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Can Apple hear Verizon now?

ZDNet Senior Editor Sam Diaz talks about the rumors circulating that Apple is in negotiations with U.S. wireless providers other than the exclusive carrier of its iPhone, AT&T. Diaz says Apple can't ignore the money that could potentially come from Verizon Wireless' pool of roughly 86 million customers.

April 30, 2009

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Oracle changes tech landscape with Sun acquisition

Senior Editor Sam Diaz shares his thoughts on Oracle's recent $7.4 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems. He says Oracle is positioning itself to come in as a one-stop player, complete with business hardware and business software. The deal could also help spur other tech mergers to keep pace with the likes of Oracle.

April 22, 2009

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Are Super Bowl spots recession-proof?

Amidst financial turmoil, businesses are forking over enormous sums of money to secure airtime during Super Bowl Sunday. ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to senior editor Sam Diaz about the expected lineup (of commercials, not football players). Diaz covers which companies are in, out, and new on the scene.

January 28, 2009

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Refining vegetable oil into diesel fuel

At the AlwaysOn Venture Summit in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Peter Bell, co-founder of Renewable Fuel Products, explains that his company's reactors are small and mobile enough to be loaded onto the back of a truck and taken wherever the waste oil is being created. They process an end product that can be used wherever people use diesel, with no special modifications. Through money from carbon credits, he says that developing countries will soon be able to gain access to this reactor as well.

December 5, 2008

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Google feeling the pinch?

ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks with senior editor Sam Diaz about Google's financial future according to Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry. Diaz also discusses what the outlook may mean for the company's employees and its competitors.

December 2, 2008

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Tech Awards honor techy solutions for developing world

From one-time-use syringes to fire logs made from an invasive African plant, the 2008 Tech Awards honored five innovators with $50,000 for creating technology solutions for problems in developing countries. CNET's Kara Tsuboi learns more about these seemingly simple solutions that have potential to make a big impact.

November 13, 2008

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Venture Capitalists: We're still open for business

At a VentureBeat conference on managing through the economic downturn, a panel of venture capitalists painted a gloomy picture for the economy overall. But they're still making investments, they said. Rafe Needleman covered the event and got reactions from experienced and new entrepreneurs.

November 7, 2008

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Larry Brilliant outlines Google's giving strategies

At the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, Larry Brilliant, executive director of Google.org, declares that Google ripped off Salesforce's 1/1/1 model--and the company is proud of it. The model calls for a company to give 1 percent of its time, 1 percent of its equity, and 1 percent of its product to charity. Brilliant also notes that Google focuses on areas where its area of expertise--technology--can do the most good, and explains why nonprofits ask to use Google Earth more often than asking for money.

November 5, 2008

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Visa CIO: Michael Dreyer

Michael Dreyer, CIO of Visa talks to ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das about developing transaction technologies for its financial payment network including new wallet-less and contact-less payment solutions. Dreyer also discusses what it takes to process and handle more than 300 million transactions on a daily basis, and the company's response to the recent credit crisis rippling through the global economy.

October 7, 2008

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Earnings preview: Will Apple deliver?

ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to Editor in Chief Larry Dignan and senior editor Sam Diaz about whether recent product announcements will have a positive impact on Apple sales. Dignan and Diaz also discuss the hiccups with the iPhone 3G launch, the new Nano, and whether Apple will refresh its MacBook line for MacWorld.

September 30, 2008

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How will the Internet bellwethers fare this earnings season?

ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to Editor in Chief Larry Dignan and Senior Editor Sam Diaz about the financial health of Internet heavyweights, Google, Yahoo and Amazon. Dignan and Diaz share their views on Google's search business, Yahoo's prospects after Microsoft, and whether the current energy crisis is helping Amazon's online sales.

September 29, 2008

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Microsoft CEO still positive on tech economy

At a Churchill Club event in Santa Clara, Calif., Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks to Ann Winblad, a partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, about the current financial crisis. Ballmer says the tech industry is weathering the economic storm, but is not immune to it.

September 26, 2008

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