Stories by Marc Ferranti

US judge dismisses antitrust case against Google over Android apps

A U.S. federal judge has dismissed an antitrust lawsuit that charges Google harmed consumers by forcing Android handset makers to use its apps by default, but gave the plaintiffs three weeks to amend their complaint.

By Marc Ferranti | 22 February, 2015 08:41

Tags: antitrust, Internet-based applications and services, Google, legal, internet

US rejects North Korea offer to investigate Sony hack, reaches out to China

The U.S. has rejected North Korea's proposal for a joint investigation of a devastating hack on Sony Pictures, and has reached out to China for help blocking future cyberattacks.

By Marc Ferranti | 21 December, 2014 11:16

Tags: security, Sony Pictures

NSA spy program targets mobile networks worldwide

The NSA has conducted a covert campaign to intercept internal communications of operators and trade groups in order to infiltrate mobile networks worldwide, according to the latest revelations from documents supplied by Edward Snowden.

By Marc Ferranti | 07 December, 2014 15:24

Tags: security, nsa

Top 10 tech stories 2014: Backlash! Disrupting the disruptors

Blowing up entrenched business models and picking up the profits that spill onto the floor is a time-honored tradition in tech, these days known by the cliche of the moment, "disruption." Here are our picks for the top stories of a very, well, disruptive year.

By Marc Ferranti | 06 December, 2014 06:16

Tags: Regin, hardware systems, alibaba, mobile, internet, Mergers and acquisitions, Hewlett-Packard, Mt Gox, Facebook, Uber, Apple, consumer electronics, Google, Microsoft, security, legal, software, restructuring, business issues

Search for growth in social, mobile fuels tech M&A boom

The search for game-changing technology capable of fueling growth in an uncertain economy is driving global tech mergers and acquisitions to a level not seen since the dotcom era.

By Marc Ferranti | 14 November, 2014 08:46

Tags: Concur, business issues, Trulia, SAP, Zillow, Mergers and acquisitions, EA

Disruptive technology reaps cash as venture capital pours in

It's a boom year for venture capital investing, and tech companies with the potential to disrupt business-as-usual are grabbing the lion's share of the money.

By Marc Ferranti | 18 October, 2014 07:12

Tags: Uber, business issues, applications, Airbnb, software, investments, internet, PricewaterhouseCoopers

HP reportedly set to split off PC, printer business

Reversing the corporate strategy CEO Meg Whitman set three years ago, Hewlett-Packard is set to announce as early as Monday that it will split off its PC and printer business into a separate, publicly traded company, according to the Wall Street Journal.

By Marc Ferranti | 06 October, 2014 06:54

Tags: peripherals, business issues, Printers, hardware systems, desktop pcs, restructuring, Hewlett-Packard

JPMorgan Chase attackers hacked other banks, report says

The news about this summer's cyberattack on JPMorgan Chase continues to get worse: A number of other financial institutions were also hit by the same group, according to the New York Times.

By Marc Ferranti | 05 October, 2014 06:07

Tags: JPMorgan Chase, security, data breach

Sprint names new CEO after giving up on T-Mobile acquisition

Sprint has named Marcelo Claure to replace Dan Hesse as president and CEO, after giving up on its effort to acquire T-Mobile USA.

By Marc Ferranti | 06 August, 2014 23:09

Tags: business issues, sprint, personnel, telecommunication, T-Mobile USA

Wall Street Beat: Transition to mobile, cloud hits tech earnings

With Google, IBM, SAP, Intel and other tech titans reporting earnings this week, the focus is again on mobile and cloud technology. The general trend appears to be that the further a tech vendor has moved away from its legacy desktop-oriented products, the better its earnings are.

By Marc Ferranti | 19 July, 2014 05:56

Tags: business issues, Yahoo, Google, IBM, Advanced Micro Devices, SAP, financial results, intel

Wall Street Beat: Tech sales news mixed ahead of earnings

News about how tech sales are doing has been mixed, ahead of a flood of earnings reports from vendors.

By Marc Ferranti | 12 July, 2014 05:32

Tags: business issues, IBM, Advanced Micro Devices, SAP, Samsung Electronics, hardware systems, tablets, financial results, twitter, intel, Yahoo, Google

Databricks takes on Google data streaming analysis with Spark

Taking on Google, Databricks plans to offer its own cloud service for analyzing live data streams, one based on the Apache Spark software.

By Marc Ferranti | 01 July, 2014 07:10

Tags: open source, applications, Databricks, data mining, Managed Services, software, cloud computing, internet

Wall Street Beat: GoPro continues to soar after IPO as Nasdaq surges

Shares of action-camera maker GoPro shot up again Friday, a day after its IPO, riding on the rise of tech stocks and continuing confidence in IT.

By Marc Ferranti | 28 June, 2014 06:41

Tags: business issues, consumer electronics, GoPro, Micros, Oracle, digital cameras

Wall Street Beat: Despite Oracle earnings miss, software appears healthy

An earnings miss by Oracle is usually enough to send tech market forecasters back to their spreadsheets with furrowed brows. But despite the enterprise software giant's weaker-than-expected financials, there was enough good news on the tech sales front this week to keep expectations for IT on the optimistic side.

By Marc Ferranti | 21 June, 2014 02:17

Tags: business issues, Blackberry, IDC, adobe, software, financial results, tibco, Oracle

Wall Street Beat: Upbeat PC news boosts confidence in tech

Sales have not been uniformly strong for IT, but there have been enough upbeat reports pouring in from vendor and market research companies to buoy overall confidence in tech.

By Marc Ferranti | 14 June, 2014 06:34

Tags: business issues, consumer electronics, smartphones, hardware systems, desktop pcs, financial results, intel

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