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Puneet Sikka

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  • Why Verizon Needed to Diversify Its Wireless Business
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Verizon Needed to Diversify Its Wireless Business

    Verizon’s wireless business accounts for more than 70% of its revenues. However, the business has recently seen falling revenue growth.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • How Microsoft 365 Quickly Became a Multibillion-Dollar Business
    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Microsoft 365 Quickly Became a Multibillion-Dollar Business

    Microsoft launched Microsoft 365 about a year ago, and the company claims that it’s already a multibillion-dollar business.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • What’s Amazon’s Gobal AWS Strategy Now?
    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s Amazon’s Gobal AWS Strategy Now?

    Amazon’s AWS is a fast-growing business for the company that saw its revenues rise by 55% YoY (year-over-year) to over $3.2 billion in 3Q16.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Earnings Report

    Amazon’s International Segment Saw Improvement in 2Q15

    The year-over-year revenue growth trend for Amazon’s International segment was falling until last quarter.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why the new SQL release could help Microsoft’s database presence

    During the conference call to announce Microsoft’s (MSFT) fiscal Q3 2014 earnings, Microsoft mentioned that it recently launched a new version of SQL database

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Earnings Report

    Can Cisco Beat Its Own Revenue Forecast in Fiscal 3Q15?

    Cisco is expected to announce its fiscal 3Q15 earnings on May 13. Cisco expects its year-over-year revenue growth to be 3%–5% in the quarter.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Macroeconomic Analysis

    Netflix’s Competition Could Increase in the Future

    Netflix (NFLX) leads the share of Internet traffic on computers and networks in North America. However, the competition is increasing against it.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why new messaging rules in China could affect Tencent

    Last month, for the first time, China applied restrictions on instant messaging services for national security purposes.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Must-know: Why Microsoft isn’t launching a Surface Mini

    A few weeks back, Bloomberg had reported that Microsoft (MSFT) was planning to launch a smaller version of its Surface tablet, popularly known as the “Surface Mini.”

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why losing search market share could weigh on Yahoo’s Q2 earnings

    The 1Q14 earnings for Yahoo were slightly better than analysts’ expectations.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Consumer

    Must-know: Why eBay’s operating margins continue to decline

    eBay’s management noted that eBay Enterprise margins fell by 3.9% during the last quarter compared to a year ago. The increased cost to prepare for the holiday season was blamed for the decline.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    If BlackBerry Adopts Android, Its Security Standards Could Suffer

    A comparative lack of security for Android shows that BlackBerry could do more harm than good to its image as a secure player by adopting Android as its operating system.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Music-Label Deals Could Also Help Facebook’s Video Ambitions

    Facebook has been concentrating its efforts on video for a long time now. It has ambitions of becoming the number one player in the video ad market.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Must-read: Why Sprint’s operating margin is improving

    Sprint cited a number of reasons why its margins have been improving. One of the major reasons was obviously the lower subsidy cost, which declined from $1.48 billion in 2Q13 to $1.05 billion in 2Q14.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Facebook’s WhatsApp Making Progress with India’s Payments Market

    Facebook (FB) has been trying to come up with a mobile payment service for WhatsApp in India (EPI) for quite some time.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Apple investor takeaways: Why loyalty will decide Apple’s future

    According to the latest report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C continued to lead the British smartphone market in May.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///Smartphone device activations enterprises
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Apple and IBM Introduce 3 New Apps for Apple Watch

    Apple believes its partnership with IBM will help it penetrate the enterprise market. Building enterprise apps—and using IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities—is one way to provide better service to enterprises.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Are the Catalysts for Amazon’s Stock in 2016?

    AWS and the continued success of the Prime membership program were the main drivers for Amazon in 2015. This will likely continue in 2016 as well.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon Offers Package Delivery Service to the Trunk of Your Car

    In the past, Amazon has faced criticism over late delivery that relied on package delivery companies such as United Parcel Service (UPS) and FedEx (FDX).

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///BlackBerry unit shipments
    Earnings Report

    Can New BlackBerry Smartphone Offerings Increase Unit Sales?

