AI technology can do more than recognize cats in YouTube videos. It's now used to power Echo and Tesla's self-driving cars.
The U.S. and Chinese film industries have become increasingly interdependent, with big U.S. studios counting on Chinese financing and ticket sales. Last year the Chinese market generated 19 percent of global box office sales and had higher revenues than U.S. theaters for some films. In addition, Chinese firms have made major investments in U.S. movie theaters and film studios.
E-commerce companies are tapping data for clothes and other goods. Old-school retail rivals want them, too. In the U.S., French Connection is tweaking its clothing based on feedback supplied by mail-order styling services.
Techies are getting more political with a range of websites that walk visitors through, among other things, complaints to Congress. A series of quickly-made websites provide shortcuts to constituent calls and other forms of civic engagement.
A computer beat top poker players. Is this the first of many wins for the computer?
Mark Zuckerberg’s image in the digital domain needs to be controlled. There are more than a dozen Facebook employees writing Mark Zuckerberg’s posts or scouring the comments for spammers and trolls.
Brazil is an important market in the worldwide beer industry, and this is the season for summertime beer ads. Compared to other years, however, the ads are a little more tame and less sexy. While this may be partly related to changing advertising norms, it also reflects the increasing importance of women as customers.
Learn physics with a video game. Will it really teach your kids anything?
Fintech upstart Paytm is leveraging an anti-corruption campaign to establish itself as India's dominant digital payments player. It wants to be India's first $100 billion company by value.
Interestingly, a strong long-term mutual fund performance record is not enough to hold on to investors. A long-term shift from active to passive funds affects even managers with outstanding records.
Defy Ventures is giving parolees a second chance. It seems to be working.
Aristotle, help the baby go back to sleep. Help for parents is on the way.
Startup Livestream is selling preachers, wannabe stars, and ExxonMobil on tools to improve their online video broadcasts. It buys display ads on websites that just show a customer’s stream, a service it calls “audience booster.”
If you’re thinking of going to a coding boot camp, think again. You may not get what you’re expecting.
Regulatory changes and technological advances have led to major reductions in the number of trading and investment banking jobs; the biggest global firms have shed almost 10,000 of these jobs in the past five years. Experienced brokers and traders have lost their jobs, and many have struggled to find job opportunities in finance. TJM Institutional Services, however, has taken advantage of the flood of talent on the job market and is growing its business by finding a way to monetize the experience of these industry veterans.
A growing list of advertisers have decided to pull advertising from Breitbart's website, arguing that its publication of anti-immigrant, anti-women, and anti-muslim articles is inconsistent with their company values. In response to Kellogg's decision to pull its ads, Breitbart responded by asking its readers to boycott Kellogg's products. But since many companies use advertising agencies and third-party Internet placement firms to distribute their ads, it can be hard for advertisers to control where their ads show up.
Video ads on Facebook are here. The company is testing you.
As a matter of national security, Russia is trying to develop more home-grown software and applications. It is also requiring that Russian consumers' data be stored on servers in Russia. For U.S. technology-based firms such as Google and Microsoft, not only can this mean lost revenue, it also contributes to the development of new competitors.
The future of net neutrality is up in the air. It could take years for changes though.
Instagram is testing whether letting brands tag photos with links will succeed where other social media marketing has failed. It is part of its broader strategy for helping people pick out and buy things.
Hawkers, a Spanish sunglasses brand, has become a Facebook and Twitter case study. It illustrates that you do not need lots of money to spread the word. Saldum Ventures, the parent company of Hawkers, has sold 3.5 million pairs of sunglasses in three years with guerrilla marketing and heavy promotion on social media.
Twitter's "Firehose" of a half billion tweets a day is incredibly valuable — and just as dangerous. Find out how despots use Twitter to hunt dissidents.
There's more virtual reality to come. Will apps become cooler now?
BT Group is opting out of fiber optics. The company sees copper in its future.
Adidas's stock price is seeing a nice rise as the company picks up market share and sponsorship agreements. Part of the rise is fueled by a greater emphasis on fashion, including limited edition shoes. Adidas is also working with music entertainers to have them "design" shoes for the company.
The tables have turned. A football team is now watching you.
Now that Samsung Electronics Co.'s recall of the explosion-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphone is official in the United States, the company can start focusing on the tough job of restoring public trust.
Hackers invade pacemakers. You won't believe the result.
An Olympics TV ratings slip among viewers age 18-34 is raising questions about NBC’s ability to profit from the games long term. One reason: Sports fans are getting older.
Virtual assistants are here. They have hearing problems, though.
Delivery personnel can be given access to your front door. Latch's digital lock makes it possible.
EY, the accounting and consulting firm formerly known as Ernst & Young, hires around 60,000 people a year. Many of those are young millennials, who have different expectations than previous generations. A key requirement is more flexibility in time, which leads to different ways of organizing the work of individuals and teams.
The PI business has changed. Cameras are out; databases are in.
Local TV news viewership is falling, but broadcasters are adding hours anyway to chase campaign ad revenue. Not all campaign consultants are sold on the idea that more local news is better.
The drone market continues to grow. DJI already owns half the U.S. market but is looking to expand.
Facebook now has Facebook Live. Users will be able to stream live video.
A U.S. district judge’s recently issued injunction highlights challenges in determining the cost-benefit trade-offs associated with mandated disclosures. The injunction blocked implementation of a new Department of Labor regulation that would require companies to disclose payments for more types of anti-unionization consulting services. While unions argued that the regulation would increase transparency and “level the playing field,” the judge decided that the expanded scope of disclosures could adversely affect the availability of legal advice regarding responses to union-organizing campaigns.
There's a fight for fingerprint ownership. The courts are now involved.
Online tools are available for settling legal disputes. Negotiations take place for such things as divorces, child custody, and landlord-tenant disagreements.
Can companies now monitor your personal phone at work? It's happening in Russia.
The presumptive Democratic nominee had it easy in the primary, but that’s about to change. Democrats hope that the absence of negative ads from Sanders in the primaries will put Clinton in a better position to face Trump.
Economists are moving into the private sector. Companies want them for their tech skills.
It's time to take humans out of the mice labs. Vium, a Silicon Valley startup, wants to automate the process.
In preparation for its Shanghai Disneyland theme park, Disney began working with arts institutes in China to build awareness and interest in performing at the park. Part of the challenge was to develop talented performers who could sing in the style of Disney show tunes, such as those in The Lion King. Another part of the challenge was to better understand how Disney productions could be modified to be more interesting to Chinese audiences. In a separate program, Disney launched English language training programs aimed at children two through twelve, with a curriculum that uses Disney characters.
NBA jerseys are getting a new look. Advertisements may now become part of the uniform.
NASA isn’t launching many satellites, but commercial launches are expected to increase in the next few years. Satellite launches generate billions for the industry, but most of the revenues come from services that provide communications such as TV, cellular calls, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Trek Medics is training volunteer medical technicians and providing free phone plans to bring rural emergency services to countries where such offerings are rare. Trek has been able to build a volunteer network of about 200 people with a shoestring budget.
Phones with fingerprint encryption have been sold since 2013. This feature allows police to get into your phone.
You can watch your kids at daycare and preschool now. Yes, there's an app for that.
Amazon.com's Echo is not your typical touch screen device. It is a voice-controlled smart speaker.
An effort by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) to unionize T-Mobile has so far resulted in two union contracts that cover 30 workers. T-Mobile claims that its internal T-Voice system of engagement with employees helps management understand issues that are important to employees. The CWA, however, contends this is a union-busting tactic that was outlawed in the 1930s.
Founding a business and developing its brand is a lifetime task for many entrepreneurs. Letting go and passing it on to family is sometimes a far more difficult task.
Canada no longer uses paper strips for air traffic control. The country's new computer system comes from a nonprofit corporation.
