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Amazon downgraded after strong earnings because this is ‘as good as it gets’ – CNBC

Friday, April 28, 2017

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Apple’s self-driving test Lexus SUV photographed on Silicon Valley roads – TechCrunch

Friday, April 28, 2017

Apple’s using a Lexus RX450h SUV for its autonomous vehicle testing program, as revealed by documents filed with the California DMV in accordance with licensing requirements for self-driving tests in the state. Now, Bloomberg has images of the vehicle in action, captured by a chance observer who saw the vehicle pull out of an Apple facility in Silicon Valley. The SUV looks pretty much like similar test cars used by…

Soon people won’t even think of Amazon as a retail company, says analyst – CNBC

Friday, April 28, 2017

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Qualcomm Drops 4%: Slashes FYQ3 View as Apple Goes Nuclear – Barron’s

Friday, April 28, 2017

Shares of wireless chip giant Qualcomm (QCOM) has opened down $2.03, or almost 4%, at $51.19, continuing its pre-market decline, after the company this morning slashed half a billion dollars from its outlook for this quarter, saying Apple (AAPL) continues to interfere with payments the company is owed, and will continue to do so during the legal dispute between the two. Apple stock is up 13 cents at $143.92. “Qualcomm has been informed by Apple…

Google Trips is a must-have app for travelers — here’s how it works – CNBC

Friday, April 28, 2017

If you travel a lot, you might be familiar with excellent apps like Tripit and WorldMate, but you should also be using Google Trips. Google recently updated its Trips app with iOS and Android.It automatically pulls in all of your travel information for upcoming trips,can help you find fun things to do at your destination and more. If you haven’t used Google Trips before, it’s about time you do. Let’s…

Record year for UK publishing – printweek.com

Friday, April 28, 2017

By Richard Stuart-Turner, Friday 28 April 2017 Be the first to comment 2016 was a record-breaking year for the UK publishing industry, according to the latest figures from the Publishers Association. Physical book sales grew by 8% to £3bn in 2016 Sales of books and journals reached £4.8bn last year – their highest ever level. The increase in sales of 7% on the previous year is the largest growth in…

Surprise! Novelist Dropped an EP Full of Beautiful, Freaky Instrumentals – Noisey

Friday, April 28, 2017

Ever since Novelist broke out at the age most of us were still drinking WKD and kicking stones in the park (16), he’s become, to many, one of the freshest, independent thinkers in grime. And I say “grime” loosely, because he rarely ever sticks to one thing for long enough to be boxed within it. Whether it’s spitting bars with The Square, bopping alongside Kanye at the BRITs, staging clashes…

FICTION: The Big One – Philippine Star

Friday, April 28, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – (Disclaimer: The following is a work of fiction. While real names, quotes, and other elements have been retained, everything else is purely speculative. The author, along with the entire Supreme roster, does not wish ill upon the people in the article.) Break out the rosaries and pyramid helmets. If the previous series of unrelenting aftershocks is any indication, the end, as we know it, is upon us….

This is ‘as good as it gets’ for Amazon, says Pacific Crest as it downgrades rating – MarketWatch

Friday, April 28, 2017

Shares of Amazon.com Inc. were poised for a fresh record on Friday, after another set of blockbuster earnings, but one analyst firm has popped above the bullish parapet with a downgrade and a warning. Cutting shares to sector weight from overweight, Edward Yruma and the team at Pacific Crest said for Amazon …

Amazon revenue soars as cloud, retail businesses dominate – Reuters

Friday, April 28, 2017

Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) retail and cloud-computing sales rose in the first quarter, inching above Wall Street’s expectations and sending the company’s shares to an all-time high in extended trading. The world’s largest online retailer said on Thursday net sales rose 23 percent to $35.7 billion, just beating analysts’ average estimate of $35.3 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. More fees from Amazon’s Prime shopping club and media streaming services, along…

iPhone 7S Leak Reveals Apple Has Problems – Forbes

Friday, April 28, 2017

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Now following two independent reports that “technically challenging” issues will cause to delay the 2017 flagship iPhone, comes a third from yet another credible source… Backing up news from Bloomberg and KGI’s famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, is Nikkei – the world’s largest financial newspaper. In its report Nikkei explains: “The production of iPhone’s 10th anniversary range has hit a snag as suppliers struggle to…

Google brings ‘Hamilton’ experiences to students in the theater and virtual reality – TechCrunch

Friday, April 28, 2017

Yesterday, Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, gave 5,000 high school students across the country a chance to see the smash hit Hamilton: An American Musical. All of this was possible thanks to an $800,000 grant from the company, which worked in collaboration with The Gilder Lehrman Institute to cap off the students’ six-week unit on the founding of America with a matinée of the oft-praised hip hop historical. I had a chance to…

Google starts to prove it’s not just a one-trick pony – CNNMoney

Friday, April 28, 2017

Google has long been known as an advertising powerhouse, but it’s starting to develop some new moneymakers. Alphabet (GOOGL, Tech30), Google’s parent company, saw its “other revenues” hit nearly $3.1 billion in the first quarter, a gain of about 50% from the same quarter a year earlier. The segment includes sales from newer Google product categories like cloud services, the Google Play store and its growing list of hardware products…

Amazon Extends Growth Streak, Unfazed by Lavish Spending – Bloomberg

Friday, April 28, 2017

Amazon.com Inc.’s unbroken 20-year streak of double-digit revenue growth shows no sign of slowing this year, helped by an influx of online shoppers who are abandoning stores and new business for its cloud-computing division. The company topped profit and revenue estimates in the first quarter and projected sales that may beat projections in the current period, reinforcing its message to investors that big spending on warehouses, movies and devices are…

Amazon surges on big earnings and sales beat – CNBC

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Real books are back. E-book sales plunge nearly 20% – CNNMoney

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Are physical books the new vinyl? New data suggest that the reading public is ditching e-books and returning to the old fashioned printed word. Sales of consumer e-books plunged 17% in the U.K. in 2016, according to the Publishers Association. Sales of physical books and journals went up by 7% over the same period, while children’s books surged 16%. The same trend is on display in the U.S., where e-book…

Showrunners behind ‘Better Call Saul,’ ‘Veep’ and more talk possible writers’ strike – Los Angeles Times

Thursday, April 27, 2017

In less than a week, writers’ rooms across Hollywood will go dark if the Writers Guild of America goes on strike. For showrunners on some of TV’s most talked-about series, the focus is on crafting stories while they can. “We’re just keeping our heads down and working until they tell us we can’t,” said Gloria Calderon Kellett, co-showrunner of Netflix’s “One Day at a Time.” Writers for the series recently…

How Granta Launched the Cultural Obsession With “Best Young Novelist” Lists – Slate Magazine

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Over the years, that first 20-under-40 list became rather legendary, and it’s not hard to see why. Among the winners Granta picked were Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Rose Tremain, Martin Amis, Pat Barker, Julian Barnes, William Boyd, Graham Swift, and Salman Rushdie (although Rushdie was a bit of a gimme, since he’d already won the Booker Prize for Midnight’s Children.) The journal’s follow-up 10 years later was nearly as impressive,…