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Text Message Spammer Wants FCC To Declare Spam Filters Illegal

December 12th, 2012 12:10 admin View Comments

Communications

TCPALaw writes “ccAdvertising, a company purported to have ‘a long, long, long history of pumping spam out of every telecommunications orifice, and even boasting of voter suppression’ has asked the FCC to declare spam filters illegal. Citing Free Speech rights, the company claims wireless carriers should be prohibited from employing spam filters that might block ccAdvertising’s political spam. Without stating it explicitly, the filing implies that network neutrality must apply to spam, so the FCC must therefore prohibit spam filters (unless political spam is whitelisted). In an earlier filing, the company suggests it is proper that recipients ‘bear some cost’ of unsolicited political speech sent to their cell phones. The public can file comments with the FCC on ccAdvertising’s filing online.”

Source: Text Message Spammer Wants FCC To Declare Spam Filters Illegal

Samsung Accuses Foreman Hogan of Misrepresentation

November 14th, 2012 11:11 admin View Comments

Android

sfcrazy writes “Samsung is clearly accusing Hogan in its recent filing of influencing the jury in favor of Apple. Samsung said in its filing: ‘Mr. Hogan’s own statements to the media suffice if such a showing is required. Once inside the jury room, Mr. Hogan acted as a “de facto technical expert” who touted his high-tech experience to bring the divided jury together. Contrary to this Court’s instructions, he told other jurors incorrectly that an accused device infringes a utility patent unless it is “entirely different”; that a prior art reference could not be invalidating unless that reference was “interchangeable”; and that invalidating prior art must be currently in use. He thus failed “to listen to the evidence, not to consider extrinsic facts, [and] to follow the judge’s instructions.”‘”

Source: Samsung Accuses Foreman Hogan of Misrepresentation

Microsoft: Surface Tablet May Alienate OEM Partners

July 27th, 2012 07:10 admin View Comments

Microsoft

HangingChad sends this excerpt from PCMag: “Microsoft this week admitted that its upcoming Surface tablet might hurt its relationships with PC maker partners. As first noted by the New York Times, Redmond said in a Thursday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that ‘our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform.’” The filing also made note of the difficulties in building up another app marketplace: “In order to compete, we must successfully enlist developers to write applications for our marketplace and ensure that these applications have high quality, customer appeal and value. Efforts to compete with these application marketplaces may increase our cost of revenue and lower our operating margins.”

Source: Microsoft: Surface Tablet May Alienate OEM Partners

Facebook Adds 96 Million Shares, Will Privacy Get Worse After IPO?

May 16th, 2012 05:00 admin View Comments

Facebook

AlistairCharlton writes “Facebook has made yet another amendment to its S-1 filing, adding a further 96 million shares, pushing its initial public offering up to a potential maximum of $18.4bn (£11.5bn). In what is the eighth amendment to its S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Facebook has also increased the number of shares allowed for over allotment, up from 50.6 million to 63.2 million.” Facebook will have a lot of pressure to increase revenue after it goes public. jfruh writes in with a story about how that will impact their privacy policies. “There’s been a steady drumbeat of panics over the past few years involving how Facebook uses the personal information you give it; nevertheless, someday you’ll look back at 2012 as the golden age of Facebook privacy. That’s because, once Facebook has its IPO, it’ll come under huge pressure from the markets to extract more revenue from its business. And with display advertising not generating game-changing amounts of money, Facebook has only one valuable resource: your data, which is going to be monetized as hard as possible.”

Source: Facebook Adds 96 Million Shares, Will Privacy Get Worse After IPO?

Everything You Need To Know About Facebook’s Latest S-1 Filing In Less Than A Minute

May 15th, 2012 05:30 admin View Comments

Facebook filed what will most likely be the last of seven amendments to its S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday morning. The company is expected to stop taking orders for shares tonight and will likely begin trading when Nasdaq opens Friday morning.

Here’s a succinct, just-the-facts list of changes in the latest filing.

