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.
 

With the animation studio on board, Netflix significantly diversifies the sources of its exclusive and original programming.

By TheStreet Staff Jun 17, 2013 11:16AM

thestreet logoNetflix logoBy Antoine Gara

 

Netflix (NFLX) is teaming up with DreamWorks Animation (DWA) to bring TV series and movies to the streaming video service, in a deal that strengthens the company's hand in winning original content and new subscribers.

 

DreamWorks Animation will create at least 300 hours of original Web-only movie and TV content, in a partnership that further underscores attempts by Netflix and its CEO Reed Hastings to take on the cable TV industry. Partnering with DreamWorks indicates Netflix will be taking a multi-faceted approach to its content library, as the company picks over Hollywood for the right formula to grow its subscriber base of nearly 30 million.

 

In the deal, Netflix will get exclusive rights to new shows from DreamWorks hit franchises such as "Shrek," "Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" and exclusive movie rights to movie releases from the Jeffrey Katzenberg-run company such as "The Croods," "Turbo" and "Turbo F.A.S.T.," the companies said in a joint press release.

 

With 'free WiFi' tied to your cable contract, is wireless access still a public service, or a private utility?

By TheStreet Staff Jun 11, 2013 4:31PM

thestreet logo Man with laptop © Ken Seet/SuperStockBy Dana Blankenhorn

 

Four years ago, I was stuck in Chengdu, China, facing numerous deadlines back in the United States.

 

My solution was to turn on my computer's WiFi router, look for open connections among my new Chinese neighbors and piggy-back on them.

 

It worked. My copy made it to where it needed to go. I even wrote a story about it. I suggested that a "side-band" could separate the bits a subscriber was using from those the public could access, and the router could firewall a subscriber's computer from those radio signals. Voila -- free universal access to the Internet!

 

Comcast (CMCSA) is now doing something like that, but without the free part.

 

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