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iPhone 4 to slum it at Wal-Mart

Mega-retailer Wal-Mart will join the iPhone 4's coming-out party on June 24. Wal-Mart has carried iPhones in the past, but the launch of the "biggest leap since the original iPhone" will be the first time that the Destroyer of Small-Town America™ has participated in the now-traditional get-in-line-with-your-fellow-fanbois early …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Jun 2010
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Wal-Mart buys internet TV biz

Worldwide retail giant Wal-Mart is buying its way into the rapidly expanding sphere of on-demand, internet-based television. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based destroyer of America's small-town shopping districts has forged a "definitive agreement" to acquire Vudu, the Silicon Valley provider of IPTV hardware and services. In this …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Feb 2010
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Wal-Mart punts industrial strength feminine deodorant

There's an old saying* that Canada's a country where men are men - and so are the women. For proof, look no further than the local Wal-Mart tentacle, which demonstrates just how the local lasses apply their "Summer’s Eve Ultra Feminine Deodorant Spray": Wal-Mart screen grab showing industrial applicator for feminine deodorant …
Lester Haines, 13 Oct 2008
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Wal-Mart iPhone a done deal?

It's now a virtual certainty that you'll soon be able to pick up an iPhone 3G at America's biggest retailer. According to stories published today by the San Jose Mercury News and Bloomberg, Wal-Mart employees have confirmed that the iPhone will soon join smartphones from RIM, Samsung, Pantech, Palm, and others on the shelves of …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Dec 2008
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Wal-Mart cans video download service

Visitors to Wal-Mart's video download site are being greeted with the message "The Wal-Mart Video Downloads Service closed on 12/21/07" after the retail giant quietly canned the service because "Hewlett Packard discontinued the technology that powered it". According to Reuters, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Amy Colella added that the …
Lester Haines, 28 Dec 2007

Dell and Wal-Mart team on TV installations

Good idea? Bad idea? Not even Wal-Mart and Dell are sure. The two "low-cost providers" have teamed to experiment on Dallas natives with a range of technology services. Customers visiting local Wal-Marts will find "Solution Stations by Dell" where they can get help with "home television installation, PC set-up, wireless network …
Ashlee Vance, 16 Jul 2008

Wal-Mart blogger claims retailer will ditch HD DVD

Wal-Mart has apparently decided to follow Best Buy and Netflix and only offer its customers Blu-ray Disc products in future. From June, the retail giant will no longer offer HD DVD players. The news comes from the company's Check Out blog, penned by staffers. One of them, Susan Chronister, today wrote: "OK, so are you ready... …
Tony Smith, 15 Feb 2008
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Text-message hoax threatens death by Wal-Mart

Text messages are appearing all over the US that warn women to stay away from Wal-Mart stores or risk being murdered. Fear not. This swarm of quasi-lethal smarm is a hoax, patterned after similar floods of cyber-crap that started back in 2005, according to überdebunker Snopes.com. On example of this fear-mongering was reported …
Rik Myslewski, 20 Mar 2009

Apple prepping $99 Wal-Mart iPhone?

Every December, the rumor mills begin to churn with speculation about what Apple will reveal at January's Macworld Expo. The first scintillating scuttlebutt of this year's rumor season, however, focuses not on Steve's traditional "And one more thing..." but instead on Wal-Mart's possible revival of the 4GB iPhone. The Boy Genius …
Rik Myslewski, 04 Dec 2008
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Wal-Mart pressured into tune keys life support

For digital music vendors, protecting files with digital rights management (DRM) is like a lobster trap. It's easy enough to enter into, but getting back out is another matter entirely. Like Microsoft and Yahoo before it, US music selling heavyweight Wal-Mart has found itself in the same cagey predicament. Wal-Mart today bowed …
Austin Modine, 10 Oct 2008

Wal-Mart stores drop cheap-as-chips Linux PC

Wal-Mart has stopped selling cheap PCs pre-loaded with Linux at its stores because consumer just weren't interested enough, the retail colossus said yesterday. "This really wasn't what our customers were looking for," a company spokeswoman told the Associated Press newsagency. Wal-Mart's experiment started in October 2007. The …
Tony Smith, 11 Mar 2008
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What's Green for Wal-Mart is Green for America

The Greening of Wal-Mart, America's least popular popular retailer, continues apace. This time it is putting the squeeze on consumer electronics suppliers, with a scorecard to assess the "sustainability of their products". Products are to be marked for hazardous materials, packaging, durability, upgradability and recyclability …
Drew Cullen, 12 Mar 2007
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Wal-Mart ads pop up on Pirate Bay