    BlackBerry now plans to launch its next version of the Passport smartphone, Passport Oslo, by the end of this year. The smartphone will have high-end specifications.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why Samsung’s marketing expenses continue to rise in Q2 2014

    Part of the reason Samsung forecast a decline in earnings for Q2 was an increase in operating expenses. Samsung had to incur higher operating expenses.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why an attractive smartphone lineup is important for Verizon

    The quality and variety of the smartphone lineup is an important parameter for any telecom company. For Verizon, it’s even more important, as it’s trying to increase the popularity of its Edge program by attracting customers to upgrade their devices faster.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Will Facebook monetize its non-core businesses anytime soon?

    Facebook’s (FB) advertising revenues increased by a healthy 67%. But its other business, the payments and other fees business, grew from $214 million to $234 million at a growth rate of 9%.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why Yahoo’s revenue continues to decline

    The mobile advertising market is expected to grow at a faster rate than the overall digital advertising market.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why Qualcomm benefits from China’s LTE adoption progress

    Qualcomm earns about half of its revenues from China, making it an important market for the company. It depends heavily on the faster adoption of high-speed LTE technology in emerging markets such as China.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Consumer

    Microsoft increases its presence in the sub-$200 smartphone space

    During the recent installment of Asia’s largest computing show, Computex, Microsoft (MSFT) announced that it will start selling smartphones and tablets running its software at below $200.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Users consume more data on Verizon and Sprint networks

    People consume more data via Wi-Fi because it’s much cheaper than cellular data plans—6.8 GB using Android phones and 8.9 GB using Apple iPhones.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Consumer

    Must-know: Why Google acquired the music streaming service Songza

    According to a report from Statista and the previous chart, Pandora leads the Internet Radio market with a share of 31%.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why Facebook’s 3Q14 earnings could positively surprise you

    Facebook (FB) has become one of the most important players in the Internet industry. Its revenue growth remains strong.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///Internet video streaming sites
    Company & Industry Overviews

    YouTube’s Live Video Streaming Service Takes on Amazon in May

    Amazon’s Twitch drives the highest US live video streaming volume with about 44% share. With live video streaming service at 60fps, YouTube aims to give competition to Twitch.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Consumer

    SAP becomes one of the most successful enterprise cloud companies

    In its press release to announce the Q1 2014 earnings, SAP mentioned that its annual cloud revenue run rate is now approaching $1.5 billion, which is a growth rate of 38% over the same quarter last year.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    The PC refresh cycle helped Intel beat Q2 earnings expectations

    Intel (INTC) announced its Q2 2014 earnings recently. Its revenue of $13.83 billion and earnings per share of 55 cents beat analysts’ estimates.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Retailers Are Increasing Their Ad Spending on YouTube

    Walmart, Target, Amazon, and Lowe’s were the four retailers in the United States that spent the most on YouTube video ads last year.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Amazon benefit from the decline in oil prices?

    Reducing oil prices are good news for e-commerce players. Oil prices have declined by about 60% over the past six months.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///Mobile Wireless Infra Market Shares
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Cisco and Ericsson Join Hands to Take on Huawei

    On November 9, Cisco and Ericsson announced a major partnership where both companies would develop new products. Both face competition from nokia and Huawei.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///Apple iPad revenue growth
    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Will Become the Biggest Growth Drivers for Apple?

    Apple Watch, Apple Pay, Apple TV, and iPad Pro are niche businesses for Apple (AAPL). But these still have the potential to become big in the future.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///Ad US location targeted spending
    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Are Google’s Local Inventory Ads Helping Retailers?

    Seeing the success of local inventory ads, Google has expanded them to all major economies outside the United States, including the United Kingdom (EWU), France, Germany, Japan, and Australia.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why Twitter’s unique visitor count is increasing so rapidly

    Twitter’s monthly active users or MAUs increased from 255 million in Q2 2013 to 271 million in Q2 2014. These are the users who log in to Twitter through its website either from desktop or mobile devices.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Google’s progress in the devices market

    Google, Inc. has taken clear forward strides in the mobile devices market. Android should gain up to a 52% share by 2015.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///Apple iPad revenues
    Earnings Report

    Why Apple Could Provide a Robust Outlook for the Holiday Quarter

    From this earning announcement, investors will also keenly watch for the outlook that Apple provides for fiscal 1Q16, the holiday quarter this year.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Apple Improves iPad Multitasking Feature with iOS 9 Release