What is the ancestry of your dog? Embark Veterinary wants to help you find out.
Google is trying to revive its cloud. It was first on the scene but is now struggling.
Are you ready for driverless cars? It could come down to state versus federal government.
Robots may be able to help the elderly, and Europe is testing the idea. By one estimate, 32,500 robots designed to help care for the elderly and disabled will be sold from 2015 through 2018.
Amazon has a plan for loss-prevention. As an employee, you are shown stories of coworkers fired for company theft.
Sprint is facing $34 billion in debt. They plan to borrow from a subsidiary that they will create.
How would you like a "backdoor" installed within your cell phone that could potentially allow the government to access its data? Well, you may not get a choice.
Zenefits is under investigation. Did their sales people complete their required training or not?
Until January 2014, Walmart rejected applications for spousal health benefits from employees who were legally married to same-sex spouses. By arguing that denying coverage to her same-sex spouse is a form of sex discrimination, an employee’s suit to recover costs incurred after Walmart denied her application for spousal health benefits has the potential to expand the scope of sex discrimination.
Women's empowerment conferences are booming. While this trend may reflect a growing interest in the empowerment of women, it remains uncertain if the conferences are helping women advance their careers or if the demand may actually reflect the need for more change.
While Samsung holds around 20 percent worldwide market share in smartphones, it has just 6 percent of the smartphone market in Japan. As it expanded worldwide, Samsung chose to focus on other emerging markets and largely left the Japanese market to local competitors. In fact, other than Apple, foreign phone makers have had difficulty entering the Japanese market.
There are options if you don't like your cellular phone carrier. Mobile virtual networks are beginning to gain market share.
You may start getting more spam e-mails now because spammers have found new ways for getting around the filters.
Although African Americans comprise about 13 percent of the U.S. population, they account for only about 1 percent of the technical employees at most Silicon Valley companies. There are multiple explanations behind this statistic, with many companies taking steps to try and boost employment of African Americans.
As more baby boomers inch towards retirement, companies are taking steps to facilitate knowledge transfer to the millennial generation. While millennials may have analytical skills and knowledge of data, boomers have expertise that can help fill the gaps. Programs that pair younger workers with more senior coaches and mentors are one way companies are trying to capture more knowledge from boomers before they retire.
Have you ever misplaced your keys? Help is now available and more sophisticated than ever.
The theme for this year’s Davos conference is Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution—referring to the impact of technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics. But the guest list and discussion topics seem more focused on geopolitical concerns about China, the Middle East, and Russia.
Facebook is trying to expand Internet access. Online access is an issue in India.
Musicians are suing Spotify for failing to fully pay for songs that it streams. Some of the suits are seeking class-action status.
Online music streaming is being challenged. One lawsuit claims that Spotify is utilizing unlicensed streams.
At what price has Chipotle focused on providing “food with integrity?” After three different pathogens have caused five outbreaks and sickened hundreds of Chipotle customers across the United States, Chipotle is shifting its focus to food safety. This shift, however, means a departure from many established organizational routines and practices.
WhatsApp is being used to help women trapped in human trafficking. Women are being given information to help them escape.
Peruvian banks are trying to get money moving through cell phones. The mobile payment system, Bim, was launched on Dec. 15.
The Big Short, a new movie with an A-list cast, tries to explain some of the financial crisis’s complicated transactions. But have any of the problems leading to the financial crisis really been fixed?
Four-year-old nonbank lender Social Finance is out to kill banks. CEO Mike Cagney is betting that by making millennials feel as if they belong to an exclusive club, he can turn an entire generation into lifelong customers. So far he has lent $6 billion to SoFi's "members" while avoiding federal regulations.
M-Kopa, a Kenyan company in the solar power business, plans to be a $1 billion firm by selling solar panels to rural residents -- and providing them with credit. M-Kopa's typical customer lives on less than $2 per day, but is willing to purchase a $200 power system in order to save money on kerosene and electricity.
There may be a new way to get out of your traffic ticket without paying the high cost associated with typical legal fees. A variety of new apps can now help you get legal assistance at an affordable price.
British singer Adele and Sony Music Entertainment are betting fans will show up at record stores and on iTunes to buy a copy rather than stream it on Apple Music and Spotify. The initial sales data suggests they are right. There are questions if this phenomenon will slow the growth of streaming services.
Masayoshi Son, Chief Executive Officer of SoftBank, hired Nikesh Arora from Google to help the company invest $3 billion per year in promising startups with high end potential. Unlike most pools like this, they are not using a shotgun approach with the money, rather they are going to focus huge amounts of cash on around 10 startups. This Bloomberg Businessweek article gives personal insight into Arora and his frame of mind as well as his philosophies on risk.
Some countries are trying to decrease electoral fraud. A new software company, Scytl can be used for online voting and tallying and claims it can help stop electoral fraud.
As consumers demand food that is less processed and more natural, food companies race to revamp their products and tout them on the label as being "natural" and "authentic." Are these claims legitimate or just a marketing ploy to increase sales?
As companies reformulate products and label them to evoke a sense of natural authenticity, terms such as “local,” “humanely raised,” and “authentic” are largely left to the interpretation of food marketers. The conclusion is that consumers are left to figure it out for themselves. But do we know what we are eating?
Digital video continues to be a growing market. Some are calling the phenomenon the "Netflix effect."
According to drug manufacturer Elanco, the world’s growing demand for meat, milk, and eggs is a more urgent priority than American consumers’ desire for food that is organic, antibiotic free, or pasture-raised. Elanco's answer is the use of antibiotics and growth hormones to increase food production. But is it safe?
Legislation in the United States has encouraged automakers to explore new technologies to reduce vehicle emissions and increase fuel economy. While some automakers have turned to hybrid and electric vehicles, Volkswagen chose to invest in what it termed clean diesel technology. In many ways, this was simply building on Volkswagon's strengths and investments in diesel engines, but when the technology couldn't quite get the company to the point it desired, a few lines of code were used to trick the emissions tests.
Google can legally scan books for online viewing, according to a recent ruling by the Second Circuit. The effects of the ruling could spread to other forms of media.
Longleaf Partners' $4.3 billion value fund beat the stock market for two decades, but this year the value formula has resulted in a 24 percent loss. Veteran managers insist their investments will eventually pay off.
Apple’s utter dominance of the money-making end of the smartphone industry leaves many Android makers scrambling to create less expensive phones. Are the margins for these low-cost smartphones sufficient to support this strategy?
Atos, a global IT-services firm, is trying to sell companies on its e-mail-minimizing social network -- which it says is a major timesaver.
Burger King is relying more heavily on data to make sure its marketing is cost-effective as it reaches customers through digital and social media. Franchisees say the resulting buzz has translated into higher restaurant sales, and the company is doing it for about one fourth of what McDonald’s spends on advertising.
The deadline to have all credit and debit cards chip-equipped has passed. Many cards still use magnetic strips that aren't as secure.
How do you know real people are viewing your online ads? An increasing number of digital ad viewers are not human; they're ad bots. These bots are skewing data and the results that online advertisers report. Some consider it nothing less than advertising fraud.
Uber claims drivers are independent contractors and not entitled to benefits. However, U.S. district court judge Edward Chen granted class-action status to two Ubers drivers asking reclassification as employees.
Netflix continues to reshape the movie business and the release of “Beasts of No Nation” gives the company a chance to win its first Academy Award. The goal is clear: to increase its 65 million-plus worldwide subscribers.
Ad-blocking appears to be on the rise. How will advertisers respond?
Activist investors are pressuring retailers and restaurant chains to spin off their property into real estate investment trusts in order to boost stock prices and unlock cash.
Texas state officials wooed the SpaceX company with $20 million in incentives to set up shop in Boca Chica. However, residents of this South Texas town are not happy with the firm's proposed rules, which include forcing residents to evacuate their homes on launch days.
