The Facebook Home family of apps turns any phone into a Facebook phone, giving the social network a leg up in the fast-growing local-mobile market.

By TheStreet Staff Apr 8, 2013 1:03PM

Facebook on mobile phoneBy Dana Blankenhorn, TheStreetthestreet logo

 

While most people looking at Google's (GOOG) mobile challengers see Samsung and Amazon.com (AMZN) -- which are forking Google's Android operating system to siphon revenue from the website -- a greater threat is rising from Facebook (FB).

 

Facebook's much-hyped mobile phone software, dubbed Home, hijacks Google's Android, despite the happy talk from CEO Mark Zuckerberg about how open Google is.


Facebook Home does this by putting a Facebook news stream on the lock screen, running it as soon as you turn on the phone. 

 

The Street is too late to recognize glaring weaknesses in the network equipment company that have been apparent for some time.

By TheStreet Staff Apr 8, 2013 12:20PM

thestreet logoTrading floor © CorbisBy Richard Saintvilus, TheStreet

 

Investors stuck with the notion that valuation doesn't matter are realizing that every once in a while it does, especially for tech companies with enormous growth expectations.


Shares of F5 Networks (FFIV) were down again Monday after falling almost 20% on Friday following downgrades from several prominent analysts. These analysts are right for lowering expectations. Unfortunately, they're five months late. We saw these red flags in November. Investors' growth expectations didn't jibe with the company's execution back then, and they still don't.

 

The Internet retailing pioneer's era of dominance is over. There are other e-commerce companies that provide better investment opportunities.

By StreetAuthority Apr 3, 2013 2:57PM
Amazon.com wharehouseBy James Brumley                                                    

For years, Amazon.com (AMZN) has been hailed as the king of the e-commerce hill.

After all, it pioneered the industry, gaining a competitive market share in nearly every field it's asserted itself. But as with any company, size and time seem to have caught up with Amazon, knocking it down a notch.

This pessimistic stance on the company is likely to ruffle feathers. But before dismissing the idea that Amazon is anything but bulletproof, consider three realities that would be deemed red flags for any other company.
 

The recruitment of a Microsoft executive involved in the Windows phone suggests that the online retailer is serious about introducing its own smartphone.

By TheStreet Staff Apr 2, 2013 11:28AM

thestreet logoA box from Amazon.com on the porch of a house in Golden, Colorado (© Rick Wilking/Newscom/Reuters)By Chris Ciaccia, TheStreet

 

Amazon.com (AMZN) has increasingly been getting into the hardware business, most notably with its Kindle e-readers and Kindle Fire tablets. The company's latest hire suggests the online retailer could be expanding its hardware presence.

 

The Seattle-based Amazon recruited the former general manager of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows phone, Charlie Kindel, to work on "something special." (Microsoft publishes MSN Money.) Kindel's LinkedIn page describes his new job as "building a new team going after a totally new area for Amazon. I'm hiring cloud and mobile developers and testers, program managers and product managers."

 

German audio equipment maker Sennheiser knows a thing or two about perfection. And about having a simple, productive innovation process.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 29, 2013 9:21AM

thestreet logoSennheiser’s IE 800 headphones © Sennheiser Electronic By Jonathan Blum, TheStreet

 

When the man who figured out how to sell $1,000 earbuds offers me business advice, call me crazy, but I listen.

 

"It's the experience -- you work for a long, long time to get that as reasonably perfect as you can," Axel Grell told me a few months back. "Then, from there, you can begin."

 

Grell knows a thing or two about perfection. He's the product manager for high-end audio at premium German audio equipment giant Sennheiser. That makes him the brains and guts behind some of the most awesome headphones on the planet.

 

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