    Apple announced the release of iOS 9, upgrading its operating system for the iPhone and iPad. iOS 9 allows improved multitasking functionality for the iPad.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Consumer

    Why Facebook expects revenue growth to slow in 4Q14

    The technology sector in general is facing headwinds because the U.S. dollar is strengthening. Facebook earned about 54% of its revenues from international markets in the last quarter. As a result, a strengthening U.S. dollar impacts its revenues and margins.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///Google ad revenue growth rates
    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Google’s Customer Match Product Benefits Advertisers

    Late in 2015, Google launched its Customer Match product, which allows advertisers to provide Google with a list of customer email addresses. Google matches these customers with signed-in customers on Google Search, YouTube, or Gmail.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why low-cost smartphone players should find success in India

    Recently, Intex announced the introduction of its first smartphone in India, named Cloud FX. This smartphone will be based on the Mozilla Firefox operating system and will be priced pretty low, at $33.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Consumer

    Amazon grew its business in 3Q14 through several initiatives

    During the third quarter, Amazon made a major acquisition of Twitch for $970 million. Twitch is a popular website for video game enthusiasts who want to broadcast their video games to other people or watch other people play video games in real time.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Earnings Report

    Apple could report robust earnings in fiscal 1Q15

    Apple (AAPL) is expected to announce its fiscal 1Q15 earnings on January 27. We believe Apple will once again beat analysts’ consensus estimates.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Must-know: What to expect from Qualcomm this fiscal year

    Qualcomm’s improved EPS guidance is mainly because of the continued adoption of LTE technology by Chinese telecommunication providers such as China Mobile (CHL), China Telecom (CHA), and China Unicom (CHU).

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///BlackBerry ASP_Q
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why BlackBerry’s Smartphone Business Could Decline Even More

    Although the 60-day exclusivity period with AT&T (T) for selling the PRIV has already ended, BlackBerry hasn’t yet started selling the PRIV on the T-Mobile (TMUS) and Verizon (VZ) networks.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///Telecom postpaid phone subscribers gain
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Must-know: Sprint is resorting to price cuts

    Sprint’s price cuts are clearly aimed at gaining net subscribers at the expense of its competitors. Sprint is the only major US telecom company that kept losing subscribers.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Consumer

    Facebook’s Audience Network helps expand its mobile reach

    Audience Network benefits not just Facebook, but developers too. By helping developers manage ad inventories, apps can be more readily monetized.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Symantec’s Cloud Security Product Became the Best

    On December 20, Symantec announced that its Cloud Workload Protection (or CWP) product won the “product of the year” award in the cloud security category.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///ATT data pricing
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Telcos lure customers with attractive family plans

    Other telecom companies have also started luring customers with attractive family plans—AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile among them.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Apple Should Pose the Biggest Threat to Fitbit

    The Apple Watch is the biggest threat to Fitbit despite its being released only recently. In April, Apple released the Watch in nine countries.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Many Watches Should You Expect Apple to Sell?

    Apple (AAPL) is all set to release its Watch on April 24. The product will launch in nine countries, which include the United States and the United Kingdom.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Miscellaneous

    Verizon Plus AOL Equals Competition for Facebook and Google

    Facebook and Google have moved far ahead of AOL in the display ad market. After acquiring AOL, Verizon could possibly strengthen its position in this market.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why international markets are a big opportunity for Netflix

    Netflix expects 2.15 million net subscriber additions in the fourth quarter. This growth is faster than what Netflix experienced in the U.S.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///Ad social networks user growth
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Yahoo Announces Management Changes for Its Tumblr Business

    Yahoo acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion in 2013. David Karp founded Tumblr. He had been leading the business at Yahoo as well. Now, he will report to Simon Khalaf.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///Online Travel agency US market share
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon Enters the Online Travel Market with Amazon Destinations

    The online travel market is consolidating. Expedia’s market share will rise to 75% with its acquisitions of Orbitz and Travelocity.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///BlackBerry Passport Next plan
    Company & Industry Overviews

    AT&T will sell a customized BlackBerry Passport smartphone

    AT&T will sell the Passport exclusively for $200 with a two-year contract. The device otherwise sells for $650 without a contract.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Verizon’s Speed Match could compete with cable

