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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...
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...
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...
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. ...
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 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 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...
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....
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 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 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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
Layoffs a result of redundant positions generated by Nokia purchase
In the wake of Microsoft's Nokia buy, the giant is facing an abundance of employees. Despite having over 2,000 open positions according to its own hiring page, sources within and close to the company claim that up to 10 percent of the workforce will be purged under former CEO Steve Ballmer's "One Microsoft"...
Flash storage company looks to boost enterprise offerings with Fusion-io purchase
Flash storage company SanDisk announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire flash technology company Fusion-io. The cash deal will see the flash enterprise company enhance SanDisk's business ventures, adding flash memory and storage hardware to SanDisk's existing products. The deal...
Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe likely conspired to keep employee salaries down
[Update: possible pricetag revealed] According to court filings before the Northern District of California, Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have made a settlement offer to conclude the antitrust investigation against the quartet, as expected earlier this month. The four tech companies were accused of...
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.
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...
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...
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