John Paczkowski

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Damn You, SkyMall!

Well, the champagne bottles must be popping over at SkyMall today. The gadget vendor’s rival, The Sharper Image (SHRP), filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late yesterday and announced plans to shutter 90 of its 184 stores as soon as it’s able to sell off their inventories.

Seems increased competition and diminishing margins–not to mention that infamous air purifier class-action suit–have taken their toll on the company. Its sales fell 26% during its last fiscal year, which ended Jan. 31. And it’s amassed $199 million in debt. With just $251.5 million in assets, the company (which just last week replaced its CEO with a crisis-management expert) is in dire straits. Said CFO Rebecca Roedell, “Sharper Image is in a severe liquidity crisis.”

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik