Brainstorm Tech 2010

Where the Fortune 500 and the innovators meet to shape the future of business. (July 22-24, 2010)
  • Oracle plans to double acquisition budget

    Bringing on Sun Microsystems, BEA and Hyperion may look like small potatoes when they're done

    by Laura Rich, contributor

    Oracle (ORCL) will spend $70 billion in acquisitions over the next five years, Oracle president Charles Phillips said at the Brainstorm Fortune Tech conference in Aspen. "It's early in the game, and there's plenty left to do," he said.

    Such a budget -- fueled by increased spending from enterprise customers -- would be a MORE

    Jul 22, 2010 7:50 PM ET
  • Why social networks are still waiting for their ad boom

    The Facebook and Twitter explosions has changed how we communicate -- but isn't resulted in a massive ad spend. That's about to change.

    The growth of social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, social gaming sites like Zynga and services like Twitter are ripe for new forms of advertising as they occupy more and more of our online attention and time. What form that advertising will take is very much a work-in-progress concluded MORE

    - Jul 22, 2010 7:44 PM ET
  • Activision's Kotick continues console attack

    The game maker CEO makes the case for the TV as Internet platform in his latest dig against the "walled garden" console

    by Laura Rich, contributor

    If Bobby Kotick has his way, the couch potato will be back. Speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, the Activision Blizzard (ATVI) CEO laid out a case for moving all Internet activity to the television screen, where the company has a vested interest as its MORE

    Jul 22, 2010 6:52 PM ET
  • HP casts a wide net to compete with Apple's tablets

    HP stays true to its plans to build a tablet with Microsoft despite just having bought Palm

    By Shelley DuBois, reporter

    Hewlett Packard has been hinting that it was going to come out with a fancy new tablet for some time. Bloggers have been questioning whether the company's new partnership with Palm would finally generate the product that talks with Android and Microsoft didn't.

    Turns out HP and Microsoft are still making MORE

    Jul 22, 2010 6:30 PM ET
  • Why HCL Technologies puts employees ahead of customers

    This is one in a series of articles leading up to Fortune Brainstorm Tech, which started today in Aspen, Colo. The articles look back at the progress of companies that presented at Brainstorm in 2009 as well as look forward to those that will present this year.

    By Benjamin Snyder, contributor

    HCL Technologies, an offshore IT and software development company, handles everything from setting up a company's cloud computing services and MORE

    Jul 22, 2010 4:10 PM ET
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  • What to watch for at Brainstorm Tech

    From tablets to conflicts, business models to investment opportunities -- what we are hoping to hear.

    By Shelley DuBois, reporter

    Fortune's 2010 Brainstorm Tech conference kicks off tomorrow in Aspen. Here's a preview of some of the questions our moderators will be asking top tech execs.

    -Twitter, Zynga and LinkedIn are courting online ad money. Group M CEO Irwin Gotleib has a ton of it - his company is a major media-buyer. Group MORE

    Jul 21, 2010 3:31 PM ET
  • HP tablet: third time's a charm?

    HP needs to make products that consumers think are cool. Is the new partnership with Palm the answer?

    By Shelley DuBois, reporter

    The big buzz about Hewlett Packard's handheld strategy is that it's teamed up with Palm, presumably to join the tablet game.

    HP's executive vice president of its personal systems group, Todd Bradley, will be at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference along with Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein to talk about the new deal. MORE

    Jul 21, 2010 10:33 AM ET
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  • The biggest winner in the iPhone fix: AT&T

    For once, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson avoids having his network vilified by Apple-philes.

    By Shelley DuBois, reporter

    You still want the iPhone, Steve Jobs says at the press conference in Cupertino. And Apple (AAPL) still wants you. So he says whoever wants to return for a full refund can go right ahead (you won't) and he's giving away free cases that will allegedly circumvent reception problems, all of it sans recall.

    Jobs probably soothed MORE

    Jul 16, 2010 2:52 PM ET
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  • How technology can help spread literacy

    This is one in a series of articles leading up to Fortune Brainstorm Tech, which takes place July 22-24 in Aspen, Colo. The articles will look back at the progress of companies that presented at Brainstorm in 2009 as well as look forward to those that will present this year.

    By Benjamin Snyder, contributor

    With over 10,000 libraries opened worldwide and 7.4 million books already distributed to children in its 10 years, MORE

    Jul 14, 2010 10:55 AM ET
  • The 50 smartest people in tech

    What constitutes tech savvy today? An alchemy of intellect, ambition, and that uncanny ability to peer around corners. Some of our choices may surprise you.

    By Jessi Hempel and Beth Kowitt

    "The empires of the future," Winston Churchill once said, "are the empires of the mind." Those words have never held more weight. Our greatest technological advances come not through physical might, tools, or cash but through intellect and imagination. As MORE

    - Jul 9, 2010 7:00 AM ET
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