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PayPal Could Soon Be eBay's Biggest Source Of Revenue

PayPal Could Soon Be eBay's Biggest Source Of Revenue | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Thanks to strong growth of its online payments business, eBay reported better-than-expected second quarter results yesterday. Net income increased to $676 million from $640 million in the same quarter a year ago. Overall revenue climbed 13% to $4.37 billion, as eBay's payments business once again outgrew the company's core business, the marketplace, by a wide margin.

The PayPal unit now accounts for 45% of eBay's net revenue and is on track to become the company's main revenue source in the near future. eBay's marketplace business was hurt by a severe security breach in the past quarter, as a cyberattack left the company no choice but to ask its 145 million users to change their passwords.


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AirBnB re-logoing seems to have triggered some laughter. Shall eBay follow and rebrand into PayPal ?

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Infographic: YouTube and Facebook Account for a Third of Mobile Web Traffic

Infographic: YouTube and Facebook Account for a Third of Mobile Web Traffic | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

According to a new report from Sandvine, YouTube and Facebook account for roughly one third of mobile traffic in North America during peak periods. HTTP, the protocol used for simple web browsing, is ranked third, accounting for 12.6% of mobile traffic. 

The Top 10 are comprised of many popular apps/services and account for a combined total of 77%. The remaining 23% percent are accounted for the huge long tail of mobile apps available.

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Apple's Impressive Market Share Gains In The U.S.

Apple's Impressive Market Share Gains In The U.S. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

If there's one negative thing you've heard about the iPhone in past few years, it's that it's getting walloped in market share battle with Android. 

Around the world, that's certainly true, but in the U.S., the iPhone is doing pretty well. As you can see in this chart from Statista based on data from comScore, Android is actually falling while the iPhone continues to take share.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Who remembers Palm ? Symbian ? BlackBerry ? Welcome to the two horse race (US only)

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Paid Apps Are Dead

Paid Apps Are Dead | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
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In-app may be the only path unless you have a massive audience and can sustain ads

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Interesting chart about "dumbphone" vendors evolution

Interesting chart about "dumbphone" vendors evolution | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The evolution of the non-smart phone market. Who will be around in 3 years to still make them?
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It took Nokia only 5 years to lose its software sovereignty and become irrelevant in thsmartphone market. What about the dumbphone one?

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Apple's iTunes business is bigger than Yahoo!, Netflix and Facebook combined

Apple's iTunes business is bigger than Yahoo!, Netflix and Facebook combined | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Apple's iTunes business exceeded $4 billion revenue last quarter. Horace Dediu broke down where all the sales are coming from on his site, Asymco. As you can see, it's mostly a mix of content and app sales.

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and enjoying a steady 25% + quarterly growth despite competition heating up

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BlackBerry Investors Might Want To Take A Look At This Palm(RIP) Pre Chart

BlackBerry Investors Might Want To Take A Look At This Palm(RIP) Pre Chart | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

BlackBerry was up 15% on Feb 4th after it got a ringing endorsement from Bernstein Research. Bernstein slapped a $22 price target on the stock based mostly on the notion that investors don't fully appreciate how big the BlackBerry 10 launch will be.

 

The 15% jump is the just the latest in a series of big days for BlackBerry which was trading close to $6 at its lowest point recently.

 

But before people get too excited about Bernstein's note, or BlackBerry in general, take a look at this chart of Palm when it tried to resurrect its fortunes.

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Call it a "Pre"cedent as we say in french. BB aware !

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Samsung spends approx.15x more than Apple in marketing

Samsung spends approx.15x more than Apple in marketing | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

According to Asymco's Horace Dediu, Samsung is blowing all the companies away in advertising.

 

But advertising isn't Samsung's only marketing expense. It also has big, crazy launch parties and promotional discounts.

 

If you look at Samsung's full marketing expenses, you get a better idea about the incredible amount it cost Samsung to become the world's biggest smartphone company.

