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  • friscotrader friscotrader Nov 9, 2010 1:58 PM Flag

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    Akamai, Netflix negotiating contractBY Reuters
    — 1:51 PM ET 11/09/2010
    NEW YORK, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Akamai Technologies Inc (AKAM) and Netflix Inc (NFLX) are negotiating their relationship, with Akamai (AKAM
    AKAM AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    51.49
    Change -2.65 (-4.89%)
    AS OF 1:55 PM ET 11/09/10.
    AKAM is at risk of losing its status as the online video rental company's primary content delivery provider, sources familiar with the talks said on Tuesday.

    The sources said Akamai (AKAM

    would continue helping deliver Netflix's (NFLX
    online video streaming service, but that it may lose some share of the business. Discussions were focused mainly on pricing, with Netflix (NFLX) seeking to control its costs, they said. (Reporting by Ritsuko Ando; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

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    • >> . . . Look for small icons, maybe less than a half-inch square. . . .<<

      Nope none of that on my E*trade streamer. I suspect that's available on their more full featured streamer for which I qualify (have to have so much in your accounts) but which I don't bother with (too much information).

      >>I wonder if the decision has been made [about extending the Bush tax cuts] but is being kept secret so as not to torpedo the market. . . .<<

      I doubt it. I think they're agonizing over extending it all for a couple of years or fighting to raise taxes on the filthy rich 250 thousandaires.

    • pantone101naturalblondie pantone101naturalblondie Nov 22, 2010 9:49 AM Flag

      >>No, didn't even know you could do that [pull live charts out from streamer].<<

      I tried to find a screenshot of E*Trade's streamer, but not even E*Trade's site would allow a glimpse. Look for small icons, maybe less than a half-inch square. If you see one that looks like a chart, select one of your stock tickers and drag it over the icon. If E*Trade provides charts in the version of its streamer you use, you should be able to adjust the chart's size and choose between a few options. Once you have the chart sized and placed where you want it, choose the shortest time frame (on Scottrade's chart it's 1 minute) and click 'Go' or equivalent. You'll then be able to, among other things, watch the volumes . . . is the volume greater when price is going up or going down?

      Another 'pull-out' to look for is a Time & Sales box. You'd drag your stock's ticker over an icon that looks columnar. You should be able to pull that the full length of your screen. Then you'll see prices and volumes (and the times of execution), not a big deal until you see some that sneak through without registering in the stock's 'official' volume total. I don't know the explanation for that. The colors in that list indicate whether the trade was for less than or more than the ask price, which gives an idea of how easy it'll be to buy/sell the stock at that time.

      >>You mean by the 'tutes? I don't know but the tax advantages last to the end of the year. Since they have not yet settled the Bush tax cut extension, it might not be over. Suppose they don't pass anything (i.e. the tax cuts expire), there'd be intense selling up to December 31.<<

      I wonder if the decision has been made but is being kept secret so as not to torpedo the market. That would not surprise me.

    • >> . . . Do you pull charts out from your streamer to watch the live chart action, too?<<

      No, didn't even know you could do that.

      >>And about E*Trade's streamer for Mac, do you know what is the minimum OS it requires? . . .<<

      It's just a Java applet. An up to date Java ought to suffice.

      >>Speaking of, is all the tax selling for 2010 finished?<<

      You mean by the 'tutes? I don't know but the tax advantages last to the end of the year. Since they have not yet settled the Bush tax cut extension, it might not be over. Suppose they don't pass anything (i.e. the tax cuts expire), there'd be intense selling up to December 31.

      >> . . . Wouldn't Obama making businesses happy be oxymoronic?<<

      Yes but the unions, that's another story.

    • pantone101naturalblondie pantone101naturalblondie Nov 21, 2010 3:07 PM Flag

      >>It shouldn't use much, it's just showing stuff then throwing it away.<<

      Thanks. That's good to know. I always assumed the streamer must be a memory hog because it's so active. Do you pull charts out from your streamer to watch the live chart action, too?

      And about E*Trade's streamer for Mac, do you know what is the minimum OS it requires? I was told that Ameritrade either plans to upgrade its streamer or is in the process. I should also see what Aunt Muriel has now. That's where most of my AAPL is, unfortunately not in a Roth. Just thinking of the taxes is painful.

      Speaking of, is all the tax selling for 2010 finished?

      >>So it's no longer pegged to the dollar (saving how much of that basket of currencies the dollar represents). I didn't know that.<<

      Are there any significant repercussions from that?

      >>I don't even know what the contest is about, trade, jobs, monetary policy, inflation? I don't see why Obama attacking China will make him popular in 2012. If Obama wants to encourage exports and make businesses happy just cut the business tax.<<

      Maybe it was just Auerback's interpretation? Wouldn't Obama making businesses happy be oxymoronic?

