WASHINGTON, Dec 6- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to rule on the divisive issue of what kinds of software are eligible for patent protection in a case being closely watched by the technology industry. The court took no action on another case raising the same issue involving a patent dispute between WildTangent Inc and Ultramercial Inc..» Read More
Too much hype? Or not enough? It's clear, from AT&T's earnings news this morning, that Apple iPhone projections were way ahead of reality. That "popping" noise could be Apple shares. I wrote earlier today that Apple's highly hyped iPhone performed nowhere near Wall Street expectations during its first 30 hours on sale: AT&T reports 146,000 activations during its first weekend on sale.
AT&T reports earnings Tuesday and while the company's NYSE trading symbol is "T," in this case, "t" stands for telegraph, as in telegraphing what to expect from Apple which reports on Wednesday. In AT&T's case, the Street is looking for 67 cents on $29.61 billion in revenue. Rather than looking at the company's entire financial picture, I want to focus on the wireless sector since I'm really more interested in what all this could mean for Apple a day later.
Tech earnings for the week are in the books and we now all get to look ahead to Apple Inc.'s earnings next Wednesday. But reading the tea leaves from some of the biggest names reporting this week may signal a pretty good uptick in tech. And despite NASDAQ's declines today, some positive trends are developing that may signal a nice opportunity for investors.
So, earlier today, I delved into the drama gripping the blogosphere: Fake Steve Jobs and the efforts to unmask him. Now we have a fake Wall Street analyst purporting to be one of the key voices covering the company.
The tech earnings parade continues through today, now that we have Intel and Yahoo in the books. Strange day for tech, Tuesday was. So much optimism about Intel and yet the company disappoints, at least at first glance, with softer margins than expected. But here's another way to look at Intel's numbers which may actually bode well for broader tech the rest of this year.
Talk about a tale of two companies: Intel soars, and Yahoo is just plain soar. Both companies report after the bell today and investors are expecting decidedly different tones. For Intel, these are heady times. The simple numbers are 19 cents a share on $8.54 Billion in revenue. But the focus for this company will be on guidance.
Strap in because next week is going to be big for the biggest names in technology. We'll get earnings news on Tuesday from Intel and Yahoo; IBM and eBay on Wednesday; Microsoft, Google, Motorola and AMD on Thursday. Did you get all that?
Is it a sign that we truly are in an iPhone world or a bleak reminder to automakers that it's tougher than ever for them to impress younger car buyers? Either way, the research is fascinating. The latest data from CNW marketing shows that younger consumers (ages 16-29) rank tech gadgets like the iPod/iPhone, gaming systems, and computers as more important than a new car when it comes to impressing friends.
On the eve of the big (though decidedly more intimate) Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) next week in Los Angeles, Microsoft drops a bombshell: all those bloggers complaining about the hardware crashes on Xbox 360 were heard in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft will set aside between $1.05 and $1.15 billion dollars to cover a new, 3-year extended warranty program to cover repairs for the device.
First of all, let me be clear: If you're not reading valleywag.com and think you're following Silicon Valley, you're sorely misinformed. Valleywag is a must-read for anyone trying to get the real, behind-the-scenes story of what's going on around here. They're snarky, fun, creative, connected, and can't wait to spotlight the embarassing, the unfortunate, the inaccurate, the bluster and the misguided spin. And they're usually pretty good about accuracy.
Back in March, when Google hired Andy Rubin, one of the founders behind the Sidekick from Danger, Inc., there was rampant speculation that the company was careening down the path toward a Google-branded cell phone. I was told by sources that he was heading up a 100-person team on this project. Since then, various Google execs have stepped forward to say there wasn't Google hardware in the company's future; but plenty of cool new software on the way designed specifically to take advantage of the wonderful world of wireless.
You'd think that with sand being one of the world's most abundant natural resources--and the key ingredient used in chip making--that there'd be no chance of a silicon shortage. You'd be wrong, and you can thank the incredibly fast growing solar panel industry for the problem. These two industries have been fighting for raw material to fuel their growth for some time, but now, an innovative solution may make both sides happy--and generate many happy returns for investors in companies like Intel, National Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, Freescale, AMD and so many others.
While most Mac geeks were worshipping at the iPhone altar this weekend, we here at CNBC got some tech geeks to dissect an Apple iPhone for us (see video below). Called a "tear down", it's when you break apart a gadget to figure out what's inside, and how much those components cost. We got one of the top companies in this field--called iSuppli-to peel apart the (Apple) gadget for us.
Did you catch NetSuite's $75 million initial public offering filing? Maybe not, since it's a relatively tiny company, not profitable, and not looking to raise all that much. Ahh, but read the S-1 filing and you get a better sense of the drama playing underneath the paperwork. And that makes this a fun little story during an otherwise slow news week (with the July 4th holiday, post iPhone madness, etc.) Turns out that a company called Tako Investments owns a 74% stake in NetSuite.
Apple Inc.'s iPhone is celebrating its first complete weekend on store shelves and early reports suggest blockbuster sales. Piper Jaffray is out with a report saying that Apple and AT&T sold a staggering 500,000 iPhones in 48 hours. Both Piper and Global Crown Capital say AT&T stores sold out of their inventory by Saturday afternoon, and a quick check of Apple's website this morning to gauge availability shows it spotty at best at so many retailers. Only two stores in California, both in San Francisco, show availability of any kind. And Piper says 16% of Apple stores have sold out.
From our position outside of Apple Inc.'s store in downtown Palo Alto, the line is long, the atmosphere festive and sleep is hard to come by. But the bagels and shmeer from Noah's are plentiful and the entrepreneurial spirit that made Silicon Valley famous is alive and well. At the Walnut Creek, California store in the East Bay, Josh May from iWait.org tells us "We are actually selling our spots in line. We have about 700 hits on our website. We've a couple of seats sold for about $500. Some almost coming up to $700."
Both Palm and RIMM numbers are out and the two could not have drawn a more stark contrast to each other. RIMM announced a 3 for 1 stock split on blockbuster earnings: $1.17 vs. the $1.06 the Street was looking for. Revenue also beat: $1.08 billion instead of the $1.05 anticipated. Unit shipments came in at 2.4 million, just as expected. But new subscribers soared: 1.2 million instead of the 1.14 million projected by the Street.
If you're holding Apple stock, or want to, and haven't asked these five financial questions, you should. 1. What if the iPhone is a bust? What will that do to Apple stock? "If the device doesn't hit, and continue with a real strong bang, people might be deflated here," says Jonathan Hoopes at ThinkEquity. "Believing that the iPhone, if it's not as successful as those who think it will be, is gonna bring the down the company's other businesses."
So, here we are a day away now from Apple Inc.'s iPhone release, and after months of hype and endless coverage, consumers still have some questions, like the day-to-day issues that could determine whether this phone is right for you. So, here are some questions and answers that may help you make up your mind.
The new issue market is on track for its best year since 2000.