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Hewlett-Packard reported a 32% drop in profit for its second fiscal quarter, due partly to slower sales of PCs and servers.
Dell last week again blamed Windows 8 for contributing to a decline in PC sales revenue during the quarter that ended May 3.
Microsoft may be prepping to unveil it’s next-generation Xbox next week, but the Xbox 360 is still going on strong. Keeping up with its staggering consistency, the Xbox 360 has remained at the top of the best-selling consoles list for the month of April in the US selling 130,000 units throughout the month and capturing
It sounds like a nice idea, if you don’t own a calculator. The governor of Wisconsin wants to give his residents a tax break, using the revenue from a proposed Internet Sales tax to lower the state’s income tax. “I want to make clear, should federal Marketplace legislation become law, my intention would be for any resulting additional revenue be used to provide individual income tax relief for Wisconsin’s taxpayers,” Wrote Governor Scott Walker to members of Congress. The Marketplace Fairness Act will permit state governments to collect sales taxes from any business that both grosses more than $ 1M in revenue and has a substantial operating base in their region. Earlier this month, a draft of the bill passed the U.S. Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support, but faces tougher opposition in the House, where Republican leadership is concerned that the law will be a logistical nightmare for small businesses. Although, I wouldn’t get too excited. With 5 million residents in Wisconsin and an estimated $ 95M in savings, that’s about $ 16/per person, assuming it would be distributed evenly. If Forrester’s research is any indication, the sales tax would cost the average American roughly $ 167 per year, so it’s a net loss. If it’s unevenly distributed, a few already wealthy people will be slightly wealthier. Still, it’s a nice gesture.
Dell reported another quarter of declining profits and revenue Thursday as CEO Michael Dell continues his fight to take the company private.
The U.S. Senate has, by a wide margin, supported a bill allowing an Internet sales tax, but the legislation appears to be a tougher sell to the public.
This may be a coincidence, but according to the MapLight Foundation, Senators who voted last week for the bill allowing states to directly collect taxes on sales via the Internet, AKA The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, received 40 times as much campaign donation money (yes, that’s four-oh, not just four) from businesses in favor of the bill as those who voted against it received from businesses that were against Internet sales taxes. Was this bribery? Of course not! We’re not some piddly fifth-world country. But it’s a prime example of how money influences politics here in the good old USA, and it’s far from the only one we’ve seen lately. In this video, MapLight Foundation Program Director Peter Costa shares a bunch more with us, along with tips on how to spot this sort of thing and some steps we voters can take to fight against both direct and indirect influence-buying. Note that all this is totally non-partisan; the politicians with the most influence — whether local, state or federal — get most of the available special interest money no matter what other agenda(s) they may have. And for those who want to learn more about who is spending their dollars to influence your representatives, Peter also suggests a look at these two money-in-politics resources: FollowTheMoney.org and OpenSecrets.org.
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This week T-Mobile USA has reported earnings for their financial first quarter of 2013, making a special point of recognizing iPhone sales. As this quarter was the first that the company was able to sell any iPhone directly, it had the potential to be a new era for the company with a new operating system
Congress is considering legislation that would give states the ability to require out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes. If the measure passes, consumers would lose a loophole that has resulted in years of tax-free online shopping.
Electronic Arts has reported its Q4 2013 earnings, and the company boasted a $ 1.04 billion revenue, which is up from $ 977 million a year ago. Net income also saw a growth from last year, with $ 169 million in cold, hard profit for the quarter, compared to $ 56 million during the same quarter last year. However,
Nokia’s newly-appointed general manager of China, Erik Bertman, has plenty of experience in emerging markets, but it’s unclear if he’ll be able to reverse the Finnish company’s rapid loss of market share in the world’s largest smartphone market.
The debate over taxing out-of-state online sales in the US has been raging for years, but there are signs that the often messy saga is finally winding to a close… well, maybe. The Senate just voted 69-27 in favor of the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would make internet retailers collect out-of-state sales taxes that Americans are already obligated to pay, but rarely do under a current system that puts the onus on (frequently unaware) buyers. Don’t be too hasty in cheering or jeering the apparent conclusion, however. The bill’s next stop is the House of Representatives, and the reception may be decidedly colder this time around. The act could be submitted to the President this year if it does survive the gauntlet, although a six-month buffer would likely push any tax changes to 2014 if the bill is ever signed into law.
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Ford has decided that this year, it will surpass its hybrid sales record. It’s highest annual amount of hybrids sold dates back to 2010, the year it sold 35,496 of its Fusion and C-Max hybrids. Currently, the car manufacturer has sold 29,561 hybrids this year alone, meaning that it only needs to sell about 6,000
A Qualcomm executive Friday defended Windows RT tablets despite poor initial sales, saying the mobile device chip maker is ‘very optimistic with the future of Win RT.’
