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ATTACK

Apple, Comcast Explore TV Deal --- Web Congestion at Heart of Talks.

Ramachandran, Shalini, Daisuke Wakabayashi and Amol Sharma. Wall Street Journal, Eastern edition. Mar 24 2014: A.1.

While devices such as Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox gaming console and Roku Inc.'s set-top box have made some inroads in the TV industry, none offer the kind of fully formed TV service, with the guarantee of network quality, that Apple desires.

 

Cisco Set To Take On Amazon In The Cloud

Ovide, Shira. Wall Street Journal, Eastern edition.  24 Mar 2014: B.1.

Cisco Systems Inc. plans to begin offering "cloud" computing service to corporate customers, pledging to spend $1 billion over the next two years to enter a market now led by Amazon.com Inc. The Silicon Valley company, which is mainly known for networking hardware, is the latest in a series of technology vendors hoping to capitalize on the desire of many companies to rent computing services rather than buying and maintaining their own machines.

 

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RETREAT

Corporate News: Walgreen To Close Stores as Profit Slips

Stynes, Tess. Wall Street Journal, Eastern edition. 26 Mar 2014: B.7.

Walgreen Co. said its fiscal second-quarter earnings eased as the drug-store operator was hit by weaker margins tied to a slowdown in generic-drug introductions and a milder flu season.

 

As the Crisis in Ukraine Continues, will a US Retreat from the World Increase Instability?

City A.M. 14 Mar 2014: 17.

Population decline in industrialised countries, and the explosive population growth in India and elsewhere in the developing world, will alter the global equilibrium, accelerating the wider distribution of economic and military power.

 

Crimea checkmate: Putin now has his Ukraine veto

Hulsman, John. City A.M. 03 Mar 2014: 15.

Putin is illustrating what should be known as the Ho Chi Minh rule of international relations, after the Vietnamese leader who bested France and then the US.

STAKES

Imagination Says Smartphone Slide will Hit Its Chips Forecasts

City A.M 07.  Mar 2014: 19.

The company said it has not been helped by its lower market share in cheaper smartphones, which has been the best-performing part of the market, but it hopes to gain share in that segment in the latter part of its next financial year.

 

Tablet Market Seen Hitting the Brakes this Year

Seitz, Patrick. Investor's Business Daily. 06 Mar 2014.

After several years of torrid growth, customers are hitting the brakes on tablet purchases. Market research firm IDC on Thursday forecast a dramatic slowdown in unit shipments for tablet computers this year. It now expects the total tablet market, including 2-in-1 devices, to grow 19.4%, compared with 51.6% growth in 2013. IDC reduced its tablet shipment forecast for 2014 by nearly 4% from its earlier projection to 260.9 million units worldwide.

 

Very clear we have to win in the mobile market: Bhaskar Pramanik, Microsoft India

Harichandan Arakali. The Economic Times (Online). 22 Mar 2014.

In a world where the combination of social media, data analytics and wireless mobility is powered by the biggest backend the world has ever seen, the Internet, winning mobile phone market share is absolutely essential to Microsoft India's growth, Pramanik told ET in an interview.

RELATIVE COMPETITIVE STRENGTH

Android Tablets Rise in Popularity

Zekaria, Simon. Wall Street Journal, Eastern edition. 05 Mar 2014.

Android tablets, racking up 121 million sold units, saw market share increase to 61.9% from 45.8% as consumers moved away from a saturated high-end tablet market and flocked to lower-end devices at all price points.

 

Sony India Bets on Affordable TVs, Mobile Phones

Doval, Pankaj. The Economic Times (Online). 01 Mar 2014.

The Vaio business, which contributed about 10-15 per cent to Sony India's revenues of Rs 8,000 crore last fiscal, will not see any job losses, and most of the employees will be absorbed in the mobile phone and TV divisions.

STRATEGY

28 Executives Who Are Excellent At Chess

Lubin, Gus and Cortez, Samantha. Business Insider Jun 24 2012

Games like bridge, poker, and chess are great for business. These games all use methods that can can be incorporated into the way you view and make business decisions. Chess in particular requires strategic decision-making, concentration, tactics, and evaluation.