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LightSquared Responds to the FCC Rejection, Slashes Workforce in Half

posted Sunday Feb 26, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

LightSquared Responds to the FCC Rejection, Slashes Workforce in Half

In an age where spectrum and cash are king, wireless carriers need to be able to stay afloat financially, but also need to be able to innovate and move forward with the technologies. For companies like Clearwire, financial troubles have been plaguing them for over a year now. Sprint was going to leave them for 4G company LightSquared, except last week LightSquared ran into a roadblock called the FCC and it may put a permanent halt on rolling out a 4G LTE network.

This week we learned that LightSquared is trying to stay ahead of the financial troubles it will inevitably encounter due to no production as billionaire Philip Falcone, who backs LightSquared financially, is going to cut 149 of its 330 jobs, roughly 45 percent of the entire workforce. The majority of the jobs being axed are the ones who were going to be responsible for rolling out the actual network.

On what's going to happen during this downtime, check after the break.

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The Mobile Landscape Just Got a Little More Crowded

posted Sunday Feb 26, 2012 by Scott Ertz

The Mobile Landscape Just Got a Little More Crowded

We've known for a while now that Mozilla has been working on a new mobile operating system known as Boot2Gecko. What we didn't know, however, was how close to being complete they were. If rumors are true, it would appear that they are at least to the Developer Preview stage.

Before we get to the rumors, let's cover what Boot2Gecko is. This mobile operating system is both revolutionary and derivative, all at the same time. Its revolutionary in that it will be the most open OS in the mobile world, and it will also be able to run inside of any browser. While the fact that it will run in any browser might seem new, this is not the first mobile OS to be entirely based on web technologies (webOS). webOS, however, runs inside of a WebKit environment, whereas Boot2Gecko can run anywhere. Certainly an interesting concept.

However, will Boot2Gecko suffer the same fate as webOS, or will its starting out open help it avoid a slow, painful death? Hit the break to find out.

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In South Africa You Can Pre-order a Game That Hasn't Been Officially Announced

posted Sunday Feb 26, 2012 by Jon Wurm

In South Africa You Can Pre-order a Game That Hasn't Been Officially Announced

An interesting thing has occurred on BT Games's South African website. They have given their customers the ability to pre-order a game that hasn't officially been announced. What makes it more intriguing is that the game in question here is the fabled fourth installment of the God of War franchise, God of War IV, which they estimate to be released in February 2013. Exactly how they reached this conclusion is up for debate: it is possible they know something we don't or maybe they are just being optimistic? The game hasn't been officially announced in any capacity as of this article but at the beginning of this year Joystiq reported that Timothy Williams, the man in charge of the orchestral music in many videogames, had listed God of War IV in his resume under the "Video Games" section.

You really don't have to stretch your imagination to believe a 4th game in the wildly popular God of War franchise could happen. In fact, I would go so far as to say it's a probability just based on a gut feeling but this may just be a clever publicity stunt for the retailer. At least they are smart enough not to be charging you money for the pre-order at this time. See it for yourself after the break.

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Netflix Tells BlackBerry Device Users To Not Count on Support

posted Sunday Feb 26, 2012 by Jon Wurm

Netflix Tells BlackBerry Device Users To Not Count on Support

Netflix has worked it's way into the news several times over the last 8 months beginning with their price increases last July and their attempt to spin off their the DVD portion of their business into another entity called Quickster. This was a strategic move that wasn't received very well as around 800,000 customers left the service from July through October. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings did make a humorous attempt at explaining why the changes were occurring but at that point the damage had been done and it was too little too late to save face with their customers.

This time Netflix has angered a potential customer segment by voicing their non-supportive stance concerning BlackBerry devices via Twitter. Jon Robinson is one of the few and proud BlackBerry device users left in the world who dared to inquire as to where the Playbook app for Netflix was. He also challenged Netflix by saying that it was overdue and there is no reason for them to continue holding off. On February 23rd Robinson got a response to his query that apparently didn't sit well with BlackBerry users. Read on after the break to find out what they said.

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Lackluster Performance Means 500 Less Blockbuster Stores by End of Q2

posted Sunday Feb 26, 2012 by Jon Wurm

Lackluster Performance Means 500 Less Blockbuster Stores by End of Q2

Blockbuster has found itself in a precarious position since September 2010 when they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after previously closing 1000 stores and putting together some failed distribution deals with movie studios. Even after Dish Network came along and potentially saved the day by winning Blockbuster Video's auction last April, Blockbuster can't seem to find it's way out of the horror section. The 1500 locations that survived the Dish Network cutbacks last July are experiencing another round of closings.

In 2011 Blockbuster made $975 million in revenues and retained a positive net income figure of $4 million, which is impressive given all the massive changes the company has undergone. The addition of the Blockbuster Movie Streaming service is starting to make some progress with regards to their churn rate for the service. The churn lowered from 1.76 in 2010 to 1.63 in 2011, which means they are holding on to more new subscribers. In January 2012 Blockbuster had 6,000 new programs added to their 125,000 titles, 25,000 of which are available online, thanks to a deal with Univision. This helps prove that what CEO Joe Clayton said about Dish being committed to making this work is true.

By introducing new Blockbuster-branded services, we've begun to turn the tide in subscriber losses while continuing to face increased competitive pressures. The Blockbuster brand is a significant brand in the marketplace, which focuses on family and movies. And that's clearly what Dish is all about.

Why is Dish continuing to close locations even though the service is making some headway? Find out after the break.

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Groupon VIP Program Starts a Way to Rake in More Dollars

posted Sunday Feb 26, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Groupon VIP Program Starts a Way to Rake in More Dollars

What do you do when you have conned all of your customers, exhausted all of your resources, failed at the "confidence" portion of your IPO and have PayPal breathing down your neck? If you're Groupon, you switch tactics completely and try something entirely different. That's what we're seeing this week, as Groupon is testing a new annual fee platform in the Tampa Bay area.

Is this a case of new name, same great taste? See for yourself after the break.

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