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Here's Why Some Musicians Hate Spotify's Daniel Ek and Pandora's Tim Westergren

09/08/14 - 08:30 AM EDT

The words of Spotify's CEO and actions of Pandora executives justify the angst and, in some cases, hatred many musicians feel toward streaming radio.

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The Streaming Service I Wish Apple or Google Would Have Bought

09/06/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

It seems like a bonehead of a strategic move for streaming radio platform Rdio to partner with Cumulus Media, a dinosaur of a broadcast radio company.

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If Apple's a Sell, the Stock Market Stinks

09/05/14 - 08:19 AM EDT

The euphoria that's about to surround Apple might not be enough to inject life into a stock that many other high fliers have outperformed.

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Amazon, Google and Same-Day Delivery Minus Profits

09/04/14 - 08:44 AM EDT

What's up with the mass proliferation of companies that deliver products and services within 24 to 48 hours or sooner?

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Apple's Archaic Software and Services Could Be Its Achilles' Heel

09/02/14 - 08:50 AM EDT

Despite what Tim Cook says, Apple is and has always been a hardware company. It should strike concern that, as Apple releases new devices, software might take center stage.

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Best Buy Needs to Get a Grip and Hire a New, Visionary CEO

08/27/14 - 09:24 AM EDT

Now more than ever, physical retail needs visionary leaders. Best Buy's Hubert Joly doesn't match the job qualification.

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Long-Time Investor Is Dumping Pandora Shares

08/26/14 - 12:08 PM EDT

An early-stage, decade-longer investor in Pandora appears to be bailing out.

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Love Amazon Stock as Much as Amazon the Company

08/26/14 - 09:00 AM EDT

If you're still scoffing at Amazon, you probably need to merge your ideas of what makes great companies and great stocks.

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Don't Forget Why Apple Fans Love iPhone

08/26/14 - 08:30 AM EDT

Apple doesn't need revolution with iPhone 6, just a little more evolution.

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Super Bowl Halftime Show Flap Proves Pandora's Impact, Music Industry's Ineptitude

08/24/14 - 09:00 AM EDT

The greedy NFL should be paying musicians, not the other way around. But it's the music industry's fault that it has come to this.

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Taylor Swift Marks a Do-or-Die Moment for Yahoo!

08/22/14 - 08:09 AM EDT

Yahoo! must capitalize on its recent Taylor Swift buzz with a real live concert streaming strategy. If not, Yahoo! Screen might never get off the ground.

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Why the Wired World Isn't Worth a Cup of Dog Pee

08/20/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

There's an app that will analyze your dog's urine after you collect it in a cup. Is technology going too far?

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As Competitors Slum It, Apple Prepares Android-Crushing iPhone 6

08/19/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Global smartphone marketshare numbers help us further understand Apple's superior strategy across devices.

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Even Buick Is Kicking Microsoft's Butt

08/16/14 - 09:30 AM EDT

Before it continues down the path that facilitated Apple's disposal of BlackBerry, Microsoft should study Buick's marketing.

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Microsoft Will Never Learn, Keeps Attacking Apple

08/14/14 - 08:30 AM EDT

As Steve Ballmer does his best (uncool) impersonation of Mark Cuban, Satya Nadella is left cleaning up his impossible mess at Microsoft.

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Will Pandora and Sirius XM Merge?

08/14/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

While Yahoo!, Google or even Amazon taking out Pandora might be more exciting, a union with Sirius XM could make sense.

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What to Expect From Marissa Mayer and Yahoo! Live Concert Streaming

08/12/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Don't expect Yahoo! Screen's August 18 live event with Taylor Swift to be a one-off performance.

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Bearish Pandora For the Wrong Reasons

08/11/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

It should be investing 101: Be sure to support your bear case with bonafide reasons to be bearish.

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Yahoo! Could Hammer Google, Completely Disrupt Music Industry

08/08/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Pandora represents a key cog that could help Yahoo! reinvigorate its business and turn music back into a multi-billion dollar powerhouse.

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Is Taylor Swift About to Do a Deal With Yahoo!?

