Category Archives: Business

The mythical Verizon iPhone 4 finally coming it appears.

The iPhone for Verizon has been a long time coming.  There were news articles back in 2007 a few short months after the phones’ launch, in how it would soon be headed for Verizon.  Unless something drastic happens, it certainly appears that Verizon plans to announce this coming Tuesday that it will get its own version of the iPhone 4.

The two things that I certainly will be curious to hear about is  how many people will either switch from AT&T if they already have an iPhone and how many new iPhone users there will be who have not wanted to sign up for it with AT&T. On those two topics, a few quotes from Wall Street Journal article on that.

Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst at Sanford Bernstein, has estimated that Verizon could add more than 10 million U.S. iPhone customers.

“It’s great news,” said Michael Benkoski, 55 years old, who works at a technology leasing company in Chicago. “I’ve been waiting for it for about two years.”

Analysts fear AT&T could see one to three million fewer new subscribers because of the Verizon iPhone.

The final link I will end with is this good piece from Daring Fireball:  Why Next Week’s Event Is Hosted by Verizon, Not Apple.

Via: Verizon Finally Lands the iPhone – WSJ.com. and Verizon iPhone 4 on CDMA Network Set to Be Announced – NYTimes.com.


TWIT: The growth of a new business

I have listened to the This Week in Tech podcast since it’s inception and is a great show. It covers the weekly news in the technology world and gives you a range of opinions from a rotating group of guests.

The article is an interesting look inside the TWIT network and on the growing industry of podcasting if done right.  The two shows I listen to/watch is as mentioned This Week in Tech and Macbreak Weekly, as the name implies focused on Apple and it is products.  As the article mentions core group of people who started out as commentators on TWIT where from the Tech TV network and the show The Screen Savers.  Which is what attracted me to give the new show a chance, since I had enjoyed The Screen Savers so much.  Overall, it has been great to see Leo Laporte’s and his TWIT’s network success grow over the years.

Balancing on a giant rubber ball in a broadcast studio and control room carved out of a cottage in Petaluma, Calif., Leo Laporte is an unlikely media mogul.

From that little town in California wine country, he runs his empire, a podcasting network, TWIT. For 30 hours each week, he and the other hosts on his network talk about technology — topics like the best e-book reader or how to get rid of a computer virus — for shows that he gives away online.

Nerdy, yes. Silly, no. TWIT gets its name from Mr. Laporte’s flagship podcast, “This Week in Tech,” which is downloaded by a quarter of a million people each week. He produces 22 other technology-focused podcasts that are downloaded five million times a month.

via Leo Laporte Builds Empire With ‘This Week in Tech’ – NYTimes.com.

 

Eggs by the dozen to be banned by European Union?

For all the good that government does, stories like this can make it seem like they really don’t do any good at all.

In the article it mentions the possibly that the rule will not go into effect for a year  or so.  Hopefully they can turn this around and reverse this purposed rule.

With this sort of rule I am just perplexed on what they where thinking when writing this rule.  In the article they have a quote saying important to “provided [information] in a way that is meaningful and beneficial to consumers” like saying 12 eggs or 6 rolls is not.. Odd is all I can say..

For the first time, eggs and other products such as oranges and bread rolls will be sold by weight instead of by the number contained in a packet. Until now, Britain has been exempt from EU regulations that forbid the selling of goods by number. But last week MEPs voted to end Britain’s deal despite objections from UK members….Or that a bag of white rolls has 322g inside instead of half a dozen. The rules will not allow both the weight and the quantity to be displayed.

One major food supplier said: ‘This is hindering rather than helping the consumer, taking away one of the key bits of information. If this goes through it would demonstrate how far removed the legislators are from the real world. It’s bonkers.’

via EU to ban selling eggs by the dozen: Shopkeepers’ fury as they are told all food must be weighed and sold by the kilo | Mail Online.

Hat tip (H/T) to No More Buying Eggs By The Dozen in the UK. neatorama.com

Another Casualty of the BP oil spill

I had read one or two shorter stories about this and not surprised at this at all.  The story is the independent gas stations being hurt by the BP oil spill and the ensuing boycotts that have sprung up is not very surprising to me.  This story just brings to light one more area that is being harmed from the huge catastrophe that the oil spill has become.  This information is just something to keep in mind the next time you get gas.

“The biggest hit comes not from lost gas sales but from lost convenience store business. Owners like Juckniess make just pennies on a gallon of gas. But they might make up to 55 cents on a $1 cup of coffee. The margins on candy and chips are about 48 percent and 37 percent, respectively, Jeff Lenard of the National Association of Convenience Stores.

…The boycott’s impact on BP is limited. The company makes most of its money exploring and producing oil in places such as Angola, Egypt, the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

….And even if drivers opt to fill up at an Exxon or 7-Eleven, they still may buy BP gasoline. Because of the way gas is refined and marketed, BP fuel gets supplied to stations other than those with BP brands.”

via As drivers shun BP gas, station owners want full service from BP to help get business back | StarTribune.com.