagic for YouTube Music Awards The best-case scenario for last night’s YouTube Music Awards was that they would do something really cool with live music and live video that we haven’t seen before. And that’s what they did, for the show’s first six minutes. This is actress Greta Gerwig, performing with Arcade Fire, directed by … Continue reading

Don’t Get Too Excited About GlobalFoundries and Apple — At Least, Not Just Yet

Don’t get too excited about an intriguing story from the Albany Times Union saying that chip-manufacturing company GlobalFoundries may soon start turning out chips for Apple’s iPhones and iPads at a factory in upstate New York. I’ve been checking with industry sources who have a pretty clear picture about what may be going on. And … Continue reading

Grumpy Cat Squares Off With Oscar the Grouch (Viral Video)

For a generation of kids raised on “Sesame Street,” Oscar the Grouch defined the lovable curmudgeon. Oscar and his trash can haven’t gone anywhere, but these days he has some competition from the Internet’s Grumpy Cat. What would happen if these two Negative Nellies squared off? Thanks to this video from Mashable, it’s no longer … Continue reading

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