Spectacular mobile and ad growth is pulling the company out of the doll-drums.
FORTUNE -- Did Facebook go public at the worst possible time? Buyers and sellers in the IPO will answer that question differently, of course. But there's little doubt that Facebook went public when uncertainty about its business prospects was near its peak.
Tech investors typically bet on growth and this Spring, Facebook's (FB) growth rate was falling off a MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Oct 24, 2012 7:21 AM ET
The premature release of disappointing earnings wasn't the only slip-up made by the search giant.
FORTUNE -- Did you hear about Google's premature announcement? No, not the mid-morning earnings release, hours ahead of schedule, which sent Google shares plummeting 9% before trading had to be halted on the Nasdaq.
On Thursday Google (GOOG) suffered from another untimely leak. As I sat inside Google's San Francisco office listening to a presentation on the MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Oct 19, 2012 6:04 AM ET
While the Google CEO has been active inside the company, he hasn't participated in a public event in some time.
FORTUNE -- In his first public appearance in months, Larry Page, Google's co-founder and chief executive, said Tuesday that he hoped that ongoing conversations with regulators in the United States and Europe would help the company avoid a showdown over antitrust concerns.
Recent reports have suggested that the Federal Trade Commission may MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Oct 16, 2012 9:00 PM ET
Ariba's co-founder is back - and he's trying to change the way you sign on the dotted line.
FORTUNE -- It's a boast you don't hear too often from CEOs: "I'm doing it for sport." Yet that's precisely what Keith Krach says drove him last year to become chief executive of DocuSign, a company that offers electronic-signature technology for transactions and document verification. "I never thought I'd go back and do MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Oct 9, 2012 5:00 AM ET
The mobile payment startup founded by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has raised more than $200 million and doubled its valuation from a year ago.
FORTUNE -- After a fundraising process that lasted several months, Square, the fast growing mobile payments startup, said on Monday that it has raised more than $200 million in a new round of financing. The investment values the company at approximately $3.25 billion, according to a person with MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Sep 17, 2012 9:00 AM ET
Microsoft tries a digital version of the Pepsi challenge to prove that users prefer its Bing search service to Google.
FORTUNE -- Since Microsoft released the Bing search engine in 2009, it has struggled to compete with Google. Most reviewers, and more importantly, most users, have consistently said that on average Google delivers superior results. While Bing's market share in the U.S. has nearly doubled to 15.4%, according to comScore, the MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Sep 6, 2012 8:21 AM ET
With a new pricing structure, Jack Dorsey's mobile payments company Square is upending things -- again.
FORTUNE -- The heated battle for mobile payments just got more heated. On Thursday, Square, the pioneer in mobile point of sale systems, announced a new pricing model that gives merchants the option to pay a monthly fee of $275 instead of the current 2.75% fee on every transaction. Merchants who make more than $10,000 MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Aug 16, 2012 2:11 PM ET
Yes, there was a social media bubble. And, yes, it popped. The question now is, what happens next?
FORTUNE -- There's no doubt as to when the dot-com bubble popped: it was on March 10, 2000, the day the Nasdaq peaked at 5,132.52. But when exactly did the social media bubble pop? Was it Nov. 23, when Groupon shares fell below their $20 IPO price or this week, when they neared MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Aug 16, 2012 7:09 AM ET
Upstart wants to offer students the chance to start their own companies.
FORTUNE -- In his 8 years at Google, where he was president of the company's enterprise business, Dave Girouard hired new college grads in droves. While the Google gigs might have made their classmates envious, it turns out that many of them would have forged different, more independent paths, had they been given the chance.
Now Girouard hopes to offer MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Aug 8, 2012 1:03 PM ET
QuickPay, which brings mobile payments to parking facilities, is raising cash and named a CEO.
FORTUNE -- The crowded mobile payments marketplace is getting, well, more crowded.
On Thursday, QuickPay, a two-year-old San Francisco startup whose app lets people pay for parking at lots in various cities, said it has raised $3.5 million in seed financing and named Barney Pell as its CEO. Pell, a co-founder of QuickPay, is a serial entrepreneur MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Aug 2, 2012 10:45 AM ET
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