Once people start wearing Google glasses, there will be zero privacy in public. That may be a creepy prospect, but it would have been useful at the Boston Marathon finish line.
Google (GOOG) this week started delivering the first batch -- probably a few hundred, at the most -- of its Internet-enabled eyeglasses to early adopters. Production and sales will ramp up in stages in the coming weeks until they become generally available, probably within about a year.
Now, imagine that we could shift some parts of history by a year or two. Imagine that most people in public this week were wearing Google's eyeglasses, recording all audio and video almost all the time.
Let me suggest this: The case of the Boston bombings would have been solved within minutes, perhaps seconds. With hundreds or thousands of people wearing Google glasses, hardly one movement or word acted or spoken in public would have remained unrecorded. There would be no mystery as to who did it.
Even with Apple set to enter Internet radio fray, Wall Street is beginning to recognize that Pandora enjoys first-mover advantages that make it tough to dislodge.
By and large, most tech and music websites get the Pandora Media (P) story horribly wrong.
But the tide appears to be turning.
Not only is Pandora's stock up but the news flow is relatively positive, as more stories reflect a seemingly new-found comprehension of Pandora's competitive advantages, and of the true meaning of Apple's (AAPL) all-but-certain entry into Internet radio.
Dismal conditions in the PC market are hobbling the world's largest semiconductor maker. But Intel is making the investments it needs to excel in other markets.
By Joseph Hogue
Companies must spend money to make money -- at least, that's what many investors believe.
The market has long followed research and development (R&D) and capital expenditures (or capex, for short) with the idea that companies making investments in these areas will see huge payoffs in revenue somewhere down the line.
When the increase in capex works out, investors are rewarded. The issue is that the market has a problem with timing the jump in future revenue. When the stock price bounces too early and the revenue is not there to support it, then shares retreat downward.
One major tech company is waiting for its recent R&D investments to pay off. I'm talking about Intel (INTC), the world's largest maker of computer chips.
An analyst thinks the company could return an additional $20 billion or more to shareholders as it seeks to bolster its flagging stock price.
Speculation as to what Apple (AAPL) will do with its $137 billion cash hoard mounts ahead of the release of the Cupertino, Calif., company's first-quarter financial results, on April 23. One analyst thinks Apple could allocate as much as an additional $20 billion for shareholder dividends and stock buybacks.
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich believes Apple could boost its cash return to shareholders to $65 billion over the next three years, up from the $45 billion already budgeted for dividends and buybacks.
Raising its dividend and accelerating share buybacks would alleviate some of the pressure Apple is facing from shareholders such as David Einhorn, and would have the added benefit of whetting investor appetite for the stock.
"The market appears to be underestimating the potential dividend increase, and a significant return of cash could boost the stock price by 10%," Milunovich wrote in a note to investors. The analyst rates the stock a "buy" and has a $560 price target.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing to cut the tax break on business and occupation taxes by 25% in order to raise more funding for state education.
Washington is a near-mythical state, where the trees tower higher than most buildings, pot is legal, and beaches or state parks are omnipresent. The state also offers another big reason people choose to live there: taxes, or rather a lack thereof.
In the state of Washington, residents don't pay state income taxes and companies don't pay corporate income taxes. As for companies, they're required to pay a gross receipts tax that's fairly low -- 0.13% to 3.3%. The state also offers a variety of other tax breaks for corporations, making it a popular spot for companies to be headquartered, especially those in technology. Point in fact, Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT) both call Washington state home. (Microsoft publishes MSN Money.)
However, that could all be changing.
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