The FDA allows makers of homeopathic products to make claims unsupported by medical evidence, unlike other drug producers. However, consumer complaints of homeopathic products are leading to a possible increase in FDA scrutiny.
Eros is one of Bollywood's largest studios, releasing around 70 movies a year. Hoping to attain a first-mover advantage in advance of foreign rivals such as Amazon and Netflix, Eros is launching a video streaming service.
Forget about streaming video or downloading or uploading large files if you live in Cuba. With fewer than 4 percent of homes having access to the Internet, Cuba has some of the worst Internet access in the world. How does Castro’s government respond to the market demand for better Internet access and control access to information?
Not everyone has access to the Internet. Fewer than 4 percent of homes in Cuba have online access.
While policies on marriage and pregnancy have recently been relaxed, Qatar Airways' flight attendants still must abide by some rules that are consistent with local middle eastern culture but different from the rules of many international airlines. Qatar Airways pays well by industry standards and provides free housing to its employees. With the company planning to hire another 6,000 flight attendants over the next two years, it's making some changes to its policies while also trying to make sure applicants know what is expected in a conservative middle-eastern culture.
The .com web addresses have caused some security problems. Companies are buying top-level domains to help fight scammers.
Sesame Street has become a new front in the streaming wars. To become more indispensable, HBO, Netflix, and Amazon are expanding their collections of kids' shows.
Google's search engine is very popular in Europe, as is the Android operating system. European opinion leaders have heaped praise on the company for its stance on free speech and human rights. But Google also has its critics and detractors who believe the company has used its dominant position in the search market to push its own services at the expense of other websites. The search engine giant is now facing increasing criticism in Europe and potential fines for its business practices.
When Diebold CEO Andy Mattes assembled his management team at Diebold, he decided it didn't really matter where people lived and didn't expect them to move to Canton, Ohio, where Diebold is headquartered. Thus, various senior managers live in cities across the country and have regular conference calls. Since many executives spend much of their time traveling anyway, Mattes decided it was more important to hire the best people rather than the best people willing to move to Canton.
Your emotions can be electronically tracked, and your facial expressions are being analyzed for consumer marketing.
Streaming video is causing challenges for TV networks, which in the past relied on cable or satellite providers. Further, the outsourcing of streaming-service development has become a business worth $527 million a year.
Millions of people search online for information about symptoms and prescription drugs. Patterns in their searches might reveal previously unknown side effects of medications.
Ferrari, Fiat’s top luxury brand, is being spun off. Fiat is planning to fill the vacuum of the iconic Ferrari brand with Maserati. One of the challenges for Maserati is finding a way to broaden its appeal without chipping away at exclusivity.
Only a few thousand mobile apps -- out of several million -- have links that enable their content to be searched, as coders are resistant to use deep links in apps. However, Google and Facebook claim the links create more traffic to the apps.
McDonald’s uses its franchising system to deflect charges that it pays workers too little. But the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is going after them anyway to get fast-food workers organized and get them higher pay.
You may know how your computer works, but do you know how your keyboard works?
Is thinner better even if it's more expensive?
Coke offers small restaurants in Germany access to an app that will facilitate online ordering of food and beverages.
Snapchat SEO Evan Spiegel says he has a better way for advertisers to reach millennials and teens than TV or social networks.
Data miners are scouring Facebook and public records to look for plaintiffs for suits against drugmakers.
A lawsuit argues that employee-monitoring apps go too far.
Should utilities disclose contributions to nonprofit advocacy groups, including groups that oppose the development of alternative energy?
Can we all just be friends?
YouTube holds the lead in the $7.8 billion U.S. market for online video ads, but the chase is on. Multiple rivals are attempting to steal market share from the online video giant. Will the giant fall?
Twitter’s new Highlights feature will simplify the experience as it pushes the service toward a Facebook-like experience in an effort to boost flagging user growth. Is this a step forward or a strategic blunder?
Is Twitter becoming another Facebook?
Will major reductions in Procter & Gamble's product line make it more competitive?
The legal battles continue on “product hopping” by pharmaceutical companies.
Will we soon be sharing air space with drones?
Can we really watch TV on Snapchat?
The Internet shoved aside the Yellow Pages. A Swedish startup aims to do the same regarding the White Pages.
Investing’s old guard gets its algorithm on.
U.S. cola consumption is falling by about 4 percent a year. Soda makers are seeking new sweeteners to reverse the trend.
Reinventing the White Pages with an online twist.
After fortunes have been made, the push to stop deforestation in the palm oil industry has moved other big companies to follow suit. Is this a legitimate campaign or a sustainability stunt?
Costs for online advertising may be changing.
You can resume your game after the advertisement is complete.
The $37 billion pizza industry wants Congress to roll back regulations designed to get Americans to eat fewer slices.
JPMorgan’s calculations of its mutual fund family’s performance are hard to re-create.
Ex-interns suing Gawker want to use social media to find plaintiffs.
Economists using a “Li Index” find GDP growth is 5 percent.
U.S. carriers aren't following foreign companies' fee cuts.
Alabama churches are lobbying for tighter regulation of local payday lenders.
In a year, Popcorn Time has become the Internet's pirate service of choice, despite the MPAA's best efforts.
About 300 million Chinese play basketball, and the NBA hopes to use that fan base to someday eclipse soccer’s popularity. With that dream be realized?
Do consumers really want to know the price they're paying?
Facebook and other big companies are moving into the most secret area of the Internet.
Fraudulent smartphone payments are becoming a pricey problem.
The British tea company Twinings has bowed to pressure from activists and customers and pulled a promotion linked to the R-rated movie “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Meanwhile, the box office prepares for a blockbuster success.
Can Uber beat Google in the ride-sharing wars?
Western brands vie for product placement on China's hit shows, and often don't even have to pay for the publicity.
The Tiny Times movies have pulled in $208 million at the box office, making them attractive for promoting luxury brands to an affluent and young Chinese market.
Are Uber and Lyft finally carpooling?
How will China's new censorship policy affect video sites?
Can the U.S. successfully prosecute Russian hackers?
Aston Martin’s annual sales fell by 45 percent to only 3,600 cars sold annually between 2007 and 2012. The company is now looking to James Bond to save its legendary brand. Can 007 do it?
Amazon.com tries to prevent shipping delays during the holiday season.
Data from MS sufferers could help Biogen prove the value of its medications to insurers and pharmacy benefit managers.
How can hospitals stop infecting patients?
The Fed’s favorite measure of inflation has risen at an annual rate of just 1.3 percent, well below its target of 2 percent.
We are all entrepreneurs at varying levels.
I need my coffee now, please.
Though Uber keeps expanding, not all cities are welcoming the car service app with open arms.
Keyssa is trying to bring a new level of wireless transfer speed to consumer phones, laptops, and home appliances.
Is there hope for the struggling newspaper industry? Article-selling startup Blendle reports 129,000 users in six months with growth expectations ahead.
How many card reader companies will survive?
Samsung is losing ground to a wave of Chinese and local smartphone upstarts in India, where it has led for years.
New regulations coming as soon as December could determine whether the Internet continues to treat all traffic equally.
Resurrected in emerging markets, Datsun's cars are viewed as too cheap.
Can anyone really compete with Apple?
In a review of drillers’ data, the resources touted to investors average 6.6 times higher than those reported to the SEC.
Adidas's sales in the United States are down 14 percent this year due to weak sales in basketball and golf.
The power of a dedicated fan leveraging the power of social media pushed Coke to re-introduce Surge.
Appmakers that paid about 40¢ per download five years ago in marketing costs now spend $2 to $50.
Bring me another bottle of vodka. I live at ______________.
Will that be delivery or pick up for your beer, liquor, or wine?
When Apple unveils its new iPhone, its early field failure analysis team will be ready to quickly diagnose any problems.
