Posts Tagged ‘the-original’

Unpacking Twitter’s Secret IPO Memos With the SEC

December 8, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Twitter has released secret correspondence with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the months leading up to its initial public offering. These memos were kept out of view until today. Overall, the SEC’s feedback provides an interesting look at what it deemed Twitter needed to disclose before going public. On several occasions the SEC pushed Twitter to offer more information. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Amid Drone Talk, Amazon Has Real Robots

December 7, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Amazon got a lot of ink for its sci-fi drone delivery idea this week, but a more real and immediate robot effort underway in the Seattle retailer’s warehouses could save it as much as $916 million a year, according to one analyst. Amazon’s rollout of robots from a company it bought called Kiva Systems — which can shuttle shelves full of merchandise to warehouse workers rather than the other way around — may help pare 20 percent to 40 percent off the typical $3.50 to $3.75 cost of fulfilling a typical order, says Shawn Milne, a Janney Capital Markets analyst in a research note. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Viral Video: Annoying "Friday" YouTube Phenom Is Back With — Wait for It — "Saturday"

December 7, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Rebecca Black vaulted to fame with the viral YouTube hit, “Friday,” the catchy-but-irritating song that eventually petered out. For those who were glad it was gone in favor of the next Web phenom, I am sorry to tell you that Black has taken things 24 hours ahead and is back with, yes , “Saturday.” Hopefully, Sunday will be a day of rest. Here’s the video: And, in case you were not annoyed enough already, here is the original “Friday” song:

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Supreme Court to Weigh Whether Software Is Patentable

December 6, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court will attempt to answer a question that has perplexed the technology industry for decades: When is a piece of software patentable? On Friday, the high court agreed to hear an appeal of a case that has tied lower courts in knots. A May ruling in the case from a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., yielded seven opinions, totaling more than 120 pages, and no clear answer to whether — and when — computer code should get patent protection. Read the rest of this post on the original site » ,

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FCC Will Delay Spectrum Auction Until 2015

December 6, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The Federal Communications Commission said Friday it has delayed until 2015 the timeline for a planned reverse auction of TV airwaves, a decision that reflects the commission’s intent on getting the complex proceeding right. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler published a blog post announcing the FCC’s decision to delay the auction, after the commission previously set a goal of carrying out the auction next year. “I believe we can conduct a successful auction in the middle of 2015,” Mr. Wheeler said. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Apple, China Mobile Sign Deal to Offer iPhone

December 5, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

China Mobile has signed a long-awaited deal with Apple to offer iPhones on its network, a person familiar with the situation said, an arrangement that would give the U.S. technology giant a big boost in the world’s largest mobile market. The rollout of iPhones on the world’s largest mobile carrier by users, with over 700 million subscribers, is expected to start later this month, around the time of a Dec. 18 China Mobile conference in Guangzhou, according to two people familiar with the carrier’s plans. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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As Deadline Expires, Problems Persist With Health Site

December 1, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Technicians in the Washington area raced up to a month-end deadline set by the Obama administration to make the troubled federal insurance website work for a majority of users, but officials acknowledged they still faced a raft of problems that could take weeks or more to fix. By Saturday evening, technicians completed a major hardware upgrade, adding computing, storage and database capacity to their data center, said one person familiar with the situation. “There was a big install and it worked,” the person said. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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On Black Friday, the Real Fight Was Online

November 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Brick-and-mortar retailers mounted a furious defense on Black Friday to head off incursions into one of the industry’s biggest shopping days by such online rivals as Amazon.com. The tactics were evident in stores and on websites as millions of holiday shoppers lined up to spend their dollars on highly touted deals. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Dell Investors Line Up For Court Appraisal

November 27, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Investors with claims on more than 47.5 million Dell Inc. shares have reserved the right to ask a judge to award them more than the buyout price, in the latest example of investors trying to use the courts to nab a better outcome in a deal. The investors, named in a filing by Dell this week in Delaware court, in September voted against the company’s sale to Michael Dell and private-equity firm Silver Lake Partners, and sent a letter to the company preserving their right to seek so-called appraisal of their shares. Most have not yet actually done so. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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23andMe CEO Responds to FDA Warning Letter

November 27, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The head of genetic-test maker 23andMe Inc. responded to a Food and Drug Administration warning letter in a blog post Tuesday night, acknowledging the company was behind schedule in addressing FDA concerns but defending the accuracy and value of the company’s tests. The FDA ordered the Google Inc.-backed company to stop marketing its $99 genetic test in a Nov. 22 letter, saying the company hadn’t secured marketing authorization and expressing concern that inaccurate results could lead consumers to undergo unnecessary health procedures such as breast-cancer surgery. The FDA said 23andMe hadn’t responded to numerous requests for more information, even as the company was launching a national television advertising campaign for the product, which analyzes genetic information from a person’s saliva for clues about disease risk and ancestry. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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