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Snapchat Lied. Now This.

May 30, 2014

Snapchat CEO ‘Mortified’ by Leaked Stanford Frat E-Mails

Sarah Frier writing for Bloomberg:

“Snapchat Inc. Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel apologized for e-mails he sent during his fraternity days that celebrated getting drunk and convincing sorority women to perform sexual acts.”

Earlier this month, Snapchat settled with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Because “snaps” on its service do not disappear.

As advertised.

So, Snapchat lied and settled.

Now this.

Snapchat and its CEO are building quite a reputation.

More accurately, a reputation crisis.

To think Snapchat spurned a multibillion-dollar buyout offer from Facebook.

Perhaps Facebook got off lucky.

 

 


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The Microsoft “User” Experience

May 15, 2014

Do You Enjoy The Microsoft User Experience?

I don’t.

Today, I turn on my computer to see this:

Microsoft User Experience Updates

Fifteen “important” updates, 94.7MB’s worth.

Really?

My reaction: something’s terribly wrong.

But what? How bad is it? Was my computer already hurt?

It’s just not a comforting “welcome-to-a-new-day” moment.

Part two of the experience is hardly warm and fuzzy, either.

You have to restart your computer.

Not knowing what, if any, impact, these “important” updates may have on other software.

Only after you restarting will you learn.

But, please, restart your computer. Trust us:

Microsoft User Experience Important Updates

On this day, after restarting, I “experienced” trouble connecting to the internet.

Due to one of Microsoft’s 15 important updates?

I don’t know.

But it happened.

Nothing about the experience is enjoyable.

The text, process, multiple steps, time required, the operational uncertainty.

All uncomfortable, at best.

Why does Microsoft continue this experience?

Is this the best the U.S.-based business can do?

Does anyone enjoy it?

Do you?

It’s almost as if we have to put up with Microsoft.

Because that’s the way, “It’s always been.”

 

 


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Chipotle Needs Beano

May 6, 2014

What’s Wrong With Chipotle?

James Covert writing for The New York Post:

“Proxy advisory firm ISS … blasted lavish pay packages for the Mexican-food chain’s two CEOs, who together earned $58 million last year, capping a a three-year run in which they’ve pocketed a combined $300 million.”

Two CEOs.

$58 million in a year.

On top of that, Chipotle is raising your prices.

Per CNBC:

“Getting a steak burrito bowl? That’ll be 8.3 percent more in New York City. While you’re at it, be prepared to fork over 11.1 percent more for guacamole.”

So, the bosses get more.

And get to charge you more.

What do investors think?

 

Chipotle Stock Pain

That “blue box”? Pain. Investors waiting to break even.

 

Unless you sold Chipotle in February, you’re in pain.

Its stock is broken technically.

Bearish below its 50MA on a daily chart.

Any “long” investor in that “blue box” holds Chipotle stock at a loss.

CEO pay, aside.

Price hikes, aside.

I’m talking business.

And reputation management.

Chipotle’s chart is broken.

$110 off its high.

Chipotle, a Colorado business, needs Beano.

Eat that.

But want to invest?

Consult your advisor.

 

 


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#AmazonCart – Listening Wall Street?

May 6, 2014

Twitter, Amazon team to boost ‘now commerce’

Teaming up: Amazon and Twitter.

Benny Evangelista writing for The Chronicle:

“The two tech giants said … Amazon members can automatically save items to their online shopping carts by replying to any tweet containing an Amazon product link and writing the hashtag #AmazonCart.”

And if you use that hashtag?

The ultimate word-of-mouth. Why?

Because the world can see:

“…on its website, Amazon also notes that ‘most content is public on Twitter,’ so any replies with #AmazonCart ‘will be visible to whomever you replied, to those viewing the conversation, and on your own Timeline (unless your Twitter account is set to private).'”

So, using the #AmazonCart hashtag is public.

Intended or not, becomes a public endorsement.

Not bad, if you’re a celebrity.

Perhaps one paid to tweet your purchases?

