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Column: Galaxy S5 Release is moment of truth for Samsung story

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Samsung Electronics is widely expected to debut its new Galaxy smartphone on Monday, February 24, and so far the buzz has been kept to a minimum. The Galaxy S4 failed to live up to its hype, and even before its release the S5 has become something of a disappointment. Features that were once rumored for inclusion -- a 64-bit processor, full-screen fingerprint recognition, and an eye scanner -- are...

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Column: Apple and Tesla contemplating the automotive if’s

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My original opening to this article read like this: Apple is almost certainly not acquiring Tesla Motors.

But maybe it should.

It would be cool to imagine Elon Musk as Tim Cook's successor, wouldn't it?

On Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Apple's top M&A guy, former Goldman Sachs banker Adrian Perica, met with Musk (and probably Tim Cook as well) last spring...

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Column: Google, Microsoft make peace with their partners

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It was in 2010 that the mobile era first began to take after a soap opera -- the year that Steve Jobs called Android a "stolen product," and pledged to destroy it. That spring, Samsung Electronics released the first Galaxy S smartphone, which would later become the subject of a contentious legal battle with Apple. It was also in 2010 that the smartphone patent war went global, with the number of...

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Column: Help us, Aereo! Streaming TV is our only hope now

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Ugh.

If you're one of the millions of Americans fed up with the state of the cable industry, one story this week turned your stomach like a jar of sun-bleached mayonnaise.

Comcast, the largest cable company in the country, announced it would buy out Time Warner Cable, the second-largest cable company in the country, for $45.2 billion in an all-stock deal. Time Warner's 11 million customers...

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Column: Three fresh rumors about Apple's iPhone 6

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The Korea Herald reported this afternoon that Apple is testing an iPhone 6 prototype that does not have a bezel surrounding its display. If Apple is indeed going bezel-less for the newest iPhone, it could look more like a Samsung Galaxy S4 than an iPhone 5S.

This is only the latest report to mention the bezel-less approach: Last November, Bloomberg reported that Apple was developing two new...

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Column: Twitter has a tough act to follow

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Last week's quarterly results announcement made it clear, if nothing else had, that Twitter is not the second coming of Facebook. The question remains whether it is a whole 'nother thing of great value, as a social phenomenon and as a public company.

Certainly, Twitter's first quarterly earnings report showed that it can't match Facebook's unique trajectory as a social media phenomenon --...

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Column: How Amazon Prime is driving up shipping costs

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In a typical December, United Parcel Service and FedEx see their volumes peak mid-month as folks wrap up their Christmas buying. Last year, however, the packages just kept coming.

"More consumers shopped last-minute," said an analyst from NPD Group, as events unfolded. "E-commerce shipments far exceeded peak projections," noted UPS during its quarterly earnings call. "Last-minute promotions...

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Twitter: The bears sweat the details

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Twitter is taking an absolute beating post-earnings, mostly because of one measly stat: Its quarter-over-quarter growth in monthly active users fell to just 4% from 6% in Q3.

Incidentally, Facebook's quarter-over-quarter growth fell to 4% in the second quarter of 2013.

But at that time, Facebook had over 1.1 billion users.

As of the fourth quarter reported yesterday, Twitter was...

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Column: Microsoft's Satya Nadella does not need our advice

Why is it that every time a company gets a new CEO, the media falls all over itself to offer advice?

Satya Nadella has been running Microsoft for one day and already thousands of folks have stepped up to offer lists of recommendations of things he needs to do right now before Microsoft, I don't know, falls into a volcano or something.

Now I'm okay with identifying Microsoft's weaknesses...

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Column: Apple files its most ironic patent yet

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"Who wants a stylus? You have to get 'em, put 'em away, you lose 'em. Yecch! Nobody wants a stylus. So let's not use a stylus."

That sweeping, provocative disapproval of rubber-tipped pointers was expressed seven years ago by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs during the grand debut of the original iPhone. Valuing simplicity above all else, the Cupertino chief condemned the notion of extra accessories...

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