Tyler Mittleman

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Crowdfunded Ubuntu Phone Will Be A Big Success, Even If It Never Happens

Another day, another healthy dose of press attention for the Ubuntu Edge. This non-existent smartphone is still just a glint in the eye of its originator, billionaire and Forbes disruptor Mark Shuttleworth, but it’s back in the headlines after receiving an $80,000 crowdfunding investment from …

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Smashburger Founder Attributes Success To Unorthodox Marketing Strategy

Founder Tom Ryan told Nation's Restaurant News the fast-casual chain's success can be attributed to an unconventional marketing philosophy that relies heavily on social media and old-fashioned word of mouth.<p>Ryan said the chain still uses some radio and television advertising.<p>But Smashburger focuses …


The Rest Of JC Penney Board Blasts Bill Ackman: Firing Our CEO Is 'Disruptive And Counterproductive'

Unfortunately, now it seems like the rest of the company's board feels that Ackman, who owns 17.74% of the retailer, spoke too soon.<p>Bloomberg reports that the rest of the board does not agree with Ackman's decision to fire CEO Mike Ullman after just 4 months, and that they're pushing back.<p>"His …

Bill Ackman

Ford has a problem that most companies would kill to have

Four years after narrowly averting bankruptcy, Ford finds itself facing a far more desirable problem: Demand is outstripping its production capacity in the US.<p>Ford clocked its best July sales since 2006, with deliveries up 11% from a year ago to 193,715 vehicles. But the company said sales of …

General Motors

Chinese trademark trolls made Apple pay up. Now they’re shaking down Tesla

Looks like Tesla is having Apple’s deja vu over trademark lawsuits in China. An opportunistic trademark troll bought the rights to “Tesla” and is fighting the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company off.<p>Tesla is seemingly in a trademark tussle with Zhan Baosheng, according to Chinese publication Want China …

‘Bitcoin is a currency’: Federal judge says the virtual cash is real money

Is the "online crypto-currency" Bitcoin money like dollars or is it no more the business of government regulators than virtual gold pieces in an online game? A federal judge may have ended the controversy with an opinion issued in a Bitcoin-related fraud case — and the verdict is: It's money.<p>The …