Tesla close to selling out of Model S Signature Edition

December 21, 2011

Tesla hasn’t even made them available to customers yet, but the electric carmaker is almost out of the most elite version of its already-elite sedan– the Model S Signature Edition.

Glimpses of Carol Bartz legacy in Yahoo’s rollout of expanded Facebook integration

December 21, 2011

Yahoo is expanding its Facebook “frictionless sharing” capabilities, letting users of its entertainment websites automatically broadcast their reading habits across Facebook’s social network.

The value of Google’s Firefox browser deal

December 20, 2011

Google has thrown the creators of the Firefox Web browser a lifeline.

On Tuesday, Firefox-maker Mozilla announced that it had renewed a “mutually beneficial revenue agreement” with Google for at least three more years.

In Super Bowl streaming deal, Verizon scores again

December 20, 2011

What a delightful week this is turning out to be for Verizon. First, archrival AT&T decides it will ditch its $39 billion bid for T-Mobile USA (as if they weren’t grinning madly in the halls of Verizon’s Art Deco building down on West Street) and then they get a piece of this NBC deal to stream the Super Bowl.  No doubt, in the greater scheme of things the AT&T news trumps the streaming deal — but every little thing helps in the crazy competitive telecoms world.

Facebook: home (at last) for the holidays

December 20, 2011

Courtesy: Facebook

Since it was created in a Harvard dorm room in 2004, Facebook has moved its homebase around many times, relocating to the West coast and bouncing from building to building in Silicon Valley as its ranks have grown.

Tech wrap: AT&T, T-Mobile pull plug on mega-merger

By Reuters Staff
December 19, 2011

AT&T said it had agreed with Deutsche Telekom to drop its $39 billion bid to buy the German company’s U.S. wireless unit amid increasing regulatory obstacles to the planned deal. AT&T said in a statement on Monday that it will enter a roaming agreement with Deutsche Telekom. AT&T’s plan to buy T-Mobile USA, first announced in March, has met with opposition from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission.

Cablevision also joins Time Warner Cable with HBO Go offer

December 19, 2011

True Blood actors Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin (Photo: Reuters)

After months of speculation we now know ad nauseum that cable markets of New York and Los Angeles will soon have HBO Go, HBO’s much acclaimed online video service. New York cable operator Cablevision said on Monday it will start offering HBO Go to its HBO subscribers in the next few months. Time Warner Cable, which dominates the New York City and Los Angeles markets, made a similar announcement late on Friday.

If Spotify fails, blame the Internet’s grim economics

By Kevin Kelleher
December 19, 2011

If anyone has a serious beef with the music labels, it’s Michael Robertson. Robertson took MP3.com public in 1999, only to later to pay tens of millions of dollars to labels that sued the startup, claiming storing songs on servers infringed their copyrights. Fast forward to today: A new wave of music startups like Spotify, MOG and Rdio stream songs from servers with the labels’ blessings. It might all be above board now, but the labels are still bleeding the digital-music services dry.

‘Sherlock Holmes’ sequel leads slower box office

December 18, 2011

Action adventure film “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” led a trio of sequels at the box office over another underwhelming weekend that saw ticket sales fall from last year.