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July 31, 2012
14:51 // 1 year ago
July 30, 2012
They’re more in a dictatorship mode where they say, ‘This is what you have to do or you don’t get the iPhone.’ Being arrogant with your partners in big markets doesn’t pay off.
Vasyl Latsanych, Vice President of Marketing at Russian mobile carrier OAO Mobile TeleSystems • Offering his employers’ explanation for the iPhone’s extremely high price — which have reportedly topped $1000 at times — compared to other smartphones available in Russia. As the author also notes, the majority Russian consumers do not sign long term contracts for mobile service, removing any incentive for carriers themselves to help subsidize the high cost of some devices. Think this is the sort of thing investor’s were worried about last week when asking Apple CEO Tim Cook about entry barriers in emerging marketssource (viafollow)
21:24 // 1 year ago
July 12, 2012
New York-based Betaworks set to purchase Digg’s remaining assets
The Wall Street Journal reports the price tag being in the vicinity of $500,000, but TechCrunch is already disputing that figure. That’s pretty low considering that a Business Week report infamously valued the company over $200 million six years ago. According to the report, Betaworks will fold Digg into News.me but will not retain any members of the Digg staff who still remain after the mass exodus to The Washington Post Company’s Social Code in May. (big hat tip to MartinezReport for the tip) source
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The Wall Street Journal reports the price tag being in the vicinity of $500,000, but TechCrunch is already disputing that figure. That’s pretty low considering that a Business Week report infamously valued the company over $200 million six years ago. According to the report, Betaworks will fold Digg into News.me but will not retain any members of the Digg staff who still remain after the mass exodus to The Washington Post Company’s Social Code in May. (big hat tip to MartinezReport for the tip) source

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18:15 // 1 year ago
AMC offers livestream of Breaking Bad premiere for Dish customers
While VH1 was busy  reviving Pop-Up Video to blast DirecTV over the decision to drop Viacom channels, AMC decided to let an extremely persuasive chemistry teacher from Albuquerque do the talking. This Sunday, when the fifth and final season of Breaking Bad premieres, DISH subscribers who currently cannot access AMC will be able to watch a live stream of the episode on the network’s website. How’s that for appealing directly to the consumer? source
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While VH1 was busy reviving Pop-Up Video to blast DirecTV over the decision to drop Viacom channels, AMC decided to let an extremely persuasive chemistry teacher from Albuquerque do the talking. This Sunday, when the fifth and final season of Breaking Bad premieres, DISH subscribers who currently cannot access AMC will be able to watch a live stream of the episode on the network’s website. How’s that for appealing directly to the consumer? source

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14:49 // 1 year ago
July 11, 2012
Guess which cable news network is getting two Christmases?
The End of an Era: Although Microsoft abandoned MSNBC’s cable-news network back in 2005, the company has maintained a partnership with NBC in relation to MSNBC.com. Now, The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz is reporting that NBC is set to purchase Microsoft’s share of the news site and plans to rebrand it as NBCNews.com. Chief executive Charlie Tillinghast is expected to remain in his position, though he and roughly 300 other employees will likely move off of Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington campus. No word on how this might affect affiliated sites like Newsvine or BreakingNews. source
(Update: TVNewser has taken exception to Kurtz’s claims of having any sort of “exclusive” regarding the future of MSNBC. Kurtz has responded on Twitter, telling followers that “Obviously there’s been reporting that NBC-Microsoft divorce might happen, but the news is it actually *is* happening.”)
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The End of an Era: Although Microsoft abandoned MSNBC’s cable-news network back in 2005, the company has maintained a partnership with NBC in relation to MSNBC.com. Now, The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz is reporting that NBC is set to purchase Microsoft’s share of the news site and plans to rebrand it as NBCNews.com. Chief executive Charlie Tillinghast is expected to remain in his position, though he and roughly 300 other employees will likely move off of Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington campus. No word on how this might affect affiliated sites like Newsvine or BreakingNews. source

(Update: TVNewser has taken exception to Kurtz’s claims of having any sort of “exclusive” regarding the future of MSNBC. Kurtz has responded on Twitter, telling followers that “Obviously there’s been reporting that NBC-Microsoft divorce might happen, but the news is it actually *is* happening.”)

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15:31 // 1 year ago
July 3, 2012

Last month, an unknown culprit posted fliers advertising a new Taco Bell location that would be opening in the relatively-small Alaskan town of Bethel. After a few weeks of speculation, the company responsible for managing Alaskan Taco Bell locations denied that the fast-food chain would be coming to town. In a surprising move, after senior executives got word of the prank, the company flew in a Taco Bell taco truck loaded with enough ingredients to make 10,000 Doritos Locos tacos. source

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17:26 // 1 year ago
July 2, 2012
15:39 // 1 year ago
June 28, 2012
16:05 // 1 year ago
June 20, 2012
We never talked about him going back to Iran or anything like that. He was just speaking full-fledged Farsi and the representative came back and denied our sale. I would say if you’re trying to buy an iPhone, don’t tell them anything about Iran.
Atlanta resident Zack Jafarzadeh • Commenting on a recent trip to the Apple Store in Atlanta’s Perimeter Mall, when a friend wanted to purchase a new iPhone. Jafarzadeh’s story came to light after another Apple Store customer, University of Georgia student Sahar Sabet, contacted her local news station after being denied a new iPad for the same reason, citing State Department regulations and the fractured relations between the two countries. (She later got an apology after calling customer service.) Apple has not commented on the policy, or the story, at this time, though two Islamic-American groups have condemned the practice.  source (viafollow)
14:50 // 1 year ago
June 19, 2012
We would get emails after the developer conference from students, 16, 15, 14 years old, saying I already have X number of apps in the app store. I’m a developer. Can I take part in this too?
Apple Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller • Discussing the influx of student iOS and OS X app developers, many of whom have yet to even finish high school, in a new profile by the Wall Street Journal. This year’s WWDC received such high interest from student developers that Apple offered scholarships to 150 interested teens, and also had a “student lounge” available during the conference filled with bean bag chairs and Skittles candy. source (viafollow)
14:39 // 1 year ago