John Paczkowski

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Not Bad, Sirius. Not Bad.

imagesThe winter holidays were particularly kind to Sirius XM.

Consider this: For the satellite radio company’s current quarter, RBC Capital Markets expected Sirius (SIRI) to add 49,000 new subscribers. At the time it was issued, that projection was described as “cautiously optimistic.” And it was…far too cautious. Because after market close Tuesday, Sirius said it added 257,028 net new subscribers in the fourth quarter–the most since the third quarter of 2008.

The company ended the year with 18,772,758 subscribers. Now that’s not the 20.6 million for which CEO Mel Karmazin had been hoping, but it’s impressive nonetheless and suggests that Sirius may indeed be turning the corner. Further evidence: The company also said it will report more than $100 million in free cash flow for the full year. This, after posting negative free cash flow of $552 million in 2008.

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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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