January, 2016


Amazon Prime and Amazon Web Services Leading the Way

Amazon just began disclosing the earnings from its nine-year-old Cloud computing arm, Amazon Web Services (AWS), in April 2015. As it turns out, renting secure and innovative web space is an incredibly profitable business. In fact, Deutsche Bank estimates that the AWS Cloud could [...]Read more

Netflix Pushed on Branding

Media companies have locked horns before with Netflix over a lack of branding on their own programming while Netflix Original Series are always clearly marked. The battle of the brand, it would seem, is turning. ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” now features a four-second [...]Read more

Sale of E-Cigarettes Lose Steam

The once-promising e-cigarette market continues to slow dramatically with yet another drop of 21 percent in sales of “cigalike” during the 12-week period ending October 31, according to Nielsen and Wells Fargo. This past September, Reynolds American Inc., the second-largest [...]Read more

Facebook Prods Users To Share a Bit More

As Facebook continues to blaze trails through the social media wilderness, it has come across a particularly troubling trend: fewer posts created by fewer users. In past years, Facebook users shared more original content than they’re sharing today, according to market [...]Read more

Media Results Are Awaited, A Bit Warily

As the world of traditional media continues to navigate a chaotic world of cable-cutters and dedicated television streamers, the stock market remains unfriendly to major networks. Companies like Disney, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner are continuing to post reduced growth and [...]Read more
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Alphabet Surprises With Buyback

Big gains from mobile advertising and tighter spending control has led to a nine percent gain in shares in the third quarter 2015 for Alphabet, the parent company of Google. This news is coming on the heels of a recent reorganization, which legally and financially separated [...]Read more

Can Oprah Revive Weight Watchers?

Weight Watchers, Inc. finally posted a gain in its stock this year, on the news that media giant Oprah Winfrey purchased a 10 percent stake in the company. Despite her history of weight loss attempts, this will be the first time that Winfrey has joined Weight Watchers, much to [...]Read more
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Wal-Mart Shrinks The Big Box

Wal-Mart is making some big changes in hopes of modernizing and streamlining its big box brand. Falling profits and a promise to raise employee wages across the board has forced the Arkansas-based company to make some hard decisions about how its day-to-day business will run in [...]Read more

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