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The Upshot on Apple’s Stock Split
24 Apr 2014 2:42am GMT Neil Irwin, writing for the NYT’s new sub-site, The Upshot: But there’s another way of looking at it. Warren Buffett, the legendary investor, has avoided splitting shares of his Berkshire Hathaway so resolutely that each one now trades at a whopping $190,800 per Class A share. (He has bowed to practicality — and the fact that most people can’t invest nearly $200,000 for a single share of a stock — by introducing Class B shares that now go for a more reasonable...

Apple Reports Second-Quarter Earnings
23 Apr 2014 11:22pm GMT Dan Miller, reporting for Macworld: iPhone sales were up 17 percent compared to the second quarter last year (43.7 million phones sold versus 37.4 million the year before). Revenues from the smartphones were up, too, from $22.95 billion to $26.06 billion, an increase of 13 percent. The iPhone now accounts for fully 57 percent of Apple’s overall revenues (up from 53 percent last year). In his comments, Apple CEO Tim Cook said demand for each of the three current iPhone models (the...

FCC, in ‘Net Neutrality’ Turnaround, Plans to Allow Fast Lane
23 Apr 2014 11:13pm GMT Edward Wyatt, reporting for the NYT: The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company — like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google — and charge different companies different amounts for priority service. That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription...

‘Far, Far Away From Your Parents’
23 Apr 2014 10:31pm GMT Speaking of HBO Go, these new commercials are brilliant. (Via John Moltz.)  ★ 

Amazon Gets Rights to Stream Old HBO Shows
23 Apr 2014 9:15pm GMT Peter Kafka: That means Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to see shows that have already run on HBO, like “The Sopranos” and “The Wire.” And they can also watch older seasons of some shows that are still on the air, like “Girls,” three years after they air. It’s the first time HBO has offered access to its catalog via a streaming video service that’s not its own HBO Go. And it gives Amazon an important bragging right/differentiation point...

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