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, is unintentionally funding the world's largest illegal file-sharing network, Sweden-based Pirate Bay. According to Variety magazine, several Wal-Mart banners have appeared on the site, including an ad for the eighth season of The Simpsons on DVD, The Sopranos, Smallville, Desperate …
Jan Libbenga, 17 Jan 2007

Wal-Mart denies cheap HD DVD deal

Wal-Mart has denied it is working with a Chinese manufacturer to build millions of budget HD DVD players, a move that could prove decisive in the battle with rival next-gen optical disc format Blu-ray Disc. A Wal-Mart spokeswoman yesterday claimed that a Chinese-language report indicating the retail giant had ordered $300m …
Tony Smith, 27 Apr 2007

Wal-Mart orders 2m HD DVD players from China

US retail giant Wal-Mart is to fill its North American store shelves with a 2m low-cost HD DVD players, a move that could help kick up a gear consumer interest in the next-gen optical disc format. According to a report by the Chinese-language Economic Daily News, local operation Fukuhiko Electronic will make the players, which …
Tony Smith, 26 Apr 2007
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Ramones sticksman sues Apple and Wal-Mart

Former Ramones drummer Richard Reinhardt today filed suit in US federal court in Manhattan claiming that his music publisher never had the right to "authorize distribution or duplication of six songs he wrote between 1983 and 1987" which were subsequently made available through iTunes, Wal-Mart.com's music store and Real …
Lester Haines, 21 Sep 2007
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Ammo rationing at Wal-Mart as panic buying sweeps US

The USA is suffering the most severe ammunition famine in living memory. Gun fanciers, fearing a Democrat crackdown on every American's right to pack heat, are clearing shelves at ammo shops and hoarding cartridges. AP reports that the Remington Arms Company's factory in North Carolina is now working around the clock trying to …
Lewis Page, 24 Sep 2009
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Wal-Mart cashier foils cellphone terror plot

An eagle-eyed Wal-Mart clerk in Caro, Michigan may have foiled a dastardly terrorist plot simply by alerting police to a suspicious purchase made by three men of Middle-Eastern descent, the Associated Press reports. Police are holding the men on terror charges because they bought 80 pre-paid cell phones in violation of Wal-Mart …
Thomas C Greene, 14 Aug 2006
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Wal-Mart online film service has more method than madness

We have to say we are a little baffled by the trial film download service the Wal-Mart has launched, tied as it is to the purchase of a DVD from the store. The price is right, just $1.97 for a file that will play on a portable device (except which portable device, not another Windows device surely). It’s $2.97 for PCs and …
Faultline, 30 Nov 2006

Dell goes direct into Wal-Mart's clutches

The dream of walking into a single store to purchase a messenger style diaper bag, an easy listening Piano Tribute to Coldplay CD, an engagement ring and a Dell computer for under $1,000 has become a reality. Dell peered into consumer hearts and materialized this secret fancy with mega chain, Wal-Mart. The PC vendor, which has …
Austin Modine, 24 May 2007
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Microsoft shops for new COO at Wal-Mart

Microsoft has reached outside of IT and into the cut-throat world of retail shopping to appoint its next chief operating officer. Kevin Turner was on Thursday named COO, having joined Microsoft from Wal-Mart, a company accused of killing local business and famed for its non-unionized workforce. Turner, a 20-year Wal-Mart …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Aug 2005
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Wal-Mart loses case for control of boycottwalmart.com

The world's largest retailer Wal-Mart has failed in its attempt to gain control of the web address boycottwalmart.com. An arbitration panel has ruled that it was unlikely that visitors would be confused and think that it was a Wal-Mart site. Domain name disputes are settled by the arbitration panel of the World Intellectual …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Oct 2006
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Wal-Mart switches TV suppliers to back Comcast

In a move that will suddenly set back the US satellite community, Wal-Mart has decided to go into business selling Comcast services including its full suite of triple play services, cable TV, broadband and telephony. The deal was announced this week by Comcast, and jaws must have dropped at DirecTV, where Wal-Mart has been a …
Faultline, 14 Apr 2006
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Amazon, Wal-Mart ‘in alliance talks’

Amazon and Wal-Mart are in "secret talks" to construct a wide-ranging alliance between the two companies, the Sunday Times claims. A deal could be signed within six weeks, with Amazon becoming Wal-Mart's online fulfilment house, according to the paper. At the same time, Amazon would gain a presence in Wal-Mart retail outlets " …
Drew Cullen, 05 Mar 2001
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Wal-Mart cedes DVD rental biz to Netflix for a plug

