Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the day's most newsworthy bits below.
"Change just happens with new management and it's actually refreshing for all of us. So 15,000 employees, three people left? That's OK."
-- Yahoo's Carol Bartz on Fox Business News (Media Channel)
At its "Back MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 21, 2010 8:10 AM ET
A round-up of the companies, deals, and trends that made headlines.
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the day's most newsworthy bits below.Dozens of online stores -- including Toys 'R' Us, Barnes & Noble (BKS), and Radio Shack (RSH) -- have teamed up to launch a counter-offensive to Yahoo's MORE JP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 6, 2010 6:45 AM ET
Insiders explain why the future expansion of videogames with widespread appeal rests with Apple's already popular tablet
Since the first Game Boy hit our shores in 1989, gamers have used single-purpose devices for gaming on the go, a model most developers followed until 2007, when the iPhone took "walking-around" gaming mainstream. The smartphone's touch-screen interface, hardware, and widespread adoption means that both casual gamers and hardcore gamers could get their fix MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 3, 2010 10:04 AM ET
The video game stock has been a laggard - but fund managers and analysts say it will bounce back soon.
By Mina Kimes, writer
Once a blazing hot tech stock, Electronic Arts (ERTS), the maker of "Madden" and "Rock Band," is badly in need of a restart. The video game company's shares have sunk 63% over the last three years while the NASDAQ has been flat. Sales growth slowed after EA failed MOREMar 30, 2010 3:00 AM ET
Trip Hawkins sees a videogame business at war with itself. It's Farmville vs. Halo and the winner could shape the next generation of game play.
It was only a few years ago that the videogame industry was tagged as "the new Hollywood," a billion-dollar market that operated with binary simplicity: A game's opening weekend – like a theatrical release – would determine whether the tens of millions a developer had MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 18, 2010 6:14 AM ET
Electronic Arts provides fresh evidence of technology's ability to change everything--maybe.
Remember that awful, overused, ill understood word from the tech bubble? Disintermediation. It was what was going to happen to all "old" businesses, like retailers and newspapers and brokerage houses. The theory went that any company that wasn't serving its customers on the Internet would watch the Internet step between it and them. It was going to spell doom for MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Jan 12, 2010 10:36 AM ET
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The newest trend in e-commerce: Social media meets local networking.
When David Morton, owner of the Pompei chain in Chicago, signed up with an Internet startup to offer a coupon online, he expected to sell a few thousand at most. Instead, during the 24 hours the coupon was posted on November 22, more than 9,000 local consumers purchased an offer that got them $10 worth of pizza for $5.
The coupon was MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Dec 11, 2009 6:59 AM ET
The social gaming company behind FarmVille is seeking the spotlight. Some analysts sense an IPO.
If ever a company had a moment, this is Zynga's. The small, privately held company that makes games for Facebook and other social networks is getting publicity and attention companies many times its size would love to have.
The force behind the FarmVille sensation has appeared on the front page of the New York Times, and been MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Dec 2, 2009 6:00 AM ET
On Monday, nearly two weeks after Electronic Arts (ERTS) confirmed its imminent arrival, the iPhone version of Rock Band -- one of the most successful video game franchises of recent years -- showed up on Apple's (AAPL) iTunes App Store to mixed reviews. (App Store link here.)
The lion's share of the first 40 messages on the App Store were one-line positives: "Amazing." "Awesome!" "Saaaaweeeeeett!"
But the longer, more thoughtful -- and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 19, 2009 11:47 AM ET
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