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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...


Panera Bread memo confirms Apple Pay to launch on October 20

Employees in process of being trained; systems will also support Softcard, Google Wallet

An internal memo at bakery cafe chain and Apple Pay launch partner Panera Bread has confirmed that Apple intends to launch the e-payment system on October 20, and that training is underway throughout the chain, which plans a massive promotional campaign to let customers know it can accept mobile payments...


Facebook completes acquisition of WhatsApp, purchase valued at $22B

Original $19B purchase valuation of WhatsApp increases due to Facebook share price

Facebook has completed its acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp, days after the European Commission gave the all-clear to proceed. The purchase, originally valued at $19 billion when the process began ten months ago, has now concluded with the publication of an SEC filing, with the co-founder and...


Judge finds Grooveshark infringed on copyright with employee uploads

Nearly 6,000 songs uploaded by employees under company instruction, without licenses

Another blow was dealt to Grooveshark today, as a New York judge found that its parent company infringed upon copyright by uploading 5,977 songs. Identified by its parent company Escape Media Group, Grooveshark employees -- including founders Samuel Tarantino and Joshua Greenberg -- were found to have...


Crytek troubles worsen as employees walk out over paycheck issues

Financial issues cause around 100 employees to walk out, file grievances

The bad news keeps coming for Crysis developer Crytek, as around 100 employees of the company's UK studio walked out last week. Reports surfaced in the middle of June that alleged that the company was in bad shape financially, as it struggled to pay employees on time and saw several projects shuttered...


Qualcomm enters discussions to purchase WiGig chipmaker Wilocity

Deal to be finalized over $300 million purchase price, operations to move to Haifa

Chipset manufacturer Qualcomm has entered into talks with Israeli-based chip maker Wilocity over the finalization of a deal that would purchase the WiGig company for around $300 million. Wilocity had previously raised $105 million in venture capital funding with Qualcomm as one of its investors.


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 to refund $19 million to settle FTC in-app purchase debacle

Unfettered Google Play in-app purchase solved with 2012 password requirement

Google has offered to settle charges levied against it with the the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over unfair billing for in-app purchases made by children. The search engine giant has offered to pay out at least $19 million to end the suit, similar to that faced by Apple and Amazon.


Report: Google signs deal to purchase game-streaming platform Twitch

Deal said to be worth $1 billion, matching previously rumored purchase amounts

A new report has surfaced that Google has signed a deal that would see the search giant picking up the popular game streaming platform Twitch for $1 billion. The report adds builds on the previous report floating around that Twitch was being courted by Google's video arm for a possible purchase with...


Apple hit with new employee lawsuit in California court

Retail employees complain of violations of break and meal times, final paychecks

While Apple wrestles with a lawsuit alleging an improper "gentleman's agreement" that prevented it and other tech firms from "poaching" their most valuable employees, the company has now been named in another legal action that concerns itself with labor violations for its retail and corporate operations...


FTC files in-app purchase lawsuit against Amazon, seeks refunds

Suit files complaints about wanton, and unauthorized, in-app purchases

According to a US Federal Trade Commission report filed today, Amazon has billed parents and other account holders for millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children. The FTC's lawsuit seeks a court order requiring refunds for consumers for the unauthorized charges, and permanently...


Appirio consultancy farms Fitbit-gleaned data to lower insurance costs

Company saves $280,000 annually on premiums with Fitbit employee data

Companies are increasingly turning to fitness wearables like the Fitbit to help reduce costs. Cloud services firm Appirio launched a wellness program it calls CloudFit, and provided the Fitbit device to 400 of its employees. As a reward for employee health data tracking, the company re-negotiated its...


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