Finance

  • Apple Shares Shift In Wake Of New Product Announcements

    Apple Shares Shift In Wake Of New Product Announcements

    Stocks go up, stocks go down, and apart from earnings, rumors, and analyst notes, things tend to rub along mostly in sync across public equities. But then there are days when a company announces a raft of new products and their pricing data. It signals to buyers, investors and the public how it intends to shape at least part of its next year. Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Do You Even Invest?

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Do You Even Invest?

    Hello and welcome back to another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s bitcoin podcast. This time around, myself and John Biggs kick over the news that a new bitcoin-facing investment vehicle is getting itself put together and public. Can it help bitcoin achieve greater price stability over time? Also joining us is Jameson Lopp of BitGo, who broke down the finer technical points of paper… Read More

  • Analyzing Postmates’ Growth

    Analyzing Postmates’ Growth

    Postmates, a startup that allows users to order nearly anything in their city and have it delivered in an hour for a fee, is growing quickly. The company’s CEO, Bastian Lehmann, tweeted out a graph yesterday detailing how quickly the firm has scaled its delivery service. Read More

  • Apple Will Hire Its Contract Security Staff On A Full-Time Basis

    Apple Will Hire Its Contract Security Staff On A Full-Time Basis

    Apple will hire its contract security staff on a full-time basis, a decision that continues a nascent trend of technology giants reducing their use of external labor for non-technical roles. Google made a similar move with its security staff late last year. According to a media report, Apple will bring “the majority” of its contractual security staffers in-house. Read More

  • Wealthfront Now Manages More Than $2 Billion In Client Assets

    Wealthfront Now Manages More Than $2 Billion In Client Assets

    Wealthfront, the automated investment services company that competes with traditional financial advisory behemoths like Fidelity, has today crossed the $2 billion mark in terms of assets managed. The achievement for a company, which one year ago was managing approximately $500 million in client assets, is impressive, and it makes Wealthfront the first in its space to rake in that much… Read More

  • Hello Again, NASDAQ 5,000

    Hello Again, NASDAQ 5,000

    Update: The NASDAQ closed at 5,008.10, up 0.9 percent on the day. That the index closed over the 5,000 mark is even more interesting that it managed to break the level during intraday trading.  The NASDAQ Composite index, a barometer of sorts of the technology industry, traded north of the 5,000 mark today. It was the first time the Composite had traded at that level since the late 90s… Read More

  • Ingenico Has A Square-Style Dongle That Can Be Used For NFC Tech Like Apple Pay

    Ingenico Has A Square-Style Dongle That Can Be Used For NFC Tech Like Apple Pay

    Payments is one of those chicken and egg scenarios. Consumers want to see a use case (participating merchants) before they adopt, yet merchants want to know that customers are actually using this stuff before they invest. Apple Pay has, by all accounts, significantly broadened adoption of NFC payments, and now a solution opening it up to large numbers of merchants could be on the horizon. Read More

  • Two Semiconductor Companies You Haven’t Heard Of Are Merging In A $40B Deal

    Two Semiconductor Companies You Haven’t Heard Of Are Merging In A $40B Deal

    What is worth $40 billion, and isn’t Uber? The union of NXP Semiconductors, and Freescale Semiconductor. The two companies announced a “definitive agreement” today that will see Freescale shareholders pick up 0.3521 NXP shares and $6.26 in cash for each of their current shares. Freescale is known for its work in embedded chips, its website noting a focus on the Internet… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Blockchain Or Bitcoin?

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Blockchain Or Bitcoin?

    Hello and welcome back to another edition of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s very own bitcoin podcast hosted by your humble servant and John Biggs. This week week we chewed over the importance of both bitcoin and the blockchain, and how they are more linked than some people seem to wish. You can’t mine for free after all. Read More

  • Apple Took 89% Of Q4 Smartphone Profits With Android OEMs In A Race To The Bottom

    Apple Took 89% Of Q4 Smartphone Profits With Android OEMs In A Race To The Bottom

    Google’s Android has gobbled up market share world wide, now accounting for over 80% of all smartphone shipped globally. But when it comes to actually making money, Apple is eating all the profits as it continues its focus on premium devices. Today Strategy Analytics said that Apple in Q4 last year accounted for 89% of all smartphone profits, equating to $18.8 billion, with… Read More

  • Disgraced Payday Lender Wonga Sells SMB Business To Orange Money, Cuts 325 Jobs

    Disgraced Payday Lender Wonga Sells SMB Business To Orange Money, Cuts 325 Jobs

    More unravelling for Wonga, the UK-based online lender that last year had to write down £220 million ($340 million) in unpaid loans. The company announced today that it would lay off 325 staff, and it has also sold Everline, its small-business lending arm, to Orange Money (trading as Ezbob). On top of that, former Wonga chairman Robin Klein of Index Ventures has stepped down from the board… Read More

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