Me? If buying something, I want to do so quickly.

Two clicks, maximum.

Privately.

Because an order of Omaha Steaks for clients is not viral.

Same with California wine or Oregon fruit for family.

Or Legal Sea Foods crab cakes for myself.

Investors?

They reacted “meh” to the Amazon-Twitter partnership:

Amazon Twitter #AmazonCart

Amazon daily chart bearish technically: below 50, 200MAs

Twitter?

Twitter Amazon Partnership #AmazonCart

Twitter stock remains below its IPO low

 

One thought.

Amazon, behind Jeff Bezos, has sweet CIA business.

In short, people in the know, trust Amazon to be in the know.

Secure, too.

What happens when one can buy stocks with a hashtag?

Who needs TD Ameritrade, Fidelity, E-Trade?

Ten shares of Apple, please, hashtag #AmazonCart.

Just musing aloud.

 

 


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How is Google Fiber Doing?

May 1, 2014

Cities Meet Google Fiber Deadline, but ‘Loose Ends’ Remain

Thirty-four cities meet a key Google Fiber deadline.

That according to Alistair Barr writing for The WSJ.D:

 

Google Fiber Status Alistair Barr WSJ

Credit: Google and The WSJ.D

 

Barr says Fiber is complicated:

“Among other things, Google needs to buy or lease land for its Fiber huts, which are larger than 1,000 square feet, and finalize those license agreements with several cities. It’s seeking to streamline permitting processes for thousands of permit applications. And it needs video-franchise agreements with the city or state, giving it permission to build a local network.”

Investors watch closely:

“The complicated process has sparked concern on Wall Street that Google may spend too much on Fiber and generate small returns on the investment.”

 

GOOGL Class A stock

GOOGL Class A shares bounce after fall to $511

 

Google’s stock has drifted lower since an unusual stock split in April.

Proof that Google Fiber is not a good investment?

The market will weigh in over time.

Google’s got time … and capital.
 


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Google Gives Away Money

March 11, 2014

Send business to Google Apps; Make Money

Carolyn Said writing in The Tech Chronicles:

“Google is offering a $15 bounty for every new user of Google Apps for Business referred by a current user. But it’s not as simple as signing up mom, dad and your hamster. This offer is for new business customers. You score the $15 bounty for each of the first 100 users at a new business customer who pay for at least 120 days of Google goodness.”

But why give away money?

Think long term.

Each new customer will probably pay for that $15 many times over.

Plus, the tech-media giant can afford to dish it out.

Google has plenty of money:

$GOOG Weekly Chart: Stock near an all-time high

Google’s weekly chart is an exquisite image of a stock in a strong uptrend.

Technically, the stock is riding the 8MA.

That’s not just bullish.

It’s extremely bullish.

In fact, at $1211 a share, Google is just $18 from an all-time high.

What to do with that financial strength?

Make more cash.

By giving some to you.

Each new, business Google App user could return that initial $15 back to the company in buckets.

The firm also benefits because time spent on referrals is your time, your work.

So, how do you get in on the cash-action?

Google it for the details.

You saw that one coming, I’m sure.

Facebook’s Mind-Blowing $19 Billion Purchase

February 20, 2014

Remember: WhatsApp feeds Facebook hundreds of millions of billing accounts

Why did Facebook buy WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, a Silicon Valley record?

Caleb Garling writing for SFGate:

“There’s a tendency to dissect the acquisition by user numbers or compare WhatsApp to other messaging apps or Instagram but, to me, the value for Facebook is in WhatsApp’s hundreds of millions of billing accounts. WhatsApp charges $0.99 per year after a yearlong free trial. That is basically a zero barrier to give WhatsApp your payment info.”

The deal met with investor skepticism.

Facebook’s stock slid up to 5 percent in late trading:

Facebook stock drops on $19 billion WhatsApp deal

But back to the details.

Your payment information.

Some 450 million people worldwide use WhatsApp’s subscription service.

That’s a big entree to new users for Facebook.

And lot of new information.

How will it be used?


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