Saturday, October 29, 2011

Week in review: Redbox raises DVD rental prices; Netflix shares take a tumble

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

PC makers are spending too much time copying Apple when they should be innovating on their own. (Oct. 28, 2011)

Redbox plans to raise DVD rental prices by 20%. Yeah, because that worked out so well for Netflix. (Oct. 27, 2011)

Coinstar beats Wall Street’s Q3 views, but disappoints on Q4 guidance. Stock down 10% after hours. (Oct. 27, 2011)

IRobot shares up on strong Q3 report, led by international sales of home robots such as Roomba. (Oct. 27, 2011)

Netflix shares fall 27% after the company issues dismal outlook for Q4 and 2012. (Oct. 24, 2011)

Could Netflix be the next AOL or Palm? (Oct. 24, 2011)

Netflix’s U.K. expansion plans fail to distract from U.S. woes. (Oct. 24, 2011)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Week in review: Apple disses Amazon tablet

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

In solid first-quarter financial results, Microsoft’s Office stayed strong, including cloud version, but Windows came up light. (Oct. 20, 2011)

Apple CEO is dismissive of Amazon’s tablet prospects vs. iPad. (Oct. 19, 2011)

Without Steve Jobs, Apple disappoints on Q4 results. (Oct. 19, 2011)

Photo: Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet will take on Apple’s iPad this holiday season. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Week in review: Netflix nixes Qwikster

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Netflix made three big mistakes with its ill-fated Qwikster business. (Oct. 14, 2011)

Apple shares gain on iPhone 4S launch, Samsung patent case rulings. (Oct. 14, 2011)

Electronic Arts wins video game sales crown in September with three of the top five best-selling games. (Oct. 14, 2011)

Personal computer shipments were lower than expected in the third quarter. (Oct. 12, 2011)

Polycom brings videoconferencing to the Apple iPad and other tablets, rather than build its own device like Cisco and Avaya. (Oct. 11, 2011)

Netflix customer losses likely big from Qwikster controversy, analysts say. (Oct. 10, 2011)

Many Netflix subscribers still upset about Qwikster, want CEO fired. (Oct. 10, 2011)

Netflix shares jump on news that Qwikster is no more. (Oct. 10, 2011)

Photo: Screenshot of the preview website, which now redirects to Netflix.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Week in review: Apple carries on without Steve Jobs, launches iPhone 4S

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

With Steve Jobs gone, Apple could turn into an “ordinary company,” focused on operations not disruptive innovation. (Oct. 6, 2011)

The Top 10 achievements of Steve Jobs. (Oct. 6, 2011)

Apple looking to grow its smartphone market share with cheap iPhones. (Oct. 5, 2011)

Apple is turning its smartphones into personal assistants that can answer spoken questions and take dictation. (Oct. 4, 2011)

Investors unimpressed with Apple’s latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S. (Oct. 4, 2011)

The spotlight is on new CEO Tim Cook at Apple’s iPhone event. (Oct. 4, 2011)

Art: Cover of Oct. 17, 2011, issue of Time magazine.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Week in review: Amazon launches its Kindle Fire tablet, takes aim at Apple’s iPad

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Amazon is selling its Kindle Fire tablet at a loss. The $199 tablet probably costs $210 to make, IHS iSuppli says. The e-commerce leader hopes to make up the difference with sales of digital and physical goods. (Sept. 30, 2011)

Amazon’s Kindle Fire is likely to spark a tablet price war that could impact even Apple’s iPad. (Sept. 29, 2011)

Google looks to make its mark in the online travel business, where Expedia and Priceline dominate. (Sept. 26, 2011)

HP’s new CEO fails to impress investors. Stock falls to a 6-year low. (Sept. 23, 2011)

It’s official: HP names Meg Whitman its new CEO. But can she succeed at an enterprise IT firm with her consumer business background? (Sept. 23, 2011)

No word, as of this moment, on fate of Hewlett-Packard’s CEO Leo Apotheker, but investors voting for change. (Sept. 21, 2011)

Netflix apologizes to upset customers, then angers them again. (Sept. 19, 2011)

Angry customers give Netflix an earful. (Sept. 19, 2011)

Netflix pisses off subscribers once again by splitting its DVD and streaming services into separate businesses. (Sept. 19, 2011)