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Will Android Capture First Place?

Filed in Apple, E Reader, Google, lead, o, South African Gold by on February 15, 2011 0 Comments
Will Android Capture First Place?

Filed under: Internet , Competitive Strategy , Google (GOOG) , Smartphones , Technology If we look back to the days of the search engine revolution, Google ( GOOG) built not only the most powerful search engine, but a business model based on that search engine that has made the company No. 1 in that category. The company is on the move again — and Google’s Android is leading the way. Google sees the next leg of the Internet revolution in the smart phone, tablet and e-reader market — and there’s already a fierce battle raging. Google’s Android is making inroads into the iPhone turf. How deep is the penetration? Singapore research firm Canalys said, ” Google shipped twice as many devices as Apple’s iPhone. in the fourth quarter,” capturing 33% of shipments, up from 8.7% a year ago. Continue reading Will Android Capture First Place? Will Android Capture First Place? originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Tue, 15 Feb 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Microsoft and Nokia Join to Build a New Smartphone

Filed in Apple, Google, ipad, Microsoft, New Gold, Nokia, o, South African Gold, Spot Gold by on February 13, 2011 0 Comments
Microsoft and Nokia Join to Build a New Smartphone

Filed under: Competitive Strategy , Microsoft (MSFT) , Nokia Corp. (NOK) , Smartphones This is probably one of the most interesting stories of the Internet revolution. Microsoft ( MSFT ) jumped out the starting gate with its Windows operating system and took the world by storm. Then for some unknown reason, Microsoft missed the entire search engine revolution and Google ( GOOG ) raced to first place. Now Microsoft has again missed the next leg — the iPhone and iPad revolution, and Apple ( AAPL ) holds first place in this segment. Nokia ( NOK ) was a pioneer in the smartphone revolution, but with Apple’s drive to the top, Nokia lost its momentum. Once Nokia had 50% of the handset market . Now that share has fallen to just 29%. It’s hard to believe but Microsoft has only 2% of the global phone software market. Continue reading Microsoft and Nokia Join to Build a New Smartphone Microsoft and Nokia Join to Build a New Smartphone originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Sun, 13 Feb 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Nokia, Microsoft Announce Strategic Smartphone Alliance (NOK, MSFT)

Filed in Apple, ceo, dividend, Gold Investing, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, o, shares by on February 11, 2011 0 Comments

Mobile phone maker Nokia Corporation ( NOK ) and software giant Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) on Friday announced a pact to team up against rivals Apple ( AAPL ) and Google ( GOOG ), who are thus far winning the smartphone race hands-down. In pursuant to the deal, Nokia will utilize Microsoft’s Windows Phone software as the platform for its mobile phones, marking a monumental shift from the Finnish company’s prior strategy of programming the operating system for its own devices. The move comes just days after a leaked internal Nokia memo from CEO Stephen Elop, in which he warned his employees the company was simply being outdone by its mobile phone competitors. Elop didn’t say when the first Nokia device running on Windows Phone software would ship, but did note that the company would not abandon its trademark Symbian operating system, nor the new Meego platform it’s currently developing. Nokia shares plunged $1.08, or -10%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Nokia ( NOK ) have a 4.78% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $10.88. Shares of Microsoft ( MSFT ) have a 2.33% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $27.50. Nokia Corporation ( NOK ) and Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) are both rated “Neutral,” holding Dividend.com DARS™ Ratings of 3.1 and 3.4 out of 5 stars, respectively. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Market Wrap-Up for Feb.9 (RL, DIS, AGU, IR, CSC, NYX, NOK, AAPL, more)

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was on the hot seat today as he gave his annual Washington presentations. With the markets being significantly higher than they were this time last year, he was certainly feeling better about some of the recent data. Some of his statements pointed to increased evidence that a self-sustaining recovery in consumer and business spending may be taking hold. Also, real consumer spending rose at an annual rate of more than 4 percent in the fourth quarter. There is no question that we have been seeing economic stabilization, and the markets have certainly been pricing stocks as if the lift can be sustained. We actually made some ratings changes this morning, removing four names from our recommended list. We continue to see opportunities in the market, but we are also aware that some names may just not have the risk/reward profile we are searching for, so we need to make changes when we see fit. You can check out the post if you did not read the e-mail alert we sent out to Dividend.com Premium members earlier. The markets were moving sideways early on, but some sellers did show up in certain areas, especially the commodity names. Earnings were in play today with buyers jumping at positive news from Polo Ralph Lauren ( RL ), Walt Disney ( DIS ), Syngenta ( SYT ) and Agrium ( AGU ). On the flip side, it wasn’t a great day for shares of Computer Sciences ( CSC ) or Ingersoll-Rand ( IR ) following both companies’ less-than-stellar results. Also, shares of NYSE Euronext ( NYX ) were halted for some time, but then popped higher when the stock was released for trading on reports the exchange was involved in merger talks with the Deutsche Börse. Interesting story making the rounds this morning about Nokia’s ( NOK ) CEO sending out a reality check memo overnight to everyone in the company. The memo details how the company has lost its way, with rivals Apple ( AAPL ) and Google ( GOOG ) eating their lunch. It’s a real admission that change needs to happen quickly or the company’s future could quickly dim further. I couldn’t help but think of how this relates to the many people that still today have not taken the financial steps to safeguard their later years (whether you are 5,10,20,or 30 …

