This column brings you the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary on the world of technology every day.
Link: Do This Now, Before Facebook’s Graph Search Embarrasses You
(NASDAQ:FB) launched search and now you have to figure out what is going to show up in searches around the globe. We feel your pain, so we’ve outlined just how privacy works in this crazy, Facebook world.
“When the social network announced its Search Graph yesterday
, there was one word chief executive Mark Zuckerberg kept repeating: privacy. Rightfully so, as the social network holds information that sometimes you don’t even know is available about you.”
Link: Intel to Feel Heat From PC Slump, Transition
(NASDAQ:INTC) is scheduled to report fourth-quarter results after the market closes on Thursday.
“The Santa Clara, Calif.-based semiconductor maker is expected to report a profit of 45 cents a share, on revenue of $13.52 billion, according to a consensus survey of analysts conducted by FactSet. For the year-earlier period, Intel reported a profit of 64 cents a share, on revenue of $13.89 billion.”
Link: iPad Becomes Advertisers’ Best Friend
“Advertisers favor showing up on iPads
(NASDAQ:AAPL) over any other device, and they’re willing to pay for it. Sky-high click through rates on iPad have helped it surpass the iPhone in popularity amongst advertisers despite competition making iPad placements the most pricey. The data from mobile ad platform MoPub’s Q4 2013 study
of 90 billion ad views shows advertisers are betting on the biggest little screen.”
Link: Nokia Cuts Take Out Up to 1,120 IT Jobs
(NYSE:NOK) may be doing surprisingly not-badly at the moment
, but that tentative journey back to profitability is partly down to cutting down on operational costs. And here comes more of that: the handset maker has just announced the latest tranche of job cuts.
“The affected posts are all in IT – 300 jobs are being cut outright, and up to 820 employees will be transferred to HCL Technologies and Tata Consultancy Services. Most of those affected are in Nokia’s home country of Finland, although the company is being pretty vague about the precise number. This is to be expected, due to the imminent consultation period.”
Link: RIM Closes Deal on Smartphone Purchase Technology
(NASDAQ:RIMM) users will soon be able to charge purchases at the cash register to their Visa
(NYSE:V) cards using technology implanted in the company’s new smartphone models.
“Research In Motion said Tuesday that Visa has given the green light for its credit card system to work using the smartphone maker’s encrypted mobile payment technology. The payment method securely links BlackBerrys to bank accounts and credit cards.”
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