Yahoo Editor-in-Chief Jai Singh Quits, Restructuring On The Way?

A lot has happened at Yahoo over the last two days. After Henrique De Castro was fired as COO at Yahoo, resources suggest that Editor-in-chief Jai Singh has also quit the company. As Castro was fired by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, it is being said that there is a restructuring going on within the company and both acquittals are a result of that. Singh’s exit could be a part of the same move. According to a memo sent out by Mayer to her office, Yahoo’s head of marketing Kathy Savitt is likely to take over the editorial position. 

These developments come close on the next Yahoo earnings call. While analysts are hopeful that search revenues will increase with Mayer at the helm, one doesn’t know how the recent developments in management turmoil will bode for her.… Read the rest

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Netflix Gears Up For Glory With Original Marco Polo Series By Weinstein Co

Latest buzz reveals that a Netflix original drama would be produced by the Weinstein Company with The Adventures of Marco Polo. The new drama assures to unveil with a different genre of martial arts, sexual conspiracies and impressive battles in the drama.

The Adventures of Marco Polo would be retold and enacted in the drama. The latest Netflix drama series would have Harvey Weinstein as the producer and Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg and Dan Minahan as the directors.

The Netflix drama series is yet to be titled and it would be released across all Netflix’s international territories later in this year. The drama would be set during the time of 13th Century with a Chinese backdrop in the middle of a brutal war. The war will double as a hotbed oodles of martial arts, political conspiracies, betrayal and much more. Ronning and Sandberg would also be directing the show with Minahan, who is well known for his work on episodes of Game of Thrones and True Blood. John Fusco would be joining in as creator and executive producer.

The programme would be shot in Malaysia from the coming months. Marco Polo- the series was last shown in 2007 and the adventurer’s exploitations and journey has been shown in the episodes. Netflix has always impressed all views with its content, as well as Golden Globe host Amy Poehler joking at the 2014 awards who said “, “A lot of nominated shows this year are actually on Netflix. House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black.”

The Series of Marco Polo would be the first epic and historical drama after political series such as house of Cards, orange is the new black and Arrested Development. Let us see what he viewers have to say about this new intriguing series of Marco Polo due around 2015.

 

 

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Google Buys Nest For Smart Thermostat Home Solutions At $3.2 billion

Search giant Google has acquired Nest, which is a smart thermostat company founded by Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers. The company develops solutions that make life easier at home. They have successfully developed thermostats that have the ability to save energy. They are also already offering smoke/CO alarms. 

Interestingly, Fadell is a former employee of Apple and currently works for Google. The duo founded Nest in 2010 and they will work with Google post the acquisition as well.

In a statement, Google CEO Larry Page has said, “Nest’s founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, have built a tremendous team that we are excited to welcome into the Google family.” … Read the rest

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One Photo Leak And Google Nexus 4 Price Slash Later, Google Nexus 5 To Release On October 15

Google nexus 5As weeks pass by, prices of Google Nexus are scaling down. Prices of the LG-made Nexus 4 smartphone went down on Google Play some time back. Now, prices of Nexus 4 16 GB have also come down to 250$. The Google Nexus 5 is now expected to release soon with October 15 as its launch date.

Purported to release on October 15, Google Nexus 5 has generated a lot of interest among users. Said to be a next generation phone, Nexus 5 smartphone is likely to come with an Android 4.4 KitKat along with latest notification widgets. Images of the phone were leaked online recently on PhoneScoop.

With so much interest being shown in the phone, the price of GOogle Nexus 5 is sure to be interest. A simultaneous fall in prices of Google Nexus 4 would help to make way for the launch of this new phone. In fact, BestBuy also brought down the price of the phone, which was more than the original price to start with.

For those are indeed waiting for the Google Nexus 5, it will run on Snapdragon 800 quad core processor and offer 2 GB of RAM. It is likely to have a front and back made of Gorilla Glass.

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Google Nexus 4 Price Drop:Is Google Nexus 5 Release Nearing Earlier Than Expected?

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Google’s Sergey Brin Involved In A Love Life: What’s In Store?

Sergey Brin affair, amanda rosenberg affairPopular Google co-founder Sergey Brin is well known as a philanthropist along with his wife of the past 6 years, Amanda Rosenberg. However, recent events have cast a dark cloud over the couple that looked ready to take the mantel from erstwhile tech lords of the world, Bill and his wife Melinda Gates.

Sergey Brin has reportedly been involved in an extra marital affair with an employee 13 years his junior. Reports state that Brin and his wife have split and they had been growing apart for weeks. Consider this though – Wojiciki’s sister Susan first introduced Brin to her. Also, she rented out her garage to Brin and the co-founder of Google Larry Page and was the 16th employee of the company that now has thousands. She is now the Senior VP of Product Management and Engineering.

Due to the nature of work at Google, employees work, eat and often even sleep on premises; affairs are actually quite common though not necessarily extramarital kinds. So Google has always been able to take such happenings in its stride. This isn’t even the first time a Google founder’s relationship with an employee has been in the news – Larry Page and Marrisa Meyer, who now works at Yahoo. Remember?

Brin and his wife Anna Wojcicki are possibly headed for a divorce. This would mean a lot of things. Firstly, what would be the pattern of ownership? Brin’s personal wealth is an estimated $22.8 billion. Wojcicki has been with the Google co-founder for years and would have a prenuptial agreement in place. The husband-wife duo are also involved as partners. This might keep marital discord wee bit under control.

Rest, is yet for us to see. 