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Peixin hu's comment, August 17, 2013 2:03 AM
I think the reason why Samsung's success in recent years partly because they establish a good brand image. First of all, Samsung have Stylish appearance compare with other brands also attracting the attention of young people. Second, we can see Samsung show up in a variety of activities, newspapers even all kinds of ball games, so that the different age’s group and different interests of the people can concern them.
Min Li's comment, August 22, 2013 12:58 AM
From this chart, we could see that the tendency of Samsung’s budget increases greatly year by year, now Samsung has been the largest company of investing in marketing advertising. Despite its successful advertising, Samsung also spend a lot of money on promotional campaign to attract customers. As for Samsung, it is an admirable company, its products are popular in Asia and Europe countries. In my personal opinion, advertising is like a dialogue between the company and the consumers, and it can be a good method for communicating the features of a product or service in a way that will motivate customers to purchase it. In the intensely competitive market, to be closer to the consumers to figure out their desires and interests are critical for the smartphone company. This is one of the reasons for Samsung’s big success. Thanks.
Abbey 's curator insight, April 7, 2:36 PM

As shown in the digram Samsung's Marketing expenses are far, far higher than any of the of the other brands shown. Considering Samsung is one of the largest smart phone companies in the world, large marketing campaigns and promotional parties etc contribute immensely to the success and impression of the brand received by consumers. Considering Coca Cola is such a huge brand and marketed hugely worldwide, yet is still way behind what Samsung is spending, really shows in comparison to other developed brands how huge Samsung's Marketing really is. 

 

I am quite surprised at how large the gap is between Apple and Samsung as i always considered them reasonably close competitors in the smart phone industry. 

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Google Is Activating 1.3 Million Android Devices On A Daily Basis

Google Is Activating 1.3 Million Android Devices On A Daily Basis | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt revealed the company is now activating 1.3 million Android devices on a daily basis, up from 900,000 in July.

 

For some context, Apple sold ~46.4 million iOS devices last quarter, or 515,500 per day.

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The Ratio Of PCs To Macs Sold Has Fallen To Levels Not Seen Since The 1990s

The Ratio Of PCs To Macs Sold Has Fallen To Levels Not Seen Since The 1990s | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

It's important to note that this chart only shows PCs vs. Macs--full-fledged computers that Apple actually doesn't sell that many of. (Mac sales are growing nicely, in stark contrast to the PC market, but they aren't blowing any doors off).

 

If the chart included sales of iPhones and iPads, the ratio of PCs sold to Apple products sold would look quite different. And given that the distinction between "a PC" and a tablet or smartphone is becoming ever more blurred, the latter chart would actually be more meaningful.

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Time Spent On Facebook Has Peaked And Now It's Falling On The Desktop

Time Spent On Facebook Has Peaked And Now It's Falling On The Desktop | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

UPDATE from SAI: "Note: This post has been edited from its original version, after we learned that the data we initially used was flawed. This chart has accurate data from comScore. Our initial chart showed time spent on Facebook had peaked. We can't determine that based on comScore's data because its previous data was unintentionally inflated due to existence of non-user requested URLs. Anyway, Facebook's engagement is definitely flat this year."

 

Time spent on Facebook on desktop computers in the U.S. has peaked and now it's falling according to data from comScore

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Weird Point About The Video Gaming Console Market

Weird Point About The Video Gaming Console Market | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

As you can see, the price of a PC has fallen, significantly through the years. And yet, the price of a gaming console has risen. Why is this? Thompson speculates, "Incumbents are driven by their best customers to add more and more features that drive up the price, causing the incumbents’ product to move further and further away from the average customer’s needs."

As the price goes up, it becomes less appealing. One of the great things about Nintendo in the 80s was that it was an affordable computing device. These things are no longer relatively affordable.

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Rethinking #shufflepuck with #AppleTV in mind

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Box.net delayed IPO in context : The "Great Cloud Crash" as Business Insider describes it

Box.net delayed IPO in context : The "Great Cloud Crash" as Business Insider describes it | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

This chart from Bessemer Venture Partners shows how far a basket of "cloud" stocks has fallen from their peak. The cloud index tracks 37 publicly traded companies. 

The cloud companies are still outperforming the broader market since 2012, but the trend doesn't look great.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Fog is clearing yet outlook is shaky

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Twitter Plunges After Earnings On Weak User Growth

Twitter Plunges After Earnings On Weak User Growth | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Monthly active users were 241 million. The company added only 9 million more users since the last quarter — that is very weak progress. Only 1 million users were added in the U.S.
Worse, timeline views (a measure of how engaged users are with Twitter) actually declined sequentially.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

The above chart is the stunning one. Weak growth hammered the stock after hours but engagements metrics have everybody scratching their heads...

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In just three years, we have doubled our time spent on the internet, thanks to smartphones and tablets.

