El Goog picked up the handset maker – and its attractive patent portfolio – for a cool $12.5 Billion. Up until 2008, Motorola had languished in its failure to produce a viable iPhone competitor. But in ’09, Moto executed an effective turnaround and has found success on the Android platform with its attractive Droid series. … Continue reading Google Picks Up Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion
DJIA Down 300, 400 500 600 No one, save bears and gold bugs, were safe today. Only one stock in the S & P 500 was in the black, with everything else steeply in the red. If you’re confident that the market has bottomed out it’s a great buying opportunity. Continue reading Monday, Bloody Monday
I’m about as Republican as they come, but Sarah Palin excels at getting on my nerves. When she first burst onto the political scene in 2008, she was viewed as a sort of hayseed, salt o’ the earth soccer mom cum VP contender. It became immediately obvious that despite her spunk, Sarah Palin didn’t really … Continue reading Sarah Palin: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Keep Unqualified Political Opinions to Myself
Four years ago Engadget wisely wrote an open letter to Palm, advising them to update their product lines and come up to speed with the rest of the smart phone industry. Enter the Pre, and for a few expectant months it seemed like Palm just might stage a comeback. But then more carriers added Android … Continue reading An Open Letter to RIM
All of this talk about the fit hitting the shan got me thinking about the word pieces, which, as it would with just about anybody, got me thinking about the words “Reese’s Pieces”, which then got me thinking about Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, which I happen to be eating as I type this. So here’s … Continue reading The Economy in Pieces?
Salmon is awesome. So is putting stuff on the grill. The problem is that placing salmon directly on the grill often means that the outside of the fish burns quickly but not thoroughly, and that it sticks to the grill. Enter the cedar plank. Marinate the fish, place it on a plank and grill away. … Continue reading Cedar Plank Salmon: The Best Things in Life Just Got Better, Somehow
Over at our competitor, the ‘Times, Greg Mankiw has written a cogent and sympathetic analysis of Ben Bernanke and his performance as chairman of the Fed since ’06. Seeing as Bernanke probably deserved the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize more than Obama did, it’s nice to see something that’s chiming in his favor. Bernanke, to his … Continue reading Bernanke: A Balanced Perspective