Anything from starting a business to working in a corporate environment.
Last week, word came out that Apple might be in talks to acquire Beats by Dre for $3.2 billion. That is still just a rumor, though, and there hasn't been any word on it since. Leo suspects this is some kind of publicity stunt for Beats. This would have been the largest acquisition Apple has ever made, and it wouldn't make much sense.
On Friday, a federal court overturned the Google vs. Oracle decision about Google's use of the Java API in Android. The Android operating system is based on Linux and something called Java, a programming language written almost 20 years ago by Sun. Oracle acquired Sun in 2010, and now is the owner of the Java programming language as well. Java has nice advantages -- it's a clean language and can run on a variety of platforms. This means Android could run on a variety of different hardware.
There have now been two lawsuits between Apple and Samsung. The first was in trade dress, or the "look and feel" of the phone. The jury awarded Apple over $1 billion, siding with Apple that Samsung stole the design. In this most recent lawsuit, the jury wasn't as much in favor of Apple. They awarded Apple $119 million, which fell short of the $2.2 billion Apple was seeking. The jury also found that Apple infringed on one of Samsung's patents, and gave Samsung $158,400.
Michael called in to say that he had an issue with Apple, so he took Leo's advice and wrote to Apple CEO Tim Cook. He bought a new MacBook Pro from Apple, and was in the Apple store every week because of issues he was having with it. After sending a letter to Tim Cook, he got a call from Cook's office. They assigned him a tech, and followed up with him every day on the different things they had tried. After working with them for 10 days, his drive failed completely. He sent the computer into Apple, and they sent it back working perfectly.
David wants to know the best way to hire an app developer in the states for an app he's working on. Leo says that he advises going to eLance. It'll give him developers from all over the world, but he can focus on developers here in the states, where there are over 27,000 mobile developers ready to take his job.
With all the fights that broke out during Black Friday yesterday, Leo says that it's become more of a 'Jerry Springer' like event than a busy shopping holiday. Is it really worth getting up at 3:30 am and ending up in jail for tazing a fellow human being for 30% off one of last year's models? Leo doesn't think so. Maybe it's just plain safer to shop on Cyber Monday!
Microsoft has launched a store at Scroogled.com selling T-Shirts and coffee mugs. Microsoft's angle is that Google is reading all of your emails, watching and listening to you all the time. However, Microsoft also reads all of your email in order to fight spam. Leo thinks this is very disingenuous of Microsoft, and it's just a dirty trick.
The New York Stock Exchange has decided to learn from NASDAQs Facebook disaster and simulated a Twitter IPO to make sure that the NYSE could handle the traffic when Twitter's Stock goes live. Twitter's stock is expected to fetch around $17 a share, making the company worth about $10 Billion. Leo says it's very interesting that a company that hasn't really made any money should be worth so much.
Leo thinks the future of Microsoft is dim, and that the Microsoft acquisition of Nokia was a hail mary play. Microsoft's profits are still high, revenue is still billions of dollars a quarter, so the company isn't going away anytime soon. However, he doesn't think its a company to watch in the 21st century.
Breaking tradition of naming their Android flavors after generic desserts, Google has made a deal with Nestle to name their next version of Android "KitKat." Google claims there's no money changing hands, but there is word that promotional consideration will be done on the part of Nestle.