    • >>I should've asked if you were logged in at your E*Trade account. . . .<<

      Sure, whenever the market is open.

      >> . . . I've assumed that keeping the streamer off delays the inevitable memory clog. Or doesn't it use that much? . . .<<

      It shouldn't use much, it's just showing stuff then throwing it away.

      >> . . . China revalued its currency by 2.1% against the US dollar and, since then has moved to an exchange rate system that references a basket of currencies and has allowed the renminbi to fluctuate at a daily rate of up to half a percent. . . .<<

      So it's no longer pegged to the dollar (saving how much of that basket of currencies the dollar represents). I didn't know that.

      >>Is Auerback correct? Are Americans once again 0's pawns? Would you want China to win this one?<<

      I don't even know what the contest is about, trade, jobs, monetary policy, inflation? I don't see why Obama attacking China will make him popular in 2012. If Obama wants to encourage exports and make businesses happy just cut the business tax.

    • pantone101naturalblondie pantone101naturalblondie Nov 20, 2010 4:56 PM Flag

      >>Sure it's always on . . . what good is a streaming ticker that's not on? <<

      I should've asked if you were logged in at your E*Trade account. I'm not always logged in at Scottrade, so when I'm not, my streamer isn't on. When I'm not trading or watching a certain stock or stocks in particular, I don't bother with Scottrade but follow my list in Yahoo's real time page. I've assumed that keeping the streamer off delays the inevitable memory clog. Or doesn't it use that much? When I do have it on, it's in Firefox, while I'm reading and posting in Safari.

      >>Didn't know they did. I thought it was tied to the dollar (and since we're devaluing the dollar they ought to be devaluing theirs).<<

      Since China's currency valuation is an ocean I've never swum in, I looked it up in Wikipedia. Its "Yuan" article linked to this:

      <The renminbi is held in a floating exchange-rate system managed primarily against the US dollar. On July 21, 2005, China revalued its currency by 2.1% against the US dollar and, since then has moved to an exchange rate system that references a basket of currencies and has allowed the renminbi to fluctuate at a daily rate of up to half a percent.

      . . .

      There is a complex relationship between China's balance of trade, inflation, measured by the consumer price index and the value of its currency. Despite allowing the value of the yuan to "float", China's central bank has decisive ability to control its value with relationship to other currencies. Inflation in 2007, reflecting sharply rising prices for meat and fuel, is probably related to the worldwide rise in commodities used as animal feed or as fuel. Thus rapid rises in the value of the yuan permitted in December 2007 are possibly related to efforts to mitigate inflation by permitting the renminbi to be worth more.[77]>

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_the_People%27s_Republic_of_China#Currency_system

      http://
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_the_People
      %27s_Republic_of_China#Currency_system

      I don't remember what I read that made me think China had boosted its currency value, but in looking for it I came to a Business Insider (aka SAI) article titled "In Order To Win The Next Election, Obama Has To Attack China." The article was reprinted from Benzinga, where it was originally titled "'Chimerica' Has Been a Chimera," but SAI improved the title. :-))

      The author (Marshall Auerback, "a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute") concludes with this incendiary insult to the South and what he perceives as part of 0's blueprint for winning the 2012 election:

      <The Democrats sustained huge losses in the rust belt. These states have been traditionally Democratic. . . . He can forget about the South: . . . the southern racists, the plutocrats who narrowly vote their pocketbooks, and so forth. . . . But even if the President to win back a large number of disaffected independents and the youth vote, he still needs the rust belt. Because of that he has to attack China, the outsourcing of jobs, and focus on Beijing's currency (which he has recently called “undervalued” potentially setting the stage to name China as a “currency manipulator” with the World Trade Organization). If Obama doesn't do this, the Democrats should just wave a white flag in the next election . . . . This is the US political reality as long as the unemployment rate is above seven percent and Corporate America is nuts about cutting costs by moving to low wage platforms abroad. . . .>

      http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-attack-china-2010-11

      http://www.
      businessinsider.com/obama-attack-china-2010-11

      Is Auerback correct? Are Americans once again 0's pawns? Would you want China to win this one?

    • >> . . . Do you have your streamer on to watch today's action?<<

      Sure it's always on . . . what good is a streaming ticker that's not on?

      >> . . . What is your take on that?[China boosting its currency value]<<

      Didn't know they did. I thought it was tied to the dollar (and since we're devaluing the dollar they ought to be devaluing theirs).

      >> . . . This is more that I read about Amazon the other day. . . .<<

      Kindle singles . . . something between a book and an article. They're calling it a 'chapbook' but for my money that's a pamphlet. Not too revolutionary but a good idea for short stories, instruction booklets, handbooks etc.

