Posts Tagged ‘the-original’

Realities of Performance Appraisal

November 9, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Much has been written recently about performance ratings and management at some large and successful companies. Amazon has surfaced as a company implementing OLRs, organization and leadership reviews, which target the least effective 10% of an organization for appropriate action. Yahoo recently implemented QPRs, quarterly performance reviews, which rates people as “misses” or “occasionally misses” among other ratings. And just so we don’t think this is something unique to tech, every year about this time Wall St firms begin the annual bonus process which is filled with any number of legendary dysfunctions given the massive sums of money in play. Even the Air Force has a legendary process for feedback and appraisal. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Fairfax Financial Discloses BlackBerry Investors

November 7, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Fairfax Financial Holdings disclosed that its partners in a $1 billion investment in struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry include a Qatar-based sovereign-wealth fund and several Canadian investment funds. Fairfax’s regulatory filing Thursday answers some of the questions that have hovered over BlackBerry since it scrapped a monthslong attempt to sell itself on Monday, saying it would continue as a public company with new leadership and the $1 billion investment. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Film Review: ‘The Square’

November 4, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Re-edited and longer by about eight minutes than the original version that premiered at Sundance, Jehane Noujaim's documentary is a commendable yet limited account of post-Revolutionary Cairo.

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Qualcomm in Talks to Join Cerberus and BlackBerry Co-Founders on Possible Bid

November 1, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Qualcomm Inc. is in talks to join a possible bid for BlackBerry Ltd. that is being spearheaded by two of the beleaguered smartphone maker’s co-founders, according to people familiar with the matter. Qualcomm is contemplating joining private-equity Cerberus Capital Management LP, which is also in talks to join Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin, the BlackBerry co-founders who have said they are considering a bid as part of an auction of the company, which is expected to come to a head with a bid deadline Monday. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Sony Struggles to Stay in the Game

November 1, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

In just three months, Sony Corp. went from a company on the mend to one whose recovery is now in serious doubt. Hidekazu Miyahara, an analyst at Marusan Securities, recalls the celebratory mood at Sony’s earnings briefing in Tokyo in late July. The Japanese electronics giant had just reported a net profit for the three months ended June 30 and analysts saw signs of a recovery in Sony’s core electronics operations following restructuring that involved 10,000 layoffs. During the question-and-answer session, another analyst told the executives how excited he was to see the television business finally turn profitable. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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CBS In Talks For ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Spinoff

October 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“How I Met Your Mother” fans may not have to part ways with their beloved series at the end of this final season just yet. Variety has confirmed that CBS is in discussions with 20th Century Fox TV for a spinoff of the comedy, which will offer a femme spin on the original show. As... Read more

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Time for Samsung to Download More Cash

October 26, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

It was another record-breaking profit quarter at Samsung Electronics, but investors remain unimpressed. The stock needs a new catalyst, and more cash payouts to shareholders would do the trick. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Publishing Executive Larry Kirshbaum to Leave Amazon

October 25, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

One of Amazon.com Inc.’s top book publishing executives, Laurence Kirshbaum, will leave early next year, Amazon said, a sign of the difficulties the retailer has had in establishing itself as a major book publisher. Mr. Kirshbaum, 69, has been with Amazon since the summer of 2011, initially as vice president and publisher of Amazon Publishing’s New York office and later as editorial director for imprints on both the east and west coasts. He earlier ran the book operations formerly owned by Time Warner Inc. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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UnitedHealth Unit Tapped to Repair Health-Law Website

October 25, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The Obama administration said Friday it has named a unit of UnitedHealth Group Inc. to oversee repairs to its troubled health-insurance website and for the first time gave a specific estimate — the end of November — for when the site would be fixed. The move followed a congressional hearing Thursday at which contractors for the site said each of their individual parts functioned but no one in the government made sure all of them worked together properly. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services acted as its own systems integrator for the site — an unusual arrangement for such a complex project. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Samsung’s Profit Climbs 26 Percent

October 25, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said its third-quarter net profit rose 26 percent from a year earlier to another record as smartphones and its chip division helped drive earnings. As smartphone margins plateau, Samsung is finding refuge from a cyclical upturn in memory chips. The division’s margins have nearly doubled from a year earlier. The importance of Samsung’s chip unit — composed of memory and logic chips — is being highlighted as it now accounts for roughly one-fifth of its total operating profit. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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