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Wise Guys - August 3, 2013

 
Wise Guys - August 3, 2013
Posted August 4th, 2013 @ 11:20pm

Some notes from this week's show:

Google's Motorola division releases "Moto X" smartphone
Notable: It has a 10-megapixel camera

Research report claims 80% of smartphones shipped last quarter ran Android
Apple's iOS is still #2, with little falling to any otehr systems. That means there's still a decent place for a #3 competitor, if commonplace patterns hold true.

Sale price for the Boston Globe: $70 million in cash
The principal owner of the Red Sox is buying the paper and its associated properties for a tiny fraction of what the New York Times Co. paid for it in 1993. Note that people paying high prices for Facebook stock need to take notice: Major media properties can plummet in value over time.

Google wants into the local-news business
Some people are taking hints from Google that the company is shifting focus. News aggregation on an ultra-local basis wouldn't exactly be a change of focus -- but it would certainly be different from organizing the information locked inside the world's printed libraries, for instance.

Microsoft writes down more in lost value of Surface tablets than it sold in the last year
Microsoft still can afford to make a lot more mistakes than any other major tech company

Thanks for listening this week! Listen again to this week's show in our podcast.

- Brian Gongol / mail@gongol.com / wiseguys@whoradio.com

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