Remind, an educational-messaging tool, is among the hottest apps in Apple’s App Store.
Apple’s year-old indoor-tracking technology hasn't broken out from its pack of rivals.
Remind pushes smartphone messages to students and parents.
San Diego businesses are launching a referendum campaign to reverse the city’s new higher minimum wage.
Google, Facebook, and other startups are finding new ways to collect data for advertisers.
Labor costs in Ethiopia are approximately 10 percent of those in China, causing some Chinese companies to shift production to Africa.
It's not just thieves who want to break into your cars.
How does a first-generation American move into the role of becoming a highly sought after spokesperson and a business-empire builder? Rapper Pitbull does it one partnership at a time.
Delivering in a city with no street address system. Can it be done?
Some hospitals are reviewing consumer data and purchasing habits to help predict which patients will need care.
Volvo owner Zhejiang Geely is investing $11 billion to revive Volvo’s popularity, especially in the U.S. where sales fell 55 percent in the past decade.
Given Eritrea’s minimal phone and Internet access, it’s hard to draw attention to its economic and political problems.
Will Firefox be the new OS for our smartphones?
Coca-Cola has invested $4 billion this year on marketing as Brazil’s 2014 World Cup, the biggest soccer party on the planet, is now plagued with protests. What will Coke do if things go as badly, as some predict?
How do we avoid drone crashes? There's no clear answer yet, but they're coming anyway.
Abercrombie & Fitch is hoping to bring back teens who are leaving the mall. Is there still time to save the brand?
Pinterest is trying to gain members outside of the U.S., but must adapt to cultural and social differences.
Is Pinterest too American?
Nike is making a big push to catch Adidas in the soccer gear market.
Company’s aren’t spending enough on the equipment workers need.
What can social media posts tell us about prescription drugs?
A shot in the dark? Fireball Cinnamon Whisky has become one of the most successful liquor brands in decades, with annual sales now exceeding $80 million.
Do we really need another TV?
Last year, more than 1,100 workers died in the collapse of a Bangladeshi clothing factory. A handful of startup online retailers are taking action by selling direct and offering ethically manufactured, higher-quality products.
The Supreme Court's decision about online streaming could cause the end of a company.
Convertibles, long a symbol of fun and freedom, are going the way of the Model T.
Just when you thought online buying couldn't get any more convenient, Amazon has stepped into the living-room turf war with its streaming Fire TV. But acquiring market share is not going to be easy.
Amazon wants time in your living room.
First Book Marketplace accounted for 2 percent of all juvenile books sold in the United States last year to an unlikely audience at a surprising price. Why is everyone involved winning?
Is China's digital wall coming down?
Target's security monitors in India noticed the malware on its U.S. servers almost immediately, but the red flags were ignored.
Mickey is tracking your every move. Disney is betting a billion dollars that RFID wristbands will create a better experience. Will it work?
I've got a Secret. I'll Whisper it to you.
China now accounts for more 25 percent of global luxury spending for U.S. brands, and U.S. sales are growing faster in China than pricier European luxury lines.
Meatpackers are suing to block a federal rule requiring Country of Origin Labeling on beef sold in the U.S.
Investors are putting money into telehealth services used to treat common ailments.
Do you want your cable company to be bigger and have more control over what you watch and how you get online access? Comcast does, and it's spent more than $75 billion in acquisitions to make that happen.
What can you get for free at the Dallas Museum of Art?
Big brother is going global.
People will date someone they meet online, but will they hire babysitters they meet online?
Denmark's sale of 18 percent of state-controlled Dong Energy to Goldman Sachs is raising a furor.
Fast-growing data center software companies are expanding their services in search of profitability.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is pushing companies to raise wages in an attempt to finally rid Japan of its deflation.
The responses of university officials seem almost as irresponsible as the failures underlying the academic scandals involving the University of North Carolina's athletic programs. To some extent, attitudes seem to be changing.
Sony has revived a record label for jazz, a genre that sold 14 million albums in 2007 but only 5 million albums in 2013. Is the jazz audience still willing to pay to listen?
Compared with their U.S. and European counterparts, Japanese CEOs are less focused on shareholder returns. The country's prime minister Shinzō Abe's new JPX-Nikkei Index 400 is an attempt to boost growth by spotlighting companies that focus more on financial performance.
Can Lenovo compete with Samsung and Apple?
Is the digital music market saturated? Beats says its brand cachet will give it an edge in the chase for 29 million streaming music subscribers worldwide.
How many photo-sharing sites can consumers tolerate?
Are you looking for a Chevy or a BMW? The three major German auto manufacturers are introducing luxury sedans at lower prices than some mainstream U.S. cars.
Samsung has captured worldwide market share in appliances, with the goal of being No. 1.
Shredding is out; self-destruct messages are in.
Why ignore the biggest communication network in the world? The fastest and largest network is the one we have all been building together, router by router. It's changing the face of the wireless industry.
Costly conventional cell networks can be largely replicated by existing Wi-Fi infrastructure.
The FDA's new rules regulating antibiotic use in farm animals look a lot like the voluntary program at McDonald's. Why are many corporate forces opposed to stronger regulation?
Stop paying for data on your smartphone.
The number of Chinese students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities has more than tripled in the last decade, and many spend big bucks on cars while they are stateside.
Are restaurants willing to give commissions of more than 20 percent of their total food orders to a data company?
Would you like to cut down your Christmas tree or just click to get it? Online Christmas tree sales are booming worldwide.
Don't wireless phone carriers want to stop smartphone theft? Maybe not.
Some believe that the BlackBerry brand has value and that people want to see it succeed. Reality may make a very different decision as the company continues to burn through cash with no end in sight.
Camelcamelcamel's data and graphs help steer price-conscious Amazon shoppers to discounts that can top 30 percent.
Kill as many people as you can with your infectious disease.
Online retailing and delivery has to adapt to Nigerian's skepticism and roadway realities.
Fast food companies are working together to find ways to make their food healthier.
As smartphone usage continues to increase, mobile payment transactions are expected to take a 38 percent jump to $325 billion in 2014.
Can Etsy still claim to be “your place to buy and sell all things handmade”?
Dell is pursing retail sales, and opening up stores, to build market share in China.
Even alternative banking activists are using Citi Bikes. Is Citibank's sponsorship of New York City's bike share program changing the company's image?
To move up market, Electrolux is changing how it develops new products.
Drones are helping keep Kenyan elephants away from poachers. They can’t help with Kenya’s booming population.
Apple is quietly seeding its mobile devices with iBeacon, which provides impressive location-based tracking. Why is the company being so quiet about this new technology?
Online questionnaires and games allow hiring managers to compare applicants with their star employees.
Although the total number of banks in the United States has declined 50% since 1980, "the middle of nowhere" still needs a bank.
Promoting the mantra “Keep Calm and Chive On,” TheChive.com is a tacky little frat-boy-like site –- with an annual revenue stream approaching $100 million.
British television producers look to global markets, including the United States, when developing new television shows.
Carriers around the world will suffer an estimated $3.6 billion in losses from fraudulent account takeovers.
Although two thirds of all ADHD drugs are sold in the United States, drug makers are trying to get the attention of doctors and regulators in Europe.
Sing your way to social media.
By freely sharing innovations implemented in its Swedish data center, Facebook is conserving resources and helping to revolutionize the data center industry.
Brooklyn Brewery, through an arrangement with Denmark's Carlsberg Brewing, has tapped the Swedish market for high-priced beer.
Roku vs. Apple: the battle for streaming video.
More ads coming your way.
IRII is using celebrity backing to bring change to Haiti's apparel industry and the lives of its workers.
The Chinese government is going after more foreign multinationals for violations of Chinese laws.
They can see you even better now.
Could you lose your home to a robosigner?
