Posts Tagged ‘tech’

"The Jury Has Now Spoken": Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Memo to Employees on Patent Win Over Samsung

August 25, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

After Apple’s legal victory over Samsung in the much-disputed patent infringement battle earlier today, its CEO Tim Cook sent a memo to the tech giant’s employees. Cook, who took over at the company exactly a year ago, said Apple had gone to court “very reluctantly and only after repeatedly asking Samsung to stop copying our work.” He stressed that the lawsuit “has always been about something much more important than patents or money. It’s about values.” The memo was similar, though perhaps more emotional, than a company statement earlier today. Apple said, in part, “The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy.” Here is the full Cook memo, which was obtained by 9to5Mac : Today was an important day for Apple and for innovators everywhere. Many of you have been closely following the trial against Samsung in San Jose for the past few weeks. We chose legal action very reluctantly and only after repeatedly asking Samsung to stop copying our work. For us this lawsuit has always been about something much more important than patents or money. It’s about values. We value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. And we do this to delight our customers, not for competitors to flagrantly copy. We owe a debt of gratitude to the jury who invested their time in listening to our story. We were thrilled to finally have the opportunity to tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than we knew. The jury has now spoken.

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Apple Now Biggest-Ever U.S. Company

Apple Now Biggest-Ever U.S. Company

August 22, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Apple Inc. AAPL -1.39% surpassed Microsoft Corp. MSFT +0.20% Monday as the largest U.S. company ever, measured by stock-market value. Apple hit the new milestone—$623.52 billion—at a time when its influence on the economy, on the stock market and on popular culture rivals that of some of the most powerful companies in U.S. history: General Motors Co., GM -1.11% whose Corvette and Impala typified a confident postwar manufacturing giant; Microsoft, whose technology heralded the arrival of the personal computer and the early Internet age; and International Business Machines Corp., IBM -0.92% whose buttoned-down rigor inspired rivals to reach for greatness. "It is one of those iconic

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First Mover: David Wertheimer

August 20, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Age 44 New gig President, digital, Fox Broadcasting Company Old gig CEO, Entertainment Technology Center, USC So you’re Fox’s digital guru. Shouldn’t that make you want to step up your Twitter game? I mean, 39 tweets? Obviously, I spend a huge amount of time working with our team on what we want to do with social media. But it’s not about me—it’s about getting people to engage on another level with the shows, the characters and the network itself. I think putting myself in the center of the conversation would take something away from how I think about my job. But I do monitor my feed very closely. It’s like listening in on a great watercooler conversation. How do platforms like Twitter change the rules of the linear TV game? Viewers fundamentally want to have a more social experience around television, they want to react to what they’re watching in real time and share their thoughts with their friends. The more conversation there is around the shows, the more people will want to watch live TV. As was the case with American Idol , which was an inherently social show even before the advent of Twitter. So the allure of watching live is being part of a national conversation? It’s no accident that we’re No. 1 on the social media network. And a big part of our strategic thinking is devising new ways to engage people at the time of a show’s airing. We set social TV records with the American Idol finale this year, and now even some of our scripted series, like New Girl , have moments that people just want to talk about as they are happening

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Revolving Door: Yahoo Departures Begin, Even as Mayer’s Team Still TBD

August 3, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

After former interim CEO Ross Levinsohn departed Yahoo earlier this week, I noted that it was only a matter of time before more execs headed out the door with the changeover to new leader and former Googler Marissa Mayer. So it is written, so it shall be done, it seems, with two significant departures from the company this week — with one tech exec going to Apple and another product exec headed to an interesting new online education initiative. According to several sources, Adam Bechtel — who has been the VP of infrastructure at Yahoo — will be leaving for an unspecified job at Apple. At Yahoo, Bechtel was essentially the No. 2 exec under tech, platform and ops head David Dibble and had purview over its data centers, network, systems, storage and edge technologies. He joined Yahoo almost a decade ago, via its acquisition of Inktomi. Also out the Yahoo door is Jonathan Katzman, a product ace who led social initiatives across Yahoo. He was a key driver of its most notably successful product in a while, Social Bar, which has become one of the most popular apps on Facebook for sharing. Katzman came to Yahoo after its acquired Xoopit — an email-focused sharing product — in 2009.

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Exclusive: Could Jon Miller’s Digital Future at News Corp. Include a New Investment Fund?

July 18, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

One of the issues that seem to have gotten lost in the complex transaction that will ultimately break apart News Corp. into two separate entities — an entertainment company and a publishing one — is the fate of its overall digital strategy in the new paradigm. That arena for the media behemoth is now being headed by Jon Miller, the longtime Internet exec and investor, who was hired by the media giant in 2009 as chief digital officer to lead its tech and online initiatives. His job has encompassed everything from his failed effort to revive its once mighty Myspace property to selling it and other properties off to working on its Hulu partnership. Miller has also been active in China, looking for digital investment opportunities for News Corp.

