Decision may be reversed later on
US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has denied class action status for workers wanting to sue several major technology and film companies over anti-job poaching practices, Reuters reports. The plaintiffs have accused Adobe, Apple, Google, Lucasfilm, Intel, Intuit, and Pixar of conspiring not to poach workers from each other. While such practices might help stabilize corporate environments, they also reduce the need for employers to compete with each other on wages and benefits.
Few feature details available so far
Intuit has revealed QuickBooks for Mac 2013, the next major update of the company's small business accounting software. Relatively few changes to the app have been detailed, but Intuit does say 2013 will simplify a number of common tasks, such as invoicing, reconciling accounts, and adding contacts. A new online payment service will be offered through Intuit, and users will be able to attach documents to items such as contracts, proposals, and receipts.
Apple, Google, Intel, more to face trial
Judge Lucy Koh late Wednesday denied once more a motion to dismiss a lawsuit over anti-poaching deals. The group, which includes Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, and Pixar, was told it still had to face allegations of violating federal and state antitrust laws. They may ultimately pay millions of dollars in claimed damages.
Apple, Google must face job poaching claims
Northern California district court judge Lucy Koh ruled late Thursday that multiple technologies can't dismiss a lawsuit over anti-poaching deals. Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar will have to face the allegations that they unfairly hurt compensation and job chances by making informal pacts to avoid recruiting each other's staff. Judge Koh's view echoed those of the raw evidence, which confirmed individual deals but didn't show that the industry at large was colluding against recruiting attempts.
Cyber Monday preview
With Cyber Monday right around the corner online retailers have already started cutting prices in preparation for the busiest online shopping day of the year to begin. At Amazon, buyers can save 58 percent on Roxio Easy VHS to DVD, originally $60 but now $25 with free super saver shipping. A 56 percent price break can be found on the XtremeMac Tango TRX 2.1 Bluetooth audio system for iPads, iPhones, iPods and Android smartphones. It drops from $180 to $80 at Amazon.
Deal could pose threat to Square's mobile service
AT&T has teamed up with Intuit to offer a small business owner the ability to process credit card transactions on their smartphone or tablet. The app, Intuit GoPayment for AT&T, pairs an AT&T subscriber's compatible iOS, Android or BlackBerry device (free, App Store, Android Market, BlackBerry App World) with a small Bluetooth credit card reader. Equipped with them, a business person quickly can capture credit card information with a swipe or a few keystrokes, get authorization, and instant payment credit.
Due September 26th
Intuit has announced QuickBooks for Mac 2012, the next edition of its business accounting software. The 2012 upgrade is said to include over 50 new features, such as better search options, which let people use keywords to find amounts, dates, contacts and transactions. Filters can be used to narrow results, and search criteria can be saved for later recall.
Verizon targets small, medium businesses
Verizon has formed a partnership with Intuit to bring the latter’s GoPayment credit card reader iPhone, Android and BlackBerry accessory in store. The deal will see Verizon roll-out the accessory, which is aimed at small to medium business, to its 2,300 retail stores. Verizon will train its retail staff on how to demonstrate the accessory and its smartphone software to small to medium businesses highlighting how the device can allow them to take instant credit card payments.
Square scraps 15 cent fee to make mobile pay cheap
Square today said it was dropping a fixed fee for payments from its Android and iOS apps. The startup will no longer ask 15 cents for a credit card swipe from one of its readers regardless of how much the user pays. The move will still include a 2.75 percent transaction fee but should be much less of a hit on shopkeepers and other users for very inexpensive purchases, such as food.
Apple's Campbell confirms Android war Google
Apple board member Bill Campbell confirmed tonight that his decision to drop backing for Google was the direct result of the feud between Apple and Google. When asked to make a choice, he picked Apple to avoid any further problems. The existence of Android "changed the whole dynamic," he told the NYT and left him staying with Apple despite having set up much of Google's corporate structure.
DOJ reaches poaching settlement with Apple, Google
The Department of Justice today reached a settlement with several technology firms to end anti-poaching job deals between each other. Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit and Pixar have agreed to end reportedly anti-competitive deals that prevented them from recruiting each other's staff. Companies will be required to allow "cold calls" and other active hiring attempts for at least five years and will have to institute "compliance measures" to make sure the ruling is enforced.
DOJ talks to Apple, Google, Intel in poaching deal
Several technology companies are near the end of talks with the Department of Justice to settle and avoid an investigation into claims of anti-competitive hiring deals, insiders said tonight [sub. required]. Apple, Adobe, Google, Intel, Intuit and Pixar are all hoping to avoid an antitrust case and will potentially halt any pacts they have to avoid poaching each other's employees. The WSJ noted that some of the firms are more willing to settle than others, but didn't say which.
Gains multi-user support
Intuit has unveiled QuickBooks 2011 for Mac, the next version of its small-business accountancy software. New in the upgrade is the concept of multiple user accounts, which allows up to five workers to view or edit content at the same time. Associated with the feature are user permissions, which can restrict people to a selection of eight different program areas. To mitigate mistakes in group work, the app has been given iChat integration.
