Apple, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have denied participating in the controversial government program. When will one of their employees say otherwise?
By Ryan Bradley, senior editor
FORTUNE -- Thursday night, after the Guardian broke news of Verizon's involvement in a massive domestic spying operation by the National Security Agency, the Washington Post and the Guardian both revealed the existence of a program called PRISM -- a means by which the government gained access MOREJun 7, 2013 11:51 AM ET
Firms from LEGO to Sephora are co-opting their most ardent fans for their own purposes.
By Kurt Wagner, reporter
FORTUNE -- On Sephora's Beauty Talk community, an online forum for fans of the company's makeup and skincare products, katie1724 is a "Hall of Famer." With more than 4,400 hearts (the community's equivalent of the Facebook 'like'), she posts and comments five to 10 times per day. It's routine for katie1724 to MOREMay 30, 2013 2:24 PM ET
There is still lots of room to grow in mobile, says one of the world's top Internet analysts in her annual report.
FORTUNE -- Mary Meeker's annual Internet Trends report is a little like Cokie Roberts's Monday morning appearances on NPR -- a litany of points of unsurprising conventional wisdom.
That doesn't make it valueless: Like Roberts's weekly reports, Meeker's annual presentations put a lot of disparate information in context and offer MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - May 30, 2013 6:48 AM ET
Sandberg, better known these days for her blockbuster book Lean In, reminded the audience at the AllThingsD conference that she's still helping run Facebook too.Adam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - May 29, 2013 3:36 PM ET
Recent upgrades to the once-innovative service notwithstanding, the photo-sharing site is a lesson in what not to do.
By Verne Kopytoff
FORTUNE -- Flickr, the online photo sharing service, seemed to be heading for the big-time when Yahoo acquired it eight years ago. The site already had a lot going for it: legions of devoted users, a team of respected founders, and a headstart on the social media phenomenon. But Yahoo MOREMay 21, 2013 7:47 AM ET
Google's CEO decried the negativity in the tech industry. Too bad the company's executives have a long history of trashing the competition.
By Verne Kopytoff
FORTUNE -- Larry Page, Google's chief executive, is fed up with the negativity in the technology industry and the news media that covers its every detail like a prizefight.
"Every story I read about Google is 'us versus some other company' or some stupid thing, and I MOREMay 16, 2013 7:03 AM ET
One user's reasons for wanting the small mapping company to stay independent.
By Doron Levin
FORTUNE -- As an unabashed fan of Waze, the Israeli navigation app, I'm disappointed about its possible acquisition by Facebook. The talks toward a $1 billion buyout evidently have hit a snag. Good, I hope the trouble doesn't get resolved.
Facebook (FB) isn't misguided in wanting to own an app of rising popularity that might surpass Google MOREMay 15, 2013 7:25 AM ET
Startup Asana has attracted a lot of buzz. Now it's shooting for the big leagues.
FORTUNE -- Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz generated a lot of buzz -- and funding -- when he left the social networking giant in 2008 to take on the less glitzy world of enterprise software. High-profile investors like Ron Conway, Peter Thiel, and venture capital firms Andreessen-Horowitz and Benchmark Capital all poured money into Moskovitz's idea: Asana, MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - May 1, 2013 11:05 AM ET
Startup hopes new verified ID badges will attract more users.
FORTUNE -- Starting April 30, Airbnb will go to even greater lengths to insure you are who you say you are, online and in the real world. The apartment-sharing site will begin rolling out a verified identification program that matches digital identity -- via social networking sites -- with real-world proof -- a photo ID. Once members have been verified, Airbnb MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Apr 30, 2013 12:00 PM ET
Last's week's Twitter-fueled crash erased $136 billion in value in minutes, underscoring concerns about companies' use of social media.
By Verne Kopytoff
FORTUNE -- A fraudster hacks into a company's Twitter account and posts a phony announcement about sales reaching an all-time high. Shares in the company soar and then quickly crash after investors realize the news was merely a ruse to manipulate the stock price. Companies must, of course, be vigilant MOREApr 29, 2013 6:28 AM ET
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