Comcast Takes the Wireless Plunge


CEO Brian Roberts on Tuesday announced that Comcast will enter the wireless phone market by mid-2017 as a mobile virtual network operator. A 150-strong Comcast Wireless team, headed by Greg Butz, is “getting ready next year … to launch a WiFi and MVNO-integrated product,” Roberts said at the Goldman Sachs Annual Communacopia Conference in New York. The idea is to sell Comcast’s “very best customers” — 28 million of them — “some sort of multi-package bundle” that will let the company sell them more products, he remarked.

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Musk Defends Autopilot Safety Record Following Fatal Crash


CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday accused Fortune magazine of incorrectly reporting Tesla Motors’ handling of a fatal accident that involved a Tesla Model S. The incident took place in May. Musk’s online post is the latest salvo in a war of wars between Fortune and Tesla. Musk accused Fortune, in essence, of jumping the gun in its reporting of Tesla’s response to the accident. The magazine reported that Tesla Motors — and Musk — made a combined $2 billion by selling stock on May 18 without disclosing the May 7 crash.

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Cook et al Dig In Heels in iPhone Encryption Battle


CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday took Apple’s battle with the FBI directly to the public, penning an open letter in defense of the company’s resistance to a court order mandating it to create a way to access data in the iPhone used by the San Bernardino terrorists. A federal magistrate issued the order because the high level of encryption built into the device had impeded the FBI’s investigation. Cook called for a public discussion of the issues surrounding Apple’s objections to the demand.

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Microsoft Cloud Rains Free Services on Nonprofits


CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday took the occasion of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to announce that Microsoft plans to donate US$1 billion worth of cloud services to serve nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years. The company’s recently formed Microsoft Philanthropies unit will manage the contribution as part of a three-part effort to provide cloud services to worthy nonprofits, boost access to university researchers, and increase last-mile Internet access to communities that lack basic services.

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Nadella: Microsoft to Be Stealth Operator for Cloud Security


CEO Satya Nadella on Monday made a bid to reintroduce Microsoft to professionals working in a brave new cyberworld of virtual, interconnected computing. Speaking at the Microsoft Government Cloud Forum in Washington, Nadella presented a broad new vision of a cloud- and mobile-first enterprise that promises to make personal and client security a central theme of its business. Microsoft has launched a new Cyber Defense Operations Center, Nadella told attendees, as part of the $1 billion a year it plans to spend on security.

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Apple Music Converts 6.5 Million to Paid Subscribers


CEO Tim Cook on Monday revealed that Apple had signed up 6.5 million customers willing to pay for its Apple Music streaming service. Another 8.5 million users currently are giving the service a look-see during a free three-month trial period. Cook unveiled the hard numbers of paid subscribers for the first time, as the industry waited to hear whether the unquestioned leader in consumer technology would be able to make inroads against rival Spotify, which thus far has taken the streaming music sector by the horns.

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T-Mobile's Legere Channels Robin Hood Again


CEO John Legere has publicly declared war on data hogs who threaten to ruin T-Mobile for regular consumers. “This week I am taking aim at a select group of individuals who have actually been stealing data from T-Mobile,” he wrote. “If their activities are left unchecked, their actions could eventually have a negative effect on the experience of honest T-Mobile customers. Not on my watch.” The problem lies with some purchasers of T-Mobile’s unlimited 4G LTE plan for smartphones.

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Bezos Rebuffs Expose of Amazon's Cold-Blooded Culture


CEO Jeff Bezo on Sunday refuted contentions that Amazon has a draconian workplace culture. “The NYT article prominently features anecdotes describing shockingly callous management practices, including people being treated without empathy while enduring family tragedies and serious health problems,” Bezos wrote in an email sent to Amazon employees following the article’s publication. “The article doesn’t describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day.”

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Microsoft Cuts 7,800 as It Rethinks 'Mobile First' Strategy


CEO Satya Nadella on Wednesday announced that Microsoft will reduce its workforce by 7,800 as it refines its mobile message and strategy. The company will write down roughly $7.6 billion associated with assets tied to the acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business, Nadella revealed. The restructuring of its own mobile handset division will cost somewhere between $750 million and $850 million. In order to compete in the iPhone-driven market, Microsoft has to create something new and compelling, suggested tech analyst Rob Enderle.

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