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European Correspondent for @VentureBeat. Previously @latimes and @mercnews.

The domination of Twitter by Trump and his followers may doom the struggling social network — If you want to see just how awful and ugly the presidential campaign is, and how much worse it is likely to get, there is no better place to turn than Twitter. Which is probably not the kind of branding that Twitter wants as it continues to have a hard time attracting new users.

As smartphone sales stall, Samsung surges while Apple slumps — The ongoing rivalry between Samsung and Apple seems to have taken its latest dramatic turn in recent months as the South Korean giant reported today strong sales of its smartphones. One day after Apple reported that iPhone sales fell 15 percent last quarter, Samsung reported preliminary results that its operating profits in the latest would hit a two-year high thanks to a strong performance from its mobile division.

3 troubling numbers from Apple's Q3 earnings and 3 hopeful ones — One thing we can say for sure about Apple after it reported some of its worst earnings in years: Management did an epic job of managing expectations. Yesterday, I wondered how investors and Apple watchers would react when the company reported a sharp slowdown in its business.

Apple is about to deliver its most critical earnings report in a decade — Every Apple quarterly earnings report receives an almost absurd amount of scrutiny and analysis and hype as journalists and analysts scour every punctuation mark for new insight into the world's most valuable tech company. For that reason, it seems like the stakes are always epic, even if they really aren't.

Verizon wants to combine Yahoo with AOL to compete in mobile video against Google and Facebook — On the heels of Verizon's $4.8 billion deal to acquire Yahoo, the telecom company emphasized during an earnings call today that it wants to create a mobile video giant to compete with Google and Facebook. With many of its legacy network businesses slowing or declining, Verizon has been in search of other ways to re-start revenue growth.

Salesforce's Benioff says he would have paid more than $26B for LinkedIn — In the $26 billion bidding war for LinkedIn, Salesforce proved to be a thorn in the side of Microsoft by forcing it to pay $4.7 billion more than it originally offered. Turns out, Salesforce was willing to drive that price even higher in its desire to outbid Microsoft for LinkedIn.

Yahoo and AOL finally take entire world’s advice to merge, but it could be a decade too late — It's hard to find a deal more anticlimactic in the history of technology than the $4.8 billion Verizon announced today it will pay for Yahoo. In doing so, Verizon plans to effectively merge Yahoo with AOL. Which is something every single human being on the planet has suggested the two companies do for well over a decade, and maybe even longer.

New funding round of $363M drops value of Rocket Internet’s fashion group from $3.4B to $1.1B — In the latest sign that Germany's Rocket Internet may be hitting rough waters, the startup factory's Global Fashion Group announced today that it had raised $363 million in venture capital at a significantly lower valuation. Last summer, GFG raised $167 million at a valuation of $3.4 billion.

European venture capital regains some momentum in Q2 but still down 22% from 2015 — For European startups, the best thing that could be said about investments is that things could have been worse. According to the latest report from Dow Jones VentureSource, during the three months ending in June, European companies raised $3.33 billion in 461 deals. That's up 18 percent from Q1 in terms of amount raised.

Beyond Tumblr: Remembering Yahoo's 48 other acquisitions under Marissa Mayer — When it comes to the slow-motion pratfall of Yahoo's bidding process, much attention has been appropriately paid to the latest writedown of Tumblr. After buying Tumblr for $1.1 billion in 2013 and promising not to screw up, Mayer screwed it up.
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Jul 28, 2016

Four tech candidates to replace Apple as most valuable company: Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Google via @VentureBeat

Jul 27, 2016

The question is not how this ass is a presidential candidate. The question is when he will be charged with treason. 

Jul 27, 2016

Imagine the headlines if Microsoft announced revenues dropped 15% YOY and sales of its main product fell 23% YOY.

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