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Netflix and the self-inflicted demise of major media

Netflix and the self-inflicted demise of major media

BY JAMES ROBINSON 
ON FEBRUARY 3, 2014

Ken Auletta’s profile of Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings in the latest edition of the New Yorker starts with a revealing tidbit.

Back in the heady days of 2000, Netflix had 300,000 subscribers. Hastings had a vision even then that films would one day be streamed cheaply over the Internet. But that future was not there yet. The company was losing money. Hastings flew to Dallas and met with Blockbuster, offering them 49 percent of the company. Netflix would become blockbuster.com and be Blockbuster’s online video division. Read more of this post

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Cambridge-based digital printer Xaar was one of the best performing shares in the FTSE 350 in 2013, after its shares rose almost 300 per cent over the year

February 3, 2014 5:24 pm

Bullish printer enters the China shop

By Tanya Powley, Manufacturing Correspondent

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It may have taken thousands of years for Chinese ceramic makers to embrace new technology – but one UK printing pioneer has needed only 12 months to capitalise on their break with tradition. Read more of this post

Building true social media engagement means creating a content strategy to hook the audience, not just being on social media

Content strategy is king
in social media

David Dubois, INSEAD | Business | Sat, February 01 2014, 11:48 AM

Building true social media engagement means creating a content strategy to hook the audience, not just being on social media.
Those who love to drink coffee often h Read more of this post

Apple Said To Be Exploring Inductive Charging And Solar Power In iWatch Testing; Battery life for wearables is a huge concern, and the reason why is continued adoption: No end user is eager for the chance to have to remember to charge

Apple Said To Be Exploring Inductive Charging And Solar Power In iWatch Testing

Posted 20 hours ago by Darrell Etherington (@drizzled)

Apple’s work on an upcoming smartwatch includes explorations of induction charging and solar-powered batteries, according to a new report from the New York Times. As part of a larger piece about battery tech in general, the NYT revealed that Apple has been working on tests involving wireless induction charging for the smartwatch, and methods for incorporating solar panels into the display to draw power from the sun, and potentially ambient light. Read more of this post

This Chinese online retailer’s IPO documents could be a bit too candid

This Chinese online retailer’s IPO documents could be a bit too candid

By Heather Timmons @HeathaT

5 hours ago

The prospectus for Chinese online retailer JD.com’s planned $1.5 billion US public offering, filed recently with the Securities and Exchange Commission, offers up a warts-and-all look at the risks of investing in a Chinese internet company. And there are a lot of warts—over 40 pages worth—listed in the “risk factors” section, including:

We don’t really know what we’re doing in some businesses. The company recently expanded into internet finance, providing supply-chain financing to supplier and loans to customers. “We have limited experience in operating an internet finance business,” the prospectus admits. Read more of this post

The rapid growth of Lenovo is posing a direct threat to Korean mobile-device manufacturers, local analysts say – and even to Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest smartphone vendor

Lenovo swells into IT challenge

Chinese firm buys Motorola, leapfrogs over LG Electronics  

BY KIM YOUNG-MIN, KIM JUNG-YOON [kjy@joongang.co.kr]

Feb 04,2014

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The rapid growth of Lenovo is posing a direct threat to Korean mobile-device manufacturers, local analysts say – and even to Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest smartphone vendor.
The Chinese company, which gobbled up Motorola on Jan. 29, is openly professing that its goal is to move past Apple and Samsung.
“From now until 2015, Lenovo and Motorola’s smartphone sales goal is 100 million,” said Lenovo Chairman Yang Yuanqing on Feb. 2.
ith the buying of Motorola from Google, Lenovo has leapfrogged LG Electronics and Huawei to become the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor. According to Strategy Analytics, Lenovo and Motorola’s combined market share in the global smartphone market was 6.2 percent as of the end of last year, compared to Huawei’s 4.8 percent and LG Electronics’ 4.7 percent. Read more of this post

SK Group, Korea’s third largest chaebol, is backpedaling in its overseas energy projects because of the incarceration of its chief

2014-02-02 18:18

CEO risk weighs on SK future

By Choi Kyong-ae
SK Group is backpedaling in its overseas energy projects because of the incarceration of its chief.
In the latest example, SK Energy, an affiliate of SK Group, pulled out of the final bid to acquire a controlling stake worth up to 1 trillion won in United Petroleum, an Australian oil company. This was widely seen as the conglomerate’s failure to make concrete investment decisions amidst its current leadership vacuum. Read more of this post

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