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AOL’s Armstrong Issues Apology for Firing Patch Employee Lenz

aol chief tim armstrongAOL chief executive Tim Armstrong apologized to his entire staff for firing an employee in public. He sent out a letter to the employees, which was obtained by a leading newspaper. In this letter, the executive “I am writing you to acknowledge the mistake I made last Friday during the Patch all-hands meeting when I publicly fired Abel Lenz. It was an emotional response at the start of a difficult discussion dealing with many people’s careers and livelihoods.”

He was speaking to employees regarding one of AOL’s news services Patch and preparing them for the imminent troubles and layoffs facing the company. He is heard to have reprimanded Abel Lenz, Patch’s creative director and told him “you’re fired”. This entire event has been recorded and circulated in the media 

The company is expected to announce their layoffs some time this week.… Read the rest

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Google has found the Easiest to Use Internet TV, Chromecast.

Google has been trying to get into TVs for years and has come up with seemingly the most elegant and the easiest to use internet TV, Chromecast . Instead of going the smart TV way, think Apple TV or Roku – Google has decided to use the TV as just a display screen, not a computer.

Chromecast at a glance:

A USB sized wireless receiver, all Chromecast does is pull video from the internet or even content from a laptop or PC – and then displays it on HDTVs. What this means for a consumer is that they don’t need to splurge on a smart TV because all the computing is done on the network cloud or by external devices. A smart phone, tablet or laptop acts the remote control, another elegant solution! This has two major benefits – Firstly, Chromecast is cheap because it doesn’t require any extra processing or memory. Secondly, and more importantly – it is a simple platform that allows content providers to easily plug in, a major issue for Smart TVs till date.

The easiest to use internet TV, Chromecast – is truly a case of simpler being smarter.  … Read the rest

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Is Microsoft Dead? Even Microsoft Surface Pro Could Not Save its Face…

Microsoft’s stocks hit a new low this Friday after the unimpressive quarterly earnings reported by the company spokesmen. Microsoft announced a write-off of almost $1 billion (USD) for all units that remained unsold, particularly the Surface RT tablets. Critics have already started speculating that  Microsoft is heading towards a complete shutdown and that the tech giant will slowly be a victim of obsolete technology and slow growth.

In the year’s quarter, net income of Microsoft plummeted by almost a third. The 2013 fiscal year for Microsoft ended with $77 billion in liquid cash. Keeping aside the debt of the tech company, Microsoft still has around $60 billion in its cash reserves.

Experts claim that there is no reason to panic as Microsoft stocks have been closing at higher points for many months. However, the warning signals are clearly evident. Dipping sales of the PC computers, harsh criticism for its Windows 8 operating system, the public relations debacle that surrounded the launch of the Xbox One and the disappointing reviews and sales figures of the Surface RT tablets have put Microsoft on a back foot. Its investors are contemplating whether this is the right time to pull out. Even if the tech giant does not file for bankruptcy, it is surely sailing in rough weather as it faces tough challenges in the likely future. … Read the rest

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Microsoft Surface RT vs Apple iPad 4 Trailer : The Loss of $900 Million Can Take Microsoft To Any Extent,

For years, big firms in the tech world are aiming at one another with commercials that compare the devices. From 2006-2009, Apple ran a trailer under ‘Get a Mac’ campaign, highlighting why Mac was superior to Microsoft’s Windows PCs. In reply, Microsoft also ran anti-iPad commercials, focusing on iPad’s shortcomings.

However, following a loss of whooping $900 million, Microsoft has now rolled out a latest Surface RT vs. iPad commercial, with focus on its Surface RT’s features and low price.

Using Siri to point out things it can’t do, the ad kick starts with the Surface RT’s built-in stand, which iPad doesn’t have. It follows showing the USB port in the Surface RT, which lacks in iPad.

The ad also shows Microsoft’s device getting into the Surface Touch Cover, with Siri acting in response saying, “Oh snap, you have a real keyboard too?” However, Microsoft hasn’t pointed at the keyboard’s cost as it’s sold separately.

The commercial ends with the comparison between the devices’ cost. Siri says “This isn’t going to end well for me, is it?”, showing the price of the 32GB iPad that’s $599 compared to the 32GB Surface RT that runs at $349.

However, the ad is launched soon after Microsoft slashed the price of its Surface RT tablets by $150 owing to poor sales.

Microsoft, it seems hopes to pump up the sales of its Surface RT device with this latest ad, which clearly targets Apple’s iPad.… Read the rest

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Going forward: Will Apple make way for a cost effective iPhone 6

Apple being a leading manufacturer of classy smartphones, iPads and many more gadgets, always remains under the limelight. Speculations are high until the day of time about what and when regarding the next. Now, the rumors are again soaring for the looks of the next iPhone.

The new iPhone 5S with plastic backs, gold trim and a possible redesign cannot be denied as Apple is expected to follow the success of colorful iPod for its cheaper versions too. The leaked pictures online also confirm the reports of curved plastic back with gold trimmed buttons for the iPhone mini.

While most signs indicate about a release of cheaper colorful iPhone, there are hopes that Apple might come out with a bigger phablet-sized iPhone 6 along with the cheap iPhone 5s. Apple is quite optimistic on minimizing fragmentation, and a knock at screen size a single year after the introduction of the 4-inch iPhone 5 just seems too messy.

However, after putting all speculations together, it can be concluded that Apple would end up releasing two iPhones this year-one iPhone 6 with a nice array of specs and the other to be sold at minimal prices to hold the market. . Apple recently did away with the generational split for the iPod Touch line, and it wouldn’t be unexpected to see Cupertino drop the iPhone 5 and 4S completely going forward to make the way for the above mentioned two.

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