Help Motorola (NYSE: MOT) determine the fate of Iridium's constellation.
Two days ago a bankruptcy court hearing for Iridium was canceled for lack of buyers. Now Motorola finally is scheduling the end -- or "decommissioning" -- for Iridium's system of 66 satellites. Last night the company lost the ability to handle calls to or from non-Iridium phones in the Americas.
There's little point in rehashing Iridium's history, especially on a Friday. No one wants to read a depressing story going into the weekend.
Instead, let's find at least one useful service for Iridium. Give Iridium's backers at least some feeling that their billions weren't entirely wasted.
Motorola has concluded the only thing left to do is release the satellites from their orbit, but the company has yet to settle on a schedule. Here's how you can help:
Find a target.
I know, I know -- the satellites are supposed to burn up in the atmosphere or simply stay in orbit. But on the off-hand chance Motorola could bring them down a bit slower, with a gentle touch to bop someone on the ground, think about candidates for Those Who Deserve To Have Satellites Dropped On Their Heads.
A few ZDII suggestions:
The bankers are the ones who encouraged these dot-bombs to go public. If not for the investment banking community's support, Delia's (Nasdaq: DLIA) never would have thought about foisting the "structural disaster" -- those are the CEO's words -- known as iTurf (Nasdaq: TURF) upon the public. We never would have had to read "largest first-day IPO gains in history" and "theglobe.com (Nasdaq: TGLO)" in the same sentence.
If you really, truly, honestly believed E*Trade would automatically bring you rapid wealth, you are dimmer than a burnt-out candle.
Don't get me wrong. I love the idea of online trading and the Wall Street democratization that it brings.
But this is real life, not mere numbers on a monitor. There's risk in everything, and if you trade on your own, you could lose on your own. Should your trades or investments go bust, it is your fault and only your fault, barring some criminal malfeasance on the part of the company you invested in. Either way, you certainly can't blame your online brokers; they didn't force you to trade.
That malicious act sliced more than $1.7 billion off Emulex's market capitalization. The least it deserves is a return letter in the form of a metal object that cost tens of millions.
But how can anyone be so careless as to run a supposed CEO resignation and SEC investigation without a bit of checking?
At least go to the company's website and make sure the announcement is there. Yet major news outfits didn't even do that before initially reporting the Emulex fakery as fact or popular rumor.
You ought to be especially suspicious when the news comes marked as "Internet Wire" -- a real organization, yes, but not one often used by publicly-traded companies to make major announcements.
Those are generally reserved for Business Wire or PR Newswire. They've been victims of hoaxes as well, but at least they're something of a standard.
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