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Customer Relationship Metrics Takes On the Unstructured Data Challenge

Customer Relationship Metrics has launched Text BI, its latest offering in its suite of managed analytics solutions. Text BI enables companies to take unstructured text-based data from surveys, emails, social media, CRM systems and other applications, and organize it into a format that makes it easi...

AT&T, T-Mobile: There’s No Crying in Mergers

AT&T has decided not to challenge the Federal Communication Commission's objections to its proposed US$39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile. Given the energy, time and resources it clearly put into the effort, the company is likely still licking its wounds, but it will soon have to address the qu...

AT&T, T-Mobile: There’s No Crying in Mergers

AT&T has decided not to challenge the Federal Communication Commission's objections to its proposed US$39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile. Given the energy, time and resources it clearly put into the effort, the company is likely still licking its wounds, but it will soon have to address the qu...

WEEKLY RECAP

Verizon and Google Enter Holiday Party Late and Sulky

The Galaxy Nexus has finally arrived in the United States after showing up in places like Europe and Hong Kong several weeks ago. This is a Samsung smartphone running the very latest and greatest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. And there are no factory-installed tweaks to the OS either -- it...

OPINION

Netflix Is Leaving the Door Wide Open for Competitors

A long list of companies -- including big names such as Amazon, Dish Network, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and YouTube -- appear to be gearing up to enter the online video rental business. Of course, they all have visions of eventually overtaking the current market leader Netflix. It makes sense. Streaming vi...

Dish Scoops Up Blockbuster for a Pittance

Blockbuster -- once the king of video rentals -- has reached an ignoble end. The carcass of the once-sterling company has been snatched up for nothing, for its bones. Dish Network announced on Wednesday that it was the winning bidder in the bankruptcy court auction for the assets of Blockbuster. The...

Bidders Ready to Tangle Over What’s Left of Blockbuster

There are several investors positioning themselves to snap up Blockbuster at its bankruptcy auction, scheduled for Monday. They are lining up in competition against Cobalt Video, a venture formed by some of Blockbuster's bondholders, which made an opening bid, or stalking horse offer, of $290 millio...

Can a Plain Old PC Beat Google TV and Apple TV?

Google TV and Apple TV would have you believe "...we are now controlling the transmission ... the horizontal and the vertical..." in a pitch scraped straight from the intro to "The Outer Limits." But controlling the transmission, they're not. At least not yet. What viewers have now is an extremely f...

OPINION

Where to Look for Wireless Innovation

When you think of wireless networks, which companies do you think of? Companies like AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile, right? Next question: Which do you think are the marketing innovators in that same space? Would you believe it's not the big four? Instead, it is companies like U.S.

Logitech Raises Curtain on Google TV With Mixed Revue

Logitech unveiled and demonstrated its Logitech Revue Google TV controller in New York on Wednesday. The device is a box that plugs into a TV sets via an HDMI port, along with a keyboard controller that appears to be about the size of a full-sized PC keyboard. Logitech also offers several accessorie...

Google’s Mad Men to Sell DirecTV Ads

Google's expansion into advertising outside the virtual world received a boost Wednesday when it landed a new client: DirecTV. The deal with the satellite TV provider will add another 18.7 million households to Google TV Ads' reach, bringing the total number of households reached by the service to 3...

Dish Aims Slingbox at iThings, BBs and Androids

Satellite television provider Dish Network plans to release a load of apps this fall that will allow its subscribers to watch its program offerings on Apple's iFamily of mobile devices -- the iPhone, iPad and iPod -- as well as Research In Motion Blackberries and smartphones running Google's Android...

Are Motorola and Verizon Building a Boob Tab?

Motorola and Verizon may be working on a new tablet device on which users will be able to watch TV. The Android-based tablet will feature a 10-inch screen and will be closely linked with Verizon's FiOS digital pay-television service, according to "people briefed on the plans," the Financial Times re...

Google Hatches Plot to Break Into TV

Google, Intel and Sony have teamed up to develop a platform called "Google TV" that will bring about a new way to surf the Internet via televisions, according to The New York Times. Logitech, which makes remote controls and computer devices, will reportedly develop peripherals for the platform. Thes...

Google Dabbling With TV Set-Top Search

Google and Dish Network reportedly are testing a service that allows television users to search for television programming and Web content from set-top boxes. Google software installed in the boxes allows users to create a personalized programming lineup, anonymous sources told The Wall Street Journ...

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