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The Telecom Digest for September 26, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 201 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Microsoft won't make Office editing free on iOS/Android, so Google does (Monty Solomon)
Re: Microsoft won't make Office editing free on iOS/Android, so Google does (Garrett Wollman)
Judge rejects proposed member of LightSquared auction committee (Thad Floryan)
Apple Market Share: Facts and Psychology (Monty Solomon)
Murdoch Said to Chafe at AllThingsD Terms After Takeover (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:16:00 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Microsoft won't make Office editing free on iOS/Android, so Google does Message-ID: <p0624083ace651c459b58@[]> Microsoft won't make Office editing free on iOS/Android, so Google does Quickoffice probably won't be as good as Microsoft, but now it's free. by Jon Brodkin Sept 19 2013 Ars Technica Today Google made Quickoffice-its app for creating and editing Microsoft Office documents-free to all users of iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Quickoffice was bought by Google a year ago, and it has provided editing of Microsoft Office documents in their native formats on mobile devices for more than a couple of years. The app cost $20, but Google made it free to companies that are paying subscribers of Google Apps for Business. With today's update, it's free to everyone with a Google account, whether you pay for a Google Apps subscription or not. ... http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/09/microsoft-wont-make-office-editing-free-on-iosandroid-so-google-does/
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:09:57 +0000 (UTC) From: wollman@bimajority.org (Garrett Wollman) To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Microsoft won't make Office editing free on iOS/Android, so Google does Message-ID: <l1v1sl$h5n$2@grapevine.csail.mit.edu> In article <p0624083ace651c459b58@[]>, Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> quoted a webzine article which said: >Quickoffice was bought by Google a year ago, and it has provided >editing of Microsoft Office documents in their native formats on >mobile devices for more than a couple of years. The app cost $20, To whom? It came preloaded on both of my Android phones. -GAWollman -- Garrett A. Wollman | What intellectual phenomenon can be older, or more oft wollman@bimajority.org| repeated, than the story of a large research program Opinions not shared by| that impaled itself upon a false central assumption my employers. | accepted by all practitioners? - S.J. Gould, 1993
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:59:05 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Judge rejects proposed member of LightSquared auction committee Message-ID: <52425F89.40800@thadlabs.com> http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/24/us-lightsquared-bankruptcy-idUSBRE98N10G20130924 Judge rejects proposed member of LightSquared auction committee By Nick Brown Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:52pm EDT (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked a proposed appointee to a committee to oversee the bankruptcy auction of broadband company LightSquared LP, citing a conflict of interests, and admonished the company for making the nomination. Donna Alderman cannot be part of the committee because she could be seen as having a bias against satellite television company Dish Network Corp, which is seeking to acquire LightSquared's spectrum, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman said. Alderman, a former director at satellite operator DBSD, lost her job when Dish acquired DBSD in 2011, then unsuccessfully sought $7 million from Dish for her role in generating value for DBSD's estate. She ended up with $750,000 in severance. LightSquared's creditors objected to Alderman's appointment on Monday, citing her bitterness toward Dish. At a hearing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York on Tuesday, Chapman lambasted the proposed appointment, saying Alderman could be perceived as having an anti-Dish bias. "Let's cut to the chase," Chapman told a lawyer for LightSquared. "You had a list of a dozen candidates. And yet we have someone who has caused, with all due respect, a tremendous amount of controversy and raised the specter of yet another sideshow. Frankly, I don't understand it." A source with knowledge of the situation said Alderman and Dish had a falling-out after DBSD was bought by Dish, and in emails reported by the Wall Street Journal on Monday, Alderman said she felt "screwed" by Dish. At Tuesday's hearing, LightSquared attorney Matthew Barr played down Alderman's feelings toward Dish. "Unfortunately, people send emails like that, but do they really mean them?" Barr said. "Do you not have the ability to stand up and say, 'I sent those emails but I am telling you I do not have a bias?'" Chapman said the company should not have a problem finding a replacement "in the financial capital of the world." "There are other folks out there who can do this," she said. LightSquared declared bankruptcy in 2012 after the Federal Communications Commission revoked its license to use its spectrum amid concerns a plan to build a wireless network could interfere with global positioning systems. Its bankruptcy has been marred by mistrust and accusations of wrongdoing between Phil Falcone's Harbinger Capital Partners, which owns more than 80 percent of the company, and Dish, whose chief executive, Charlie Ergen, is staging an aggressive takeover effort. A Dish affiliate has offered $2.2 billion for LightSquared's spectrum. According to a lawyer for Dish, Rachel Strickland, Harbinger has refused to negotiate. LightSquared has agreed to auction itself to the highest bidder. Lenders have said Harbinger's interest lies in blocking a sale and that it cannot be trusted to run its own auction. Competing proposals by the company and its lenders for how to run the auction, initially slated to be argued at Tuesday's hearing, were adjourned until next Monday as the sides try to hash out a resolution. LightSquared had agreed to appoint an independent, three-member committee to oversee the auction. In addition to Alderman, it named former restructuring lawyer Alan Carr and investment adviser Neal Goldman to the committee, whose members would receive $35,000 a month in compensation. (Reporting by Nick Brown; editing by Andrew Hay) ***** Moderator's Note ***** How come nobody pays ME $750,000 just to go away? Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2013 17:42:04 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Apple Market Share: Facts and Psychology Message-ID: <p0624082bce650a6c6c6b@[]> Apple Market Share: Facts and Psychology Sep 15, 2013 By Jean-Louis Gassée Monday Note Remember netbooks? When Apple was too greedy and stupid to make a truly low-cost Macintosh? Here we go again, Apple refuses to make a genuinely affordable iPhone. There will be consequences - similar to what happened when the Mac refused to join netbooks circling the drain. ... http://www.mondaynote.com/2013/09/15/apple-market-share-facts-and-psychology/
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:06:26 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Murdoch Said to Chafe at AllThingsD Terms After Takeover Message-ID: <p06240839ce651916dc3d@[]> Murdoch Said to Chafe at AllThingsD Terms After Takeover By Edmund Lee - Sep 21, 2013 Bloomberg News Corp. (NWSA), which is severing ties with AllThingsD founders Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the end of the year, objected to the terms of the journalists' contract soon after the media company took over the operation in 2007, two people with knowledge of the matter said. Mossberg and Swisher together take slightly more than 50 percent of AllThingsD's conference revenue, including ticket sales and sponsorships, according to people familiar with the business, who asked not to be identified because the terms are private. The contract was originally negotiated years before News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch acquired AllThingsD as part of his Dow Jones purchase, and he and other executives bristled at the arrangement, people with knowledge of their thinking said. ... http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-20/murdoch-said-to-object-to-allthingsd-terms-after-2007-takeover.html
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