Passwords, speadsheet export due soon
Hoping to spur more sales, Intuit is dropping the price of Quicken Essentials for Mac. When the financial software launched in February, it was initially priced at $70. The cost has now been lowered to $50, and Intuit says it is offering $20 refunds to anyone who bought the program before April 19th. The money must be claimed by the end of May.
Overdue return of Quicken to Mac platform
Having had to delay the software multiple times, Intuit has finally released an updated Quicken for the Mac, Quicken Essentials for Mac 2010. The software does not fully replace Quicken for Mac 2007, as it strips out options such as direct bill payment or exporting to TurboTax. It instead concentrates on basic finances, such as accounts, debts and limited investment functions.
App missing online banking, cross-compatibility
MacNN has reviewed QuickBooks 2010, the latest Mac edition of Intuit's Windows-based accounting software. A variety of upgrades have been made, including a New Company Setup Assistant, processing for debit and credit card payments, and sync with Address Book. Some improvement areas include search, and better invoicing, estimates and purchase orders.
Adobe, Microsoft, others named as defendants
A company called BetaNet has filed a new lawsuit against 18 corporations -- including Apple, Adobe, Intuit and Microsoft -- accusing them of violating two patents held in relation to remote software registration. The technology in question allows a user to enter registration information into local software, and then unlock the full version of a program by communicating with a remote server.
CS4 sees major student cuts
Major programs from Adobe, Intuit and Parallels have also become a part of special Black Friday software deals. Amazon is selling Adobe's CS4 Design Standard Student Edition for $296, the CS4 Web Premium Student Edition for $350, and the CS4 Design Premium Student Edition for $404. The discounts are extremely high, between 78 and 79 percent lower than list price.
Intuit corrects registration issues, report filter
Intuit has released the QuickBooks 2009 for Mac R8.2 patch, adding Snow Leopard support to the small-business financial software. The update also fixes a series of problems including an issue that prevented customer product codes from completing registration, along with errors that appeared during importation of IIF files with large customer lists. The release also improves stability with print previews or or application of report filters in the Vendor Phone list report.
Quicken for Mac delayed
A long-delayed update for the Mac version of Quicken has been delayed yet again, says Quicken PR manager Scott Gulbransen. The software is now expected in February 2010, having originally been announced for sometime in 2008. As recently as the last Macworld Expo, the company was forecasting a 2009 launch.
QuickBooks 2006 lawsuit
The Garden City Group has filed a Notice of Class Action Settlement, based on a case alleging that Intuit's QuickBooks 2006 software can cause the loss or damage of important data. As a result of Create-A-Card v. Intuit Inc., affected QuickBooks users may thus be eligible to claim an award. The settlement proposes reimbursement of both monetary recovery as well as a free upgrade to QuickBooks Pro 2007.
QuickBooks Online Safari
Intuit has announced that its QuickBooks Online accounting tools are now available on Apple's Safari browser, while new editing capabilities have been added to the iPhone version. The web-based application can be used to create invoices, pay bills or track expenses from any computer connected to the Internet. Users can generate and customize a variety of reports, then print or e-mail the documents as needed.
FIrstLook QuickBooks 2009
The growth of Mac market share is having some pleasant side effects -- especially for software. Instead of just releasing ported Windows versions, the economics of scale has made it practical for some developers to rewrite their titles to take advantage of Mac OS X features and ease of use. Intuit has made that investment in QuickBooks 2009, and the result is a much more "Mac-like" application. Simplicity is the key, the company says, and a host of new features have been added to reduce the learning curve for the venerable small business accounting application.
Jobs popular at Apple
Apple's Steve Jobs has the one of the best employee ratings amongst thousands of corporate CEOs, data from Glassdoor suggests. The site is said to have compiled over 40,000 worker reviews of some 9,800 companies around the world, and at present Jobs is rated well by 91 percent of his employees. By comparison, more average ratings include Michael Dell at 66 percent, and Microsoft's Steve Ballmer at 55.
100,000+ SDK downloads
Apple has announced that in the first four days following the release of the beta iPhone SDK, over 100,000 downloads have been processed through the Apple Developer Connection, to which people must officially belong before they can use the software. "Developer reaction to the iPhone SDK has been incredible with more than 100,000 downloads in the first four days," reads a statement by Apple's senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing, Philip Schiller. "Also, over one million people have watched the launch video on Apple.com, further demonstrating the incredible interest developers have in creating applications for the iPhone.”
Quicken for iPhone users
Intuit today announced that it will be providing Quicken as an online software service for iPhone and mobile users by January 8th for $3 per month, which it hopes will expand its constantly-growing 14 million user-strong base. Reuters reports that with yearly sales of 1.7 million copies, Quicken has gained 8-percent marketshare, putting it at 80-percent for 2007. The service will be accessible through web browsers on most mobile devices, using the same encryption techniques used for internet banking to keep a user's data safe. The iPhone version, while having a lighter feature loadout than for other devices, will be completely optimized for on-the-go financials on the iPhone's crisp screen.