08/07/14 - 03:03 PM EDT

As Taylor Swift releases clues, presumably with respect to her forthcoming album, the third one involves -- somewhat mysteriously -- Yahoo!

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Pandora's Deal With Thousands of Indie Labels Changes the Game

08/06/14 - 12:42 PM EDT

Pandora's pact with Merlin takes a step in the right direction on data, but it also alters the playing field with respect to independent artist exposure.

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Why Firing Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Would Be a Dumb Move

08/06/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Getting rid of Marissa Mayer would be short-sighted. She's building a unique business at Yahoo! with a long-term focus, not the long-hanging fruit of advertising clicks.

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Apple Has a Problem and There's Only One Way to Fix It

08/05/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Folks calling for change inside the Apple Store risk breaking something that doesn't need fixing.

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Further Proof Microsoft Is Doomed By Apple and Google's Dominance

08/01/14 - 10:20 AM EDT

Apple and Google have already crushed Microsoft with consumers. Expect a similar trend with business customers.

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Pandora's Tim Westergren Thinks He's On a Mission From God

07/30/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

The Internet radio leader fails to lead, thanks largely to a co-founder set in his well-intentioned, but stubborn and righteous ways.

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How Netflix Taught Me a Pandora Lesson

07/29/14 - 09:00 AM EDT

Changing your position on a company or stock -- even frequently -- makes more sense than marrying yourself to emotional arguments.

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It's a Red Flag When Billboard Doesn't Even Know Who Pandora's CEO Is

07/29/14 - 08:30 AM EDT

There's something wrong when a leading music-related publication thinks Tim Westergren is Pandora's CEO.

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You're Probably Better Off Buying Amazon Stock Than Apple

07/29/14 - 08:15 AM EDT

Both AMZN and AAPL likely have tons of upside, but, if you consider each company's situation without blinders, filters or bias, Amazon probably deserves a slight edge.

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Pandora Needs to Fire Its CEO or Hire Someone to Help Him

07/28/14 - 09:00 AM EDT

A static, modest growth business model will do Pandora little good on Wall Street and, eventually, with listeners. It needs to innovate in more ways than one.

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The Stupidity of the Music Industry Is Absolutely Stunning

07/28/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Record labels should seek sole control of companies such as Vevo and Spotify, not buyers and 'strategic investors.'

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Here's What Apple's Murder of Microsoft Might Look Like

07/28/14 - 07:30 AM EDT

Tim Cook isn't about to stop at the mouth of his Apple/IBM partnership. He'll continue to provide businesses with reasons to switch from Microsoft.

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Was Apple's Demolition of BlackBerry 'Click Bait' or Did It Actually Happen?

07/24/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Looking back at BlackBerry's 2011 collapse should prompt investors to at least look twice and think before they blow off predictions of Microsoft's collapse at the hands of Apple.

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Apple Should Do Us a Favor and Buy Twitter

07/23/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

The fate of Twitter rests on the ego of its CEO. Will Dick Costolo swallow his pride and seek a buyer for the social network?

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Why Yahoo's Marissa Mayer Is 2014's Top CEO By a Landslide

07/22/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Tech geeks and financial media wonks focus on the wrong factors at Yahoo. Pay attention to Yahoo! Screen -- it will become Mayer's game-changing legacy.

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Time Warner Would Be Insane to Sell HBO

07/21/14 - 12:34 PM EDT

Given the opportunity that lies ahead for HBO, Time Warner would make a huge mistake letting HBO go. Jeff Bewkes would be better off divesting CNN for free.

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Apple Will Murder Microsoft and Bury It With BlackBerry's Corpse

07/21/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Don't ignore the writing on the wall. Microsoft might be a good investment today, but Apple will render it a shell of its former self tomorrow.

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We Could Be Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks Away From a Huge Pandora Announcement

07/21/14 - 07:45 AM EDT

Barring a buyout, expect Pandora to move big on data now -- or never.

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Apple Well On Its Way to Absolutely Devastating Microsoft

07/07/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Recent data suggests a scary conclusion for Microsoft -- business customers might be moving away from Windows/Office pursuant to employee demand.

