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Apple, closer to its vision for a TV set, wants ESPN, HBO, Viacom, and others to come along

Years of halting negotiations with cable companies haven’t gotten Apple much closer to its grand vision for television. But a newer strategy of talking directly to content providers seems more promising.<p>Apple is negotiating with production studios and networks to provide content for a television …

Televisions

Hewlett-Packard’s biggest “innovation” is its plan for managed retreat

Hewlett-Packard, the once-great technology giant that practically invented Silicon Valley startup culture, is just about done making disastrous decisions that threaten its entire business. (Decisions like its ill-starred acquisition of software company Autonomy, whose value HP then had to write …

Wall Street

Yahoo Is The Number One US Website Again, Beating Google

This is an interesting little number showing that something is going right at Yahoo. The latest Comscore numbers show that it’s the leading destination for US based internet users once again.<p>OK, that’s interesting in itself, that the various things Yahoo has been doing recently have propelled it up …

America's Imperial Disdain For the Emerging World

As the BRICs and other developing economies stumble, there is strange and widespread assumption that emerging markets are helpless without the West. The opposite might be true.<p>August this year has been exceptionally unkind to the emerging world. We know that Egypt has been plunged into political …

Retailers, Take Note: Young Shoppers Don’t Care About Owning Your Stuff

Unlike Boomers and GenX consumers, millenials have a different understanding of possessions. A new report reveals how “instant ownership” is losing out to the “unlimited options” of online shopping.<p>A quarter century ago, Russell Belk introduced the concept of the extended self in<br>a paper published …

The seven-point plan to save Microsoft, as told by veterans who abandoned the company

Yesterday Quartz outlined the reasons for Microsoft’s “lost decade.” But now that CEO Steve Ballmer is on his way out, it’s time to talk about the way forward.<p>The web is already full of experienced Microsoft watchers’ opinions. Some of them, like IDC analyst Al Hilwa’s dive into how Microsoft needs …

Windows Phone

'Made in USA' on the rise as manufacturing costs drop

Americans may be fond of lamenting the decline of the country's economic clout and the flood of "Made in China" goods, but they may soon have to find something else to complain about.<p>According to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the U.S. is fast becoming one of the lowest-cost countries for …

Manufacturing

Google stagnant as Facebook picks up pace in mobile ads

The social network is doing a better job than Google at capitalizing on a burgeoning mobile ad market, according to the latest projections from eMarketer.<p>When it comes to digital advertising, it's Google's game to lose. But challenger Facebook is putting up a good fight, particularly on mobile …

Digital Advertising

Google Exec's Departure Marks Key Moment For Chinese Mobile Vendors

You may not have heard of Xiaomi, but the company has just typified the growing ambitions of Chinese smartphone manufacturers with a new, big hire.<p>It has poached Hugo Barra, Android’s vice president of product management, away from Google to help lead its international expansion plans.<p>Barra …