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Kindle Fire vs. iPad

Amazon.com introduced their new Kindle Fire tablet to compete with the Apple iPad, but at a price point of $199. N. Venkat Venkatraman, chairman of the Information Systems Department at the School of Management, offers his insight from a business perspective on how the Kindle Fire stands up to other tablets in the marketplace: “With […]

CEO change at HP?

Hewlett-Packard is expected to name former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman their new CEO, replacing Leo Apotheker. N. Venkat Venkatraman, chairman of the Information Systems Department at BU’s School of Management, offers the following comment: “The real question is what can Meg Whitman do to undo some of the strategic blunders of the previous CEO? […]

Warren Buffett to invest $5 billion in Bank of America

Shares of Bank of America immediately jumped 13 percent after the announcement that Berkshire Hathaway, owned by Warren Buffett, will invest $5 billion in BofA. Cornelius Hurley, director of BU’s Center for Finance, Policy & Law and Mark Williams, master lecturer in finance at BU’s School of Management, are available to offer commentary, analysis and […]

Google to buy Motorola Mobile

Google recently announced that it will acquire Motorola Mobile for $12.5 billion. Boston University School of Law lecturer James Bessen is the co-author of Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk.¬† He offers the following comment on the impact of the deal: “This acquisition demonstrates that patents today are more about […]

LinkedIn IPO

Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, chairman of the Information Systems Department at Boston University’s School of Management offers the following comment on the recent LinkedIn IPO: “I think it is the beginning of the new tech bubble focused on social (professional) networks. We are in the early stages of social commerce and the monetization logics are […]

Apple overtakes Google as world’s most valuable brand

The following Boston University marketing professors, from the School of Management, are available to offer commentary and perspective on a new report stating the Apple is now the world’s most valuable brand with a value of $153 billion. Susan Fournier is an associate professor of marketing and an expert in brands and brand strategies. She […]

New details emerge on Sokol and Lubrizol

Did Berkshire Hathaway know about David Sokol’s purchase of 96,000 shares of Lubrizol before Berkshire became interested in the company as a takeover bid? Law professor Cornelius Hurley is director of Boston University’s Center for Finance, Law & Policy (formerly the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law) and former counsel to the Fed Board […]

Yahoo may quit Japan

Boston University School of Management professor N. Venkat Venkatraman is available to offer expert analysis on a report that Yahoo is in talks to exit its Japanese joint venture. The move would make an estimated $8 billion available to Yahoo to fight Google and Facebook. Contact N. Venkat Venkatraman, 617-353-7117, venkat@bu.edu, Twitter: @nvenkatraman