    • pantone101naturalblondie pantone101naturalblondie Nov 19, 2010 3:05 PM Flag

      >>You mean put a newer version of Java on an older OS for which it was not intended? No I have no solution but sometimes users come up with their own 3rd party solutions. Unfortunately this one seems unlikely to be fixed that way (messing with proprietary systems) . . . I think you just got screwed by the march of technology. My solution would be to buy a new Mac Mini and find a version of Word you can live with.<<

      I wonder if such a version of Word exists. As far as I know, the current versions are still albatrosses that require burrowing through several windows to get to a simple command that is up front in my zippy Word 5.

      >>Not until next week . . . it's been flat the last couple of days.<<

      I'm guessing much of that is due to options expiration . . . the witching hour gongs at 3:00 PM. Do you have your streamer on to watch today's action?

      And what about China's latest? boosting its currency value (unless I misread just before going comatose before the sun rose this morning)? What is your take on that?

      >>A gift to Amazon putting Kindle on all Verizon Android phones. I don't know who will win the e-reader wars but it looks like Amazon will win the book wars.<<

      A lot seems to be going Amazon's way lately. And AMZN is up now, surviving the witch. This is more that I read about Amazon the other day. I didn't want to lay it all on you at once, and it doesn't seem to be a stock mover, at least not yet.

      http://www.niemanlab.org/2010/11/the-newsonomics-of-kindle-singles/

      http://www.
      niemanlab.org/2010/11/
      the-newsonomics-of-kindle-singles/

      GONGGG! The witch just gonged . . . and AKAM survived 3 X better than LLNW. :-)

    • >>. . . Can you think of _any_ way I can have the requisite Java without losing my Classic OS?? :'''-( Sweet considerate Scottrade also offers Scottrade Elite, but only for Windows.<<

      You mean put a newer version of Java on an older OS for which it was not intended? No I have no solution but sometimes users come up with their own 3rd party solutions. Unfortunately this one seems unlikely to be fixed that way (messing with proprietary systems) . . . I think you just got screwed by the march of technology. My solution would be to buy a new Mac Mini and find a version of Word you can live with.

      >> . . . he [Duarte] thinks the rally is about to resume. . . .<<

      Not until next week . . . it's been flat the last couple of days.

      >>Back to Amazon, did you see that Verizon is giving Kindle a boost?<<

      A gift to Amazon putting Kindle on all Verizon Android phones. I don't know who will win the e-reader wars but it looks like Amazon will win the book wars.

    • pantone101naturalblondie pantone101naturalblondie Nov 19, 2010 1:52 AM Flag

      >>Don't know but doubt it. Plist is probably not a backup but the source file for the bookmarks.<<

      I must've finally searched Apple's Support for the right word ('bookmarks') after searching for 'plist' got me nowhere, narrowing my search to '10.4', and lo and behold, up came an article titled "How to back up and restore your important Mac OS X 10.4 files" . . . i.e. the grail. And to back up Safari's bookmarks, one copies the plist.

      That one was easy, but now I have a challenging problem I don't think even you can solve. Scottrade has taken upon itself to raze my happy computer work style. They have new-and-improved their streamer, and in 2–3 months they will no longer provide the option of using the old streamer. And that new-and-improved streamer requires _at least_ Snow Leopard, which my Mac Mini sans Intel _cannot_ install. I need to move up to an Intel computer and forgo my classic Microsoft Word 5 and agonize with Microsoft's 10X Word albatross. The latest Java that my Mac Mini can use is Release 9, which I already have, and the java.com site says that Apple has its own breed of Java. Can you think of _any_ way I can have the requisite Java without losing my Classic OS?? :'''-(  Sweet considerate Scottrade also offers Scottrade Elite, but only for Windows.

      >>Very nice article . . . Amazon is becoming a serious cloud provider and up nicely today (well so is everything).<<

      It just nudged past its 8-day MA, too. The MA is $163.52 and AMZN made it to $164.17. And its MACD is on the verge of moving in a positive direction. If the bull continues charging, things might be looking up for AMZN.

      And regarding that bull, Joe Duarte wrote yesterday morning that, thanks to the GM IPO, Ireland on life support, and Santa Claus, all three converging, he thinks the rally is about to resume. Key is the S&P 500; it needs to get "convincingly" above 1200 and then approach 1221, its recent top. If it ascends above 1221, "we could get a nice run for the next few weeks."

      Back to Amazon, did you see that Verizon is giving Kindle a boost?

      http://knowelty.com/kindle-app-becomes-permanent-in-verizon-android-phones/874481/

      http://
      knowelty.com/kindle-app-becomes-permanent
      -in-verizon-android-phones/874481/

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