A no-fat, high protein food fight: Danone’s Oikos aggressive brand campaign has slowed the growth of its competitor and market leader Chobani in the $7.6 billion Greek-style yogurt U.S. market.
Consumers aged 55 to 64 are far more likely to buy a new car than drivers under 34. Automakers have taken notice.
Biometrics companies are benefiting from a potential iPhone fingerprint scanner.
Mobile apps are a powerful component of marketing strategy. Mobile users may soon make up half of ModCloth's visitors, spending more per purchase than other customers.
Are the wages paid to fast-food restaurant workers an ethical issue?
You had surgery last year and now everyone knows about it.
In order to capture market share in cloud computing, Germany's SAP is making acquisitions in California.
With a goal of promoting meaningful stories, Upworthy reconsiders the nature of viral content.
Canonical’s founder Mark Shuttleworth has crowdfunded millions of dollars to develop a super-superphone: a single device with phone and tablet capabilities that mimics all the functions of a PC. Will the numbers work?
Let's optimize presentation and see what happens.
How do you compete with free? Car navigation manufacturers are struggling to compete with free smartphone-based systems that offer real-time data.
Can built-in navigation systems compete with smartphones?
Makers of hummus are modifying traditional recipes to suit American tastes. Will it be the next salsa?
Using your smartphone as a DVR?
The wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 on the San Francisco Airport runway may look bad, but the low number of casualties is a testament to improvements in airplane safety, a culture of learning from accidents, and the effectiveness of shared responsibility for safety.
Using the fulfillment software as its secret sauce to combine orders placed at different times and fill them from different stores, an Amazon veteran is trying to take his online grocery startup, Instacart, national with $8 million from Sequoia Capital.
Can a grocery store app survive?
What sort of company is Fab.com, and why do they seem to be losing executives?
Can the McWrap bring back the 18- to 32-year-olds who want fresher, healthier offerings? No longer on the millenial generation's top 10 list of favorite restaurant chains, McDonald’s launches the new “Subway buster” product for that demographic.
Banks are investing in new ATMs for the first time in years, adding features that work like tablet and smartphone apps.
Europe's No. 2 fashion apparel chain will now give you a discount if you bring in your old castoff garments.
H&M's new program offers discounts to customers who bring in used clothing. Sustainable genius or greenwashing?
Do you really think your e-mail is private?
In the wake of Edward Snowden's leaked information about NSA programs, U.S. technology companies are struggling to protect their reputations with users.
How much privacy do we actually have? We still don't know.
Online payment companies and credit bureaus are trying to use information social media users voluntarily share to verify identities, detect true financial positions, and help reduce online fraud.
Ralph Lauren did it. Can Coach? As Coach’s North American market share slips to 30 percent, the company hopes to leverage the luxury brand into other fashion categories. But why shoes?
Can you refer someone to me?
Startup MC10 miniaturizes medical diagnostic devices and has enlisted big-name partners in the medical and sports world.
In the U.S., working dads say they want more time with their children -- more so than moms.
Ferrari plans to reduce production in 2013 in an effort to grow sales.
U.S. energy companies want to export natural gas, but U.S. chemical companies that favor cheap domestic prices want to block exports.
Android versus Apple - is it even a competition anymore?
Microsoft dominates console wars and now it wants the rest of your family’s TV time.
Xbox isn't just for gamers anymore.
At its Chinese restaurants, KFC’s “finger lickin’ good” eats offer more local dishes, such as chili black fungus and fishball soup, undermining its American identity.
Systems based on anonymous employee phone calls may be able to help Western companies monitor and improve working conditions in factories across the globe.
Facebook scrambles to make money from mobile. Does it have a plan to make it profitable?
Can sensors really help us with traffic congestion?
Implementation vagaries may be causing a consumer backlash to Wal-Mart’s national price-matching promotions.
Can the garage developer survive the branded app?
The SEC has yet to develop regulations for implementing the CEO-to-worker pay ratio disclosure mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act.
With a dedicated user base regularly spending big money, mobile gamemaker Supercell turned a 58 percent operating margin last quarter.
TV networks are investing in an app that keeps viewers subsidizing the TV ad model even while glancing down at their phone.
Average citizens expressed outrage on Facebook and pressured Israel's second largest bank into withdrawing a sweetheart deal.
We're now being tracked offline as well.
Recruiters and headhunters are playing matchmaker/agent for freelance programmers by having an A-list of software engineers on speed dial for clients who need coders fast and now. The startups turn to 10X Management for pick-up programming whenever they need it.
Why did Loews decide to explain the corporation through the use of a comic book? What have critics thought about the results?
How did Rupert Murdoch and his company's stock price survive a potentially career-limiting phone-hacking scandal?
Visit more, stay longer. LinkedIn doesn't mind if you do.
Lack of information creates opportunity for Green Depot’s environmentally friendly building products.
Have you heard of Foursquare? If not, you're not alone.
Can a public database of consumer complaints improve banks' customer service?
An antispam group gets spammed.
Samsung is now the top seller of smartphones, the number one manufacturer of LCD televisions, the seller of more flash memory and RAM chips than any other company, and passed Nokia to become the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer. What next?
You make the call. Are China's Internet companies imitators or innovators?
M.A.C. cosmetics finds sales opportunities for its high-end products in ethnic areas and emerging markets.
A Senate investigation provides evidence that the SEC and other regulators can use to prosecute JPMorgan and its executives.
Estee Lauder is using its M.A.C. cosmetics line, a hit with ethnic consumers at home, to enter emerging markets.
A speech-recognition pioneer’s latest startup hopes to build conversation simulators that almost any business can use.
Netflix's latest innovation is to allow their 33 million online subscribers to view and comment on videos seen by their Facebook friends. Is this a promotional dream come true?
Can Apple design something else that consumers didn’t even know they needed: a smart wristwatch? Apple needs a boost, and the company hopes it's time for the smartwatch to give them a hand.
Apple sells a lot of electronics, but can it sell the iWatch?
Pepsi is investing in healthy (and not so healthy) foods in the former USSR, while adapting products to local tastes.
PepsiCo sells $5 billion worth of products a year in Russia and is using the market as a staging ground for expansion into Eastern Europe. And it's not just about selling Pepsi anymore.
Computers may have feelings after all.
After a series of mishaps and related public relations disasters, will Carnival's reputation and stock price be able to rebound after the Triumph debacle?
Why doesn’t mom know how to play with Hot Wheels? Mattel sells $1 billion in Hot Wheels annually, and with that number is shrinking, the company wants to find the answer.
A new kind of university?
Corporations like Dell employ malware experts to protect corporate economic interests, but society also benefits.
Nascar may become the new auto showroom. The big change? What you see on the track may be at a car dealer near you.
“The Jetsons” are here. The smart home-automation envisioned in the show's scenarios are finally possible. SmartThings wants to make household devices talk to each other.
Is the automated home the next great technology?
Is the battery dead on your phone? Switch to your PC and continue the fun.
Snapchat allows users to share photos while keeping better control of their own cyber personas.
Could your firm be the target of a high-end cyber-espionage operation?
Japanese auto companies are finding Thailand more friendly than China.
BlueStacks’ App Player software could mean that mobile apps can be used on any device or operating system. A gamer’s dream come true -- and more.
Web browsers’ looks and functions are changing as companies such as Microsoft and Google tie them into their operating systems.
Why is there so much lying at the office?
Hamdi Ulukaya, a Turkish immigrant, is an billion dollar American success story. Chobani’s payroll has almost doubled in the past year with plants in Idaho and Australia, and more growth is on the horizon. Can the yogurt be that good?
Are you ready for an office update?
J.Crew needed to reposition their brand with men, and the retailer took an unusual approach. It decided smaller is better.
Can operations managers save money by conducting their own recruiting?
Investigators work to untangle a web of relationships and shared information underlying illegal insider trading at hedge funds.
