• Why Google and Facebook are drooling over drone companies

    Interest in Titan Aerospace and others is not just about the "next billion" Internet users.

    FORTUNE -- For a few weeks last month, it seemed clear enough: Facebook (FB) would acquire the long-range solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace and use its technology to deliver Internet to remote areas of the world. It was ostensibly a hedge against Google's balloon-driven Project Loon and the possibility that Google (GOOG), rather than Facebook, would connect the MORE

    - Apr 15, 2014 3:30 PM ET
  • Twitter plays defense with deal for Gnip

    Deal follows Apple's acquisition of Topsy, one of just four Twitter data resellers.

    FORTUNE – This morning Twitter (TWTR) acquired Gnip, a social data company, for an undisclosed amount. The deal will likely mint Gnip's early investors a healthy return, as the Boulder-based startup had only raised $6.64 million in venture backing with 85 employees. Back-of-the-envelope estimates say the company had been running on its own profits for some time.

    The deal marks a MORE

    - Apr 15, 2014 11:11 AM ET
  • Digital financial advisers bulk up: Betterment raises $32 million

    Funding comes on the heels of competitor Wealthfront raising $35 million.

    FORTUNE -- A crop of new websites is fighting to help manage your money. They're offering lower fees than traditional financial advisers, improved service, and a host of bells and whistles, from slick mobile apps to elaborate interactive dashboards. Increasingly, they're backed by deep-pocketed investors from the industry they're trying to disrupt.

    Betterment is the latest company to enter the fray. On Tuesday the firm said it MORE

    - Apr 15, 2014 8:56 AM ET
  • In China, a momentary pause for tech purchases

    As subsidies end, the market for consumer electronics in China is slipping. But it won't stay back for long.

    By Peter Suciu

    FORTUNE -- For the first time ever, sales of consumer electronics last year in Asia, led by China, exceeded sales in North America. To industry observers and demographers alike, the rapid growth of the Chinese market for consumer electronics comes as no surprise: There are now more than 160 MORE

    Apr 15, 2014 8:00 AM ET
  • In corporate wellness programs, wearables take a step forward

    Wearable technology is seen as one way for companies to ensure that employees are keeping active and sleeping well.

    By David Nield

    FORTUNE -- At times, it seems like the companies that make wearable gadgets have more interest in them than their customers do. Even as companies with little in common -- global sportswear company Nike (NKE), printer-maker Epson, software giant Google (GOOG) -- rush to offer portable devices that track MORE

    Apr 15, 2014 7:00 AM ET
  • Should Google know your deepest darkest secrets?

    With Google Glass on sale today, it's time to have serious talks about technology and privacy.

    By Christian Madsbjerg

    FORTUNE -- Google opens up its Explorer Program today, offering the general public an opportunity to purchase Glass for $1,500. Although spots are limited, the expansion of the Glass club has created tremendous excitement across tech blogs and Silicon Valley -- finally, the tools are readily available to record our complete existence, every MORE

    Apr 15, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • What's next for Dropbox?

    The file-syncing startup has launched a suite of new tools designed to capture a greater share of your online life.

    FORTUNE -- Last week, cloud file storage company Dropbox unveiled an array of new tools designed to capture a greater share of your online life.

    The new applications included tweaked versions of Mailbox, the e-mail app Dropbox acquired last year, and Carousel, a photo application for iOS and Android that lets its users MORE

    - Apr 14, 2014 6:17 PM ET
  • Manicube raises $5 million for in-office 'beauty chores'

    Startup has 90 corporate clients in three cities.

    FORTUNE -- Certain industries are known for their over-the-top employee perks. Workers in the finance and tech sectors, for example, enjoy such benefits as unlimited vacations and free lunches. Now you can add one more perk to the list: "beauty chores."

    Manicube, a New York-based startup, offers manicures and pedicures to working women in their offices. This week the company raised $5 million from MORE

    - Apr 14, 2014 3:07 PM ET
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  • Is this tiny gadget the future of smoking?

    San Francisco-based tech company Ploom wants to reinvent smoking for the 21st century -- and not just for tobacco.

    FORTUNE -- One billion smokers light up around the world each and every day, making the cigarette -- the iconic white stick synonymous with the word "smoking" for more than a century -- the most successful consumer product in history, James Monsees says. So if you can make a significant impact on MORE

    - Apr 14, 2014 2:58 PM ET
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  • Time is running out for Box competitors

    The clock is ticking for enterprise file-sharing companies after their brightest star, Box, filed for an IPO.

    FORTUNE -- How many enterprise file-sharing services whose names don't start and end with the word "Box" can the market support? Probably not as many as are currently out there.

    The long-term future of Box, the high-flying enterprise file-sharing company that filed for a $250 million initial public offering in March, is no slam-dunk. But earlier-stage and less heavily financed MORE

    - Apr 14, 2014 2:37 PM ET
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