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Apple finally adds latest iMac to Employee Purchase Program

Move signals production has finally caught up to demand

In a sure sign that production of the difficult-to-manufacture latest iMac has now stabilized and is meeting demand, Apple on Thursday added the unit to its own Employees Purchase Program (EPP). Apple employees (including retail employees) are allowed to purchase the unit for 25 percent off its retail...


T-Mobile shutters employee discount Advantage Program

Move championed as part of the 'Uncarrier' initiative

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has announced in a blog post that it is no longer offering its Advantage Program to new customers, and will discontinue the program to existing users. The employer rate plan discount program used "employees as bargaining chips" to close contracts, and the CEO believes that the...


IDC: iOS, Android surpassed BlackBerry in enterprise in 2012

Corporate purchases of iPhones over six times that of BB units

Everyone knows that Research in Motion (RIM), the makers of the BlackBerry, have had a rough year -- but the disinterest in the platform has spread to even its most core constituency, corporate and enterprise buyers, industry analyst IDC reports. A significant portion of that disenchantment may stem...


RIM clearing out BlackBerry PlayBook with $99 staff sale

BlackBerry PlayBook at cut-rate price for staff

Signs that RIM has been growing increasingly eager to clear out BlackBerry PlayBooks grew on Monday with an apparent leak detailing an employee sale. Already cut to $199, the 16GB tablet is understood by multiple The Verge contacts to be selling at just $99 for RIM staff. ...


40% of Citrix employees choose Mac for home and work

Citrix BYOC program

40 percent of Citrix System employees purchased a Mac when given $2100 towards a new computer for the company's Bring Your Own Computer to Work program. The strategy was an attempt to cut costs incurred in the IT department and aimed to increase employee satisfaction. Workers...


Baidu acquires controlling stake of iQiyi

Baidu buys Providence Equity's share of video streaming site

Chinese Internet search giant Baidu announced last week that it had reached an agreement with Providence Equity Partners to purchase the equity firm's share of video streaming site iQiyi. The search company's announcement did not disclose the financial details of the deal. The acquisition of Providence's...


OLPC's Give 1, Get 1 program launches again

OLPC Give 1 Get 1 program

As promised back in September, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) on Monday announced it will once again launch its Give 1 Get 1 program that aims to put a simple, Internet-connected laptop to children in developing countries to help in their education. Anyone can participate in the...


Briefly: Free Apple shipping; German iPhones

Free Apple shipping

In brief: Apple is offering free shipping on all orders from its online store as part of "Cyber Monday," German iPhones customers who pay the additional premium are already reaping the benefits of their Apple-unlocked handsets, and Eternal Storms Software today released EPSQuickLookPlugin....


Briefly: holiday promos; Cocoa duel

Holiday promos, Cocoa duel

In brief: One Mac developer has assembled a Holiday Cocoa Duel, with a website featuring prominent Mac developers for a programming competition to help raise money for various charities.... Aquafadas has released a Christmas Theme for PulpMotion, which is available for free to PulpMotion users.... Basasoft...


Apple aims to boost corporate, gov. sales

Apple aims to boost corporate, gov. sales

Apple said today that it is experimenting with new efforts to boost sales of Macs to business and government customers. Apple sales chief Tim Cook told financial analysts that the company last month launched a direct effort that's aimed at the creative market and government entities, with 70 Apple employees...


Palm announces new company name

Palm announces new company name

Palm today announced it will adopt the palmOne name, following the proposed spin-off this fall of PalmSource, Inc., makers of Palm OS platform software. The new name "will reflect the company's handheld computer hardware and software solutions business...


Lenovo acquires IBM x86 server business in $2.3B purchase

Approximately 7,500 IBM employees to transfer to Lenovo

Chinese notebook producer Lenovo is taking on IBM's x86 server business, with the $2.3 billion deal funded by $2 billion in cash and the remainder in Lenovo stock, the company has confirmed. Though not a customer-facing purchase, the acquisition of the server line represents a second major transfer from...


Apple execs encourage team to review 'Code of Conduct' handbook

New e-book version aimed at all employees; includes anti-trust, anti-corruption guidelines

Perhaps in response to the ongoing Department of Justice e-book case, Apple Senior Vice President and General Counsel Bruce Sewell on Wednesday sent a company-wide email to employees - backed up by a video from CEO Tim Cook - that encouraged them to review the company's Business Conduct Policy, recently...