Pharmaceutical companies that compete in the marketplace cooperate to fight counterfeit drugs.
What do you get when you cross a Russian-born tennis star with a gummy candy? Maria Sharapova is betting $500,000 that the answer is a profitable, upscale candy company.
Is there room for another online streaming service?
Are TVs making a comeback?
Italy has turned out to be a great market for QVC, with the company's average tele-shopper spending around $1,900 a year.
By emphasizing market share and having brands across many price points, Unilever is expanding in emerging markets.
China is now the world’s largest smartphone market and home to Lenovo, the world’s biggest PC vendor. In 2013, Lenovo is working to get every phone sale possible. Look out Apple?
Growth can be expensive. Competition is tough for Pandora Media, which pays more than 50 percent of its revenue toward royalty payments for artists, while its rivals pay far less. Will the equation change?
More commonly seen parked at nursing homes rather than night clubs, the Lincoln luxury line is getting a $1 billion branding revamp, courof tesy Ford Motors. Can the luxury line's image really change?
Is Thursday the new football night? The NFL receives $1.1 billion annually from its NFL Network on pay TV as it reserves Thursday night games for its own channel.
Tech pirates have now turned their attention to apps.
Brick-and-mortar retailers are applying valuable lessons acquired from their online competitors this holiday season. Look out, Amazon.
Are you willing to pay for social networking?
Startups Tellagence and Little Bird are challenging Klout by identifying the social media influencers most likely to affect their clients’ sales.
NTT DATA wants you to get to know them.
Sprint may finally be moving from red to black.
You can make money on your broken electronics while helping with recycling efforts.
Can core Muslim values be upheld on a social networking site?
Is there room for Microsoft in the smartphone market?
E-books make a difference in Africa.
Can Flipboard survive with its unusual advertising model?
Is biometric scanning secure?
Do investors see anything right with Facebook?
A new nonprofit uses social media to help fight rare diseases.
Where will Facebook find its next billion users?
We don't all pay for smartphone activity.
Our smartphones get even smarter.
Big-brand advertisers are looking for big returns on small investments.
Will the iPhone paralyze Sprint?
A holding cell for malware.
Is there a legitimate place for preteens in the world of social networking?
Will we ever get enough of online relationships?
What's the future of student textbooks?
Social media is the new forum for spammers, and the sites are taking action to combat the problem.
Apple products were in more than 40 percent of top movies last year, an advantage as traditional advertising falls flat.
Are Hollywood stars coming to YouTube?
Google Fiber. Will the Internet giant really consider moving into high-speed Internet?
Goodbye, business software fees. Hello, advertisements.
Will intimacy ever be the same?
Move over Vegas, World of Warcraft wants your business.
Please pass the energy swatch.
Are app rankings legitimate or just a ruse to get into Apple's storefront?
As if there's not enough to fight over, let's add digital assets to the mix.
Are we now losing control to our window shades?
What will hardware do for Google?
The online dating site wants to keep users involved after they've found love.
E-commerce is making inroads in Vietnam.
How will you find your way around?
Step aside gaming consoles. Cloud gaming is moving in.
With the press cowed by gang reprisals, blog posts and tweets fill an information void.
Have you paid a visit to Goggle, Twitterr, or Faecbook?
Is anything private anymore?
Is this the end of the U.S. Postal Service?
Do you want to improve your gas mileage by 5%?
We can Chatter about more social media, but we'll be monitored.
Interactive digital textbooks come to Facebook!
Is buyback insurance on technology gadgets better for you or the retailer?
Use your free e-mail account, even for official government business.
Can cellular companies keep their customers coming back for more data, or will they lose out to the competition?
You can now be a music DJ right from your own home or office, no experience required.
The designer of Barnes & Noble
Will the console become victim to the web?
Put your cash and credit cards away - only bitcoins are accepted here.
Software developers say a big hello to Apple.
Is it the end of no sales tax for Amazon shoppers?
Get your music from the cloud, Apple's iCloud.
Domination of the speech-recognition technology is a strong-armed tactics approach.
Can we really stop the hackers or do we have to simply find a way to co-exist?
Electronic Arts is coming to a digital device near you.
The virtual water cooler invades the workplace: social networking for employees only.
A format fight between Samsung and LG is the most recent setback for the new TV technology.
At last, success for eBay in China.
The Taiwanese tablet market takes a hit. Can it recover?
The repairing of China's Youku means no more illegal downloading.
As Facebook requires new members to use their real names, Web icon Christopher Poole, known for his anti-Facebook message forum 4chan.org, makes waves at SXSW with a plea for anonymity.
Some question the acquisition that gave Google a display ad business.
Shop with just a few clicks of your TV remote.
With help from startups like Mentez, social gaming companies are trying to exploit growth opportunities abroad with localized experiences.
Who will win the platform war and achieve mobile dominance?
Mobile carriers call them data hogs.
Internet security company Tiversa claims that WikiLeaks may be searching hard drives to get information.
Fresh off its IPO, Demand Media is blanketing the Web with answers to millions of questions.
A new breed of consultants, working for the likes of NBC and Playboy, promises to boost business by adding game elements to humdrum sites.
Microsoft has succeeded despite itself in creating something really cool. But by hampering the relationship with Kinect-loving hackers, Microsoft could squander a once-in-a-generation opportunity.
Google is working on a payments service for smartphones using near-field communication technology.
Verizon is poised to muscle in on AT&T's lucrative Apple deal.
Capitalism lives off of change, according to this commentary.
As growth in voice revenue slows, telecommunications carriers are pushing data services such as texting. Wireless operators see opportunity in older demographics because relatively few send texts.
Internet traffic is expected to triple by 2014. By then, more than 90 percent of the traffic may be video.
Google is trying to persuade startups to sell their businesses to the technology giant. But hotter rivals like Facebook are making deals of their own. Google is having to work hard to win firms over.
The social network is trying to change the messaging game with its new service.
Kiva's warehouse robots are enabling e-commerce companies such as Quidsi to handle more product at lower costs.
By 2015 about half of all devices on U.S. corporate networks will be mobile. The shift away from PCs means a large increase in the North American market for office apps.
Deep in the red, News Corp.'s social-networking site gets a redesign. The cool factor is still to be determined.
Confessions of the last man to manage the singular inventor.
Diapers.com is just five years old and is already breaking even in a category that wasn't supposed to work on the Internet: quickly shipping bulky, low-margin commodities.
The company says its iPad competitor is tailored for business.
In a lawsuit, Skyhook Wireless seeks tens of millions of dollars from Google for intentional interference that scared Motorola away from a big contract
Verizon introduces its vision of a future full of wirelessly connected autos, refrigerators, MRI machines, and countless other devices.
Fantasy football has become, for better or worse, an Internet addiction for a generation of upwardly mobile, white-collar professionals
Intel is counting on its Atom embedded processors to help break its dependence on the slowing PC market.
Salesforce.com launches a real-time collaboration cloud
Billing software companies are helping hospitals identify patients with enough assets to cover their bills but who may need help figuring out to do it.
Nokia, once considered the BMW of mobile phones, is now described by an analyst as a Ford, reliable, not expensive.
This article describes the battle between Activision Blizzard (the large gaming studio) and two game developers, Vince Zampella and Jason West.
Retirees with professional backgrounds like scientists and engineers are signing up with YourEncore.com, a Web-based service that connects these retirees with companies that need their expertise.
Crooks are using pilfered data to charge health care
Most people assume a brand is dead when stores stop selling it. However, the company Imation, the world's largest seller of recordable compact discs, has spent the last couple of years reincarnating Memorex as a line of consumer electronics and are bring back another predigital company, TDK, as a high-end line of stereo gear.
With time running out for the video-rental empire, CEO Jim Keyes desperately needs Hollywood to help him remake the company so it can avoid Chapter 11.