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Market Wrap-Up for Feb.8 (MCD, CL, AET, CLX, AVP, more)

The second interest rate hike in China in less than a month is being digested by Wall Street right now with a ho-hum reaction this morning. At some point the market will begin paying a bit more attention. With numerous M&A deals still being announced, and IPOs lining up on the runway, we’re not sure when the buying streak will begin to ease up, but we are carefully examining possible scenarios. Gold prices seem to be perking up today, as the last four months have been nothing but sideways action. At some point soon, we will see either a coiled spring effect and higher prices, or impatient investors heading for the exits. Elsewhere in the markets, shares of McDonald’s ( MCD ) got a nice boost from solid January sales. Colgate-Palmolive ( CL ) was also rallying on some takeover rumblings. Aetna ( AET ) and Clorox ( CLX ) had some decent buying following positive analyst comments. Avon Products ( AVP ) went in the opposite direction following lackluster earnings results. I was reading numerous accounts of AOL’s acquisition of the popular news site The Huffington Post yesterday. I tend to pay attention to what is happening in the web media space closely, as our firm is often grouped into that space, since “.com” is part of our brand. You have to question the uncanny love that is expressed for the deal, with the word “innovation” being tossed around in seemingly every other compliment. Sorry, but what is innovative about having 6000 contributors writing free content for your website, as Ms. Huffington managed to achieve? The company does only have 200 employees and can be described as lean and mean, but innovative? I’ve also seen a lot of insults leveled toward “old media” (newspapers, magazines) regarding their new goals of putting up so-called “pay walls” (which just means you charge users to access your content). If I were running the New York Times or any other major paper, I would’ve put some sort of pay wall up years ago. Why charge for a print version and give it away online for free! The lack of vision has costs thousands and thousands of jobs in the newspaper and magazine industries. Some people may say “who cares, it’s free now, I can get the same information anywhere on the web.” I don’t know about you, but reading articles created by content farms that pay writers $3 a post (if that) isn’t exactly very appealing. Unfortunately, that’s the direction that many online media plays are heading. I am not going to knock Arianna Huffington and her major payday, but at the end of the day, it wasn’t so much about innovation, as it …

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Research In Motion (Nasdaq:RIMM) to Gain Market Share of Nokia (NYSE:NOK)

Research In Motion (Nasdaq:RIMM) is about to benefit from Nokia (NYSE:NOK) losing market share from its change in OS strategy, according to Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS). Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha said, “Regardless of the OS that is chosen by Nokia, we expect the company will face a period of significant disruption as i) product introductions slow, ii) carrier promotions stall, and iii)

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Weekend: Tomorrow’s News Today

Welcome to the Wealth Daily Weekend Edition — our insights from the week in investing and links to our most-read Wealth Daily and sister publication articles. As the markets continue to feed the bulls with yet another push to the upside, it’s but a sideshow to the world’s entrepreneurs. Deaf to market chatter, they simply go about their work as the talking heads on CNBC like Cramer and Maria take it all into overdrive. And while the markets matter in the grand scheme of things, to the truly creative types, it only provides a faint background noise. Instead, they are busy doing what they have always done: pushing their dreams down the unknown road. As always, the ascent of man reaches for a higher place. That’s why the future is so hard to predict. Innovation alters the world in ways we don’t always expect. So what can we look forward to over the course of the next five years? Advertisement The Biggest Investment of the 21st Century It’s called the smart grid… and it’s about to revolutionize the way we use our electricity. GE and Google have already committed billions to this technology… But a handful of “super-ups” are poised to dominate this $297 billion/year industry… Get their names and ticker symbols here. According to IBM’s (NYSE: IBM ) latest “Five in Five,” technology will change people’s lives in the following ways… 1. You’ll beam up your friends in 3D. In the next five years, 3D interfaces (like those in the movies) will let you interact with 3D holograms of your friends in real time. Movies and TVs are already moving to 3D, and as 3D and holographic cameras get more sophisticated and miniaturized to fit into cell phones, you will be able to interact with photos, browse the Web, and chat with your friends in entirely new ways. 2. Batteries will breathe air to power our devices. In the next five years, scientific advances in transistors and battery technology will allow your devices to last about 10 times longer than they do today. And better yet, in some cases, …

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Yahoo! Still Trying to Play Catch Up

