• Amid the patent wars, a powerful pact of non-aggression

    The expanding reach of the IBM-supported Open Invention Network reflects the pervasiveness of the Linux operating system.

    By Roger Parloff, senior editor

    FORTUNE -- The Open Invention Network, a community set up by an IBM-led consortium in 2005 to foster a safe patent environment for developers and users of the free, open-source software operating system Linux, now has more than 500 signatories, the group announced today. The group surpassed that symbolic MORE

    Feb 13, 2013 9:37 AM ET
  • Enterprise tech is facing a depressing 2013

    Companies are likely to spend on tablets and cloud services—but at the expense of higher margin products.

    By Kevin Kelleher, contributor

    FORTUNE -- As companies around the globe put the final touches on their 2013 budget plans, they are applying a modesty that was rare during earlier decades of Silicon Valley growth. And while many forecasts are calling for stronger spending than we saw in 2012, that's mostly because 2012 was a MORE

    Jan 15, 2013 11:16 AM ET
  • Teaching IBM's Watson the meaning of 'OMG'

    Getting supercomputers like IBM's Watson to understand slang may be the final frontier in machine intelligence.

    FORTUNE -- The scientific test to gauge if a computer can "think" is surprisingly simple: Can it engage in small talk? The so-called Turing test says a computer capable of carrying on a natural conversation without giving itself away can be considered intelligent. So far, no machine has made the cut.

    Eric Brown, a research scientist MORE

    - Jan 7, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • The supercomputer will see you now

    Two of tech's hottest trends - powerful analytics and mobile gadgets - are making their way into hospitals. They could soon be saving lives.

    FORTUNE -- Fans of television medical dramas are probably aware of the grim condition known as septic shock. But few people know that sepsis, a disease that causes the body to attack itself in an attempt to fight off infection, kills 258,000 Americans each year. Though easy MORE

    - Dec 3, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • Performance reviews remade

    There's no shortage of HR software to track employee goals. The next step is to get workers to actually follow them.

    FORTUNE -- Stodgy human resources software is getting a reboot. Over the past year enterprise giants IBM (IBM), Oracle (ORCL), and SAP (SAP) have collectively shelled out some $6 billion to acquire companies that make recruitment and compensation tools. Salesforce's new product lets managers and employees track their goals. MORE

    - Oct 17, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • HP and IBM: Two paths, one future

    Despite bedrock similarities, the two giants have very different philosophies.

    By Kevin Kelleher, contributor

    FORTUNE -- On the face of it, Hewlett-Packard and IBM have a lot in common. Both are storied brands with rich legacies that shaped high-tech. Both are working with companies large and small to help manage their technology. Both are angling for a piece of the markets -- like cloud computing and big data -- that promise years MORE

    - Sep 20, 2012 6:08 AM ET
  • Today in Tech: Could IBM's Watson become Siri for businesses?

    Samsung plans to fight court injunction of its products; the Winklevoss twins splurge on $18 million L.A. mansion. 

    IBM envisions Watson as supercharged Siri for businesses [BLOOMBERG]

    Bernie Meyerson, IBM's vice president of innovation, envisions a voice-activated Watson that answers questions, like a supercharged version of Apple Inc. Siri personal assistant. A farmer could stand in a field and ask his phone, "When should I plant my corn?" He would get a reply in seconds, MORE

    - Aug 28, 2012 12:22 PM ET
  • Tech investors brace for a cruel summer

    The living will most definitely not be easy. A sense of deep unease is settling in among technology investors as second-quarter earnings approach.

    By Kevin Kelleher, contributor

    FORTUNE – Summertime may be when the living is easy for many people, but not for tech investors this year. As the time draws near for many companies to report their second-quarter earnings, a last-minute sense of unease is setting in among investors and analysts.

    Since MORE

    Jul 13, 2012 9:50 AM ET
  • Wall Street's price targets for Apple go down and up

    Strange fluctuations in the last days of the company's third fiscal quarter

    FORTUNE -- With Apple's (AAPL) 2012 Q3 set to close on Saturday, analysts are making some last-minute adjustments. Two caught our eye because they moved in opposite directions to nearly the same place.

    Pacific Crest's Andy Hargreaves on Friday raised his 12-month price target to $690 from $630 on the strength of what he estimates will be strong sales of MORE

    - Jun 29, 2012 2:46 PM ET
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  • Silicon Valley's new fashion: The stock dividend

    Over the past two decades, investing earnings in buybacks or future growth has trumped the stodgy old dividend ­ and nowhere more so than in the tech industry. That is changing.

    By Kevin Kelleher, contributor

    FORTUNE -- As long as there have been dividends, there have been arguments between shareholders and company managers over whether to pay them. The strongest argument against paying dividends was profit growth: If a company can reinvest MORE

    Jun 29, 2012 6:44 AM ET
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