Report: Twitter buys We Are Hunted to launch music service

Purchased music discovery system partnered with Spotify at launch

Leveraging its rumored acquisition of music discovery service We Are Hunted in the last six months, Twitter is said to be launching a standalone music app, which could be released on iOS by the end of March. According to CNet sources familiar with the matter, the service generates a popularity-based...


Forrester: work-mandated 'bring your own computer' imminent

BYOC increasing every year, thousands spent annually per employee

Industry analyst company Forrester Research revealed this week that 53 percent of employees are using personally-owned technology in the workplace, a five percent increase from last year. Senior executives lead the charge, with 77 percent of them buying their own hardware, and 45 percent purchasing software....


Google purchases 'atmospheric satellite' company Titan Aerospace

New Mexico-based firm purchased in its entirety for undisclosed sum

Google today announced that it has purchased drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace. The purchase will bolster Google's Project Loon effort to provide Internet access to remote areas wirelessly from the upper atmosphere, in addition to other services. The terms of the deal are unknown.


Briefly: iFixit and Fairphone partner, Skype for Windows 8.1 update

iFixit partners with Fairphone, aims to reduce cell phone waste

Do-it-yourself repair guide company iFixit has announced its plan to partner with Dutch social enterprise Fairphone. Fairphone's aim has been to address the wastefulness and disposability of the cell phone market; Fairphone is offering a cell phone that ships with its own set of repair guides through...


Bitcoin CEO challenged in 2012 about irregular finances by employees

CEO Mark Karpeles questioned by six employees about expenses, cash flow

The problems with shuttered and bankrupt Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox may have been evident to employees as early as two years before its well-publicized meltdown. Six employees reportedly confronted CEO Mark Karpeles over money-handling in the organization, with the group alleging that customer funds were...


Readmill purchased by Dropbox, social reading network shuttering

Deal worth $8 million moves founders, employees to Dropbox

Online storage provider Dropbox has purchased social reading app developer Readmill. The deal, suspected to be worth around $8 million, will see the shuttering of the Readmill app, with the team responsible for coding and development moving to assist Dropbox with its core service.


Apple, Google to meet with EU to talk in-app purchases

Europe asks for safeguards to prevent accidental purchases

Apple and Google will soon be meeting with the European Commission to talk about problems with in-app purchases, according to a press release from the political body. The two companies will be asked to provide measures to protect customers, primarily parents, from accidental in-app purchases. A number...


Google completes $3.2B acquisition of smart thermostat maker Nest

Smart appliance manufacturer purchase finalized by Google

Google has completed its acquisition of smart digital thermostat and smoke detector manufacturer Nest. A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows the purchase of the hardware producer has been finalized and ended on February 7th, with the high-profile acquisition costing Google $3.2 billion...


Lenovo to purchase Motorola assets from Google for $3 billion [u]

Latest sale less than 25 percent of Google's purchase price in 2012

[Update: Deal confirmed] According to a statement by Google CEO Larry Page, Google and Lenovo have negotiated a deal that will see the search engine sell its Motorola Mobility smartphone business to the Chinese manufacturer. The deal is valued at $2.91 billion dollars, with Google retaining most of the...


Apple launches 'Employees on iTunes' private collection

Not available to public, showcases creative work of employees

Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Services Eddy Cue has announced a new, Apple-internal-only section of the iTunes Store devoted to showcasing the creative outside work that Apple employees engage in beyond their usual job duties and the products the company makes. Dubbed "Employees on iTunes,"...


Fairfax consortium agrees to buy BlackBerry for $4.7 billion

Full purchase by largest shareholder

BlackBerry has finally signed a formal agreement with a potential buyer, Fairfax Financial Holdings, which has agreed to pay a total of $4.7 billion for the struggling smartphone maker. The Fairfax consortium is currently the company's largest shareholder, holding a 10 percent stake, with the remaining...


Microsoft: Even with Nokia buy, we're still committed to WP8 partners

Microsoft says WP8 manufacturers don't need to worry

Microsoft maintains that it won't let its relationship with its Windows Phone manufacturing partners deteriorate even though it just purchased Nokia and effectively became a competitor with those same partners. Shortly after news of the acquisition broke early on Tuesday, Microsoft Executive Vice President...


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