Monthly Archives: April 2012

Apple earnings blowout! (April 24, 2012 2nd quarter report)

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Heloise had to sell a couple of shares of Apple because she wanted a taste of SPLUNK which I managed to get at 32.00/share but wanted a few more.  Apple has taken a nose dive as well as Google.  But I am bullish on both. Here’s the report below and the link:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/24/apple-q2-2012-earnings-report-ipad-iphone-sales/ with press release

Apple Reports Second Quarter Results

Record March Quarter Sales of iPhones, iPadsand Macs

Net Profit Increases 94% Year-over-Year

CUPERTINO, California—April 24, 2012—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 second quarter ended March 31, 2012. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $39.2 billion and quarterly net profit of $11.6 billion, or $12.30 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $24.7 billion and net profit of $6.0 billion, or $6.40 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 47.4 percent compared to 41.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The Company sold 35.1 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 88 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 11.8 million iPads during the quarter, a 151 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 4 million Macs during the quarter, a 7 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 7.7 million iPods, a 15 percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter.

“We’re thrilled with sales of over 35 million iPhones and almost 12 million iPads in the March quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The new iPad is off to a great start, and across the year you’re going to see a lot more of the kind of innovation that only Apple can deliver.”

Originally posted on NewsFeed:

Leave it to a woman to keep the boys in line. According to the Washington Post, a top female member of the Secret Service was responsible for booting 11 agents out of Colombia after they allegedly solicited prostitutes while preparing for the President’s arrival in Cartagena.

Despite supervisor Paula Reid’s best efforts to contain the situation, the sex scandal that splashed across front pages in the U.S. completely overshadowed the agents’ mission at the Summit of the Americas. But while details of the scandal from bar to brothel to bedroom have been widely reported, Reid’s actions to stop the agents’ misdeeds have flown largely under the radar.

The Post profile describes Reid as a 46-year-old black woman, tall and lean, with a reputation for being “exacting” and “steely.” The 21-year veteran of the Secret Service was recently promoted to head of the agency’s Miami bureau, where she oversees the 150…

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Originally posted on NewsFeed:

A former sociology professor has used his 2,000-piece collection of racist memorabilia to start a museum dedicated to the worst excesses of the segregation era. 

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Originally posted on LIFE:

We do not usually give so much space to the work of men we admire so little. So began a remarkable editor’s note to LIFE’s readers in an April 1970 issue of the magazine, introducing a photographer named Hugo Jaeger – a man who, LIFE pointed out, “was a fascist before the Nazi party was formed.”

In that issue, LIFE published a series of startling color pictures that Jaeger made in the late 1930s and 1940s, when he enjoyed unprecedented access to the Third Reich’s upper echelon, traveling with and chronicling Adolf Hitler and his Nazi cohorts at massive rallies, military parades and, frequently, in quieter, private moments. Jaeger’s photos were, it turned out, so attuned to the Führer’s vision of what a so-called Thousand Year Reich might look and feel like that Hitler reportedly declared, upon first seeing the kind of work Jaeger was doing: “The future belongs to…

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Beautiful Bollywood babe brutally beaten and beheaded by co-stars

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/bollywood/9209133/Bollywood-actress-kidnapped-and-beheaded-by-actors.html You can meet some nice folks on the job:

According to police, her ‘fellow actors’ warned her mother they would force her daughter to take part in pornography films if their demands were not met.

Her mother paid 60,000 Rupees (£730) into her daughter’s account for her kidnappers to withdraw, but she was allegedly killed soon after. She was strangled to death, beheaded, and her body was dumped at two different sites as her killers made their way back to Mumbai. Her torso was dumped in a water tank and her head thrown out of the bus window in a bag on the road to Mumbai.

 

 

 

 

 

George Zimmerman’s head bloody and beaten

http://www.drudgereport.com/

also http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/04/20/Zimmerman-bloody-head

Zimmerman’s contention all along has been that Martin was bashing his head against the pavement, which is why he was forced to shoot him. The media – especially ABC News — initially attempted to discount that story completely, releasing video of his booking at the Sanford police station that were not well-pixellated, and thus did not show the gashes on the back of his head. It took several days for ABC News to release an enhanced version of the video that showed that there were gashes on Zimmerman’s head. In the meantime, the media had a field day reporting that Zimmerman had shot Martin essentially in cold blood; Martin’s family claimed that Zimmerman was not injured; members of Congress, without any evidence, attempted to pass a resolution labeling the killing a racially-motivated crime.

 

 

ABC News reports that the source of the new photo was a witness to the aftermath of the event, and that Zimmerman asked the source to call his wife for him after the shooting.

Well, as I predicted he has a good case and a chance in Florida to go scott free.  They were in a big scuffle and somebody screamed.

Originally posted on Business & Money:

With all due respect to Facebook, paying $1 billion for Instagram smacks of desperation.

It’s as if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is terrified of becoming irrelevant and is willing to spend insane amounts of money in order for Facebook remain on the forefront of cool.

That’s a hopeless quest, though.  Facebook may be many things, but it’s not cool any longer.  It lost that imprimatur back when it allowed corporate pages (yes, even yours) and advertising.

(LIST:The 50 Best Websites of 2011)

Where Is the Love?

More importantly, nobody seems to love Facebook any more.  People seem mostly to tolerate it, because it’s convenient. And that’s why Facebook remains vulnerable.

Consumer-oriented social networking sites are like television networks: People will switch when there’s something better on another channel.

With its awkward design, 1990s-style layouts, weird privacy policies, and intrusive advertising, Facebook is vulnerable to the next best thing…

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Originally posted on Fortune Tech: Technology blogs, news and analysis from Fortune Magazine:

After four years of speculation there’s still not a shred of hard evidence

A lot of analysts talk about Apple’s (AAPL) plans to make a television — an actual TV set, not just a set-top box – but last week, Jefferies’ Peter Misek did something most have been careful not to do.

Citing “increased confidence” that Apple’s iTV is coming, he wrote into his published forecasts the revenue from its sales: 2 million units in the second half of 2012 and 10 million in 2013. He even factored in a “halo effect” for what he now believes will be called iPanel, whereby anybody who buys one will also purchase either an iPad or an iPhone.

Hold on just a minute. How do we know this thing is coming?

In his latest note, Misek cites three reasons:

  • The $800 million Hon Hai (A.K.A. Foxconn) spent to buy a 50% interest…

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Originally posted on CNN Political Ticker:

(CNN) – The liberal MoveOn.org took on Mitt Romney’s opposition to the “Buffett Rule” through a play off the Lolcats meme in a new ad released Monday, according to the group.

The 30-second spot, set to run on cat-themed Animal Planet programming, accuses Romney of letting “fat cats rig the system” through a series of images that show large felines on a private jet and swimming in money, among other rich-themed scenarios.

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