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 morning's most newsworthy bits below.
Former HP (HPQ) CEO Mark Hurd made his first public comments as Oracle (ORCL) co-president to discuss the company's huge growth opportunities. Oracle's first-quarter revenue rose MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 17, 2010 7:27 AM ET
Companies are realizing that "gamification" -- using the same mechanics that hook gamers -- is an effective way to generate business.
Since the advent of videogames, skeptics have questioned their inherent value: why do players spend hours accruing virtual points working towards intangible rewards?
Chalk it up to basic human behavior, which game makers have been trying to understand and appeal to for decades. The more effective a game resonates with users, MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 3, 2010 10:44 AM ET
The world's largest social network is positioning itself to be the hub for all location-based services. As always, the question of the business model goes unanswered.
All the online guesswork over the past few days was correct: Facebook has launched its own location features on the world's largest social network. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, wearing jeans but eschewing his signature hoody for a grey t-shirt, introduced the new feature MOREMichael V. Copeland, Senior Writer - Aug 18, 2010 10:33 PM ET
Foursquare and Gowalla are squaring off for the title of top tagger at Austin's annual tech-fest.
By Caroline Waxler, contributor
The annual South By Southwest Interactive conference kicks off Friday and the advance buzz is all about a fierce competition between two location-tagging social networking companies: Foursquare and Gowalla. (Disclosure: I know the Foursquare co-founders.)
These services help you locate where your friends and contacts are at any given moment -- perfect MOREMar 12, 2010 9:24 AM ET
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