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  • What savvy tech investors look for

    They look past a firm's current performance to examine their potential to dominate new markets

    By Christopher Lochhead, Dave Peterson, and Al Ramadan

    FORTUNE -- Savvy technology investors seek potential, not performance. They identify companies leveraging technology to build and dominate new market sectors that show promise for significant growth. Because elite tech investors know two things that others don't: First, there is no such thing as a legendary company MORE

    Apr 8, 2014 10:10 AM ET
  • Raw data: Steve Job's 2010 'Holy War with Google' memo

    The full text of the e-mail in which Steve Jobs lays out his final hopes and fears for Apple.

    FORTUNE -- In October 2010 Steve Jobs wrote a memo to Apple's (AAPL) executive team outlining the points he wanted covered at that year's Top 100 -- the secret off-site meeting of the 100 employees he viewed as most critical to the company's success.

    Introduced as Defendant's Exhibit No. 489.245 in the $2 billion Apple patent infringement trial MORE

    - Apr 5, 2014 9:24 AM ET
  • Underdogs no more: NYC's $125 billion tech ecosystem adds 45,000 jobs

    New York's techies used to brag that they were the underdogs. That's changing.

    FORTUNE -- Unlike those tech workers over in Silicon Valley who live in a Google-bussing, Glass-wearing, Playa-sharing comfort bubble of soft landings and superhero universities, New York startups are toughing it out in the real world. Or so the trope has gone.

    New York, a distant No. 2 to Silicon Valley, has "grit and grime"; it's "real and raw," according to MORE

    - Apr 4, 2014 1:48 PM ET
  • What's eating Florian Mueller?

    Is he being blackmailed? Has his child been kidnapped? Did he merely sell out?

    FORTUNE -- The questions in the subhead are not mine. They were posted Thursday on Investor Village's AAPL Sanity board. But questions along those lines are being asked by more than a few long-time readers of Florian Mueller's FOSS Patents blog, including executives at Apple (AAPL) headquarters.

    Mueller, for those unfamiliar with his work, may be the world's most-quoted expert on smartphone patents. MORE

    - Apr 3, 2014 9:18 AM ET
  • What will social media's giants look like in 5 or 10 years?

    Five years ago, Facebook trailed MySpace, Twitter was busy harpooning its Fail Whale, and LinkedIn was valued at $1 billion and turning a profit. Where will they be five years from now?

    By John Patrick Pullen

    FORTUNE -- Imagine a future where you'll be able to physically reach out to poke your Facebook friends (gross), where tweets are the de facto mode of communication for large-scale emergencies (cool), and where people log into Google MORE

    Apr 2, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • Behind Facebook and Google's random acquisitions

    The spate of pricey deals are a reflection of uncertainty as the companies search for tech's next big thing.

    By Catherine Tucker

    FORTUNE -- A lot of attention has been paid lately to big tech companies buying up smaller firms in billion-dollar deals: In January, Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion, Facebook purchased mobile message service, WhatsApp, the following month for $19 billion; last week, it acquired virtual reality gaming company, Oculus VR, for MORE

    Apr 1, 2014 3:47 PM ET
  • Report: Android apps are more stable than Apple's iOS apps

    Apps crash more frequently on iPads and iPhones than on Samsung's Android devices.

    FORTUNE -- Quentin Hardy may be forgiven for looking at the attached charts and seeing what he expected to see.

    Summarizing a new report on the failure rate of mobile apps, he wrote in Friday's New York Times that apps running on Google's (GOOG) Android operating system crash more frequently than apps running on Apple's (AAPL) iOS.

    "iOS 7.1 has the fewest crashes," he adds, "most likely thanks MORE

    - Mar 28, 2014 8:40 AM ET
  • What if Apple's so-called iWatch isn't a watch at all?

    The magic, says Benedict Evans, may be not on the wrist, but in the application interface.

    FORTUNE -- Google (GOOG) may have done Apple (AAPL) a favor when it posted two promotional videos (attached below) for what it's calling Android Wear: A new extension to the Android operating system released last week to developers.

    The videos are very good -- both for their production values and for showing what can be done on a wrist-based touchscreen connected wirelessly to a MORE

    - Mar 25, 2014 9:28 AM ET
  • Guardian: Apple reserves the right to read your iCloud e-mail

    Like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and, it's likely, most other major webmail providers.

    FORTUNE -- Microsoft (MSFT) is not the only company that reserves the right to break into its customers' e-mail accounts. According to The Guardian's Alex Hern -- who actually read the user agreements that most of us blindly accept -- Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) do as well.

    The issue came to light last week when Alex Kibkalo, a Russian-born former Microsoft MORE

    - Mar 23, 2014 6:05 AM ET
  • iTunes on Android: Instant analysis in 140 characters

    Why would Apple put its music on Google's platform?

    FORTUNE -- Billboard reported Friday that Apple (AAPL) was "thinking about" about adding an iTunes App for Google (GOOG) Android phones. Some of the instant analysis on Twitter was pretty smart. A few one-liners that caught my eye:

    @stroughtonsmith: iTunes won because it made owning easier than piracy. Subscription services will invariably win because they're easier than owning.
    @reneritchie: I'd much rather have iTunes for MORE

    - Mar 22, 2014 6:19 AM ET
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