The group messaging startup will offer slickly branded groups promoting bands, TV shows, and concerts. In other words: sponsors. Will users love or loathe the idea?
By Daniel Roberts, reporter
At the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin this month, while speaking about the recent heavy influx of platforms that offer group text messaging, Ted Livingston, CEO of KIK, told CNNmoney, "The four big [companies] that all the blogs talk about is us, MOREMar 28, 2011 9:00 AM ET
A stunning decision in a Microsoft patent infringement case may have made patent royalties more fair, but also made them much more unpredictable.
By Russell L. Parr and George Hovanec , guest contributors
A January decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit had a sweeping effect: it dropped the value of US patents. Just how much the value has been reduced, overall, is not yet known. Part of the MOREMar 23, 2011 2:40 PM ET
Now that it's set to become part of AT&T, many T-Mobile customers are wondering, "Will they let me get out of my contract?" It's the question T-Mobile doesn't want to answer yet.
By Daniel Roberts, reporter
It seems anyone with a cell phone contract has had the thought, whether due to owning an antiquated phone, moving to an area with no service, or dealing with an umpteenth dropped call: "When is my MOREMar 23, 2011 12:53 PM ET
The two companies have inspired two huge networks of imitators. So why is the one you'd least expect now intent on rubbing out the competition?
By Chadwick Matlin, contributor
FORTUNE -- Another week, another Groupon clone. And this time, it's Facebook. Last week, the company confirmed to Bloomberg that it was going to start competing for coupon revenue in earnest. Mark Zuckerberg and company began putting ads for a "Facebook Deals" feature MOREMar 21, 2011 12:50 PM ET
Léo Apotheker's vision for Hewlett Packard is a familiar shade of Big Blue.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
Behold the new HP. After a series of scandals, a change in CEOs and a rebuilding of its board, the tech giant revealed the new HP to the world: It's still very much a company that wants to be another company -- IBM.
Watching CEO Léo Apotheker and other HP (HPQ) executives present their vision last MOREMar 21, 2011 5:00 AM ET
Perhaps it is time to update the phrase "The pen is mightier than the sword" to "The Internet is mightier than dictators."
By Othman Laraki, contributor
While the above statement is made tongue-in-cheek, it is undeniable that we are living through a time of accelerated change. Suddenly, we are witnessing decades-long regimes being challenged by oppressed populations. It is not entirely clear what has changed, but the advent of the Social Internet seems MOREMar 17, 2011 11:05 AM ET
With a huge attendance boost this year, big businesses from GM to Microsoft continued the trend of coming to Austin to get in front of hip influencers.
By Elisabeth Long, contributor
Now in its 15th year, the South by Southwest Interactive conference has taken off like the handle of the ubiquitous hockey-stick growth model that startups at the conference aspire to. The 2011 conference saw a spike in attendance – up about MOREMar 16, 2011 12:15 PM ET
It's not silly formalism. Startups that don't develop a consistent approach to job titles and promotions do so at their own peril.
By Ben Horowitz, contributor
"Hmmmmmmm . . . now what's a title to fit me? a champ like Tyson, a captain like Kirk, no Employee of the Month 'cause yo, I do work" -Big Daddy Kane
Often when I meet with startups, the employees have no job titles. This makes sense, because everybody MOREMar 16, 2011 11:15 AM ET
Oracle's reclusive president continues to make the case that U.S. companies should be allowed to help the economy by brining overseas earnings home, nearly tax-free.
By Dan Mitchell, contributor
There is a big difference, says Oracle President Safra Catz, between the $800 billion federal stimulus package and the "repatriation" of $1 trillion in foreign corporate holdings that she advocates. Unlike the stimulus, "my money has already been printed," she said Friday, drawing MOREScott Olster, editor - Mar 14, 2011 11:27 AM ET
Sure, smartphones are booming, but here's how banking, enterprise and OS battles are really going to play out on the sleek gadget in your pocket.
By Mitch Cline, guest contributor
Wireless handsets have been around for decades, but this market has perhaps never had a more promising future than it does now in terms of potential market penetration, consumer demand, and global significance. Take mobile handset penetration: Globally, we're talking big-time numbers MOREMar 10, 2011 2:51 PM ET
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