• Broken China

    The burgeoning superpower keeps sabotaging its relationships with the outside world.

    By Paul Smalera, writer

    Google has long been embarrassed by having to restrict its search results in China and promised to stop the practice as soon as it could. The company agreed to self-censor in 2006 as a devil's bargain to gain access to the Chinese market. But after last year's successful and major hacking of its Chinese operations MORE

    Mar 22, 2010 6:01 PM ET
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  • How Facebook overtook Google to be the top spot on the Internet

    What the Hitwise numbers do -- and don't -- tell us about the coming showdown between the Internet's largest web properties.

    Facebook has dethroned Google! Sort of! Well, ok, not really. For the week ending March 13, the social networking site got more traffic than its competitor in the United States, according to a blog post by industry tracker Hitwise. But be careful how you slice your numbers. While many pundits MORE

    - Mar 17, 2010 11:34 AM ET
  • The business case for a national broadband policy

    That thump you heard in the middle of the night, was the 376-page National Broadband Plan finally being dropped (you can get your very own copy or just scan through the executive summary here).

    Not pulling any political punches, broadband is compared to electricity in the conclusion to the report crafted by Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski and his team. It reads:

    In 1938, President Roosevelt traveled to Gordon Military College in MORE

    - Mar 16, 2010 3:11 PM ET
  • AOL's Tim Armstrong turns skeptics into believers

    If new AOL CEO Tim Armstrong keeps talking, the company just might reemerge Phoenix-like on the Internet landscape. At least that's what the results of audience polling showed at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference Thursday.

    Fortune's David Kirkpatrick opened the interview by asking whether AOL would slowly "run out of juice, remain profitable but not a significant industry force,  or return to health as a major Internet player." Using devices provided by MORE

    - Jul 23, 2009 5:54 PM ET
  • Kosmix searches for a new way around Google

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    These days, getting a large handout from venture capitalists is rare. It's even tougher when your startup needs a lot of cash to compete with Google.

    Kosmix, however, has defied the odds. In late October, the plucky startup raised $20 million, led by Fortune's parent company Time Warner (TWX), by assuring investors that Google is not the only way to search on the Web. Kosmix says it takes a MORE

    - Dec 9, 2008 2:12 PM ET
  • Phone forecast calls for sales decline in 2009

    By Scott Moritz

    With clouds of economic gloom darkening the tech horizon, mobile phone sales - a former bright spot in the gadget world - look to be slowing.

    Tech buyers went away early this fall, and as recession fears intensified, orders have continued to dry up.

    There have been a number of ominous signs. First Cisco (CSCO) slashed its outlook and froze hiring. Then Wall Street analysts slashed Google's (GOOG) search ad sales MORE

    - Nov 25, 2008 4:04 PM ET
  • Hewlett-Packard solid, Corning shattered

    By Scott Moritz

    It was a tale of two techs Tuesday. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) surprised Wall Street on Tuesday with a fourth-quarter earnings report that beat analysts' profit and sales targets. HP shares soared nearly 14% in early trading.

    Meanwhile, glass maker Corning (GLW) warned of a sales shortfall in the current quarter as demand for its flat-screen TV and computer panels drops faster than anticipated. Shares fell nearly 12%.

    HP posted preliminary adjusted earnings of $1.03 a share, which compares with MORE

    - Nov 18, 2008 10:06 AM ET
  • Mark Cuban faces insider trading charges

    By Scott Moritz

    U.S. regulators on Monday charged Dallas Maverick owner and outspoken blogger Mark Cuban with using confidential information in 2004 to sell his stake in, a Montreal search engine now known as Copernic (CNIC). His sale of all 600,000 shares helped Cuban avoid a 10% dive in the stock, or about $750,000 in losses, the government contends.

    The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil lawsuit against Cuban on Monday. No criminal charges were MORE

    - Nov 17, 2008 3:25 PM ET
  • Google hits 3-year low on growth fears

    By Scott Moritz

    What was a little fuzzy last month has become clearer of late: The sagging economy is weighing on Google (GOOG).

    Goldman Sachs analyst James Mitchell cited signs of weakness in search advertising - Google's biggest moneymaker by far -- in cutting his revenue growth target for the current fourth quarter from 4% to 1%.

    Mitchell is the second analyst this week to lower estimates for Google. On Monday Barclays analyst Doug Anmuth called MORE

    - Nov 11, 2008 2:21 PM ET
  • Al Gore: Web 2.0 can help save the planet

    By Michael V. Copeland and Yi-Wyn Yen

    SAN FRANCISCO - Al Gore didn't take credit for inventing the Internet at the Web 2.0 Summit Friday, but he did credit it with enabling the victory of President-elect Barack Obama and helping restore faith in the principles upon which the United States was founded.

    "The electrifying redemption of America's revolutionary declaration, that all human beings are created equal," Gore said to a cheering crowd, MORE

    - Nov 7, 2008 9:50 PM ET
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