Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 24, 2014 03:58 PM
Ahead of his keynote address at Mobile World Congress, Mark Zuckerberg called his $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp a "great fit" with Facebook, being that the two have a "shared goal to help connect everyone in the world."
In line with that goal, Zuckerberg’s broader agenda in Barcelona includes stumping for Internet.org, the consortium that Facebook launched in Aug. 2013 along with founding partners Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung, to overcome barriers to global Internet access.
Facebook announced that it is collaborating with Ericsson on an Internet.org Innovation Lab, which will open in late 2014 and be based on Facebook's Menlo Park, Calif. campus. The lab will test multiple networking environments in one location, as the world today connects on a variety of mobile operating systems with varying Internet speeds from 2G to WiFi. Internet.org is also teaming up with Unilever to assess the impact of Internet access in rural communities in India, where just 13 percent of the population is connected.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 24, 2014 09:14 AM
Mobile World Congress gets underway in Barcelona, as Nokia unveils its first Android phone, Samsung drops Android for its new smartwatch, Mozilla promises to deliver a $25 smartphone and Sony tries to crack smartphone market.
Honda appoints first woman to its board and starts making Fit cars in Mexico.
Barnes & Noble sees conditional acquisition offer.
Apple and Samsung fail to settle US patent case.
Best Buy and JCPenney will be reporting earnings this week, hoping to show signs of turnaround.
Brahma finds unique way to merge soccer and beer in Brazil.
Budweiser launches special-edition World Cup bottle.
CNN pulls the plug on Piers Morgan primetime show.
Ford reportedly swaps Microsoft for BlackBerry in Sync.
Glanbia may be trying to acquire Muscle Milk parent CytoSport.
Jaguar Land Rover presses dealers for customer data.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on February 20, 2014 06:44 PM
Mobile World Congress, the largest annual event of its kind showcasing mobile innovations, will once again take place in Barcelona from Feb. 24-27. While Samsung was arguably the dominant player at last year's event and will surely be prominent again, old names like LG and Nokia, and newer ones like Huawei and Lenovo, are likely to steal some of the spotlight at this year's MWC. Wearables are also expected to play a leading role.
Samsung's big splash, via a promotion it has named "Unpacked 5," is expected to be the announcement of the Galaxy S5, which may well include the unveiling of the next iteration of Galaxy Gear, the wearable smartwatch that competitors are now trying to match. In fact, according to Bloomberg, HTC, the Taiwanese smartphone maker that has been battered by declining sales, is rumored to be demonstrating a smartwatch, "the first of three wearable devices," at MWC.
Not to be outdone, the Chinese company Huawei released a teaser video that offers glimpses of a few spiffy tablets and a smartphone with Siri-like intelligence. Rumored but unconfirmed is Huawei's introduction of a smartwatch as well. Smartphone manufacturer ZTE said last November it would launch a smartwatch in 2014 but was not expected to have one available at MWC.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 11, 2014 09:22 AM
Nokia releases first Android phone as Microsoft deal finalizes.
Taco Bell gears up for mobile ordering nationwide.
P&G raises prices on higher-end Tide versions.
Alibaba opens US e-commerce site.
Ameriprise jumps on Olympics bandwagon with Tommy Lee Jones.
Barclays plans to axe up to 12,000 jobs.
Bloomberg plans splashier storytelling on TV.
Boeing faces challenges in raising Dreamliner output.
Coke launches special edition Sochi cans across Eastern Europe.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 31, 2014 02:53 PM
It's been nearly six months since Microsoft launched its CEO search and announced that Steve Ballmer would be stepping down. And while months of rumors have led industry analyts to mull who might fill the seat, from Ford CEO Alan Mulally to Ericsson's CEO Hans Vestberg, it seems a candidate has finally been confirmed.
According to reports, Satya Nadella, who leads Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group, is now the internal frontrunner, with a possible announcement coming in early February, according to Re/code. That doesn't mean that Nadella is the only remaining candidate, however. According to reporting (that's been disputed) by SiliconANGLE, Google SVP of Chrome and Apps, Sundar Pichai, is still being wooed by Microsoft's board.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 27, 2014 04:52 PM
Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer is headed for an early retirement at 57, but he's getting out while he's on top.
In the quarter that ended Dec. 31, Microsoft’s revenue went up 14 percent to a record $24.5 billion, Bloomberg reports. All this while personal computer sales continue to diminish and amid a vast company reorganization including its merger with Nokia's mobile unit. The quarter's boost was tied to the successful launch of its Xbox One gaming system as well as web-based software such as Azure and Office 365, which sold more than double the amount than that sold in the same quarter a year earlier.
The cloud appears to be a major new battleground for Microsoft. According to Arstechnica, Amazon recently announced that it would cut the prices of its S3 and EBS cloud-based storage, to which Microsoft responded by announcing it would cut its cloud storage prices as well. Microsoft also benefitted from a sales boost of its Surface tablets, which saw sales double from the first quarter of the fiscal year.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 23, 2014 09:22 AM
McDonald's brings in outsider as new CMO and ends "challenging year" with flat quarterly earnings, as it comes under tax scrutiny in France.
Rovio wants to be a bigger brand than Coca-Cola.
Goodyear and workers end fight in France.
AOL buys firm that personalizes web searches.
Arby's promotes variety with new ad strategy and calls new Smokehouse Brisket sandwich its most successful new product.
Boeing adds workers to boost Dreamliner production.
Kenny Chesney sues over unauthorized merchandise.
Chili's introduces Fresh Mex menu.
Coach reports weak North American sales.
Darden defends Red Lobster spinoff plan amid investor resistance.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 16, 2013 09:14 AM
Amazon faces globalization of its wage dispute in Germany and experiments with delivery of large box of CPGs.
Michelin recalls 1.2 million tires.
Mercedes-Benz warns dealers of tight CLA supplies as it moves new C-Class further up-market.
AB InBev finds less is more in growing Goose Island cult brand.
Airbnb launches first national ad campaign.
Baidu adds warnings as regulators focus on Chinese stocks.
Beyonce may be blazing new marketing trail with quiet album launch.
BlackBerry edges closer to corporate abyss.
Chili's launches delivery for orders of $125 and up.
Detroit Lions urge downtown businesses to light themselves blue for Monday Night Football.
Evian fields viral baby video.
Fiat-Chrysler successor to CEO Sergio Marchionne remains vague.Continue reading...