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Author: Beth Kindig

Beth Kindig has published over 700 articles in the last 6 years exclusively on technology and startups. She has held product marketing and developer evangelist roles at tech companies representing products in data, security, internet of things, connected cars, connected home, mobile, encryption, health care, and finance tech. Her articles have been featured in Venture Beat, MediaPost, AdExchanger, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She has written over 30 reports and whitepapers on enterprise technologies. She has been a speaker at Android Developers Conference, GamesBeat, Advertising Week NYC, Tech Week and more.

Why no streaming company will be able to dethrone Netflix

Netflix critics see mountains of debt and bleeding free cash flow. Opportunists see a company with the world’s best track record for beating the odds in disrupting traditional media. For investors, it could be a costly mistake to be on the wrong side of that debate, as Netflix stock’s 52-week low is $231 and the high is $385, a sizable spread for a $125 billion market-cap company. In the two weeks that followed the streaming company’s second-quarter earnings release in July, Netflix shed $24 billion in market value. The Los Gatos, Calif.-based company releases third-quarter results Oct. 16. Investors are…

Governments won’t be able to stop Facebook and Google from abusive tracking on smartphones — but Apple could

Another day, another headline saying Alphabet’s Google and Facebook are being investigated for allegedly breaking privacy laws and engaging in anti-trust behavior. Google GOOG, +0.95% GOOGL, +0.98%  has been the subject of three antitrust investigations conducted by the European Union, resulting in more than $8 billion in fines. Now the company, which controls 31% of global digital ad dollars, will face the U.S. on anti-trust matters. A big question is if governments will be effective, as they may not understand how social-media and internet businesses operate. In April 2018, Congress tried to piece together how Facebook’s FB, +2.74%  platform works. It ended up being a disaster. Anyone who…

Top Tech Stock News: 7 Things You Missed This Week

1. Uber and Lyft Face Increasing Investor Skepticism After weeks of controversy and poor earnings, it’s no surprise that Uber and Lyft are now facing scepticism from investors. Uber shares recently closed at $29.15, whereas Lyft shares recently closed at $39.57, slightly below from their previous lows of $30.29 and $40.84 respectively. The new all-time lows represent the pessimistic sentiments of many investors, despite assurances from both firms that they will be able to bounce back from their various problems. However, both Uber and Lyft are not the only ones affected by the growing scepticism. Investors are also questioning the…

Top Tech Stock News: 6 Things You Missed This Week

  1. Tesla to Develop A Battery That Can Last for A Million of Miles Earlier this year, Elon Musk announced that Tesla was developing a power source that would allow electric cars to travel for up to a million miles. The claim seemed boastful at the time but now it seems that the Tesla founder was quite serious about his statements. Battery researchers from the Dalhousie University published a paper that described ‘A Wide Range of Testing Results on an Excellent Lithium-Ion Cell Chemistry to be used as Benchmarks for New Battery Technologies’ Among the key features of the…

Top Tech Stock News: 7 Things You Missed This Week

  1. Amazon Altered Search Algorithms to Promote Certain Products Amazon.com Inc. reportedly altered its product search system to better feature items which are more profitable for the company. According to reports, Amazon had apparently optimized its search algorithm late last year, so that instead of showing the most relevant and best selling items, it will instead promote items which are most profitable to the company. The move to change the search algorithm was the result of several years of discussions with Amazon’s Seattle retail interests, which supported the changes, and the company’s California-based search team, who opposed it. Any…

The path to profitability for Uber and Lyft looks more like a dead end

The ride-sharing companies are subsidizing rides and overspending on technology, and soon their very business model may be upended in California. Ride-share company earnings prove that if you lower the bar to the ground, it’s easy to leap over. Uber UBER, -1.28%  and Lyft LYFT, +1.42%  each reported staggering losses recently, yet the reports were delivered with positive spins. Lyft released “record second-quarter results” while losing roughly the same amount of money as in previous years. Lyft’s improving loss guidance was meant to look attractive at $850 million to $875 million per year, compared with the $1.15 billion-$1.175 billion previously forecast. But that amount is higher…

How to pick long-term stock winners in cloud computing

Cloud software stocks suffered a reversal that has produced losses of close to 50% from record highs. The story for those stocks hasn’t changed, but the valuations have, and that could be a good thing for investors who know what they own. The biggest risk for investors in cloud stocks isn’t the losses that have pummeled prices over the past two weeks, but rather the big reversal that may scare them away from the sector. It’s painful to watch large declines in stocks, yet nobody wants to miss out on a potential 10-bagger either. When the market rewards, and penalizes,…

Top Tech Stock News: 7 Things You Missed This Week

Uber Announces New Layoffs Amidst Financial Difficulties Uber recently announced another round of layoffs this Tuesday. The multinational transportation network company plans to let go of 435 people from its product and engineering team, or 8% of the total workforce. The layoff was the result of Uber’s poor second quarter performance, which included around $5.2 billion in net losses. “While certainly painful in the moment, especially for those directly affected, we believe that this will result in a much stronger technical organization,” an Uber spokesperson said. The planned layoffs will not only affect Uber personnel in the United States, however.…

Top Tech Stock News: 7 Things You Missed This Week

1. Netflix to Change Its Service Model Netflix is changing its service model. Starting this October, the company will no longer release all of the episodes of certain TV shows in one go. Instead, they plan to release groups of episodes each week. Netflix executives hope that this new strategy will not only provide more value to their customers, it will also allow them to compete more effectively with Hulu, Disney+ and Apple TV. The idea behind the new model is that viewers benefit from watching shows that don’t spoil their own endings. By releasing chunks of episodes per week,…

Slack’s missteps have now made the stock a ‘buy’ at the right price

Slack Technologies is the fastest-growing software-as-a-service (SaaS) company of all time and a Silicon Valley favorite, yet the direct public offering (DPO) clearly did not go well for public investors. The shares WORK, +8.03%  opened at $38.50 on June 20, rose to $42 intraday, and have now sunk to a record-low of $26.25 in after-market hours leading into its first earnings report as a public company. The losses are at 36% from its intraday high, and that occurred when many cloud-software initial public offerings (IPOs) have enjoyed triple-digit returns since going public. So what went wrong? And, more importantly for growth investors, will…