The recruitment of a Microsoft executive involved in the Windows phone suggests that the online retailer is serious about introducing its own smartphone.
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.
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.
This tech giant has a number of profit-generating products -- both on the market and in the pipeline -- that should keep rewarding shareholders for the foreseeable future.
An industry insider warns that the much-hyped effort to digitize medical records is being compromised by theft of personal data, putting patients -- and investors -- at risk.
Greg Porter has this frightening diagnosis for e-health care investors: The digital diseases of piracy and commodification of information that have debilitated the music, publishing and financial services industries have infected their field as well.
"The theft of protected, personal health information has never been higher," he said.
Porter is no quack. He's the founder of Allegheny Digital, an information security company in Pittsburgh and an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, where he pioneered the curriculum on information security in the health care industry.
The elements are in place for explosive growth in the automation and robotic revolution. A company called Proto Labs is positioned to benefit.
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