    In July 2014, Verizon introduced an innovative service called Speed Match, which allows customers to receive upload speeds that match their download speeds.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Must-know: Why AT&T’s churn rate is the best in the industry

    Lower churn rates help companies save cost that they would otherwise incur acquiring new customers. So it’s an important parameter in the telecom industry.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Google Wants to Counter the Threat from Mobile Apps

    Google will need to continue to innovate in the mobile advertising market so it can compete with mobile apps. The mobile ad market has huge growth potential.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Did eBay’s PayPal Acquire Money Transfer Company Xoom?

    eBay’s PayPal will acquire online money transfer company Xoom for $890 million. PayPal will pay Xoom $25 per share.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///Apple revenue contribution products
    Earnings Report

    Apple’s Comments on Apple Watch and App Store Businesses

    App Store revenues were up 29% in fiscal 2Q15 from 2Q14. In Europe, the App Store’s success helped generate $7.5 billion for European developers since 2008.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why we’re seeing a telecom shift from subsidy to installment plans

    Compared to the traditional subsidy model, the Next program provides more flexibility to customers who like to frequently upgrade their devices.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Apple iPad sales could see first year-over-year decline

    Apple iPad sales have been declining for the last few quarters now. And unless Apple does something revolutionary, it’s unlikely to revive them.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Microsoft Will Have to Make Sales Force Changes to Sell Search Ads

    Microsoft will need to beef up its sales force to sell its search ads. Microsoft’s Bing is ranked third in the global search ad market.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    VZ is waiting for compatible devices to implement LTE multicast

    Management mentioned that the network for LTE multicast has been ready since August. VZ expects the complete ramp up of compatible devices to be in the market by next year.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///Amazon and Priceline margins
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Did Amazon Shut Down Its Online Travel Business?

    In April, Amazon had launched its new travel and hotel service, called Amazon Destinations.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///Wearable device consumer interest
    Earnings Report

    Morgan Stanley bullish about Apple Watch prospects

    Morgan Stanley rationalizes that if only 10% of the 300 million people who carry iPhones buy an Apple Watch, 30 million units could be sold this year.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///eBay revenue growth rate_Q
    Earnings Report

    eBay Posts Better-Than-Expected 1Q15 Earnings

    eBay (EBAY) announced better-than-expected 1Q15 earnings last week. The company’s overall revenues increased by 4% to $4.45 billion year-over-year.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Google’s DoubleClick: Huge growth potential

    Google’s DoubleClick is the go-to tool for marketers and agencies. And the number of ads impressions from DoubleClick has doubled year-over-year.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why price is important for every smartphone player except Apple

    Apple is no longer the top-selling smartphone player with the Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S) networks, where Samsung (SSNLF) has held on to its top position.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    LinkedIn Acquires Lynda.com to Increase User Engagement

    Last week, LinkedIn announced that it agreed to acquire lynda.com—a leading training video site—for $1.5 billion. LinkedIn needs more user engagement.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Earnings Report

    Apple May Report Subdued Apple Watch Sales in 3Q15

    Apple has tried its best to popularize the Apple Watch. A couple of months ago, Apple and IBM (IBM) added three new apps for Apple Watch.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Delhivery Raises $85 Million: Signifies India’s E-Commerce Growth

    According to a May 6 report from TechCrunch, Indian e-commerce logistics startup Delhivery raised $85 million in funding a few months after it raised $35 million.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Google’s YouTube Plans to Take Away Ad Dollars from TV

    According to Google, more users aged 18–49 access YouTube on their mobile devices than they access any cable network in the United States.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why Facebook will benefit from Instagram’s popularity among teens

    We discussed how Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG)(GOOGL) are the most preferred social networks for the purpose of social login. But Instagram has emerged as the most popular social network among teens in the U.S.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Cowen Says Amazon Is the Best Investment for 2019

    Amazon (AMZN) stock has been one of the best performers in 2018.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Consumer

    A must-read overview of Twitter’s third quarter 2014 earnings

    Twitter (TWTR) continues to produce robust revenue growth. Twitter even raised its guidance for 4Q14 revenue as well as its adjusted EBITDA.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Earnings Report

    UCS Drove Cisco’s Data Center Business Growth in Fiscal 3Q15

    Cisco’s Data Center business continues to have strong growth. Its Data Center business had a YoY revenue growth rate of 21%—the highest among its other segments.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Earnings Report

    What’s driving Verizon’s increase in average revenue per account?

