Someday we'll look back on all the handwringing about the migration to mobile and laugh.
When I rolled into Manhattan on vacation earlier this month, the higher-ups at TheStreet roped me into filming a video on Wall Street with the great Debra Borchardt. I told them I would not wear a tie, shave or cut my hair. They still wanted to forge ahead with the experiment.
Can it be all over for RIM or is there light at the end of the tunnel? It might be the latter.
By Richard Saintvilus
Cognitive dissonance has a way of overtaking reality on Wall Street to the extent that some become highly disillusioned by what is in front to them.
This goes for investors as well as some of the best companies on the market. In Research in Motion's (RIMM) case, I think it's time for the company to separate what it wants from what is really possible.
This means it should forget about the past and focus on where it needs to go. It's not a crazy idea. It worked for International Business Machines (IBM).
There is no other company on Wall Street that has had to deal with as much adversity and disappointment as RIM. Even though Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) might have sent it down the path of slow obsolescence, I tend to consider RIM's plight as the result of self-inflicted wounds, for the most part.
The fact of the matter is, a market leader always has the leverage. RIM, by virtue of its poor execution, gave the game away rather than having lost it. (I'm willing to give it that much credit -- deservedly or not.)
The company wants to curb the sharing of illegal content online by burying infringing sites in its search rankings -- while leaving its own piracy-riddled YouTube alone.
Pretty soon it's going to be a lot harder to find pirated material using Google (GOOG). The search giant says it's cracking down on piracy by instituting a new policy that lowers the search rankings of websites hosting illegal content, meaning many people's beloved torrent sites -- where you can download all manner of pirated content -- will be buried many pages in Google results.
There is a slight hitch, however: Google owns YouTube, one of the Internet's largest receptacles of illegal content, and the video site seems to be exempt from the search company's crackdown.
What gives? Here's a brief guide to the controversial new policy:
T-Mobile needs progress in the M&A arena more than it needs to add the iPhone to its smartphone lineup.
By Antoine Gara
After antitrust regulators blocked its $39 billion merger with AT&T(T) in 2011, T-Mobile has continued to pin its hopes on a strategic acquirer instead of committing to Apple(AAPL) iPhone-fueled growth.
T-Mobile's dilemma exists in a carrier landscape where some like AT&T and Verizon(VZ) see glimmers of Apple-based profit margin growth, and second tier players like Sprint (S), Leap Wireless (LEAP) and MetroPCS (PCS) continue to struggle to profit from the smartphone boom.
In fact, T-Mobile would not be wrong to decide that its best bet at finding a strategic partner hinges on remaining free of Apple and the money it would have to pay to carry iPhones, like the much hyped iPhone 5, due in the fall, according to industry analysts.
Challenges, from inside and out, threaten to thwart the world's most watched company.
By Peter Pham
Apple (AAPL) reported what was for any other company a complete blowout of a quarter, especially when having to write off an entire continent (Europe). During the quarter they made $6.5 billion in net profit for $9.32 per share.
Yet this was considered a huge miss.
Expectations for the company are so high and its margins are so vast that the Wall Street sell-side projections for the business got way ahead of even Apple’s guidance. Given that this is the single most covered company in the world, there were a lot of eyes on it.
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