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Unnamed Russian Banks Are Using AlterGeo’s Location Data For Credit Ratings

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CEA, A Tech Group Backed By Apple And Google, Announces Financial Support Of Log Cabin Republicans

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The Micro, A Compact, Consumer-Friendly 3D Printer, Launches On Kickstarter For $199+

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The Micro, launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 today, is a 3D printer aiming squaring at the consumer end of the market, with a low cost device that’s undoubtedly pretty basic but which is therefore aiming to be simple and straightforward to use. The 3D printer starts at just $199 to early Kickstarter backers. Read More

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Sitedrop Turns A Dropbox Folder Into A Visual Workspace Where You Can Collaborate With Others

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Getting everyone to use the same project management software is a challenge, but everyone seems to have a Dropbox account. Hoping to build on top of the consumer-friendly service’s popularity, a new startup called Sitedrop allows you quickly turn any Dropbox folder into a website where you can visually showcase your work and collaborate with others. Sitedrop users are able to view, comment,… Read More

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LogMeIn Goes After Business Crowd With Cubby Enterprise, An I.T.-Friendly Dropbox Competitor

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Cubby, the Dropbox competitor from LogMeIn which opened up publicly near the end of last year, is rolling out a business-focused version of its service called LogMeIn Enterprise. The company is aiming to find a middle-of-the-road spot in between clunky, but I.T.-friendly solutions employees hate, and the consumer-grade cloud services that I.T. is still wary of. The Enterprise version includes a… Read More

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Google Starts Running Consumer Surveys About Select Advertisers, Highlights Data In Search Ads

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Google is launching a new feature for advertisers today that highlights data Google gathered from its Consumer Surveys in their ads. These so-called “consumer ratings annotations” can appear under Google’s regular text ads and will roll out over the next few days. Read More

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AmEx Debuts Its Most Mobile-Integrated, Rewards-Focused Credit Card

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AmEx has offered a number of different cards to consumers: The Blue Card appeals to those who like cash back options and the Platinum card is specialized for consumers who travel. There’s even a Black Card for high net-worth individuals. Today, the company is debuting a brand new rewards-focused credit card, called Everyday, aimed at the consumer who uses AmEx for most of the everyday purchases. Read More

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Qualcomm Cuts $100 Off Its Toq Smartwatch

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Watch out below! Falling prices!

As the dust settles over Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm just announced a modest price drop for its Toq smartwatch from $350 to $250.

With the new Samsung Gear, the Pebble Steel, and the updated Sony SmartWatch, the Toq has stiff competition. It’s a fine device, although Darrell would argue otherwise. It’s comfortable to wear, has a nice screen, and works relatively well. Compared to the Pebble, it’s light years ahead in terms of possible functionality.

But the Toq is also more limited than others. It only works with Android devices and doesn’t have nearly the amount of developer support behind it than competitors. When the Toq was released, it was widely speculated that it would quickly fail on the consumer market. Qualcomm simply doesn’t have marketing or distribution power needed to make such a device successful.

Maybe a price drop will help move a few units. But probably not.

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HP Posts Modest FQ1 Beat With Revenue Of $28.2B, Adjusted EPS Of $0.90

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Today after the close, HP reported a slight beat in its fiscal first quarter, including net revenue of $28.2 billion, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.90. Investors had expected $27.19 billion in revenue, and $0.84 in per-share profit, excluding items.

HP’s revenue fell 1 percent year over year in the period. How might that be a beat? Well, if people expect your firm’s top line to contract by 4 percent, that’s a fine figure to have. HP’s non-GAAP earnings per share were up 10 percent, and its GAAP earnings per share were up 17 percent.

For its fiscal second quarter, HP forecasts that it will have earnings per share of $0.85 to $0.89 (non-GAAP). Analysts expected $0.89. HP is flat to down in after-hours trading, perhaps on that weakness.

After a difficult fiscal third quarter in 2013, HP has turned in two solid performances. I agree with Julie Bort that this is indicative of current CEO Meg Whitman’s plan for the company working.

Now, to PCs. Here’s HP’s line item on its personal computer business:

Personal Systems revenue was up 4% year over year with a 3.3% operating margin. Commercial revenue increased 8% and Consumer revenue declined 3%. Total units were up 6% with Desktops units down 3% and Notebooks units up 5%.

This jives with what we might have expected: Stronger commercial PC demand is more than making up for weakness among consumers. Microsoft’s OEM revenue breakdown, as you recall, told a similar story. Printing revenue slipped 2 percent. According to Whitman, HP “is in a stronger position today than we’ve been in quite some time.”

I agree.

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Facebook PMD Gigya finishes 2013 with more than 800 million logins

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Gigya, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer, announced today announced that it processed over 800 million logins via its Registration-as-a-Service and Social Login products across Gigya client websites and applications – a 72 percent increase over 2012.

Patrick Salyer, CEO of Gigya, announced the news in a press release:

Gigya had an amazing year in 2013. We added customers and offices around the globe and use of our technology exploded. We already have some exciting developments in store for 2014 and we have the team, products and momentum to own the consumer identity management market this year.

In 2013, Gigya’s product team developed the recently released Consumer Insights dashboard, a tool that provides marketers with a view into consumer identities by aggregating first-party social and behavioral data captured by Gigya products like Social Login, Sharing and Gamification, and visually displaying insights via an actionable dashboard.

Gigya also saw massive client growth in 2013, and now works with customers in 46 countries around the world. The company added major brands in 2013 including AARP, World Wrestling Entertainment, Art.com, Japan Airlines and Tommy Hilfiger. Gigya also expanded its relationships with hundreds of existing customers that chose to implement additional products from Gigya’s platform.

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