Super, hyper, global, mega store Wal-Mart has given up on renting DVDs via the mail, deciding instead to form a partnership with upstart Netflix. Wal-Mart will turn over its DVD rental customers to Netflix. In exchange, Netflix will plug DVDs that Wal-Mart has put up for sale on its web site. Existing Wal-Mart customers can …
Ashlee Vance, 19 May 2005
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'Columbine simulator' victory claimed over Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart has stopped taking pre-orders for the controversial Bully computer game following a legal demand for evidence to be used in a lawsuit against the firm, the petitioner claimed. Jack Thompson, a Florida lawyer who campaigns against violent computer games issued a "petition for a deposition to take action" on Tuesday, …
Mark Ballard, 17 Aug 2006
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Wal-Mart and Sun share Linux desktop lust

Wal-Mart has added to an already extensive lineup of Linux operating systems by signing on to sell Sun Microsystems' Java Desktop System. At present, the new Sun Java OS gear is a bit hard to find. Wal-Mart has tucked the kit away on its Microtel PCs page. With SuSE, Lindows, Lycoris and Sun Java OS computers now all available …
Ashlee Vance, 24 Mar 2004
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Four charged over $1.5m Wal-Mart price switch scam

Two US couples have been arrested on suspicion of masterminding a price switching scam involving counterfeit bar codes estimated to have cost Wal-Mart stores across 19 US states a total of $1.5m over the last decade. Sisters Julie Marie Simmons (AKA Julie Poore), 35, and Laura Simmons Howerton, 39, and their husbands Michael …
John Leyden, 05 Jan 2005
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Wal-Mart waltzes into music download market

Wal-Mart has entered the online music market and is using its already proven strategy of undercutting its rivals on price to win sales. However, Wal-Mart's commitment to the online music market, where margins are low, is questionable. The main reason for the venture could be to attract new customers to its online store in the …
Datamonitor, 25 Mar 2004
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Wal-Mart attracts more RFID flak

Grass-roots consumer group Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN), which is fighting retail surveillance schemes, says that Wal-Mart's decision to tag individual items on its store floor using radio frequency identification or RFID violates a call for a moratorium issued last November by 40 …
Jan Libbenga, 12 May 2004
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ShopSmart swaps shares for AOL, Wal-Mart thump

ShopSmart, a British-based comparison shopping engine is poised (the FT says) to sell 20 per cent of the company's equity to AOL and Wal-Mart for - nothing! However, it will gain distribution on AOL and Wal-mart Web sites in Europe, and it will see Wal-Mart's own price comparison site, Valuemad, injected into its business. …
Drew Cullen, 09 Aug 2000
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TriGem deal with Wal-Mart merely a dream

South Korean computer company TriGem has now denied that it has struck a half billion dollar deal with major US retailer Wal-Mart. The Korea Herald, which originally broke the story, said today that reports TriGem had sold 1.3 million PCs to the retailer were untrue. According to the newspaper, TriGem has said it has not even …
Team Register, 24 Sep 1998
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Wal-Mart shipping PCs with Lindows preinstalled

In a move that appears to be a coup for Michael Robertson et al, Wal-Mart's online store is offering eight different Microtel PCs with LindowsOS included. The computers sell for USD$299 to $599 and ship in one to seven days. NewsForge originally reviewed Wal-Mart's OS-less PCs, a dramatic move away from the standard Windows- …
Tina Gasperson, 14 Jun 2002
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Troll loses 'we own the Web' patent appeal

Eolas, the troll that asserted ownership over pretty much everything anyone ever wanted to do on the Web, has been sent packing, with a US court invalidating its patents. The case, launched in 2009, had generated worldwide interest and attracted Tim Berners-Lee as a witness. Eolas was claiming ownership over embedded browser …

Wal-Mart turns customers into RFID lab rats

Have you ever wondered what it's like to buy lipstick while in a petri dish? Consumers in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma know this experience all too well. They were part of a real-world RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) experiment conducted earlier this year by Wal-Mart and Proctor & Gamble. The two U.S. giants placed hidden RFID …
Ashlee Vance, 13 Nov 2003
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Huge Wal-Mart PC deal to bust $500 mark

Trigem Computer is to ship 1.13 million PCs priced at $499 a pop through the US Wal-Mart chain of stores, and proposes to drop the first batch of 130,000 into the US commodity market before the end of the year. According to this morning's Korea Herald, Trigem's $560 million deal will be operated through Wal-Mart affiliate Sam's …
John Lettice, 22 Sep 1998
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Wal-Mart download service goes live

Retail giant Wal-Mart, once again atop the Fortune 500 list, has just launched its digital musical download service. Despite stiff competition - in the form of Apple, RealNetworks and Roxio - coupled to its late arrival in the market, Wal-Mart says that of all the people who shop in its stores, two-thirds are connected to the …
Faultline, 30 Mar 2004
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Wal-Mart online service misfires, as iTunes readies video for Europe