  • The company now plans to offer an additional 50.6 million shares to cover over-allotments.
  • Despite what was called “lackluster demand” on its road show, Facebook raised the share price of its IPO to a range of $34 to $38 per share, from the prior $28 to $35 per share. That means the company could raise as much as $14.7 billion Friday.
  • The high end of that range would put Facebook’s valuation at $103 billion. The low-end is $92 billion.
  • Facebook, which had initially said it hoped to close its $1 billion acquisition of Instagram by the end of the second quarter, is now saying it hopes to close the deal by the end of the year.

Source: Everything You Need To Know About Facebook’s Latest S-1 Filing In Less Than A Minute

BART Defends Mobile Service Shutdown

May 1st, 2012 05:27 admin View Comments

Communications

itwbennett writes “In a filing to the FCC, Bay Area Rapid Transit general manager Grace Crunican defended last August’s mobile shutdown, saying that ‘a temporary disruption of cell phone service, under extreme circumstances where harm and destruction are imminent, is a necessary tool to protect passengers.’ Taking the opposing position, digital rights groups, including Public Knowledge, Free Press, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology, told the FCC (PDF) that ‘wireless interruption will necessarily prohibit the communications of completely innocent parties — precisely those parties closest to the site where the emergency is located or anticipated.’”

Source: BART Defends Mobile Service Shutdown

Facebook Timeline Competes With Facebook Premium Ads

March 8th, 2012 03:45 admin View Comments

Thumbnail image for shutterstock_ipo.jpgFacebook unveiled two significant product upgrades last week: Timeline for brands and a premium advertising platform. But an addendum to Facebook’s initial public offering prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday suggests those two products may be fighting against each other.

The addendum is mostly a worst-case scenario look into Facebook’s future, outlining possibilities ranging from “the loss of” founder Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg to substantial service outages. But, in addition to ad growth obstacles, the document did shed new light on Facebook’s operations, including an acknowledgement it can’t verify all of its 845 million users, $8 billion in new credit facilities and a warning about the 2015 expiration of a lucrative agreement with Zynga.

In the addendum, Facebook said “decisions by advertisers to use our free products, such as Facebook Pages, instead of advertising on Facebook” would negatively impact its ad revenue growth. It also reiterated its mobile concerns, noting “increased user access to and engagement with Facebook through our mobile products, where we do not currently directly generate meaningful revenue, particularly to the extent that mobile engagement is substituted for engagement with Facebook on personal computers where we monetize usage by displaying ads and other commercial content.”

The report noted that most of its current mobile users continue to access the site through their computers as well, but that the percentage of mobile-only users is increasing.

Fake Users

Since Facebook filed its IPO, pundits have questioned claims that it has 845 million active monthly users. That number is expected to hit one billion sometime in August, but yesterday Facebook conceded it can’t verify that between 5% and 6% of those accounts are duplicates.

“There may be individuals who have multiple Facebook accounts in violation of our terms of service, despite our efforts to detect and suppress such behaviour,” the filing said. It also noted that some mobile users may be automatically be contacting the site for application updates while having no other contact with Facebook.

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Wall Street Doesn’t Flinch

None of the concerns raised in the filing appear to have scared off Wall Street: the filing also notes that Facebook added 25 new underwriters to the initial public offering, bringing the total number to 31.

The report also noted two new credit facilities: one for $5 billion for general working capital and one for $3 billion to cover tax obligations. As previously reported, Facebook is taking the slightly unusual step of covering taxes for employees who receive shares as compensation as part of the IPO.

Zynga Dependence

Yesterday’s filing once again highlighted Facebook’s dependence on Zynga last year, at a time when the game maker has been looking to make its business model less reliant on Facebook. The social network said 12% of its $3.7 billion in 2011 revenue was attributable to Zynga, up from less than 10% in both 2010 and 2009.

Facebook’s agreement with Zynga could be even more troubling three years from now, when a five-year deal the companies signed in May 2010 expires. Under the terms of that agreement, payments for virtual and digital goods in Zynga’s games are made exclusively through Facebook’s payment platform, allowing Facebook to keep 30% of the revenue from those transactions.

If Zynga is successful in launching its own Web site and partnering with other social networks to distribute its games, it may be in a better position to renegotiate the terms of that deal in its favor.

