Square goes public, wearable computers become popular, and the San Francisco culture war heats up.
FORTUNE -- No man is an island, the famous John Donne poem reads. It's especially appropriate for tech, where one new startup, app, or slab of hardware can bring about meaningful change in society.
As another year winds down for this dynamic industry, we look ahead. What do we think will be the major topics taking up MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 30, 2013 2:19 PM ET
As a percentage of online sales, 5 to 1. By dollars spent per sale, almost 2 to 1.
FORTUNE -- For those who thought IBM's Black Friday weekend sales report was a fluke -- the one that showed Apple (AAPL) iOS users making 4.95 times as many online purchases as Android users, despite a smaller U.S. installed base -- IBM has issued its Christmas day follow-up.
Bottom line: The ratio of iOS to Android purchases actually MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 27, 2013 12:03 PM ET
Claims Google rails against "patent trolls" while investing billions to play the same game.
FORTUNE -- The ironies in the complaint Google (GOOG) filed in a California federal court Monday were not lost of FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller.
Google was responding to a pair of patent infringement suits filed in October by Rockstar -- the consortium led by Apple (AAPL) that edged out the search giant ($4.5 billion to Google's $4.4 billion) in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 25, 2013 2:55 PM ET
By Dow Jones' count, Google was America's most talked-about company of the year.
FORTUNE -- The attached year-end infographic from Dow Jones shows Google (GOOG) edging out Apple (AAPL) as the most talked about U.S. company of 2013, with 123,769 media mentions to Apple's 120,451.
That shouldn't be a surprise; Google's been ahead of Apple three out of the past five. The exceptions were 2011 (the year Steve Jobs died) and 2012 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 24, 2013 2:53 PM ET
Activists fighting Bay Area landlords found a way to get the national media's attention.
FORTUNE -- It's not every day that the New York Times cares enough about California real estate to cover a landlord-tenant dispute in San Francisco. But this story had it all -- violence, vandalism, two high-profile tech companies and a whiff of class warfare.
The action that created the headlines -- not just in New York City, but MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 21, 2013 1:09 PM ET
Android's designers had to scrap their first try after Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone.
FORTUNE -- "As a consumer I was blown away. I wanted one immediately. But as a Google engineer, I thought 'We're going to have to start over.'"
That's the money quote in the excerpt from Chapter 2 of Fred Vogelstein's Dogfight that was posted online Wednesday by The Atlantic. (The first chapter, you may recall, was excerpted two months ago MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 20, 2013 7:40 AM ET
Paid product ads appear to be working wonders for the tech company during its most lucrative quarter.
FORTUNE -- The winter holiday season is crunch time for retailers everywhere. Often, it's the difference between a profitable year and one that ends in the red. On the Web, one company is not selling goods, but still profiting handsomely anyway: Google.
The Internet search and advertising giant has long seen an uptick in business in MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Dec 18, 2013 5:00 AM ET
In order to keep the market for the main currency of advertising liquid, the digital industry has created a system that relies on advertising fraud.
By Joe Marchese
FORTUNE -- Ask someone who doesn't work in advertising what it means to "make an impression," you will likely get a reasonable response like "to do something that someone remembers." However, inside the advertising industry, the definition of "impression" is MOREDec 17, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Two charts illustrate a key difference between the two leading mobile operating systems.
FORTUNE -- The chart at right, taken from the Wikipedia entry for Android version history, illustrates the problem app developers call Android fragmentation -- the splintering of Google's (GOOG) installed base into incompatible fragments. Applications that run on one combination of hardware and software don't necessarily run on others.
Wikipedia doesn't offer a similar chart for Apple (AAPL) iOS, and the graphic MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 13, 2013 7:26 AM ET
If Microsoft ends up giving away its mobile operating systems, it will be playing catch-up with Google's dominant Android OS.
FORTUNE -- Microsoft (MSFT) is reportedly considering a radical shift in its mobile strategy: offering its operating systems free to manufacturers of mobile devices.
The Verge, quoting unnamed sources "familiar with Microsoft's plans" reported Wednesday that the company might trade in the revenues it gets from licensing Windows Phone and Windows RT by MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Dec 11, 2013 3:26 PM ET
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