July 6, 2012 |
Good artists copy, but does the saying apply to retailers too? Best Buy hopes so, as it's converting 60 of its locations into Apple Store lookalikes, according to a new report. The new stores, dubbed "Best Buy 2.0," take several plays from Apple's book, including a new help desk reminiscent of Apple's Genius Bar, more focus on mobile devices, and the ability to let shoppers pay from more locations. The help desk, called Solution Central, is manned by Best Buy's Geek Squad, according to the report.
June 7, 2012 |
Apple has sued Samsung in hopes of receiving an injunction that would keep the South Korean company from starting to sell its Galaxy S III phone in the U.S. this month. Apple filed the lawsuit with the District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday, claiming Samsung's phone infringes on Apple's user-interface patents, according to a report. But Samsung says consumers hoping to buy its flagship phone later this month need not worry as sales will proceed as planned.
June 5, 2012 |
Cricket won't be the only U.S. carrier offering pre-paid iPhones for long, according to a news report that Virgin Mobile will also sell Apple's smartphone on a pay-as-you-go basis. Sprint, Virgin Mobile's parent company, is expected to announce later this week that the carrier will begin offering the iPhone as early as July 1, according to the Wall Street Journal . That news comes days after Cricket announced it would begin selling pre-paid iPhones starting June 22. There are no details yet on pricing for Virgin Mobile's iPhone, but Cricket will charge about $300 more than other networks do for iPhones that come with a two-year contract.
May 30, 2012 |
“What's black and white and read all over?” That is the setup for what used to be the first joke learned by most every American kid. These days, delivering the punch line would leave the kids bewildered. They might just say, “What's a newspaper?” In our new media age, that is not a question with an obvious answer. Ask the people in New Orleans who just found out their venerable Times-Picayune will no longer be available in print every day. Based in a city and state with a perennially high level of corruption and dysfunction, the Times-Picayune has been a powerful and admired community watchdog.
May 17, 2012 |
Rumors of a sixth-generation iPhone with a larger 4-inch screen are starting to gain traction, with another report coming out backing the claim. The iPhone, which has had a 3.5-inch screen since its initial launch in 2007, may finally follow the trend started by Android smartphones and increase its screen size as a way to once again wow customers with a new feature. Apple reportedly has prepared to begin ordering larger screens for its flagship product from suppliers in South Korea and Japan.
March 23, 2012 |
Few things are more entertaining than watching a debating pro run rings around an opponent. Just ask the witnesses to an encounter staged Friday between Gov. Jerry Brown and Robert Thomson, the managing editor of the Wall Street Journal. The event was the keynote of the Journal's annual three-day ECO:nomics conference for “green” investors. The Australian Thomson, Rupert Murdoch's handpicked Journal boss, was seemingly intent on getting Brown to endorse some of the Journal's editorial favorites, such as nuclear power and the controversial natural gas extraction technique known as fracking.
February 21, 2012 |
Anonymous Kollektiv, a German group claiming ties to the shadowy hacker group Anonymous, signalled out the Wall Street Journal today as the target of a crowd sourced "comments" flash mob. To be clear: No servers were brought down, the Wall Street Journal's site didn't go dark and no reporter's sensitive source list was hacked. Instead, hundreds of people posted a relatively mild paragraph in the comment section on various Facebook pages run by the Journal, suggesting that the paper was trying to stir up fear in Americans by comparing Anonymous to Al Qaeda.
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February 11, 2012 |
Jeffrey Zaslow, a Wall Street Journal reporter with a flair for inspirational stories who produced three nonfiction bestsellers, beginning with the 2008 book "The Last Lecture" about life lessons from a dying man, was killed in a car crash Friday. He was 53. Zaslow's death was announced on the website of Detroit's Fox 2 News, where his wife, Sherry Margolis, is an anchor. Zaslow was driving on a snow-covered highway in northern Michigan when he lost control and was hit by a truck.
January 6, 2012
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Friday. Van Halen played a private show for journalists and music industry insiders at a tiny club in Greenwich Village Thursday night. ( Wall Street Journal ) Will.i.am is becoming a car maker? ( Wall Street Journal ) Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox, Robin Williams and Vinnie Jones star in the new trailer for... the Oscars ( Los Angeles Times ) Doctors say Nick Cannon is likely suffering from acute kidney failure, a "silent" disease.
December 26, 2011 |
The race is for a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts, but it's really a referendum on Wall Street. On one side is Democrat Elizabeth Warren, the architect of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and an inspiration for the Occupy Wall Street movement. On the other: incumbent Republican Scott Brown, one of the biggest recipients of campaign contributions from the financial industry. Brown is campaigning on traditional Republican themes of smaller government and lower taxes.