Top Headlines - part 50

Oil Giant Repsol Leaving Argentina, Launching New Exploration Projects Globally

Oil Giant Repsol Leaving Argentina, Launching New Exploration Projects Globally

BUSINESS

  • Repsol to invest $23.8 billion in a strategic development plan
  • Argentine President Cristina Kirchner nationalized YPF in May to save nation from rising oil costs
  • Repsol leaving Argentina with $9 billion in debt, seeks $9.9 billion in compensation for expropriated shares

Spanish oil giant Repsol plans to invest $23.8 billion over the next four years in a strategic move to compensate for the loss of its Argentine gas and oil unit YPF to nationalization.

Most of the investment, or $15.8 billion, will go to new oil exploration projects in Spain, Russia, South America, the United States and Algeria.

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HP Cuts 27,000 Jobs Globally To Save $3.5 Billion by 2014

HP Cuts 27,000 Jobs Globally To Save $3.5 Billion by 2014

BUSINESS

  • Layoffs comprise 8% of company’s nearly 350,000 employees worldwide
  • HP and rival Dell trying to stay relevant as PC sales fall due to popularity of mobile devices
  • Previous attempts to cut HP’s spending have not worked

Hewlett-Packard, the largest technology company in the US, is preparing to lay off up to 27,000 employees as part of CEO Meg Whitman’s restructuring plan. Seen as a cost-cutting measure, the layoffs are expected to save the company up to $3.5 billion by 2014.

The layoffs comprise 8% of the company’s nearly 350,000 employees worldwide and are expected to come primarily from the printing division, which in March was merged with the personal systems division. In 2011, profit in the printing division fell 10% and sales were stagnant.

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Motorola Belongs To Google Now For $12.5 Billion

Motorola Belongs To Google Now For $12.5 Billion

BUSINESS

  • Google says Motorola purchase will not give it unfair advantage, but will help increase competition
  • Google to report to China over next 5 years on openness of Android software
  • Android software to help Google better compete against Apple iPhone

The largest wireless-equipment deal in a decade is now final, with Google set as the new owner of Motorola Mobility for the purchase price of $12.5 billion.

Google Chief Executive Larry Page made the announcement on the company’s blog: "Motorola is a great American tech company that has driven the mobile revolution, with a track record of over 80 years of innovation, including the creation of the first cell phone. And as a company who made a big, early bet on Android, Motorola has become an incredibly valuable partner to Google." 

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Who Is Winning the Smartphone Market War? Google Android & Apple iOS

Who Is Winning the Smartphone Market War? Google Android & Apple iOS

BUSINESS

  • Android handsets, Apple iPhones dominating smartphone market share at over 80% combined in early 2012
  • Other platforms struggling, namely Blackberry with just over 6% share
  • Smartphone market up 50% overall in past year

In the past year, Android handsets and Apple iPhones (iOS) have outshone the once-dominant BlackBerry smartphones. Research from the International Data Corporation (IDC) reveals that the first quarter of 2012 saw a more than 25% increase of Android and iOS platforms among total smartphones shipped globally over first quarter of 2011.

Smartphones using Android, Google’s operating system, accounted for 59% of all phones shipped in early 2012, or nearly 90 million units, while Apple iPhones accounted for 23%, or over 35 million units shipped.

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SAP to Boost Cloud Clout With $4.3 Billion Ariba Acquisition

SAP to Boost Cloud Clout With $4.3 Billion Ariba Acquisition

BUSINESS

  • SAP to pay $45 per share for Ariba – 20% higher than closing price
  • Bidding war predicted with main rival Oracle
  • Oracle responds with smaller acquisition

SAP AG, the world’s top business applications software company, is pushing further into cloud computing, with plans to secure a $4.3 billion acquisition deal for online commerce network group Ariba Inc.

The German company will pay $45 per share, a 20% increase on Ariba’s closing price on the previous day. The buyout is expected to be completed by the end of August.

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Facebook Fail: Automaker GM Axes Advertising Campaign Worth $10 Million

Facebook Fail: Automaker GM Axes Advertising Campaign Worth $10 Million

BUSINESS

  • Analysts say internet marketing still in its infancy for automakers
  • GM to review marketing strategies to save $2 billion over next 5 years
  • GM’s $10 million campaign contributed to $3.7 billion Facebook made from advertising in 2011

America’s largest automaker General Motors Co. has pulled its $10 million Facebook advertising campaign due to poor results as the ads failed to attract customers.

"We are reassessing our advertising, but we remain committed to an aggressive content strategy through all of our products and brands, as it continues to be a very effective tool for engaging with our customers," GM said in a statement to The Register.

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Google’s Project Glass Breaks Ground in the Patent Arena

Google’s Project Glass Breaks Ground in the Patent Arena

BUSINESS

  • Google secures 3 patents for its augmented reality peripherals project “Project Glass”; seeks 6 more
  • Oakley owns much of technology behind augmented reality glasses
  • No date set for final release 

Google has been awarded 3 design patents for its futuristic “Project Glass” browser glasses, which is the internet giant’s first foray into wearable computing.

No longer a unique feature of a sci-fi movie, it appears Google's X Lab has been working for some time on creating Project Glass, wrap-around style eyewear that uses augmented reality to push information from the internet via the Android OS onto the lenses of the glasses.

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Delta Air Lines Fights High Gas Prices By Buying Refinery For $150 Million

Delta Air Lines Fights High Gas Prices By Buying Refinery For $150 Million

BUSINESS

  • Delta expects refinery purchase to save $300 million, provide 80% of US fuel needs
  • Questions around if Delta can successfully manage refinery venture
  • Airlines cope by raising ticket prices, cutting jobs, reducing destinations

With rising fuel prices a major factor in rising airfares, airlines need to be get creative to remain profitable; Delta Air Lines has done just that by purchasing an oil refinery in Pennsylvania.

The US-based airline paid $150 million to Conoco Phillips for the 185,000 barrel-per-day-capacity facility in a deal Reuters calls “the most audacious move yet by an airline trying to save money on fuel costs.”

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Google-Backed US Wind Connection Project Moving Forward

Google-Backed US Wind Connection Project Moving Forward

BUSINESS

  • US Department of the Interior clears $5 billion power line project
  • Project aims to begin distributing power by 2017
  • Project should transmit 7,000 MW of electricity or enough to power 2 million homes

Proposals for a $5 billion power transmission line serving wind farms off the United States East Coast have overcome an administrative obstacle, clearing the way for the next stage of the review process.

The US Department of the Interior found that the Atlantic Wind Connection project poses no conflict of interest with other activities in the area, allowing the Google-backed venture to proceed with its request for environmental approval.

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Robots To Run Digital Camera Manufacturing For Canon

Robots To Run Digital Camera Manufacturing For Canon

BUSINESS

  • Canon to use robots to reduce manufacturing costs
  • Automation viewed as wave of the future for Japanese manufacturers
  • If successful, Canon to be first manufacturer to fully automate digital camera production

Canon Inc., the world’s largest digital camera manufacturer, plans to fully automate its digital camera plants over the course of the next two years. The move is aimed at helping Canon cut overall manufacturing costs.

Japanese manufacturers have faced a number of challenges resulting from the value of the yen. In recent years, many have moved their facilities overseas to increase production and efficiency.

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