In just three years, we have doubled our time spent on the internet, thanks to smartphones and tablets. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Here's a pretty neat chart from comScore, via...
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Mobile now accounts for 20% of web traffic

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There are 11,868 distinct Android devices, up from 3,997 Android devices last year

There are 11,868 distinct Android devices, up from 3,997 Android devices last year | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

This OpenSignal  chart on the state of Android is based on the last 682,000 downloads of its app.

 

It says there are 11,868 distinct Android devices, up from 3,997 Android devices last year.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

This is not a mondrianish postmodern rug pattern : Android fragmentation has just tripled in a year

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Larry's comment, August 1, 2013 12:30 AM
It is not fragmentation (incompatible OS variants), just proof that it is easy to build an Android Smartphone and sell it at least once.
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103% of Smartphone operating Profits are owned by just two vendors

103% of Smartphone operating Profits are owned by just two vendors | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

According to Canaccord Genuity, Samsung and Apple have 103% of the smartphone market's profits. They are basically the only two companies making money manufacturing phones.

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it was "only" 2/3 rd 2 years ago, now almost everyone else is bleeding money.

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One Of The Biggest Stories To Watch In 2013

One Of The Biggest Stories To Watch In 2013 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For years, people have been predicting the death of Microsoft's Windows dominance. And in the last two years, it's finally happened. The rise of iOS and Android have made Microsoft's operating system significantly less important. 

Luckily for Microsoft, this hasn't meant the death of its business overall. Thanks to the strength of its Office franchise and its Servers and Tools business, Microsoft is still very healthy. 

But, there's no escaping that Windows is what drives the whole company. CEOSteve Ballmer calls Windows, "the heart and soul of Microsoft from WindowsPCs to Windows Servers to Windows Phones and Windows Azure." And that heart is beating a little bit more weakly today than it was in say, 2005. 

This chart from Asymco earlier this year illustrates the decline of Microsoft's Windows monopoly as Apple has risen. There are other illustrations of the same thing here and here.

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Apple = Google + Intel in Capex. For now.

Apple = Google + Intel in Capex. For now. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Apple's capital expenditures for the last year were $8.3 billion, which is significantly above its rivals, as this chart from Horace Dediu at Asymco shows.
Dediu believes Apple's capex is significantly above its peers because Apple is investing in data centers like Google, and process equipment like Intel. As a result, its quarterly spending is closer to Google plus Intel.
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Apple Has Almost Completely Eliminated The Windows Platform Advantage

Apple Has Almost Completely Eliminated The Windows Platform Advantage | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The ratio of Windows PCs sold compared to Macs steadily increased throughout the second half of the 1990s and during the first few years of the 2000s, thanks in part to the success of Windows 95. But as we reported recently, analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco crunched some numbers and found that this ratio has been declining for the past eight years thanks to Apple's resurgence.


According to Dediu, the ratio of Windows PCs to Macs sold dropped to below 20 in 2011, its lowest level since before Windows 95 was launched. But that only tells part of the story.


In a new post, Dediu compares the ratio of Windows units sold to all Apple devices, not just Macs. When you factor in iPhones and iPads, the ratio of Windows units to Apple devices sold has dropped to less than two.


"Seen this way, Post-PC devices wiped out of leverage faster than it was originally built," Dediu writes. "They not only reversed the advantage but cancelled it altogether."

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Interest In Amazon's Kindle Fire Collapses

Interest In Amazon's Kindle Fire Collapses | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Apple has only had one tablet that could legitimately be considered a rival: The Kindle Fire.

When it launched, there was great buzz about the product and the price. Well, seven months later, the interest in the Fire is gone.

ChangeWave research released its most recent data on interest in the Kindle Fire, and as you can see, just 8% of people polled say they will buy one in the next three months. That's down from 22% when the Fire launched. The iPad, meanwhile, is at 73%.

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iPhone : a 100Bn$ / year business that didn't exist 5 years ago and now makes 58% of Apple's revenue

iPhone : a 100Bn$ / year business that didn't exist 5 years ago and now makes 58% of Apple's revenue | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The iPhone accounted for 58% of Apple's total revenue last quarter.
The iPhone didn't exist five years ago. Today, the iPhone business alone is more profitable than Exxon.
You can see how the iPhone has gone from zero to a hundred billion annually in the span of five years.

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