ORACLE'S bumpy ride -- APPLE iOS7 adoption off charts -- BLACKBERRY staff cut again -- GOOGLE'S 'Game of Thrones' -- RIP Nintendo's Hiroshi Yamauchi

 

September 19, 2013 06:00 PDT | 09:00 EDT | 13:00 UTC

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>> ORACLE DOLDRUMS: Oracle profit outlook trails estimates as cloud rivals hover, by Aaron Ricadela: "Larry Ellison is coming off a year of stagnant sales as Salesforce.com and Workday eat into Oracle's revenue with Web-based products. While he's seeking to convert customers to cloud-computing and buying smaller companies to offer more business software, Ellison faces headwinds in technology spending that's resulted in flat to negative sales growth in the last two fiscal quarters." Bloomberg
>>>> Larry Ellison is about to reveal Oracle's latest weapon against SAP's database HANA Business Insider
>>>> Salesforce gets cozy with Workday CITEWorld
>>>> Kiwis within 1 win of America's Cup ABC News

>> MOONSHOTS 'R' US: Google vs. Death, by Harry McCracken, Lev Grossman: "How CEO Larry Page has transformed the search giant into a factory for moonshots. Google is preparing an especially uncertain and distant shot. It is planning to launch Calico, a new company that will focus on health and aging in particular... Last week Apple announced a gold iPhone; what did you do this week, Google? Oh, we founded a company that might one day defeat death itself." Time
>>>> Cringely: Google vs. the Grim Reaper in the fight for your life InfoWorld

>> APPLE POLISHING, DAY 2: iOS 7 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch released; here's our walkthrough, by Mike Beasley: "Rebuilding something as widely known as iOS from the ground up in a year is a big undertaking, even before you consider the fact that they added over 200 new features... Apple set out to make iOS a simple as possible with this update. Some would say that they have achieved that goal. Others would say they've taken that goal too far." 9to5Mac
>>>> Five apps that got a big iOS 7 makeover GigaOM
>>>> Apple reinvents its wheel with iOS 7, takes developers along for the ride TechCrunch
>>>> iTunes 11.1 brings iTunes Radio, Genius Shuffle, podcast stations, more 9to5Mac
>>>> iOS 7 App Store reveals marketing data SmartPlanet
>>>> It's been less than 24 hours and Apple's iOS 7 already has a faster adoption rate than Google's latest version of Android Business Insider

>> GOOD CLOUDS: Microsoft and AT&T team up for new enterprise cloud service, by John Callaham: "Offers enterprise customers a service that combines new cloud integration technology developed by AT&T with Microsoft's Windows Azure... allow customers to connect their applications and services from their own private cloud service to Microsoft's Windows Azure service via a virtual private network... it will use what the company calls AT&T NetBond to combine computing and networking features that will help automate a number of tasks." Neowin

>> BAD CLOUDS: Cloud customers are not getting what they pay for, study says, by Joe McKendrick: "Cloud customers expect a certain level of service when they sign on to agreements. But a lot of the time, cloud services aren't delivered as expected, and there isn't even a way to verify that cloud services are performing as they should." Forbes
>>>> Cloud provider gives customers two weeks' notice before data vaporizes Ars Technica
>>>> Dell wants to help companies manage the gathering storm of multiple clouds GigaOM

>> BUYING USERS: Microsoft ups the ante on its iPhone, iPad trade-in promotions: Now includes Samsung devices, BlackBerry phones and more -- with up to $350 gift card at MS stores. ZDNet

>> MONEY SHOT: App Annie gets $15M to evolve app analytics and expand worldwide, by Devindra Hardawar: "The company's analytics tools lets publishers measure the performance of their apps across multiple app stores, as well as get download and revenue estimates. App Annie also aggregates those insights into reports that have become essential for reporters, investors, and anyone looking to learn about the latest app trends." VentureBeat

>> CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS: Crooks hijack retirement funds via SSA portal, by Brian Krebs: "If you receive direct deposits from the Social Security Administration but haven't yet registered at the agency's new online account management portal, now would be a good time take care of that: The SSA and financial institutions say they are tracking a rise in cases wherein identity thieves register an account at the SSA's portal using a retiree's personal information and have that retiree's benefits diverted to prepaid debit cards that the crooks control." Krebs on Security

>> +1 CREATIVE DESTRUCTION: New York judge refuses to shut down 'Hopper' DVR in new win for Dish, by Jeff John Roberts: "Dish Networks has won another court fight over its 'Hopper' technology, a DVR that allows viewers to fast-forward through commercials, after a New York court refused to issue an injunction shutting down the service... The ruling is a new blow for broadcasters who have portrayed the Hopper as a mortal threat to their business since it permits consumers to record shows and then skip over entire commercial sets when they watch them later." GigaOM

>> FEED THE WORLD: Feedly, now powering 50 RSS-based applications, opens API to all developers, by Sarah Perez: "It's now opening up its API to all interested developers building RSS-based applications.... Feedly API provides developers with access to millions of feeds, and a personalization graph which end users define through their subscriptions, tags, and categories they use in their own feed reading applications." TechCrunch

>> CIRCLING THE RIM: BlackBerry to slash workforce by up to 40%, by Will Connors: "Struggling BlackBerry Ltd. is preparing for deep staff cuts -- up to 40% of its employees -- by the end of the year... The layoffs will cut across all departments and occur in waves." WSJ (paywall)
>>>>Layoffs coming to BlackBerry could reach 40%, by Matt Hamblen: Analyst says layoffs might be 40% only in Canada, with many jobs moved to the U.S. Computerworld
>>>> New 5-inch BlackBerry Z30 still carries the same old stench of death
TechHive

>> PRO TIP: Bitbucket vs. GitHub: Which project host has the most?, by Jonathan Freeman: "Before you pull the trigger, though, consider that you don't have to choose one over the other. You could choose both." InfoWorld

>> PALACE INTRIGUE: Sex and politics at Google: It's a Game Of Thrones in Mountain View, by Nicholas Carlson: "Past the veneer of primary colors, inside the walls of Google's Mountain View campus, Google is a hotbed of sex and political infighting.... And it always has been." Business Insider

>> FOR THE WIN: Rentbro, sender of 42 million texts, settles in spam case: "The Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday that it had settled charges against a Florida company and its two top executives for sending more than 42 million unwanted and deceptive text messages to consumers... [they] were required to turn over remaining assets and to repay up to $377,321." NY Times (paywall)

>> BROWSER UPDATE: Microsoft ships upgraded preview of IE11 for Windows 7 Computerworld

>> KERNEL DEV: Linux kernel luminaries talk enterprise, embedded, and why they're coming together Network World

>> DOUBLE RAINBOW: I, for one, welcome our robotic communist jobless future The Register

>> DILBERT DISH: Open plan offices attract highest levels of worker dissatisfaction: study The Conversation

>> BIG PAYOFF: Grand Theft Auto V takes in $800 million in first 24 hours Neowin

>> ABOUT THAT FINGERPRINTING SCHEME: Hackers crowdfund bounty to hack iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner ZDNet

>> KILLER APP: Why do anonymous Q&A networks keep leading to suicides? The Verge

>> GAMER APPRECIATION: Hiroshi Yamauchi, who shaped Nintendo Bloomberg

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "I think my iPhone is using Apple Maps to find its iOS7 update." @davepell

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