Apple buys Beats Electronics for a reported $3.2 billion

Mike Snider, USA TODAY

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Beats Electronics executives, President and COO Luke Wood and co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.(Photo11: Beats Electronics)


Apple is set to acquire headphone maker and music company Beats Electronics for a reported $3.2 billion.

The acquisition could be announced as early as next week, the Financial Times reported, based on people familiar with the negotiations. USA TODAY independently confirmed the talks through a source who is not authorized to speak publicly about it.

If consummated, Apple’s purchase of Beats could represent the company’s largest acquisition ever. Apple and Beats declined to comment on the report.

Music mogul Jimmy Iovine and producer-rapper Dr. Dre co-founded Beats Electronics seven years ago and launched the high-end headphones craze. Earlier this year,they launched Beats Music, a premium music-streaming service.

Should the acquisition go through, it would be ironic in a way. Dre and Iovine came up with the idea for Beats by lamenting the decline in sound quality ushered in by Apple’s own iPod and the MP3 era.

“For convenience and speed, everyone sacrificed sound,” Iovine told USA TODAY three years ago. “The emotion of the music is almost unrecognizable to what is recorded in the studio,” said Iovine, who is the chairman of Interscope/Geffen/A&M records.

The two set out to market headphones that reproduce, Iovine said, “as close to the sound I hear in the studio as possible.”

They introduced the original $300 Beats Studio model in 2008 and since then, Beats has expanded its lineup to include other headphones with the help of Lady Gaga, LeBron James and Justin Bieber, as well as portable speakers and even music-processing technology for cars, computers and smartphones.

In launching Beats Music in January, Iovine told USA TODAY that “with the headphones, we hit an emotional chord with hardware. Now, it’s all about completing a circle and giving people the full experience of music.”

This would be Beats second go-round with a phone maker. Electronics maker HTC bought half the company in 2011 for $300 million, and Beats Audio was introduced to cellphones. Last year, Beats bought back all of HTC’s share of the company and got a reported $500 million investment from The Carlyle Group.

The report was met with mixed responses on Twitter Thursday night. Buzzfeed business editor Peter Lauria tweeted, “Ouch..9 months ago, HTC sold its stake in Beats for $265 million..now Apple is going to buy Beats for $3.2 billion.”

GigaOm founder and True Ventures partner Om Malik tweeted: “Google spends $3.2 billion to buy the future & data. Apple buys bad headphones & a junk-service from music promoters. Worse use of corp $$$s.”

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Make It Work – Technician Ron Patterson

There has been a LOT of talk and chatter circulating about a well known IT Computer Tech Support company closing their business known as “Make It Work”. The company serviced thousands of customers from Santa Barbara through Los Angeles down to San Diego. This unfortunate situation has left ex Make It Work customers in limbo. Many of their customers are irate concerning their pending contracts and losing money to the business after abruptly closing shop. More importantly, since Make It Work did NOT allow their customers direct access to their service technicians, it has been a challenge to get in contact with the technicians they once trusted with their computers, data, and overall networks.

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Technician Ron Patterson was one of Make It Work’s TOP and highly sought after technicians in the Los Angeles area. Due to the recent close of Make It Work’s business and services, Ron Patterson is gaining widespread exposure to his own business known as Tech Help LA.

Many ex Make It Work customers have diligently and hastily Googled and have found Ron Patterson’s whereabouts to get help with their computers for technical support.  Ron states “By the graces of God I was smart enough to have the courage to branch off and start my own business that made more sense using better tech tools and embracing remote technical support”. Ron left Make It Work on good terms almost exactly 1 year to the day before their business completely failed. 34 Jobs were lost and payroll was still pending and unpaid. Company cars were repossessed and customers ranted in disbelief.

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My Company has been in business now for over a year and the demand for technical support is growing constantly. Our pricing is as low as it gets for a trustworthy tech support company (See pricing). If you have been looking for me… Here I am at your service. Feel free to call and ask for me directly from our Contact Us page where you will find our business contact number and email. I pray for the individuals directly affected by the close of Make It Work. I encourage all of the technicians at Make It Work who lost their jobs to also reach out and I will see what I can do to help. At the very least keep Tech Help LA in mind as a reliable source for technical support, web design & development, social media services, and general technology consulting.