If American Internet service gets faster, people will likely spend more time online watching videos and playing games, providing Google fresh ways to expand its advertising business
Yelp, the online business review and advertising site, is being forced to deal with its own unanticipated criticism. A federal lawsuit was filed in California on behalf of some small businesses claiming that Yelp routinely highlights negative customer reviews unless business owners agree to advertise with the company.
Acer has focused on consumer sales as businesses have slashed tech spending. But it is expected that a brighter economic outlook and the launch of Windows 7 will cause a rebound in business orders this year.
How Korea, a onetime digital trendsetter, became a laggard in an era of smartphones
Revenues from Google's display advertising business are expected to rise as much as 40% this year, to slightly more than $1 billion.
The iPhone has swamped AT&T's data network and sparked a consumer rebellion. What can Ma Bell do?
Apple is considering replacing Google with Microsoft's Bing as the default search engine on its iPhone.
Yahoo is interested in purchasing companies that bring the Web portal more users
The iPad is on the way, and it just might reduce calling costs, cut your commute, and, to the delight of journalists everywhere, pull print media back from the brink.
While everybody was paying attention to the iPhone, iPod touch sales rose by more than 100% in the final quarter of 2009.
The famously fractured music industry bands together to launch an ad-driven music video Web site.
The rising popularity of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media Web sites presents an opportunity for companies to reach millions of people.
Rupert Murdoch may make a deal with Microsoft to make Bing the only search engine to deliver News Corp. content
The FDA has so far failed to craft rules clarifying how pharmaceutical companies can participate in online discussions.
Google is not only coming out with new mobile apps but extending the system's use to other devices.
A cost-effective home-health system for the elderly is being tested.
Though it doesn't have the hottest smartphone on the market, Verizon is introducing new products and backing them with an unusually aggressive marketing campaign.
The surprise surge in demand for PCs and handsets has the industry scrambling to get the supply chain humming.
Michael Dell is trying to change almost everything about the computer company he founded.
Satellite phone provider Iridium Communications is coming back from bankruptcy, sparking hope for the broader satellite industry, long burdened by high startup costs and slow demand.
Google has many engineers and executives that don
Many corporations put off technology investments during the downturn and are preparing to step up spending to generate the productivity gains that they need to influence their bottom lines.
Music is less crucial as iPod sales ease and the company focuses on software.
Oracle already wields tremendous power in the technology industry, and that will only grow if the proposed acquisition of Sun goes through. If the deal happens, Oracle will possess one of the widest ranges of products for corporations in the industry.
Why the boost to the tech business from Microsoft's new operating system may disappoint the bulls.
Microsoft's research and development organization, MSR, claims it has made important contributions to new products. However, Microsoft is under financial pressure and recently reported its first annual decline in revenues since going public in 1986.
Microsoft has just announced a deal to team up with Yahoo to increase its market share in the lucrative Internet search market.
New phones equipped with Google's Android operating system may come to market too late to save Motorola's mobile-phone business.
Google just announced that it is creating an operating system to compete with Microsoft's Windows, so it seems that it is determined to take market share from Microsoft's core software businesses.
Intuit directs power users of QuickBooks to a site where they can exchange helpful information with other users. For customers, that means quicker answers to problems. For the company, this volunteer army means less need for paid technicians.
Mobile-phone chipmaker Qualcomm and startup Zeebo are introducing an inexpensive gaming console that will focus on what marketers dub the next billion. These consumers live in developing nations, have rising incomes and modest savings, and together spend $1 trillion annually.
How can TiVo become the Google of TV? By helping viewers search for programs and by selling ads and ratings data to advertisers. A still-potent brand name and 140 patents should help.
The number of operating systems running sophisticated smartphones that can run advanced software is exploding. For the hundreds of software developers that create applications for the corporate market, this abundance of choice is a double-edged sword.
Columnists Jack and Suzy Welch used Twitter and the social media to help launch a new book. They describe tweeting as good for old-fashioned marketing purposes.
In unveiling a new Internet search engine called Bing, Microsoft hopes to create a loyal base of fans who routinely use Bing to make complex decisions rather than defaulting to Google.
Companies are scrambling to silence errant messages while exploiting social networks.
Cisco CEO John T. Chambers believes the company can capitalize on opportunities to expand during the recession.
Public-health officials have been turning to computer scientists for aid in fighting a variety of infectious diseases.
SAP, the slow-moving software giant, needs to perform better and become more nimble if it hopes to withstand global economic shocks and changes in the software industry.
The federal stimulus program enacted in February gives hospitals the opportunity to receive several million dollars each for tech purchases over the next five years. In addition, individual physicians can receive up to $44,000 for these same types of purchases. This money is supposed to encourage the proliferation of technology that will computerize physician orders, automate dispensing of drugs, and digitally store patient records.
The recent thriftiness and insistence on lean inventories could keep tech companies well-positioned when the economy starts to heal.
The social network is being coy about its intentions. Monetizing its search engine could end up being one.
Steve B. Burke, the president and chief operating officer of Comcast, America's largest cable distributor, is worried about the rush of consumers going to online movie and video sites.
A number of companies are setting up their own versions of Apple's red-hot App Store.
Technology companies are being affected differently by the economy based on what types of products or services they sell. In the current environment, most companies don't have the ability to incur capital expenses or have the credit available to borrow money from lenders to pay for traditional hardware and software purchases. So, a great divide is opening up in the tech industry for companies that sell to businesses.
Will the Internet ultimately replace cable television?
A nascent industry involving the likes of Google and Nokia is pinpointing the movements and behaviors of millions of cell-phone users.
While online advertising from the big companies like Yahoo and the New York Times are suffering, business is increasing for advertising networks. These companies primarily serve as brokers between advertisers and Web publishers. They connect sites that want to sell ad space with advertisers and agencies that want to reach potential customers.
A legendary partnership is strained by the rise of mobile and Web computing, and the companies' own outside ventures.
Clearwire needs to raise billions in capital to continue expanding.
The combination of a weak economy and a widespread banking crisis is creating opportunities for online criminals to steal valuable financial information from individuals.
Apple has an early lead in turning the cell phone into a high-powered computing device capable of running many different applications.
Move over Kindle. Many readers are downloading digital books to their iPhones instead.
There is some evidence that Baidu is abusing its position as China's internet search leader. Businesses report that salespeople working for Baidu will drop sites from search results if they don't buy sponsored links. Former business clients say their rankings fell after they stopped buying search-related ads from Baidu.
Among the trends from 2008 and predictions for 2009: netbooks, new phones from Motorola and Apple, and phones running Google's Android and Microsoft's M software.
Can new products revive the lagging smartphone maker's fortunes
Apple may have a problem with the iPod. It is expected that the number of iPods sold will fall by 12% next year (to only 48 million units). Also, consumers are expected to cut back on their spending in the face of the recession, which will impact iPod sales.
Manufacturers and their suppliers are worried that soaring interest in netbooks is cannibalizing PC and laptop sales.
In order to save billions of dollars in research and development, some countries are using hackers to steal valuable information from America's military and scientific institutions and the defense industry that serves them.
Cisco, the technology company that sells everything from million-dollar routers to videoconferencing systems, also has consulting services to help companies and countries upgrade their infrastructure.
The Nike+ site is drawing hordes of runners, and its success may hold lessons for brand building on the Web.
Dell is struggling to maintain market share. Its founder, Michael S. Dell, returned as CEO in 2007, but so far its stock is still down by more than 60% since 2005.
Gaia Online, an Internet hangout for some 6 million teens, is not all that worried about how the worsening economy could hurt Web advertising. Gaia gets most of its more than $1 million in monthly revenues from sales of virtual items such as clothes, jewelry, and other accessories to dress up one's avatar, or online character.
Lax rules and enforcement allow scrap firms to profit by sending e-waste overseas.
