Posts Tagged ‘people’

While Yahoo Gave Few Details About Couric’s New Role, Here’s What a Previous Deal With Her Wanted (Memo)

November 27, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

In her flashy announcement about the hiring of television news star Katie Couric as the global anchor and “face of Yahoo News,” CEO Marissa Mayer gave the very barest of details. According to her blog post, there will be an unspecified “growing team of correspondents.” And Couric will be “shooting features for our homepage.” And she will start in early 2014. For such a big move in news, there was an amazing lack of news about exactly what Couric would do — from the what to the when to the where to the how much. Thank goodness for sources close to the situation, who note that the lack of specificity was due to the still largely undetermined solid specifics about what Couric is going to do for the millions of dollars she will be paid by Yahoo. That’s due to a lot of reasons, including the fact that Couric still has another big job. While she will no longer be a special correspondent for ABC News, which did not work out as planned on either side, that has not actually taken up a lot of her bandwidth of late. Instead, she has been working on her five-day-a-week syndicated daytime talk show, called “Katie.” While its future is unclear, it still needs to complete its second season, and that will take up a lot of Couric’s time, according to numerous sources, which Mayer was aware of. In addition, according to Yahoo sources, Couric can also do other projects, including on television, as part of the deal.

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If Sitting Is the New Smoking, Soon There May Be a Crowdfunded Gadget to Help You Stop

November 18, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

“Sitting is the new smoking” is a good slogan . There’s all sorts of scientific evidence to back it up, from the basic — your metabolism slows down, your circulation is inhibited — to the hyperbolic — according to an Australian study , an hour of sitting while watching TV cuts 22 minutes from your life span, while smoking a cigarette cuts 11 minutes. Does that get your blood going enough to stand up? Perhaps you should check out a new Indiegogo campaign for what’s probably the simplest wearable activity tracker yet: the Rise. All it does is detect its orientation and monitor motion to decide whether or not you’re sitting down. Of course, there’s a companion Rise mobile app that will ping you to get up.

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T-Mobile Finds That Giving Away Free Data Is Harder Than It Sounds

November 4, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

T-Mobile figures that by giving tablet users free data , it might turn a few of them into paying customers. But it turns out that giving away data is sometimes harder than it seems. T-Mobile’s operations — both human and computer-based — were just not set up to have a nonpaying relationship with customers. As a result, some of the company’s new tablet customers were erroneously charged $10 per month for data that was supposed to be free. T-Mobile has since corrected the problem, and plans to issue refunds to affected customers. “We had a technology glitch and a training issue that caused some people to believe [they were being charged] — and some people to be charged,” T-Mobile chief marketing officer Mike Sievert said in an interview. “That’s just not right.” T-Mobile’s plan does allow tablet buyers to bring over any new or existing tablet that’s compatible with T-Mobile’s network and get 200 megabytes of free data each month. On the iPad, for example, customers don’t even need to enter a credit card number, Sievert said.

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Workplace Equality Is Good for Business

November 4, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Long before I started work as the CEO of Apple, I became aware of a fundamental truth: People are much more willing to give of themselves when they feel that their selves are being fully recognized and embraced. At Apple, we try to make sure people understand that they don’t have to check their identity at the door. We’re committed to creating a safe and welcoming workplace for all employees, regardless of their race, gender, nationality or sexual orientation. As we see it, embracing people’s individuality is a matter of basic human dignity and civil rights. It also turns out to be great for the creativity that drives our business. We’ve found that when people feel valued for who they are, they have the comfort and confidence to do the best work of their lives. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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VC Chamath Palihapitiya Says He Has Cracked the Code for Making Startups Grow

November 1, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

All startups want growth. They want more eyeballs, more traction, more signs that what they are doing is working. They worship at the foot of the mythical hockey stick graph. But growth is a fickle, unpredictable thing — sometimes great products die before reaching an audience. Sometimes companies find tricks to get tons of users, but after the tricks fade away, everybody leaves. You can’t count on growth. Not according to Chamath Palihapitiya. The venture capitalist, whose claim to fame was starting the growth team at Facebook, said his Social+Capital Partnership now has a crew of growth experts that it deploys to portfolio companies.

