"It's the fundamental direction and the fundamental opportunity we're going after."
FORTUNE -- eBay has started to go on the offensive.
The e-commerce giant began taking swings of its own following the recent activity of billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn, who owns 2% of eBay (EBAY) shares. In late January, Icahn called for a PayPal spin-off and nominated two of his employees to eBay's board of directors. Then in an open letter to shareholders MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 10, 2014 5:00 AM ET
A ruling handed down last week strikes the FAA's prohibition on using unmanned aircraft systems for commercial purposes.
By Clay Dillow
FORTUNE -- For years now a huge cross section of businesses -- enterprises ranging from utility operators to civil engineers to real estate brokers to wedding photographers -- has been waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration to clear unmanned aerial systems (UAS), more commonly known as "drones," for commercial use. MOREMar 10, 2014 5:00 AM ET
In-person always trumps phoning it in.
FORTUNE -- The South by Southwest festival is known for long lines to get into parties, panels, taxis and restaurants. But rarely is there a long line to leave a room.
That's what happened this afternoon, during a keynote interview with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
For the past two years, the SXSW Interactive festival has been evolving its reputation as more than a place for big social MOREErin Griffith - Mar 8, 2014 3:43 PM ET
The Twitter co-founder says that his new online storytelling platform now has 12 million users.
FORTUNE -- Where online publishing is concerned, Ev Williams is on a roll.
The 41-year-old serial entrepreneur developed, then sold the early blogging platform Blogger to Google in 2003. More notably, he co-founded Twitter (TWTR) with Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone, an origin story fleshed out in New York Times columnist Nick Bilton's bestseller, Hatching Twitter. With MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 7, 2014 2:00 PM ET
The 20-year-old festival is constantly evolving.
FORTUNE -- In conversations with friends leading up to the SXSW Interactive, the standard response to the topic has been somewhere between pity that I'm going and disdain that they too have to attend.
Many lead-up stories to the event have reflected that tone. Business Insider declared, "Everything you've come to know and love about SXSW has died." Digiday wrote, "This will be the last SXSW MOREErin Griffith - Mar 7, 2014 1:04 PM ET
The big orange circle is Google's Motorola. The big blue one is Facebook's WhatsApp.
FORTUNE -- I can't vouch for the accuracy of the data in this infographic, created by business insurance provider Simply Business and posted Friday on TechCrunch, but even if it's a little off it gives you a good feel for how Apple's (AAPL) relatively small, targeted acquisitions compare with such multibillion dollar deals as Google (GOOG) buying Motorola ($12.5 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 7, 2014 11:37 AM ET
Updates to its Office 365 suite show benefits from a 2008 acquisition.
FORTUNE -- Microsoft (MSFT) has a spotty track record when it comes to acquisitions. (Remember Danger, Massive, and WebTV? Yeah, neither do we.) But snapping up enterprise search startup Fast Search & Transfer for $1.2 billion back in 2008 may prove to have been a prescient move.
Earlier this week the tech giant unveiled a series of updates to its Office MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Mar 7, 2014 10:56 AM ET
Peter Oppenheimer quietly presided over one of the most remarkable runs in the technology industry's history.
By Verne Kopytoff
FORTUNE -- Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's longtime chief financial officer, kept an especially low profile during his tenure. He rarely spoke publicly beyond the company's quarterly earnings calls, and happily left the spotlight to Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, and other high-profile members of the company's senior executive team. Even Apple (AAPL) fanatics would have MOREMar 7, 2014 10:31 AM ET
Another study found 42% of Chinese buyers want iPhones vs. 32% for Samsung.
FORTUNE -- "We may have underestimated Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) progress in China."
So begins a story in the International Business Times Friday reporting on the numbers in the first attached chart.
They come from an Upstream survey of 4,505 smartphone customers in five emerging markets in which respondents were asked what brand they hoped to buy next. Apple edged out Samsung MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 7, 2014 7:10 AM ET
The app launches on Android today.
FORTUNE -- You've heard the cliché a million times: Gaming is a hits-driven business. Just ask our friends at Zynga (ZNGA), which rode Farmville, and then CityVille, to an IPO and subsequent collapse. Or OMGPop, whose hit app Draw Something lost millions of users just as fast as it acquired them (but not before selling to Zynga for $200 million). Or Rovio, which had MOREErin Griffith - Mar 6, 2014 1:00 PM ET
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