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An Operating System for the ‘Internet of Things’ by Google?

Sources are indicating that Google is working on a Android based operating system designed specifically to run on low power devices. Low power devices dominate in the ‘Internet of things’ category which can include any physical device connected to the internet outside of your computers. This could include such products as smart thermostats or locks. The OS is apparently called ‘Brillo’...

Neutral Sentiment Sets Historic Streak

Neutral sentiment was at or above 45% for the seventh week in a row in the latest AAII Investor Sentiment Survey. This is now the longest such streak in the survey’s history, dating back to July 1987. Also, bullish sentiment continues to remain at its lowest level since April 11, 2013. Overall, the readings for May 21, 2015, are: Bullish: 25.21%, down 1.53 percentage points Neutral: 49.79%, up 2.89 percentage...

Spotify Adds Video Clips and Audio Shows

In an attempt to “soundtrack your life,” Spotify will now offer a wider world of entertainment with podcasts and video clips. Additionally, the music service will now provide users with “more personalized” playlists that take into account what you’ve historically listened to, your age, location and time of day. At a media event in New York on Wednesday Spotify’s CEO Daniel...

Google’s Self Driving Cars Taking to the Road

This summer, Google’s self driving frankencar will be taking to the roads in California. While it hasn’t won any design awards, one has to wonder what Google’s technological advances mean for cars in practical terms going forward. Are self driving cars imminent for those of us who have grown tired of the whole driving thing or does it mean that this is the first step in a long 10 or 20 year...

CNNMoney Portfolio Moves to SigFig

We have previously mentioned CNNMoney‘s online tracking portfolio for individuals who wanted to track their portfolio on a website that they could also read news and articles. Last Friday I got an email notifying me that CNNMoney‘s Portfolio section will have a new home at SigFig, which is the company that already powered your portfolio on the CNN site. Essentially you will no longer be able to...

Starbucks Springs a (Security) Leak

Hackers seem to be everywhere nowadays with no one’s personal information secure. While that is not completely true, though it certainly attracts eyeballs, there have been a disconcerting number of security breaches in recent months at companies such as Target (TGT) and Home Depot (HD) and now apparently at Starbucks (SBUX). While the methods used may vary, generally customer or credit card information...

Uh Oh, Uber: Ride-Hailing Company Sued for Allegedly Stealing Trade Secrets

CNET reported that Uber, the ride-hailing service, is being accused of stealing trade secrets from a man who says he invented the technology behind the app. According to the report, entrepreneur Kevin Halpern says he founded a company called Celluride Wireless in 2002 that used mobile technology to match drivers with passengers. Halpern claims he shared Celluride’s trade secrets with Uber co-founder and...

PayPal Returning to Nasdaq with Old School Ticker

While the saying goes, you can never go home again, PayPal is doing just that by returning to the Nasdaq. It’s also doing it old school style. The company announced it would begin trading on the exchange on the second half of 2015 under the ticker “PYPL,” the same symbol PayPal used when it traded on the Nasdaq after it sent public in 2002. Soon after, the company was acquired by eBay for $1.5 billion...

Neutral Sentiment Ties All-Time Streak

Neutral sentiment was at or above 45% for the sixth week in a row in the latest AAII Investor Sentiment Survey. This is only the third time this has happened in the survey’s history dating back to July 1987, and is the longest streak of its kind over that period. It’s also the first such streak since 1988. In addition, bullish sentiment fell to its lowest level since April 11, 2013. Overall, the...

Verizon to Buy AOL for $4.4 Billion

On Tuesday, Verizon announced a deal to acquire AOL for $50 per share, for a total value of $4.4 billion. Once THE on-ramp to the information superhighway, AOL now touts only 2.1 million dial-up subscribers. However, Verizon is relying on its stable of Web publications and video savvy as it tries to expand its reach into the mobile realm. Verizon is the biggest mobile carrier in the U.S., but in recent years...