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HTC Seeks to Outsource Smartphone Production

October 23, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

HTC Corp. is considering outsourcing production of smartphones in a major strategic shift as the struggling Taiwanese smartphone maker looks for ways to cut costs and retain profitability, people familiar with the situation said. The Taiwanese firm has met with several major contract manufacturers in recent months including FIH Mobile Ltd., a unit of contract manufacturer Foxconn, and Wistron Corp. about the possibility of outsourcing as in-house production becomes more expensive due to the shrinking scale of orders, the people said. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Earnings and Revenue Down — Yahoo Delivers on Expected Lackluster Quarter

October 15, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Yahoo met weak financial expectations, turning in what can only be described as lackluster performance in its third-quarter earnings today. The Silicon Valley Internet giant said it earned 34 cents, a 13 percent decline, on revenues of $1.08 billion, a one percent decline from the same period a year ago. Analysts had been estimating that the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company would report a profit of 33 cents a share, so it’s slightly better on profits, but hardly anything to crow about given how strongly the sector is growing. Still, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer gamely tried to, pushing user growth (as I predicted she would). “I’m very pleased with our execution, especially as we’ve continued to invest in and strengthen our core business,” said Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. “Now with more than 800 million monthly users on Yahoo — up 20 percent over the past 15 months — we’re achieving meaningful increases in user engagement and traffic.” Still, it was hard to argue with other poor numbers on the board for display advertising, where Yahoo has struggled over recent years: Display advertising revenue was down seven percent. The number of ads sold increased only one percent. Price per ad declined seven percent. Still, search advertising showed some encouraging gains, after last quarter’s declines: Search revenue, minus traffic acquisition costs, was up three percent, though GAAP revenue was down eight percent. Paid clicks rose 21 percent. Bit price-per-click dropped four percent. On the plus side, there was more good news from its large stake China’s Alibaba Group, which is pretty much responsible for Yahoo’s recent stock surge. Yahoo said that it now does not have to sell as much of its 23 percent stake in Alibaba’s upcoming IPO as has been required in previous agreements. It now has to sell 39.7 percent of its assets, instead of nearly half. That means, it can ride the gains expected in the much anticipated public offering.

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Netflix Pursues Cable TV Deals

October 14, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Netflix Inc. is in talks with several U.S. pay-television providers including Comcast Corp. and Suddenlink Communications to make its online video service available as an app on their set-top boxes, people familiar with the matter say. A deal would mark the online video service’s first such tie-up with a U.S. cable provider and would come after a similar agreement it recently announced with U.K. cable operator Virgin Media Inc. The talks are in early stages and no deal is imminent, the people cautioned. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Here’s What a Twitter News Service Might Look Like

October 10, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Many of Twitter’s 215 million users have turned the service into their own personal newspaper, by following people and publishers that bring them news (or trivia, or whatever) of the day. But what if Twitter started delivering that news itself? That’s what appears to be going on with @eventparrot , a Twitter account that delivers links to news stories from outside publishers. It popped up yesterday, and now has several thousand followers, who are getting notifications like this, via Twitter’s Direct Message feature: Event Parrot describes itself as a “Twitter experiment”, and while Twitter hasn’t officially identified the account as one of its own, I’m quite comfortable assuming that is. For starters, it looks very similar to @MagicRecs , another “Twitter Experiment” that Twitter eventually turned into a full-fledged feature . Other clues include nudges and winks from Twitter employees. Let’s also assume that if Event Parrot ends up becoming an official Twitter feature, the company will move it out of the Direct Message backwater and find a way to showcase it that’s more mainstream. Magic Recs has now been turned into a push notification, and you could imagine the same happening to Event Parrot. Or the company could simply find some dedicated space for it in users’ main feeds, which would make even more sense to the new users Twitter is trying to find . The big question: Does Twitter users need a Twitter-run news service? Magic Recs, which points out Twitter accounts my Twitter friends have started following (Basically: People who work at Apple  or  used to work at Apple ) is cool because it gives me a peek at what the people in my filter bubble were interested in, even when they’re not Tweeting about it. And while I can’t tell if Event Parrot is personalized for me based on what other people in my feed are sharing (I seem to have gotten the same news alerts that everyone else who’s written about Event Parrot has received), I’m not sure that I care. Either Event Parrot is telling me about stories people in my feed are already sharing, which means I’m already seeing them. Or it’s telling me about news people aren’t sharing

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‘Carrie’ Promotional Video Punks Coffee Shop Customers

October 8, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“There are other people out there like me … .” For unsuspecting customers at a local coffee shop, those words uttered by Stephen King’s telekinetic teen Carrie became all-too real — and judging by some reactions, it was an unwelcome discovery. But not to worry. The video was a prank made to promote Sony-Screen Gems’... Read more

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