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There's No Guarantee Apple and Google Will Crush Pandora

07/03/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Standalone streamers such as Beats Music and Songza can only put the hurt on Pandora if Apple and Google properly leverage these assets.

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Albert Fried: 'Pandora's Scale is a False Asset'

07/02/14 - 11:20 AM EDT

The day after Google buys Songza, a leading Internet radio analyst argues that Pandora is losing its competitive advantage quick.

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Will Public Displays of Arrogance From Pandora Executives Kill the Company?

07/02/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

In public, Pandora claims moves by Spotify, Apple and traditional radio will have no impact on its business. The company really cannot believe this propaganda behind closed doors.

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Google Buys Songza and That's a Loss for Amazon

07/01/14 - 04:23 PM EDT

It's official: Google adds Songza to its streaming music portfolio. It's curious why Amazon would not have made this move.

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It's a Great Time to Be a Consumer of Media and Technology

07/01/14 - 02:05 PM EDT

Consumers and investors reap the benefits of an environment that's not as much about delivering revenue and profits as it is about becoming a ubiquitous consumer presence.

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Here's What Apple's iWatch Must Do to Avoid Being a Flop

07/01/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

When you consider iPod, iPhone and iPad's sales numbers and staying power, it's sensible to be skeptical about Apple's move into wearable technology.

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Is the Tech Bubble About to Burst?

06/30/14 - 07:50 PM EDT

If you have to defend $1.2 million in funding for an app called "Yo," maybe larger insecurities are at play.

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Why a Television Set Would Do Wonders for Apple's Image

06/30/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Apple should stake out and defend at least a little bit of high-end turf to ensure its allure doesn't dilute and eventually wear thin.

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The Devastating Collapse of the Music Industry in One Chart

06/27/14 - 11:00 AM EDT

As they spread blame to everybody but themselves, the numbers show that the executives who comprise the music industrial complex are little more than a gaggle of losers.

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Radio's Quiet Game Changer That Could Crush Pandora

06/27/14 - 09:15 AM EDT

Expect a groundbreaking new initiative launched by a Seattle radio station to spread, changing traditional radio for the better and eventually putting serious hurt on Pandora.

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If Apple Focused on iTV, It Could Be as Big as iPhone and iPad

06/27/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

The living room presents the most Apple-like opportunity in tech. It's curious we haven't heard much about it.

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Amazon Should Have Made Fire Phone Free

06/23/14 - 08:30 AM EDT

What good is profit if Amazon doesn't sell enough smartphones for it to show on the bottom line?

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Apple's Smartwatch Will Probably Fail

06/23/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

iPhone 6 will save the day, but Apple still deserves scrutiny for entering a smartwatch/wearable device market consumers might not even care about.

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Dunkin Donuts Preparing to Crush Krispy Kreme in California

06/23/14 - 07:00 AM EDT

Previewing the possibility of a donut war on the West Coast as Dunkin Donuts looks to invade territory occupied by local shops, Krispy Kreme and Winchell's.

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On Fire Phone, Amazon Steals Its Own Feature From Apple's iPhone

06/18/14 - 02:53 PM EDT

The Jeff Bezos strategy of knocking off hardware ideas from other technology companies appears to be wearing thin.

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Don't Blame Google for Being Horribly Unethical and Opportunistic

06/18/14 - 12:13 PM EDT

No matter how poorly they're treated by technology companies, the music industry has nobody to blame but itself for its position of impotence.

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Twitter's Problem in Roughly 140 Words and a Handful of Links

06/16/14 - 12:04 PM EDT

Dick Costolo needs to step back and admit he's in over his head as CEO of Twitter. The time has come to sell to Facebook.

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Is Starbucks' Beer and Wine La Boulange in Los Angeles a Red Flag?

06/16/14 - 10:06 AM EDT

If the original concept has room to grow, why is Starbucks expanding in ways dissociated from its core brand?

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If Pandora Really Cared About Musicians ...

06/12/14 - 10:38 AM EDT

Pandora and other filthy rich executives and investors are doing very little to change the dystopian relationship between Internet radio and the music industry.

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Who Is Going to Buy Madison Square Garden?

06/11/14 - 09:00 AM EDT

As media and telecommunications companies jockey for position and attempt to build empires, expect a bidding war to emerge for MSG.