A new subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa, INQ, plans to make ultracheap mobile phones for surfing the Net.
When the U.S. economy began to falter this year, many people thought the technology sector would be able to hold up. This is in part due to the fact that major technology companies usually have plenty of cash and very little debt. In addition, these companies make products that help companies save money and/or boost productivity. However, since the financial crisis got worse about a month ago, the Nasdaq (which is tech-heavy) has dropped 12%, almost twice as much as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA).
Many companies have been reluctant to take on YouTube (owned by Google). But thanks to a huge library of professionally created content, Hulu is attracting millions of viewers and many advertisers.
Yahoo! has seen its stock price sink to a five-year low, and angry shareholders are still calling for CEO Jerry Yang to step down. Now Yahoo is hoping that its new advertising service, Apex, will be the cure for its ills.
By combing journalism for bias, SpinSpotter gives new meaning to Net neutrality.
Google launched an attack on Microsoft on Sep. 2 by introducing a new browser, Chrome. In addtion to taking share of the browsing market, Google also wants to change the nature of Internet browsing.
As early as September of this year, Dell plans to introduce a plan to break Apple's dominant hold on the digital entertainment market.
Insiders are selling stock in the company
Only 60% of American households have broadband access, which puts the U.S. in 15th place among developed nations (the U.S. ranked 4th in 2001). One reason that more households haven't made the high-speed jump may be a broadband duopoly.
A new trend in high-definition televisions is broadband televisions. These sets are permanently connected to a broadband network and act as a computer to access sports scores, weather, videos, movies, and photos.
So much has been made recently of the external threats to Yahoo, such as Microsoft's $47.5 billion buyout bid, Google's contract to place search ads on Yahoo pages, and corporate raider Carl Icahn's attempts to oust Yahoo's board and CEO. However, Yahoo is also facing internal problems.
Few outside of Russia have heard of Yandex, a search engine that has 44% of the Russian market (10 points more than Google). Yandex is expected to hit the Nasdaq this fall in Russia's largest-ever initial public offering in tech.
Daylife and its web-based application and portal maker can automatically assemble news from multiple sources and then display it in a variety of ways.
Apple's bid to win corporate wireless service customers away from RIM.
Asustek, a Taiwanese company, produces the Eee PC, a mini-laptop that retails for around $300.
After a long adolescence, it's ready to make all kinds of mobile maneuvers much easier.
Corporate raider Carl Icahn wants to get Yahoo! back to the negotiating table with Microsoft.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced last week that it intends to buy Electronic Data Systems (EDS) for $13.9 billion. Many people consider this a bold move by HP CEO Mark Hurd to continue to compete with International Business Machines (IBM) in the tech services business.
Many people are convinced that being able to compete with Google in the online ad business is essential to Microsoft's future profits.
Google's investors suffered a stock decrease of 35% in the early part of this year. It was feared that a weak economy would hurt the search engine's advertising business. But then the company's stock gained 20%.
Information technology services companies have typically relied on the U.S. market for a majority of their revenues. However, last quarter India-based Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) reported 51% of its revenues from North America, while only 35% of Armonk (N.Y.)-based IBM's revenues were domestic.
The iPhone's high price and strong competition from companies like Nokia have led to shipments that are far below expectations.
Rockstar Games is preparing to introduce the latest installment of its Grand Theft Auto (GTA) franchise on April 29 to very high expectations.
Google is having growing pains and may be affected by the slowing economy. In the fourth quarter of last year, for the first time ever, the company missed Wall Street revenue forecasts. Since then, growth in the number of clicks on the paid ads appearing in Google's search results have gone flat compared with a year ago.
Motorola has announced its plans to spin off its mobile-phone unit, which will become a separately traded public entity.
Microsoft is very concerned about the free Web-based competitors to its Office software, such as Google and the startup Zoho.
When you are traveling and need to access wireless services found in airports, coffee shops, hotels, and other hotspots, you are usually not on an encrypted connection. Even when you are on an encrypted network, you are likely being protected by a form of encryption called Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) that's easily hacked.
The largest software firm in the world, Microsoft, has offered a $44 billion bid for the largest Internet portal company in the world, Yahoo. So far, Yahoo's management has rejected the offer as too low. Microsoft has taken the fight to the boardroom.
As Web surfers click on fewer ads and the correlation between clicks and sales disappears, search engine companies are trying to find new ways for advertisers to reach their audiences.
Ben Kaufman's new social-networking business, Kluster, hopes to take advantage of the economy of free labor, which has worked well for sites like Wikipedia, Facebook and MySpace.
Since Mark Hurd was named the CEO of HP in 2005 to the end of 2007, HP's stock increased 132% (around five times the return of the S&P 500). 2008, however, will likely be Hurd's most difficult year to date.
Social networking is supposed to be the next big thing on the Internet but many of the sites, such as MySpace and Facebook, have been annoying the Millenials.
In what has been dubbed the Mystery of the Missing iPhones, last month, Apple and AT&T reported that 1.7 million iPhones had been purchased but not activated on the AT&T network, meaning that there are 1.7 million iPhones out there being used for unknown purposes.
John Donahoe, the new CEO of eBay, has said that his first priority will be revitalizing the company's core business. He plans to reduce some of the fees that eBay charges sellers (to draw in more users and to persuade them to offer a greater array of products) and to make some major investments in technology.
IBM has had to undergo a monumental shift in its operational philosophy. In the past three years, IBM has hired more than 90,000 people in fast-developing countries like Brazil, China, and India.
Apple has made a huge splash in digital music with its iPod, but Hollywood is fighting its efforts to make the same impact in the video arena. Although it has been two years since Apple added video capability to its iPod line and began selling a smattering of shows and movies on the iTunes Music Store, its amount of video content remains very small. Jobs, the CEO of Apple, will try to change that with the launch of a movie rental service on iTunes. In addition, Apple is planning a major upgrade of the slow-selling Apple TV set-top box.
Garlik's new service QDOS has taken the digital measure of all 45 million adults in Britain, rating them on how active they are online, their popularity, individuality, and impact on all things digital. The company plans to provide service in the U.S. by the first quarter of 2008 and to assign scores to half a billion people worldwide by yearend.
The long-expected revolution in the wireless communications market may finally come to pass. It will probably be better for consumers, but not so great for carriers and mobile device manufacturers.
Apple's popular cell phone, the iPhone, isn't legally available in China yet, but you can buy one at any electronics shop in Beijing for around $680. These iPhones have been purchased elsewhere and smuggled into China. They have then been hacked so that they can use local cell-phone carriers, and Chinese characters have been inputted onto their touch screens.
PCs are now serving two very different purposes. They are not only a tool for e-mail, Web browsing, writing and managing finances, but increasingly the computer is becoming a repository for digital files such as photos, music, videos, and various documents such as financial records.
Edmunds started in 1966 as a publisher of booklets packed with automotive specifications. These were intended to help car shoppers make buying decisions. The Edmunds Web site was launched in 1995 by a skunk works team of employees. It is now the go-to online resource about cars. According to one analyst, It's become the iconic name for car research and pricing.
Forget user-generated videos. Advertisers want to see some slick glitz and tinsel.
Threadless, a small online T-shirt company, will join the likes of clothing startups Lucy.com and Delias.com in moving from online to bricks and mortar.
Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School, is fighting for Net neutrality both on the Internet and in the wireless arena. He proposes a new vision for the U.S. wireless industry.
Online advertising click-through rates have been steadily declining (0.75% to 0.27% during 2006), and the cost of click-through advertising has been dropping as well.
The BusinessWeek opinion article Get Your Hands Off the Web (November 5, 2007) suggests that telecommunications firms like Verizon have too much control over broadband content distribution. They have policies which bar distribution of controversial or unsavory content; in fact, Verizon recently released a statement that it reserves the right to deny other (communications) in the future.