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Gut feeling: How Google CEO valued YouTube deal

October 7, 2009

Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google, sits for an interview at the Newseum in Washington on Oct. 2, 2009Let the second-guessing, the mock horror, the disbelief, the crowing begin.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has acknowledged he realized upfront that he was overpaying to acquire YouTube, to the tune of $1 billion, judged by any conventional measures.

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The finite value of a T-Mobile UK merger

September 4, 2009

-- Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own -- 

By Eric Auchard 

Eric AuchardLONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Deja vu, all over and over again. The news is that T-Mobile UK is for sale. Still. 

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Bracing for bar brawl in mobile phone emerging markets

August 17, 2009

The last thing that the complex negotiations between India's Bharti and South Africa's MTN Group to create the world's third largest mobile phone company needed is more complexity. The existing deal involving an intricate mix of cash and stock is further complicated by currency fluctuations and diverging growth rates between the maturing Indian market and the wide-open African one.

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Tech Links: Phones, more phones and communion wafers

August 3, 2009

HTC Android phoneBetter luck next year for Android
Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has warned of a revenue shortfall, saying it has too many new phone models chasing too little revenue. Revenue growth will turn negative in 2009, instead of growing 10 percent, as the company had previously forecast.

Sirius XM on the iPhone

August 14, 2008

starplayr2.jpgWe’re not entirely sure if the current round of leaks will lift Sirius XM out of its $1.40 per share doldrums, but screenshots of a new iPhone application in development that will let users stream Sirius XM radio stations could put a new shine on the company.

Sony buys out Bertelsmann’s stake in Sony BMG

August 5, 2008

Beyonce and Justin Timberlake(Updates earlier post to clarify deal terms)

After four years of recriminations and in-fighting between executives from Sony Music and executives from BMG Music Entertainment, Tokyo-based Sony Corp has decided to end the mutual pain of a controversial merger and take full control of Sony BMG.

Sirius XM: Are you ready for some radio?

July 29, 2008

New Sirius Logo

The marathon satellite merger for Sirius and XM is finally complete. (Check out the new “Sirius XM Radio” logo, above, provided by Sirius.)

Timeline: Sirius and XM Satellite Radio

July 28, 2008

A Russian Proton with a satellite for Sirius Satellite Radio is lifted into place at its launching pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on September 1, 2000, while (L to R) Bob Prevaux, Program Director for Space Systems Loral talks with Rob Briskman, Executive Vice President for Sirius Satellite Radio and Ted Sitek, Mission Manager for International Launch Services. (Reuters/Karl Ronstrom)******Federal regulators have cleared the last remaining hurdle for Sirius Satellite Radio’s proposed acquisition of XM Satellite Radio Holdings, a deal that will combine rivals in the nascent U.S. pay-radio market.******The U.S. Federal Communications Commission reached an agreement to conditionally approve the deal on Thursday, four months after the Department of Justice gave its blessing, and 18 months after XM and Sirius agreed to combine. Experts say that new services from a combined company could come in a few months, but suggest their holiday subscription growth may be hurt by the delayed deal closing.******Here are are some important dates in the history of the satellite radio industry.******* 1994 – CD Radio goes public at about $3.15.******* Oct. 1999 – XM goes public at $12 a share.******XM and Sirius Price chart - 3 years******* Nov. 1999 – CD Radio changes its name to Sirius Satellite.******A Pioneer Xm2go Inno satellite radio is displayed in a car at a trade show* Nov. 2001 – XM starts national radio service, after launching its first two satellites — “Rock” and “Roll” — earlier in the year.***

    **** 2002 – Sirius launches national satellite radio service.******* Oct 2003 – XM reaches 1 million subscribers.******* Dec 2003 – Sirius signs 7-year, $220 million pact with the National Football League.******xm-sirius-logo.jpg* Oct 2004 – Shock Jocks Opie and Anthony begin broadcasting on XM, on a premium channel.******* Oct 2004 – XM signs 11-year, $650 million pact with Major League Baseball; deal starts with the 2005 season.******* Oct 2004 – XM unveils Delphi MyFi, its first portable radio receiver.******* Dec 2004 – Sirius reached 1 million subscribers********** Shock Jock Howard SternOct 2004 – Sirius signs shock jock Howard Stern to 5-year, $500 million deal.******* April 2005 – XM raises subscription price to $12.95 a month from $9.99, matching Sirius.*******Sept 2005 – XM surpasses 5 million subscribers.******* Feb 2006 – XM signs 3-year, $55 million deal with Oprah Winfrey.******* Sept 2006 – Sirius tops 5 million subscribers.******* Jan 2006 – Sirius starts broadcasts of Howard Stern.******* Feb 2007 – Sirius and XM propose merger; Deal requires approval of their respective shareholders, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Justice Department. Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin to be CEO of new company, XM Chairman Gary Parson to become Chairman.******Lifestyle diva Martha Stewart (R) stands next to Mel Karmazin, CEO of SIRIUS Satellite Radio******* July 2007 – CEO Hugh Panero says he is stepping down in August; COO Nate Davis to become Interim CEO.******* Nov 2007 – XM and Sirius shareholders approve the deal.******* Gary Parsons, Chairman of XM Satellite RadioMar 2008 – The Justice Department approves the deal.************* June 16, 2008 – FCC Chairman Kevin Martin announced his recommendation to approve the merger with conditions.******* June 30, 2008 – Sirius ends the second quarter with 8.9 million subscribers, up 25 percent from a year earlier. XM had 9.65 million subscribers at the end of June, up 17 percent from a year earlier.******* July 25, 2008 – FCC Commissioners approve the deal with conditions, clearing the way for a deal that will leave just one U.S. satellite radio service. Analysts expect the deal to close within days or weeks of the regulatory approval.******(Sources: XM, Sirius, Hoover’s, Reuters)******(Top picture: A Russian Proton with a satellite for Sirius Satellite Radio is lifted into place at its launching pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on September 1, 2000, while (L to R) Bob Prevaux, Program Director for Space Systems Loral talks with Rob Briskman, Executive Vice President for Sirius Satellite Radio and Ted Sitek, Mission Manager for International Launch Services. (Reuters/Karl Ronstrom))

    Google, Microsoft augur tougher times ahead

    July 18, 2008

    googlesign.jpgGoogle’s second quarter earnings disappointed Wall Street yesterday and sent its shares tumbling. The search giant blamed lower returns from managing its huge cash piles but analysts are also concerned the market leader in search advertising might augur a wider slowdown in online advertising.