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What Becomes of Pandora If It Doesn't Get Bought Out?

06/10/14 - 09:09 AM EDT

If Pandora doesn't sell out, it gets boxed out. It's tough to win with a static strategy against the big boys in technology and media.

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Apple Still Headed to $1,000

06/10/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

There's no company with a stronger existing core -- and ready to extend its dominance -- than Apple. iPhone 6 leads the way. And nothing else matters.

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Twitter Investors Could Still Feel More Pain

06/09/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Just because the media loves Twitter doesn't mean it's ubiquitous enough to achieve Facebook-like success.

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Yahoo: Marissa Mayer's Huge Opportunity to Become Tech's Top CEO

06/06/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

At Yahoo!, Mayer has opened the door to a potentially lucrative space. But there's more work to be done.

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Apple Executing a More Powerful Strategy Than Amazon

06/05/14 - 11:11 AM EDT

If it's merely more gimmicks, bells and whistles designed to pump up Amazon Prime, Jeff Bezos's forthcoming smartphone will fail.

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Pandora Trash Talks Apple, Is Google Ready to Back It Up?

06/04/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

For Pandora to survive, it needs to swallow its pride and let go of its albeit wildly successful past.

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Apple Should Start Its Own Record Label

06/03/14 - 04:02 PM EDT

If Apple is to accomplish its stated goal of dominating the digital music landscape, it needs to collect talent beyond Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.

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At the Hands of Apple, Android Is as Good as Dead

06/03/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

The numbers don't lie: Tim Cook and Apple are about to whip Android's butt.

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Apple Will Probably Buy Twitter Next

06/02/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Twitter represents another cog in the machine that will lead Apple to digital music dominance.

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This Time It's For Real: Apple Has Killed Pandora

05/29/14 - 01:27 PM EDT

Between the Apple/Beats deal and Twitter's aggressive moves on music data, Pandora might as well not even exist.

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Tim Cook Just Took Apple Away From Steve Jobs

05/29/14 - 10:50 AM EDT

With the Apple, Beats deal done, Cook will execute Apple's digital music strategy, getting it right where Jobs got it wrong.

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Apple and Tim Cook Critics, It's Time to Shut Up

05/29/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

With the focus of the Apple-Beats deal on music, Tim Cook has set out to fix a major Steve Jobs' mistake.

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Will WalMart End Up Crushing Amazon?

05/28/14 - 01:30 PM EDT

With online sales growing faster at WalMart than at Amazon, brick and mortar retail reinvents itself not by choice, but out of necessity.

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Helping Apple Haters Understand Why Android Is Doomed

05/28/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Modern-day Apple has never claimed it invented anything other than better experiences. It's that approach that produces competition-crushing effects.

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Best Buy: Dead and Dangerous Money

05/27/14 - 11:00 AM EDT

Until big-box retailers implement real, non-Amazon strategies, long-term investors should stay away from their stocks.

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Apple Annihilates Android, Crushes Stock Market in 2015

05/27/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

iPhone 6 will change the game. And Apple will own the 2014-15 holiday shopping season.

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Apple's 'Smart Home' Levels Android All Over Again

05/27/14 - 07:30 AM EDT

If the idea of making your iPhone even more useful comes to life, Android's really toast.

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Sell Twitter to Facebook Before It's Too Late

05/22/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

It would be a shame to see Twitter die, but if its CEO doesn't get smart he could kill it.

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Apple Can't Lose Unless It Beats Itself

05/21/14 - 09:58 AM EDT

The competition can't touch Apple. Tim Cook knows this. So why take such a big risk on Beats Electronics?

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Microsoft Is a Total Embarrassment

05/20/14 - 05:28 PM EDT

Satya Nadella proved Microsoft remains a joke by introduction a third failed iteration of his company's useless Surface tablet.

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It's Do or Die For Struggling Retailers

05/20/14 - 09:21 AM EDT

Best Buy. JCP. Sears. The whole lot of brick and mortar losers will die if they don't shore up the most important area of their business.

