John Paczkowski

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Ballmer: Thanks a Lot, Seidenberg

Looks like “roughly twice what Google (GOOG) offered” was a good enough price to score Microsoft the highly coveted Verizon Wireless search deal. At an investor conference today, Ivan Seidenberg, CEO of Verizon Communications (VZ), said the company has struck a five-year deal with Microsoft (MSFT) to make its Live Search the default search engine on Verizon mobile phones. Seidenberg offered no other details beyond that, explaining that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is to officially announce the deal during his keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show later today. Of course, now that it’s been unofficially announced, there’s yet another reason to snooze through the Ballmer keynote.

Anyway, this is quite a coup for Redmond. Said Roger Entner, Nielsen’s head of telecom research, “Microsoft really needed to win that. It gives them a good fighting chance. Otherwise they would have been almost insurmountably behind Google [in mobile search].”


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