Yahoo! Still Trying to Play Catch Up

Filed under: Earnings Reports , Forecasts , Internet , Yahoo! (YHOO) Yahoo is still trying to play catch up. Helped by cost cuts, Yahoo! ( YHOO ) posted late Tuesday fourth quarter income of $312 million, or 24 cents a share, more than double last year’s income of $153 million, or 11 cents a share, according to the Wall Street Journal . Revenue fell 12% to $1.53 billion from $1.73 billion. Net revenue, which excludes commissions paid to partners, fell 4% in the quarter to $1.22 billion from $1.26 billion in the year ago period. Excluding the Microsoft ( MSFT ) impact and certain divestitures, revenue grew by 2% in the quarter. Continue reading Yahoo! Still Trying to Play Catch Up Yahoo! Still Trying to Play Catch Up originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Read  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Weekend: A Digital Pearl Harbor

Welcome to the Wealth Daily Weekend Edition — our insights from the week in investing and links to our most-read Wealth Daily and sister publication articles. From Sun Tzu to “Stormin’ Norman” Schwarzkopf, the goal of every military commander has always been pretty simple: to kill people and break things. Beat the other guy, and your name will find its way into the history books… The only thing that changes is the technology. From the longbow to the ballistic missile, the arms race is one that never sleeps. One of the fastest growing fronts in this struggle is in cyberspace. Today’s style of combat is geek versus geek. But don’t believe for a second that it’s not just as dangerous… Because while it doesn’t involve tanks or fighter squadrons, cyberwar’s ability to disrupt an enemy is just as effective, and often equally destructive. It’s war by other means — one that focuses on using computer code to strike an enemy’s Achilles’ heel. Full-scale cyberwar The recent discovery of a computer worm called Stuxnet is a perfect example of the damage a hacker armed with code can create. Using the “most advanced and aggressive malware in history,” cyberwarriors have now set Iran’s nuclear ambitions back by two years, according to most estimates. (Not surprisingly, Israel and the United States are at the top of the suspect list.) The worm itself attacked controllers critical to operations at Natanz, a sprawling enrichment site in Iran’s desert. As operators stared blankly at their screens, the bug’s centrifuges spun wildly out of control, tearing systems apart. “This was nearly as effective as a military strike, but even better since there are no fatalities and no full-blown war. From a military perspective, this was a huge success,” said Ralph Langer, a top German Security expert. “It will take two years for Iran to get back on track.” This is only the latest cyber skirmish… Back in 2007, Estonia fell victim to what Wired Magazine dubbed “Web War One”. Hounded by three weeks of digital assaults, Estonia’s electronic Maginot Line proved as feeble as the original. The country’s firewalls withered as a flood of data sent by the nation’s unknown opponents quickly crashed one system after another, crippling numerous vital public services. Websites of government ministries, banks, and newspapers all fell victim. And while the rest of the world watched the attacks with a combination of curiosity and indifference, military planners…

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Facebook Raises Another $1 Billion From Outside US

Facebook adding another $1 billion to its latest round of funding, to bring the total to $1.5 billion, and valuing the company at $50 billion. That includes the approximate $500 million Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) and Digital Sky Technologies invested in Facebook in December. While some like to make a big deal about Facebook having a market value higher than eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) and Yahoo (NASDAQ:

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The New Leaders in Mobile

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The New Leaders in Mobile

Mobile is set for another big year in 2011, but the hierarchy of tech giants is shifting. A year ago, Android was just a promising upstart in the sector. RIMM was barely holding its own, while NOK and PALM/HP were struggling. Motorola was showing signs of life, as it looked like their bet on Android might pay off. Apple, of course, was undisputed king of smart devices. Fast forward to today, and this chart by Millennial Media says it all: They’ve got a ways to go yet, but Google is starting to run away with this one. Wildly profitable Apple shares are up more than 3500% over the last 10 years. As long as we’re cherry-picking dates, from September 1985 until today, AAPL shares notched up 18,885% gains. Mr. Jobs and his team have shown us just how profitable gadgets can be, but the stock’s run is getting long in the tooth. In July of 2010, I proposed Apple is at or near its peak for this cycle. I may have been a little early — I did mention that only a madman would short it — but I stand by the theory. Why? For years, AAPL had the only “fun” smart phone on the market. This is no longer the case. Android is a game-changer. In the long run, increased competition will compress margins and reduce Apple’s piece of the pie (yes, the pie itself is growing larger). No company stays Wall Street’s darling forever. Upside in AAPL…

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Google (Nasdaq:GOOG) Widens Search Lead Over Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT), Yahoo (Nasdaq:YHOO) in December Says ComScore

According to comScore Inc., Google (Nasdaq:GOOG) has widened their lead in search for the U.S. market in December over competitors Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT) and Yahoo (Nasdaq:YHOO). The conclusion is based on what is called “explicit core” Internet search in the U.S., and not overall core search. In overall core search, Google was flat, coming in at 64.3 percent, while the combined total of

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