Tech links: 2013-07-19

I have a few brief comments here on the crop of technology earnings and stories that are coming out. The lead story is actually on Nokia’s earnings because it captures the pricing pressure I believe is happening right across the technology landscape – from handsets to mobile apps to mobile telecom pricing. Everywhere you look, average selling price is declining.

Here’s what ‘The Verge’ says about Nokia’s conundrum:

The company’s average selling price (ASP) for each phone it ships also fell. It now stands at €45 ($59), down from €48 ($63) last quarter. Smartphone-specific ASP also dropped from €191 ($250) last quarter to €157 ($206). Given that the company launched the Lumia 520 (named the 521 in America), its cheapest Windows Phone yet, some drop in ASP was to be expected, but the size of this decrease isn’t likely to go down well with investors.

Now you might think this is just a Nokia conundrum because they are trying to take back share and doing so by actively lowering price. But the dynamics have to impact other vendors as well and we should expect ASPs to decline at Samsung and Apple too. Notice the articles on the Freemium gaming model and the lower and lower ASPs for mobile apps as well. This is telling you that price deflation is rampant. Elsewhere in the TMT space, I don’t think AT&T and Verizon will be successful with their new mobile plans that attempt to keep the contract price up in the face of T-Mobile’s handset unbundling scheme. We’ll have to wait and see.

Nokia loses $151 million in Q2 2013 | The Verge 

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Spec Showdown: HTC One mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 mini | Android and Me

Government Surveillance: Why Transparency Matters | CloudFlare Blog

Comparing T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon’s Upgrade Plans – Bonnie Cha – Mobile – AllThingsD

Verizon Edge Upgrade Program Launches August 25 – Bonnie Cha – Mobile – AllThingsD

Google Misses Estimates In Q2 With $14.1B In Revenue, Net Income Of $3.2B, And EPS Of $9.56 | TechCrunch

Microsoft’s Q4 Earnings Miss With $19.9B In Revenue, EPS Of $0.59, Takes $900M Charge Against Surface RT Inventory Adjustments | TechCrunch

Google’s Q2 2013 earnings come in light on revenue and profit | The Verge

Liveblogging Google’s Second-Quarter Earnings Miss – Liz Gannes – News – AllThingsD

Microsoft Finally Reveals That No One Wanted The Surface RT | TechCrunch

Surface RT is worse than we thought: Why Microsoft took a $900M inventory hit — Tech News and Analysis

Microsoft’s Making More Money From Phones, Android Patents – Ina Fried – Mobile – AllThingsD

Microsoft Reports Q4 Earnings With Surfaces in Post-PC Era – Kara Swisher – News – AllThingsD

Freemium Is Irresistable, Even For Successful Game Companies | TechCrunch

Apple buys Locationary, a startup building a Wikipedia for location — Tech News and Analysis

MIT seeks to delay release of documents in Aaron Swartz hacking case — Tech News and Analysis

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Plan to close international tax loopholes puts Apple, Google, Amazon, and others on notice | The Verge

Microsoft takes $900m charge on Surface RT tablets | Technology |

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