When Ford’s hybrid lineup has been rapidly expanding over the past year, it stands to reason that the company’s sales in the category would take off like an eco-friendly rocket. They have, and faster than you’d expect: the automaker now says it should break its yearly record for US hybrid sales sometime in May, with just under 6,000 cars standing between its current 2013 figures and an all-time high of 35,496 hybrids in 2010. The company has also more clearly established itself as number two, climbing from an estimated three percent of the US hybrid market share last April to 18 percent this year. While Toyota is still the clear frontrunner at 58 percent, Ford is ahead of its Detroit-based rivals — and when Prius sales are soft, the Japanese firm just might be nervous.
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Microsoft is seeing slow sales of a version of Windows designed for thin and light tablets, even as the tablet market as a whole is growing, a research firm reported Wednesday.
Facebook posted a revenue increase of 38% in the first quarter that was bolstered by broad engagement across the site, the company reported Wednesday.
PlayStation Vita sales in Japan have experienced some good growth since last month, and most of it is thanks to the launch of a new game called Soul Sacrifice. The game debuted on March 7th in Japan, and it sold 105,000 units within its first week. It is estimated to have sold a total of
Six years after the sale of the first iPhone and 14 years after the first BlackBerry email pager was unveiled, smartphone shipments have outnumbered sales of other types of mobile phones.
Sprint delays Galaxy S 4 in-store launch due to inventory issues, online and phone sales aren’t affected
After T-Mobile said yesterday that it won’t be able to offer Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 through its online store quite as soon as it expected, Sprint has today announced a similar delay. The carrier originally planned to have Sammy’s latest flagship available through all retail channels this Saturday (April 27th), but “unexpected inventory challenges from Samsung” have meant that although online and phone-based sales will open on that date as planned, you won’t be able to wander into a Sprint store and pick one up until those supply issues are solved. When that’ll be is anyone’s guess, but we imagine Sprint will get them into consumers’ hands as soon as possible in the hope of improving its balance sheet. See Sprint’s full statement after the break.
Apple’s Mac has been punished by shifting consumer tastes just as has the overall PC industry, data from the company’s earnings statements show.
Nokia has accused supplier STMicroelectronics of selling microphones Nokia says it developed to rival HTC, and on Monday won an injunction in the Amsterdam District Court preventing their sale.
An over-reliance on Apple’s custom has left LG Display in the lurch with its LCD screen sales, having seen profits pale alongside a shrink in panel demand. The screen company saw tablet and smartphone panel sales drop 4-percent in Q1 this year, versus Q4 2012, which analysts have blamed on smaller than expected orders from
The U.S. Senate has voted 74-20 to close debate and move to a final vote on a bill allowing states to collect sales tax from out-of-state Internet and catalog retailers.
A new legislation, known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, will allow states to require online retailers to collect and remit use tax on purchases shipped into their states. The new legislation will only affect businesses that generate over $ 1 million in out-of-state sales, however, John Donahoe, CEO of eBay, says that merchants who generate less
New submitter JoeyRox writes “On 3/22 the Senate approved a non-binding proposal to allow states to tax online sales to residents outside their state. That vote was a trial balloon to gauge the support for the Marketplace Fairness Act. This week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed a cloture to allow the law to be voted on for real this time. The vote may occur as soon as tomorrow. eBay is attempting to rally Americans against the bill via a massive email campaign.”
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Nokia's sales of smartphones running Windows Phone continued to grow in the first quarter, and its net loss shrank year on year, even as overall revenue declined.
Nokia has just reported is results for Q1 2013 with sales of $ 7.6 billion and a loss per share of $ 0.03 — a mixed result compared to analyst estimates, who had expected a loss per share of $ 0.05 on revenues of $ 8.65 billion (€6.6 billion). That estimated loss per share is effectively half of what it was a year ago, when Nokia posted a loss of $ 0.08 per share. Analysts had also estimated that Nokia would report sales of 5.6 million Lumia devices for the quarter, and there Nokia was right on target. The company has been building out the range of handsets it’s been selling in the last quarter, extending further into midrange and less expensive models. These are small but encouraging signs. To put these Lumia sales numbers in to context, a Reuters survey estimates that in the same quarter, Samsung has shipped 61.6 million smartphones, while Apple has shipped 36.9 million. In its Q4 2012 results Nokia posted better-than-expected results, with 4.4 million sales of its new Windows Phone Lumia smartphones and sales of $ 10.7 billion, but it also warned of a weaker Q1. At the time, Nokia said it expected operating margin to be negative 2%, plus or minus four percentage points, citing “competitive industry dynamics” that have negative impact on smart devices and mobile phones. In other words, ever more competition from Apple and Samsung, which continue to keep a stronghold on smartphone sales, even as Windows Phone models, led by Nokia, are seeing gains. Indeed, Nokia noted that although Lumia smartphones continue to “ramp up” this may not offset larger consumer demand or the wider economic environment. It also noted last quarter that it expected Location & Commerce non-IFRS operating margin in the first quarter 2013 to be negative “due to lower recognized revenue from internal sales, which carry higher gross margin, and to a lesser extent by a negative mix shift within external sales.” CEO Stephen Elop announced in February that its mapping division would rebrand as “Here,” dropping the Nokia name, partly so that it could better target cross-platform business. Indeed, not only does it power Amazon’s location services, but Nokia’s maps are also available for Android and iOS, in addition to Windows Phone. More to come
Nexus tablet device sales remain a bit nebulous, since Google doesn’t give out specific numbers around them. But industry watchers, and Benedict Evans in particular, often try to pierce the veil to find out where the Nexus brand stands compared to the rest of the industry when it comes to sales. The Nexus 10, it seems, probably pales in comparison to most.