Indeed, most of the more likely scenarios outlined in the document filed with the SEC Wednesday stressed Facebook’s need to diversify its revenue base, 85% of which came from advertising last year. The company said that it currently generates “no significant revenue” from mobile and its “ability to do so is unproven.”

Source: Facebook Timeline Competes With Facebook Premium Ads

Twitter Could Go Public In 2013, But Why Bother?

February 6th, 2012 02:00 admin View Comments

shutterstock_ipo.jpgIf last week’s highly-anticipated Facebook IPO was too much excitement, not to mention too many numbers packed into a dense, 197-page S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, breathe easy: it does not appear as if Twitter has any short-term plans to follow suit and become the last of the big three social networks to trade as a public company.

“Over time, I think that all the same factors that led to Google and Facebook going public will eventually lead [Twitter] to do the same,” Bill Gurley, a partner with Twitter investor Benchmark Capital told CNBC on Friday. For now, however, Twitter has no plans for an IPO and is focused on building out its advertising platform, he said.

That of course hasn’t stopped widespread speculation about a public offering by the microblogging service. The Web site www.twitteripo.com curates news articles related Twitter, giving top billing to any that mention of IPO rumors. And a surefire way to generate traffic for your story about a Twitter IPO is to guesstimate the date of such a filing in your headline (current consensus: Twitter will be the biggest IPO of 2013).

The problem, of course, is speculation is just that. A lot can happen between now and 2013, and while all signs point towards an IPO within the next two years, there are no givens. One of the biggest drivers will be the Facebook IPO: if Facebook fails to live up to the hype (as LinkedIn, Groupon and Zynga all failed to do in 2011), Twitter may rethink.

Meanwhile, changes in regulations that require companies to file certain information with the Securities and Exchange Commission once they hit 500 shareholders are being considered. Previously, the thinking has been if you have to change some information with the SEC, why not share it all and go public?

Another key factor is that Twitter doesn’t really need the money that is the incentive for companies to file public offerings. The company is valued at about $8 billion on private exchanges and last year raised $800 million in funding which was, incidentally, more than most IPOs in 2011. As Liquidnet Holdings analyst Lou Kerner told Bloomberg News last month, a public filing doesn’t solve any problems for Twitter, and the current strategy appears to be to continue to privately grow the company.

Officially, the company is staying mum on the subject of IPOs, only hinting that it will most likely go public – someday.

“I choose not to answer that question” CEO Dick Costolo said when asked point blank last week if Twitter would file an IPO.

Photo courtesy of ShutterStock.

Source: Twitter Could Go Public In 2013, But Why Bother?

Groupon Loses COO, Drastically Cuts Reported Revenue

September 26th, 2011 09:47 admin View Comments

Businesses

itwbennett writes “Groupon COO Margo Georgiadis has quit after just 5 months on the job and is returning to Google to be the company’s president for the Americas. Groupon’s founder, Andrew Mason, wrote in a blog post that the company has undergone a reorganization with Georgiadis’ departure, and now sales, channels, international and marketing will report directly to him. In other bad Groupon news, the company revealed in an SEC filing Friday that it was reporting revenue before it paid fees to merchants using Groupon. ‘The effect of the correction resulted in a reduction of previously reported revenues and corresponding reductions in cost of revenue in those periods,’ according to the filing.”

Source: Groupon Loses COO, Drastically Cuts Reported Revenue

Apple Puts $383 Million Handcuffs On CEO Tim Cook

August 27th, 2011 08:32 admin View Comments

Businesses

theodp writes “There are bonuses. And then there are bonuses. Apple’s board, led by sadly frail-looking chairman Steve Jobs, signaled its long-term confidence in Tim Cook as the company’s new leader, disclosing in a regulatory filing that it’s awarding the new CEO one million restricted stock units that will vest over the next decade. Apple shares closed at $383.53 Friday. From the SEC filing: ‘In connection with Mr. Cook’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer, the Board awarded Mr. Cook 1,000,000 restricted stock units. Fifty percent of the restricted stock units are scheduled to vest on each of August 24, 2016 and August 24, 2021, subject to Mr. Cook’s continued employment with Apple through each such date.’”

Source: Apple Puts $383 Million Handcuffs On CEO Tim Cook

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