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TiVo to buy TRA in $20M TV-analytics deal

TiVo to buy TRA in $20M TV-analytics deal

July 18, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

TiVo Inc. TIVO +0.25% agreed to acquire advertising analytics company TRA Inc. in a $20 million cash deal that is expected to boost TiVo's position in the television analytics business. TRA is a media marketing and analytics software company whose web-based platform matches the TV advertising households receive with the products those same households buy. TRA has more than 45 brand clients and 27 network clients including CBS Corp. (CBS), A&E Television Networks and Procter & Gamble Co. (PG). The new unit will be called TiVo Research and Analytics, and the deal is expected to close in July. The digital-video-recorder company expects

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Twitter CEO says company has 'a truckload of money'

Twitter CEO says company has ‘a truckload of money’

July 11, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Dick Costolo said the short message social network has a "truckload of money in the bank" and would remain a private company for as long as it wants. In an interview with Los Angeles Times staff members on Tuesday, Costolo reiterated that the company has no reason to go public. The market for initial public offerings, especially in the wake of Facebook Inc.’s fiasco, has been weak. “We are going to remain private as long as we want,” he said. “I like being private for all sorts of reasons. It allows us to think about the business and the

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Patent ‘Troll’ Tactics Spread

July 9, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Technology companies used to condemn what critics call “patent trolls,” ventures that profit from innovations they themselves often had no hand in creating. Now, some of those companies are taking pages from the trolls’ playbooks. To bring in extra cash, some big names in the tech industry are spinning off their patents into separate entities, with the aim of pressuring other companies to license the technology and suing when they can’t reach deals. Read the rest of this post on the original site > >

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ScraperWiki Tries to Turn Journalists Into Hackers

June 23, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

More and more, regular people are learning how to program: CodeAcademy is drawing hundreds of thousands of students; hackathons have become a seemingly everyday happening across tech-savvy cities like San Francisco; and now some are even calling for children to learn to program in elementary school. So, are journalists setting themselves up to get left behind by technology again? Not this weekend, at least. At the offices of the San Francisco Chronicle, a hackathon called NewsHack Day kicked off yesterday with a day-long session aimed at teaching reporters how to scrape data for their stories. Led primarily by ScraperWiki’s Thomas Levine, attendees got a crash course in how to find and pull down data, clean it up, and apply it to projects. “Computers can do anything that a team of interns can do,” Levine said. My project? Instantly scraping Securities and Exchange Commission filings for the “compensation tables” that detail what company execs get each year in salary and perks. Done manually, digging those tables out of multiple documents can be slow, but they often contain interesting insights . Even if some of the drudgery of document-reporting can be outsourced to a computer, though, technical know-how isn’t enough to make a strong story. Levine used a Department of Labor Web page that linked to unions’ collective bargaining agreements as part of his introductory lesson. But, while looking at the site, he said he didn’t know the difference between “private sector” and “public sector” unions

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Exclusive: Facebook CTO Bret Taylor Departs (For Start-Ups Unknown)

June 15, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Facebook’s high-profile CTO Bret Taylor is leaving the Silicon Valley social networking giant later this summer, with future plans to work on an undetermined start-up. The move is likely to be of concern to some over the newly public company’s ability to hold onto entrepreneurial leadership, especially in the wake of continued intense media and investor scrutiny over its rocky IPO last month. That’s especially true since Taylor has been in charge of both platform and mobile efforts at Facebook, a critical arena for it. A pair of Facebook execs under Taylor — Mike Vernal and Cory Ondreijka — will be taking over platform and mobile, respectively. Vernal joined Facebook in 2008 from Microsoft, leading the original Facebook Connect project and also working on platform efforts and the development of Open Graph. Ondrejka arrived at the company in 2010 through the acquisition of Walletin and have previously worked at Linden Labs on Second Life. While well qualified, they have big shoes to fill. Named to CTO two years ago, Taylor has also been a strong public figure at Facebook events, including its recent developers conference. And he was front and center at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this week at the announcement of Facebook integration into its newest iOS. In an interview today, Taylor said that he understands that his departure will be perceived as a disruption, although he noted that Facebook had a deep bench of talented technical staff under the leadership of CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. “I had always been upfront with Mark that I eventually wanted to do another start-up,” he said. “And we felt now is the best time after the IPO and the launch of some recent things for me to do that.” That includes the Apple deal, Facebook Camera and also its App Center , which helps user find mobile and desktop apps their friend like. Facebook is also reportedly working on a major effort to create its own smartphone, a project known as “Buffy.” Taylor, who had previously worked at Google, has a strong start-up background. He left the search giant to found FriendFeed, a once-popular social aggregator. FriendFeed was acquired by Facebook in 2009. Noting that his time at Facebook “has been the among the most fulfilling times of my career,” Taylor said that his departure was only part of life as usual in Silicon Valley. “Cross-pollination among companies is what drives so much of innovation, so I would not project a lot onto this event,” he said. “I am really confident that the mobile and platform leaders at Facebook can deliver what needs to be done.” When asked about the worries he had for the company, Taylor said the challenge of becoming public was top of mind internally. “We are dealing with the cultural change of increasing attention, from going from a private company with a lot of scrutiny to a public company with a lot more scrutiny,” he said. But he maintained that Facebook’s ability to remain nimble as it grew was strong, noting that the tech side continues to work in small teams.

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