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AT&T Buying DIRECTV: Blame Canada

05/19/14 - 01:23 PM EDT

AT&T wants NFL Sunday Ticket. And it's all because they're looking to weasel into as many facets of your life as it possibly can.

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An Apple Acquisition That Could Squash Netflix

05/19/14 - 08:44 AM EDT

The more you think about, the more sensible the idea of Apple moving aggressively into streaming video becomes.

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Amazon's Retail Strategy Needs a Soundtrack

05/17/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Jeff Bezos can only justify knocking off hardware, software and services form other companies for so long without some exciting wrinkle.

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Apple Has Opportunity to Succeed Where Pandora Has Failed

05/16/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Harnessing the popular appeal of music and the power of data -- that's a piece of the puzzle that ties Apple and Beats together.

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Why Facebook Should Buy Twitter

05/14/14 - 09:43 AM EDT

Unlike Facebook, Twitter continues to push advertising on a user base that's, in large swaths, disengaged. That's not going to work.

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Physical Retailers Still Have No Answer for Amazon

05/14/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Lost, lame and pathetic -- Sears's model of closing stores and Best Buy's showroom within a showroom concept barely begins to address retail's Amazon.com-induced woes.

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Peter Gammons Uses Pandora Radio

05/13/14 - 05:57 PM EDT

It's official: Internet Radio has gone mainstream.

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Steve Jobs Was an Idiot

05/13/14 - 04:04 PM EDT

Apple fell behind in digital music because Steve Jobs didn't see the future. So why are we quoting him in light of the Beats news?

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If Microsoft Only Admitted How Bad It Stinks

05/13/14 - 01:11 PM EDT

Microsoft needs to ditch the Surface tablet and focus on areas where it actually has a chance to compete effectively over the long-term.

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Has Best Buy Been Hacked? (UPDATED)

05/13/14 - 10:37 AM EDT

Three fraudulent purchases in my 'My Best Buy' account in a matter of days, including one charged to my Best Buy credit card. Here are the screenshots. And beware!

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If You Work For Sears You Need to Quit Your Job Immediately

05/13/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

It's only a matter of time before Sears completely implodes. Its leader needs to answer some questions and its employees need to run away.

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Apple's Next Major Acquisition After Beats

05/12/14 - 08:51 AM EDT

Nobody has connected the dots between a company Beats recently acquired and what could be part of Apple's future ambitions. Until now ...

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The Two Most Important Outcomes of the Apple, Beats Deal Nobody's Talking About

05/12/14 - 07:52 AM EDT

The Apple/Beats hook up changes the Internet radio landscape profoundly. So much so Pandora will not be able to remain independent.

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Apple Doesn't Give a Damn if Analysts Understand What It Does

05/10/14 - 10:00 AM EDT

Tim Cook's no idiot. But I'm not so sure about the cats questioning Apple's move to buy Beats.

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Tim Cook Is a Stinking Genius If Apple Buys Beats

05/09/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Apple and Beats -- the perfect marriage of strengths and weaknesses.

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Pandora Not Happy With Criticism As 'Regular Radio' Lives Again

05/08/14 - 08:30 AM EDT

Pandora's dead set on executing a strategy we've seen before. Meantime, broadcast radio's taking chances.

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Nobody Can Save Microsoft, It's About to Die

05/08/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

The writing's on the wall. It'll take longer to become obvious, but Microsoft's set to go the way of BlackBerry.

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I Don't Understand Why Amazon Needs to Worry About Profits

05/07/14 - 08:30 AM EDT

Amazon's service would suffer if it succumbed to Wall Street's short-sighted whims. This would anger consumers and hurt the business.

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The Company Most Likely to Collapse in 2014

05/06/14 - 12:26 PM EDT

The longer it stands still, the more vulnerable Pandora becomes to disruption.

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16 Pathetic Pictures From an Iconic L.A. Sears Store That's Now a Dump

05/06/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Slated for redevelopment, Sears anchors a 23-acre property that used to house a now iconic mail-order retail distribution center in East L.A.

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Tim Cook's Biggest Failure at Apple

05/05/14 - 09:27 AM EDT

A disappointing start for a major Apple initiative doesn't preclude Tim Cook from dominating the space again.

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