Why a Google-DISH Partnership Makes Sense

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Radio Antenna
All the rumors about Google and DISH Network starting a wireless service together got me thinking about the impact that kind of deal would have. Google likes to invest heavily in its future. When it has a goal, it usually can’t be deterred from achieving it. Just one example: Google+ was launched when Facebook and Twitter already had hundreds of millions of accounts. Analysts are skeptical and the social network has only a reported 170 million users, not near Facebook’s… continue…

SoftBank Will Make Life Interesting for Sprint’s Employees

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Bungee Jumping
Masayoshi Son is back in town. As the second richest man in Japan, 55-year-old Son-San, as he is often called, is an interesting character with a unique business style that I’ve seen up close. Now that his Japanese telecom giant SoftBank has made its move to acquire 70 percent of Sprint, for $20 billion, let’s brace ourselves. In late 1995, the then 38-year-old Son bought the company I worked for, Ziff Davis Publishing (the publisher of PC Magazine and many… continue…

Can Microsoft’s Infusion Give Nook a Chance?

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B&N Nook HD
Microsoft is investing $300 million in a partnership with Barnes & Noble that will develop digital reading products. The Nook Media venture was first announced in April under the name NewCo. The partnership, Nook Media LLC, is structured as a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, which sells about 300 million books a year in stores and online, and claims 27 percent of the eBook market. Nook Media will focus on delivering a Windows 8 reading app for Microsoft customers. Microsoft is known for… continue…

Oracle-Nokia Deal Puts Pressure on Google, Apple Maps Apps

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Nokia Sign
Nokia’s deal to give Oracle users access to its mapping and location services puts a cap on what I can only call Maps Month. Apple, Google, Microsoft and now Nokia are all demonstrating their commitment to helping us find our way around. The partnership was announced October 1  at OracleWorld in San Francisco. The value of the deal wasn’t disclosed. Oracle has already built a link between its Fusion Middleware MapViewer and Nokia’s Location Platform. Oracle clients should soon see results… continue…

Dice Holdings Buys Slashdot, SourceForge, Freecode

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Dice MA
Dice Holdings snapped up Slashdot, SourceForge and FreeCode in a $20 million deal, in a move to expand its content presence, Dice announced Tuesday. Dice Holdings, parent of, acquired the three online properties from Geeknet, which sold its online media business as part of its efforts to refocus its business on growing its ThinkGeek. The online properties generated a total of $20 million in revenues last year. “The acquisition of these premier technology sites fits squarely into our strategy… continue…