God bless you, your families, and businesses

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There is an extremely high demand for technical support in the current times of new computers, printers, mobile devices, etc. We are exposing our services to the community willing to help users get their computers, data, and operations up to par. Check out our newest advertising effort in the form of a city bus bench ad. This is probably the FIRST computer technical support bus bench ad in Los Angeles history. We are excited at the opportunity to help new customers and gain their trust to increase their productivity, insure security, and decrease headaches associated with their computers and lack of technology expertise. After all “HELP” is our middle name. We do IT better!!!

BIT LA @ Google

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An “Eye-Opening” Experience:

On Wednesday June 6th, our CEO Ron Patterson of Tech Help Los Angeles was invited to a BIT LA (Black’s In Technology – Los Angeles) meetup at the Google offices in Venice, CA.

Patterson stated that his attendance at the meetup was an “eye-opening” experience. He was impressed by caliber of talent in the room and the knowledge and resources that were available. Google welcomed the group and embraced their efforts to come together and chat about different topics in technology. The group consisted of software developers, programmers, project managers, designers, analysts, and more from Raytheon, Google, Microsoft, CBS, and other private companies.

Ron Patterson of Tech Help Los Angeles was delighted to attend this meetup and plans to contribute to the organization’s goals to build a community of African American technology professionals who are working with or interested in Web-based and related technologies.

More Information about Black’s In Technology – Los Angeles:

The goal for Blacks In Technology Los Angeles (BIT-LA) is to create a vibrant community of like-minded African American technology professionals, innovators and enthusiasts who are working with or interested in Web-based and related technologies. We’re talking the whole techie gamut from bloggers, digital media specialists, community managers and web masters to web designers, social media strategists, PHP developers, online marketing experts, recruiters, software developers and project managers.

And of course the doors are wide open for those folks who are simply just passionate about all things technical.

We will meet regularly at least once a month for fun socializing and high level talks on the technology topics. We plan to feature educational meetups to learn latest technical developments in fields of interest. We also look forward to hosting mashup events with many of the multitude of great tech groups based in Los Angeles.

We also plan to participate in local startup events and help bring together Los Angeles-based developers and web entrepreneurs for possible business opportunities.

We feel this will be an excellent venue to exchange ideas and talk about web technology, innovation, open source, share our knowledge and experience with one another. Tell us how technology is changing the world. Anyone interested in tech is welcome!

See: http://www.meetup.com/Blacks-In-Technology-Los-Angeles/

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Tech Help LA – Geek Squad Certified

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Geek Squad has confirmed our tech support services to be up-to-par. Calls across the US are being routed to Tech Help LA for remote support assisting Geek Squad customers. We are excited about the potential of this new business relationship.

Tech Help LA and the Geek Squad share the same goals of providing excellent technical support and customer service to customers who need professional help. Tech Help LA is also in the process of certifications with Trend Micro, Assurant, Connectpro, Lavasoft, and Zonealarm. This is just the beginning.

Our customers are happy and spreading the good word about our services for homes and small businesses. If you do not have a go-to tech support company, call Tech Help LA and experience  our vast knowledge of technology as it evolves and let us assist you in all of your technical support needs.

We are currently certified by Geek Squad handling the following services:   Virus – Spyware, Printers, PC Setup, PC Support, Windows, Mac, Security, Data Backup, PC to PC Transfer, Wireless Network, Email, Internet, Browsers, iPod and MP3,  Digital Cameras, Mobile Phones , Software Installs, General Troubleshooting, and more.

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We are excited to be one of the 1st companies to use the new PayPal Here device. Its been a long time coming but it finally came!!!

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Dropbox is a “MUST HAVE” cloud data storage solution.

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Dropbox is a “MUST HAVE” cloud data storage solution and allows users to access their data on multiple computers and through a browser anywhere in the world. We highly recommend anyone who stores documents, pictures, music, videos, and any other files to start with a free 2GB account to see how it works. Click the link below for a tour. We love Dropbox!!! We use it regularly on a daily basis.

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We are excited to announce our new Tech Help LA Helpdesk Portal. After entering the Helpdesk by clicking the link below or in our main menu above, you will be able to submit tech help requests, ask general community questions, get tips and tricks, and announcements by logging in. If you are a new customer you can signup easily directly through the portal. Enjoy the convenience of having our staff at your fingertips.

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