Nuance sale talks put valuable speech-recognition patent portfolio up for grabs

Nuance Communications, a company with deep expertise in speech-recognition industry, may be up for sale. The Burlington, Mass.-based company has been in talks with various suitors, including private equity firms and Samsung, reports The Wall Street Journal, which quoted people familiar with the deal. This is not the first time that the company has been a target, and… Read More


Icahn now in favor of eBay having partial custody of PayPal

Let the custody battles begin. Shareholder activist Carl Icahn reversed course today, saying he no longer supported the idea that PayPal be completely spun off from eBay. Since January, Icahn has been pressuring the online retailer and payments company to sell its fast-growing payments business, and has been critical of how well the company’s board has… Read More

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EBay Issues ‘The Truth About Skype’ in response to Icahn’s Accusations

The Skype spin-off has become a core piece of evidence in Carl Icahn’s campaign to force eBay to spin-off PayPal into a separately traded company. In response, eBay issued a letter today, titled “The Truth about Skype,” which breaks down the list of allegations point-by-point. In addition, eBay’s director Marc Andreessen, who is accused of having a… Read More


Apple’s revenue should top $57 billion for December quarter, analysts say

Quarterly earnings season ticks on this week, with Apple entering the fiscal spotlight this afternoon as it announces its fiscal first-quarter earnings — including numbers for the peak holiday shopping season. If analyst projections are right, Apple’s revenue should top $57.45 billion, up 5 percent year over year, with earnings of $14.07 per share, according… Read More


After Icahn takes Netflix stake, streaming video service looks to fend off unwanted suitors

Shares of Netflix surged last week after billionaire investor Carl Icahn purchased 9.98 percent of the streaming media service, suggesting that it could be a possible buyout candidate by the likes of or Microsoft. But Netflix isn’t in the mood to sell to just anyone. Today, the company, with 30 million members, announced a new shareholder… Read More