Tech 2.0 for Monday, November 25, 2013
Which cell phone carriers get a ringing endorsement? Consumer Cellular lands at the top of consumer ratings from Consumer Reports. It gets high marks for service, cost, and customer support. U.S. Cellular and Credo Mobile also scored high. Verizon has the highest overall score of larger carriers, followed by T-Mobile and AT&T. Customers feel a disconnect from Sprint, which came in last.
Consumer research and TV ratings firm Nielsen is buying market research firm Harris Interactive for about $116.6 million. Harris Interactive says Nielsen agreed to pay $2 per share, but the price may change. The per-share amount is 4 percent below Harris Interactive Inc.'s $2.08 Friday closing price. Harris Interactive CEO Al Angrisani said in a statement on Monday that the company chose the Nielsen transaction after a review of its strategic options that started earlier this year. Harris Interactive's board unanimously approved the deal. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter. Shares of Rochester, N.Y.-based Harris Interactive are off 4.8 percent to $1.98 in morning trading. Shares of Nielsen Holdings N.V., which is based in New York and the Netherlands, are up 2.7 percent to $42.24.
Katie Couric is joining Yahoo to anchor a news program for the Internet company as it tries to expand its audience and sell more advertising. Monday's announcement confirms recent published reports that Couric would diversify into online video programming after spending decades in broadcast television as a talk-show host and news anchor. The 56-year-old Couric will continue to host her daytime talk show, "Katie," on ABC even after she becomes Yahoo's "global anchor" beginning next year. The new job at Yahoo Inc. will give Couric an opportunity to report on breaking news events around the world and interview major international figures. Couric first became a household name as a co-host of the "Today" show on NBC. She defected to CBS in 2006 to host that network's evening news.