Facebook's announcement that it's bringing video to the social network is the first step toward making money on its acquisition last year of Instagram.

By TheStreet Staff Jun 21, 2013 5:49PM

A Facebook Inc. employee demonstrates the new video feature with Instagram in Menlo Park, Calif. on June 20, 2013 (© David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)By Chris Ciaccia

 

Facebook's (FB) purchase of Instagram last year is starting to look a lot better, many analysts believe, not only from a strategic

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 standpoint but for revenue potential. Now, all the company needs to do is show it to the market.

 

Thursday's announcement to bring video to Instagram will eventually allow the company to showcase video ads on the social network to its 130 million monthly active users. Instagram has lost a little luster to Twitter's Vine, which allows users to take 6-second video clips and share them.

 

Instagram's service, available immediately on both Apple's (AAPL) iOS and Google's (GOOG) Android, is a little different. The videos are 15 seconds, and allow users to put a personal touch on them, with 13 new filters designed specifically for video, something advertisers and users will love, eventually.

 

Value investors ought to appreciate the beauty of a stock that's been counted out by Wall Street but is making the right moves to get itself back in the game.

By TheStreet Staff Jun 20, 2013 12:04PM

thestreet logoPeople walk past a RadioShack store in New York Source: © Mario Tama/Getty Images
By Jonathan Heller

 

Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. As a value investor I will buy "ugly ducklings" because I sometimes see what others don't.

 

Of course, sometimes what I'm seeing is all a mirage, and my investment thesis is just plain wrong. But that's par for the course; the hope is that I'm right more often than I am wrong.

 

This investment strategy is not always about buying names with bright futures that have fallen on hard times. It's often about buying names that Wall Street essentially has given up for dead.

 

I can think of no better example than RadioShack (RSH). 


Here was an antiquated retailer (strike one), in the retail electronics business (strike two), with falling revenue, declining margins and substantial debt (strikes three, four and five). There was little to like, given the numerous retailer troubles we've seen in recent years, especially in the electronics space.

 

Renewable-energy subsidies are slashed just as China has jumped to the leading position in the market. The cuts may make China's advantage insurmountable.

By TheStreet Staff Jun 19, 2013 7:14PM

thestreet logoSolar paneslBy Dana Blankenhorn

 

Renewable energy is like any technology -- it starts out expensive and grows cheaper over time. 


Money is its primary fuel; money for research, money for start-ups and money to get early versions into the market.

 

To fuel the new market, Western countries have created various subsidies, such as "feed-in" tariffs and loan guarantees on risky breakthroughs. It's just what we did with computing, transistors and the Internet, creating market conditions before a market exists, setting the stage for a boom.

 

So now that the boom is on the horizon, politicians are doing all they can to hand the fruit of this labor to China.

 

Heading into the enterprise software giant's latest earnings release, it appears that its share price fails to truly reflects the company's long-term value.

By TheStreet Staff Jun 19, 2013 5:47PM

thestreet logoOutside Oracle headquartersBy Richard Saintvilus

 

Say what you want about the dormant nature of enterprise IT spending: Oracle (ORCL) certainly knows how to keep things interesting.

 

First, the database giant surprised the entire sector with its $2.1 billion acquisition of Acme Packet (APKT). Then, a little more than a month later, the company announced its intent to pick off network vendor Tekelec.

 

Although the Tekelec announcement didn't push the needle in terms of media attention, the move nonetheless demonstrates how serious Oracle is to differentiate itself from cloud rivals including Salesforce.com (CRM) and SAP (SAP). But perhaps more noteworthy is this deal signals the confidence of CEO Larry Ellison and Oracle's management team to go after telecom assets to combat (among others) Cisco (CSCO).

 

Its mobile ordering apps have catapulted the pizza chain into the upper crust of technology-driven global brands.

By StreetAuthority Jun 18, 2013 4:22PM
Domino's Pizza worker in Lagos, Nigeria Source: © Sunday Alamba/AP PhotoBy Melvin Pasternak                                                    
When you think of pizza, you probably don't think of technology. But Domino's Pizza (DPZ), one of America's largest pizza chains, has combined the two into a formula for making dough.

Prior to 2010, the stock struggled to break $15 as revenue and earnings growth were sluggish. But between 2010 and the end of 2012, earnings accelerated almost 32%, going from $1.45 to $1.91 in the three-year period. The stock responded with a vengeance, up nearly 500% since the summer of 2010.

The earnings and share price acceleration can be attributed to several factors: successful advertising campaigns, a tastier pizza recipe and international expansion and, perhaps most importantly, technology -- specifically digital ordering technology.
 

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