There are so many things wrong with Wal-Mart's attempt to break into online video downloads this week, that we're not sure whether to write a long diatribe denouncing it, or if we should just list a few details and get it over with. There has virtually never been a giant in the physical world that has gone on to become the …
Faultline, 08 Feb 2007
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Wal-Mart employee fired for Christmas email

We may be two peoples separated by a common language, as Shaw once suggested, but the US propensity to find teeth-grindingly literal explanations for the world around us never ceases to cause the British mirth. The caricature of a fearful United States where every I must be dotted, and every T must be crossed, where coffee cups …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Nov 2005
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Wal-Mart busts Amazon in ‘espionage’ case

US retail giant Wal-Mart is suing Amazon and another Internet sales operation, Drugstore.com, claiming theft of trade secrets. Remarkably, the highly traditional low-cost chain founded by Sam Walton is suing on the grounds that it thinks the e-commerce outfits have been trying to swipe the secrets of its computer systems. But …
John Lettice, 19 Oct 1998

Amazon.com trumps other online retailers' sales by HOW much?!

It should come as no surprise that Amazon.com is the galactic leader in online retail sales, but what may be surprising is exactly how epic its lead is. The US Securities and Exchange Commission recently wrote to "about a dozen" online retailers, The Wall Street Journal reports, asking for "hard details" about the amount of …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Aug 2013
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Oracle suffers premature remuneration: Spaffs $900m on shareholders

Oracle is paying shareholders $867m in quarterly dividends early to beat a possible 2013 US tax hike. The company declared on Monday an accelerated second, third and fourth quarter cash dividend of $0.18 per share of outstanding common stock. The bonanza will be paid on 21 December 2012 instead of quarterly in 2013. Oracle’s …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Dec 2012
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Modeling-clay iPads foisted on unwary Canucks

Canadian scammers are buying iPad 2s, replacing them in their original packaging with ZipLoc bags filled with modeling clay, "professionally shrink-wrapping" the boxes, then returning them for refunds, absconding with the precious fondleslabs. The precisely weighted, shrinkwrapped packages containing the clay-filled bags are …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jan 2012
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HP shareholders advised to give chairman Ray Lane the boot

Two leading proxy advisors are trying to convince HP shareholders to boot out several directors over the ill-fated acquisition of Autonomy, including chairman Ray Lane. ISS, the world's top proxy advisor - a firm hired by shareholders to make recommendations and sometimes cast votes on their behalf - has told HP stockholders to …
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Buffett no longer Intel Inside

Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha and one of the world's richest men, has dumped his Intel stock, setting tongues a-wagging around the tech world that he might know something the rest of us don't. According to a 13F filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett's holding company, you can …
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Why I'd pay Apple more to give iPad factory workers a break

Last quarter Apple churned out extraordinary profits: $13.06bn of them. But according to a New York Times article, Apple achieved these amazing profits on the backs of Chinese workers, who are subjected to punishing work conditions to ensure high-quality iPhones and iPads at the lowest possible price. While the company claims …
Matt Asay, 31 Jan 2012
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AWS cloud growing three times as fast as dot-comming Amazon

Retailing giant Amazon runs AWS as a subsidiary at arm's length and in a somewhat stealthy manner at that. Having AWS be a little removed from Amazon is necessary because Amazon often competes with some of the companies that want to host applications on its cloud, and the stealth is just a way for AWS to preserve some mystique …

Memo to Groupon: Best cheapo deals have a premium tag

The biggest problem with Groupon isn't its accounting. It's also not Groupon's shrinking margins on new products, concerning as they are. No, Groupon's biggest problem is that it fetishes bargains in lieu of building real customer value. Groupon's business model is simply not sustainable, which is why its stock is now on sale. …
Matt Asay, 13 Nov 2012
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Top admen beg Microsoft to switch off 'Do Not Track' in IE 10

Microsoft is in hot water with big-brand advertisers over its implementation of Do-Not-Track by default in the latest iteration of its Internet Explorer browser. The ad-slingers say Internet Explorer 10’s Do-Not-Track feature will hurt advertisers, consumers and competition. The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) has …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Oct 2012
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Amazon throws tax hissy-fit, dumps California affiliates

Amazon and Overstock have severed their agreements with affiliates based in California, in an overnight response to the imposition of a sales tax for online retailers of physical goods. Online retailers are exempt from sales taxes, but dead-broke California introduced such a law on Wednesday night. "We oppose this bill because …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2011