Despite its potential, the jury is arguably still out on the best use-case for Augmented Reality. But one startup, Augment, thinks it has the answer: helping to sell products by letting customers see what they might look like in the real world.
A graduate of the Paris-based accelerator Le Camping, today the company is announcing a €220k (~$ 289k) funding round — capital it will use to take its offering to the U.S., where it has recently hired a biz dev and sales person, and incorporated a local subsidiary.
T-Mobile was more than pleasantly surprised when it discovered that in almost all of its 3,000 stores across the nation, people were lining up in order to purchase an iPhone. It was the only major carrier to not sell the iPhone. Even prepaid carriers like Virgin Mobile USA and Cricket got their hands on the
But Microsoft is likely to reap more revenue from the disappearance of XP than will system builders, as many customers will do in-place upgrades to Windows 7 on current hardware.
Editor’s note: Ben Horowitz is co-founder and partner of Andreessen Horowitz.
Perhaps the most common mistake that I see a technical founder make when building her sales organization is that she applies strategies to the sales-hiring process that work when building the engineering team. This may sound shocking, but sales people are different from engineers, and treating them like engineers does not work well at all.
T-Mobile finally began selling the iPhone 5 earlier today, and it seems as though all that pent-up consumer tension has resulted in some promising sales for the carrier.
“Today has been gangbusters for T-Mobile,” CMO Mike Sievert noted to AllThingsD earlier today. Naturally, Sievert wouldn’t discuss just how many iPhones were moved during the course of the day, but he did point out that customers had lined up at “nearly all” of the carrier’s retail outlets.
The Association of American Publishers has published its 2012 revenue data, which shows that ebooks have grown steadily over the last decade and now represent nearly a quarter of US publishers’ sales at 22.55-percent. The industry saw a fairly large rise in revenue of 6-percent last year over 2011, and while the substantial number of
T-Mobile is kicking off its official sales of the iPhone 5 today, marking the first time the U.S.’s fourth largest carrier has offered an Apple smartphone. Thanks to T-Mo’s new Uncarrier plans, the iPhone 5 can be had starting at just $ 99, with two years of $ 20 monthly payments to cover the balance, or for free if you’re switching from another carrier and bring a device in for trade. So far, so good, according to reports of lines forming at retail stores for a phone that’s now over six months old.
Microsoft’s Windows 8 took another knock Wednesday as research firm IDC laid much of the blame for the first quarter’s historically-horrible PC numbers at the feet of the beleaguered operating system.
yl-roller writes “IDC says Windows 8 is partly to blame for PC sales suffering the largest percentage drop ever. ‘As if that news wasn’t’ troubling enough, it appears that a pivotal makeover of Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows operating system seems to have done more harm than good since the software was released last October.’ According to a ZDNet article, IDC originally expected a drop, but only half the size.”
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Hey folks. This is just a little reminder that early-bird ticket sales for Disrupt NY (April 27 – May 1) and Hackathon end on Thursday April 11. So grab yours today. We’d also like to remind you that TechCrunch Disrupt Europe: Berlin will be held, of course, in Berlin, Germany. This will be TechCrunch’s only conference outside North America this year and we hope to make it as international as possible, bringing startups from all over Europe and the rest of the world together to meet with the cream of Silicon Valley.
App Stores In Q1 2013 Hauled In $2.2B In Sales On 13.4B Downloads, Google/Apple Duopoly Leading The Way: Canalys
Apple’s App Store and Goole Play on Android continue to set the pace for the overall performance and fortunes of mobile apps worldwide, while BlackBerry and Microsoft’s Windows Phone remain “distant challengers.” Figures out today from Canalys note that in Q1 2013, the four top app stores worldwide collectively accounted for 13.4 billion downloads, with $ 2.2 billion in paid app sales, in-app purchases and subscriptions. But while Google has long passed Apple as the biggest smartphone platform worldwide, Apple is still killing it when it comes to monetizing: Google Play accounted for 51% of all downloads (6.8 billion), but Apple’s App Store for 74% of all revenues ($ 1.6 billion).
Office 365 has accounted for about 25% of all Office retail unit sales in the U.S. since its introduction two months ago. But the new “rent-not-own” strategy has not boosted overall sales, an analyst said today.