In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Google said that Schmidt would be selling 3.2 million shares of Google stock – more than 40 percent of the 7.6 million shares of Class A and Class B stock controlled by Schmidt.
Bing is teaming up with Fox News to offer Americans an interactive experience when President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address tomorrow (Feb. 12).
Bing’s political site, Bing Pulse, is offering America the chance to rate Obama’s speech.
“Share your pulse: React to the State of the Union in real-time,” the website reads. “During the State of the Union address, Bing will take the audience pulse in real-time, post links to latest political news and chart social network reaction on major issues. Be part of the conversation. Join the first-ever interactive presidential address.”
A live feed of Obama’s speech can be viewed at Bing.com/politics which will include commentary from Fox News political experts. FoxNews.com will also feature additional analysis and commentary including multiple live video streams along with photo galleries from the event. Viewers can log on here.
Those taking part in the Bing Pulse experience must enter their gender and political affiliation. The site permits a comment or reaction from the same user every five seconds. A tracker tallies the responses and line graphs will be prepared to indicate how people are reacting to Obama’s speech. Results will be broken down according to gender and affiliation.
Bing will also offer a live feed of social conversations on Twitter “so people can stay informed on what leading political pundits are saying about the speech,” a press release states.
Tweets will also be used to analyze such issues as gun control, immigration and the economy.
“Bing.com/Politics is the best second-screen viewing companion for the State of the Union address,” says Microsoft corporate vice-president Mark Penn. “Bing uniquely offers a holistic view of information, reaction and even sentiment during this key political moment in America. Our strategic partnership with Fox News Channel allows us to provide the data Americans want to see most, and Bing Pulse will set the bar for live polls of the modern age.”
Penn says a recent Bing survey discovered just shy of 75 percent of Americans identified themselves as active participants or observers in online political discussions.
“As that number grows, the way we consume and interact with the news is undergoing an unprecedented transformation,” he says. “Search can do even more at pivotal moments where customers need a deeper level of information and act as a companion experience to live events such as the State of the Union Address.”
Bing Pulse will also feature original videos of former President Jimmy Carter and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich offering commentary on Obama’s speech.
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Apple Reportedly Working on iWatch
Move over Smartphones.
Apple is reportedly working on a Smartwatch, anonymous sources have told The New York Times.
The iWatch will be a curved-glass device and will operate on Apple’s iOS platform, say the sources, who asked not be named because they are not allowed to discuss unreleased products. The Times report said Corning’s Willow Glass could be used to make the watch.
Corning, the maker of the Gorilla Glass used in the iPhone, said last year it had created Willow Glass, which can bend as easily as a piece of paper without breaking.
It is though the iWatch will feature a navigation system, fitness monitoring abilities and a Siri-like personal assistant.
Google’s Eric Schmidt to Sell 42 Percent of His Stock
Google chairman Eric Schmidt will sell up to 3.2 million shares — worth about $2.5 billion — this year, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The planned sale, which comprises 42 percent of Schmidt’s stock holdings, is strictly routine, Google said in the filing, adding the “plan was adopted in order to allow Eric to sell a portion of his Google stock as part of his long-term strategy for individual asset diversification and liquidity.”
Schmidt owns 7.6 million shares — roughly 2.3 percent of Google’s Class A stock —and has 8.2 percent of the firm’s voting power.
Although the plan for Schmidt’s stock sale went into effect four months ago, selling will likely not begin until next month, and could continue throughout the year. Google stock was trading at 785.37 when the markets closed Friday.
Surface Pro a Sellout, But Due to Popularity or Small Stock?
Many of those hoping to snap up a Microsoft Surface Pro over the weekend were disappointed.
The 128GB tablets, which went on sale Feb. 9 in the U.S. and Canada, quickly sold out both online and in retail outlets, but it was due more to limited stock than high demand.
Still, the tablets generated enough interest to have consumers lining up at some stores to nab a 128GB tablet. The 64GB tablets, also released over the weekend, have been largely ignored by consumers.
The demand for the larger Surface Pro warranted a much higher stock than the company provided. News reports indicate only 500,000 to one million units were produced in a bid to create some buzz by making the tablets appear to be in high demand.
Microsoft said consumer response to the debut of Surface Pro “has been amazing. We are working with our retail partners who are currently out of stock of the 128GB Surface Pro to replenish supplies as quickly as possible. Our priority is to ensure that every customer gets their new Surface Pro as soon as possible.”
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