    Average revenue per account (or ARPA) is an important metric for Verizon. It gives an idea of how well it’s able to monetize its users’ accounts. Verizon increases ARPA consistently.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Spotify’s Valuation Increases Despite a Threat from Apple

    Spotify earns the bulk of its revenues from subscriptions and only a small amount from advertising. Investors prefer the subscription model.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon Is Increasing the Product Selection for Its Prime Program

    Amazon credits the Prime program’s popularity for the growth in its operating profits in 1Q15—Amazon’s best results in the US for the last few quarters.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why Chinese carriers cutting smartphone subsidies affects Apple

    China’s telecom providers, China Mobile (CHL), China Unicom (CHU), and China Telecom (CHA), had started to sell the iPhone 5S at a subsidized price. However, it seems the Chinese government wants to nip this trend in the bud itself.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Netflix Stock Rises 3.7% in June on News of Possible Stock Split

    Netflix (NFLX) stock rose 3.7% on June 10 on news that the company is pursuing a stock split. It would increase the number of shares 30 times, from 170 million to 5 billion.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon looks to broaden Twitch’s scope through music streaming

    Amazon (AMZN) acquired Twitch a few months back for a valuation of around $1 billion. Twitch is a popular website for video game enthusiasts.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Apple’s Music Streaming Service Has Ample Growth Potential

    In spite of the competition, Apple will have ample opportunities to grow its music streaming service. It will quickly expand its service to countries where competition is less.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why are we seeing more adoption of larger mobile data plans?

    Although the Mobile Share accounts for AT&T have tripled from 4.8 million in 2Q13 to 14.6 million in 2Q14, 10 GB or larger data plans have increased by more than five times, from 1.4 million to 7.2 million, during the same period.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    A must-know look at Facebook’s 3-year strategy

    This is a tool to connect people with important public moments and personalities on Facebook. This is an attempt by Facebook to draw on features of Twitter Inc (TWTR)—where people are comfortable sharing their views with everyone.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Earnings Report

    BlackBerry Owes Its Software Revenue Growth to BES12 and QNX

    BlackBerry’s software and technology licensing revenues grew 18% year-over-year, mainly due to the company’s BES12 solution.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Facebook Messenger’s Video Calling Feature Will Attract More Users

    On April 27, Facebook added the video calling feature to Messenger, according to Facebook’s press release. This feature makes Messenger an attractive app.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Can AT&T’s GigaPower service drive the company’s U-Verse business?

    Recently, AT&T announced that its GigaPower service has exceeded expectations in Austin and will soon start deploying in Dallas and North Carolina.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • uploads///Verizon FiOS and Wireline revenues
    Earnings Report

    FiOS Quantum service: A positive for Verizon’s wireline business

    FiOS Quantum provides high Internet speeds ranging from 50 to 500 Mbps. To date, 57% of FiOS customers have adopted the Quantum

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Samsung could see a tough 2014 as Galaxy S5 sales start off slow

    Although Samsung managed to increase its share in the worldwide smartphone market in 2013, it could face a tough 2014.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Record iPhone 6 pre-orders: Best-ever quarter for Apple mobile?

    On September 9, Apple launched the iPhone 6, measuring 4.7 inches, and the iPhone 6 Plus, measuring 5.5 inches. On the same day, Apple also released its smartwatch called the Apple Watch.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Are Investors Overvaluing Spotify?

    A recent report from the Wall Street Journal suggests that investors might be overvaluing Spotify. The company could now be a risky investment.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Everything you need to know about AT&T’s wireline business

    U-Verse and strategic business services have been the main growth areas for AT&T’s wireline business, offset by the declines in legacy voice and data products. AT&T’s U-Verse broadband and TV business both are showing strong growth.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why bundled offers are helping AT&T gain U-Verse TV subscribers

    AT&T has also been able to grow its U-Verse TV subscriber base. AT&T’s subscriber base has increased from 5.0 million in 2Q13 to 5.9 million in 2Q14.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at Apple’s Evolution in the Payment-Processing Market

    Apple could disrupt the business of established players PayPal and Square in the person-to-person payment-processing market.

    By Puneet Sikka
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