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Big IPO; The Return of Palm; Apple and Amazon; It's Your Data
 

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November 12 · Issue #112 · View online
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Big IPO; The Return of Palm; Apple and Amazon; It’s Your Data

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Mo Money. Softbank, which owns large pieces of everything from Sprint to Alibaba is about to kick-off a massive $21 Billion IPO so it can invest in and, I assume, buy up more companies. The Japanese multinational has never been shy about investing (I remember when it bought and sold Ziff Davis in the 90s), but may be looking for a more stable cash flow after one of its own primary backers, Saudi Arabia came under fire for the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
SoftBank will target a $21 billion IPO for its mobile division - Business Insider
SoftBank will target a $21 billion IPO for its mobile division - Business Insider
Palm is Back. More than a decade ago, my go-to handset was a Palm Treo 750p. It was, but today’s standards, thick, heavy and with a too-tiny screen. Yet, it had its charms. There was the beloved keyboard, a stylus, there were even apps. Unfortunately, Palm couldn’t keep up with the times, even as it tried pivoting more than once to different form factors and operating systems. Now, though, it’s back. Sort of. A company bought the brand and made a new Palm phone. It’s a tiny Android device that will remind you more of an iPhone than a Palm. I took the bite-sized companion phone for a lengthy test drive. It’s kind of endearing.
Palm Phone! My Big Review of a Tiny Phone - YouTube Palm Phone! My Big Review of a Tiny Phone - YouTube
Double A. Apple and Amazon are deepening their commerce friendship. The world’s largest retailer and one of the world’s most popular tech companies are joining forces. For the first time ever, Apple will sell its most popular products on the commerce platform. I know, you can buy all sorts of Apple-certified stuff on Amazon, but most of it is not directly from Apple, and, yes, you can buy a MacBook from Apple on Amazon. However, Apple’s never sold an iPhone through Amazon. Now, Apple’s iPhones and other products will be sold direct. This also means that Prime Members will get free, 2-day shipping on the highly coveted Apple iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.
Apple pumps up its Amazon listings with iPhones, iPads and more - CNET Apple pumps up its Amazon listings with iPhones, iPads and more - CNET
It’s your data. Data is currency and when you look at today’s tech companies, you’ll see a sharp contrast between those who trade in it and those who don’t. Google and Facebook rely heavily on your data to drive ad sales and most of their revenue. Apple makes money by selling products and services and CEO Tim Cook has made it clear that his company will never sell your data. Now Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has made a similar pronouncement. Like Apple it makes money by selling products: Surface laptops, Windows licenses, Office 365 subscriptions. It does have a search engine, Bing and access to customer data through services like LinkedIn, which it owns. But Nadella calls data a human right and does not plan to take the customer data and convert it into cash.
Microsoft Will Not Use Personal Data For Profit, Says CEO | Fortune Microsoft Will Not Use Personal Data For Profit, Says CEO | Fortune
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