The mobile chipmaker obtains the storied Palm, IPAQ portfolio to fuel its growing businesses.
FORTUNE -- Qualcomm (QCOM) announced on Thursday that it acquired some 2,400 patents (and pending patent applications) from Hewlett-Packard (HP).
The deal was announced quietly -- the official statement was only 98 words in length -- and gives the former, the world's most valuable semiconductor company, a more formidable position in mobile intellectual property and the latter, a MOREAndrew Nusca - Jan 23, 2014 6:19 PM ET
The company's new CEO hopes to turn a profit by 2016. Which means quite a bit must change.
FORTUNE -- Smartphones are a consumer business. Apple (AAPL) taught us this truth back in 2007 when it introduced the iPhone. Chief information officers are now acquiescing to it as their employees insist on bringing their own devices to work.
For the last five years, BlackBerry (BBRY) has tried to win consumers over, too. MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Jan 9, 2014 2:13 PM ET
The $3.3 billion purchase bolsters the U.S. telecom company's bid to take out AT&T.
FORTUNE -- You may not have noticed, but there's an epic wireless war going on in the United States. T-Mobile (TMUS), long thought to be uncompetitive in a market dominated by Verizon Wireless (VZ) and AT&T (T), is working to close the gap between it and its larger rivals. A dazed Sprint (S) sits somewhere in between.
T-Mobile US MOREAndrew Nusca - Jan 6, 2014 12:20 PM ET
You can be forgiven for not knowing Steve Mollenkopf's name. Or even the name of the highly successful semiconductor company he's been tapped to run.
FORTUNE -- If you hadn't heard much about Qualcomm (QCOM) COO Steve Mollenkopf until last week, you're not alone. On Thursday, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft (MSFT) was seriously considering the longtime wireless executive for its top job, along with a long list of potential successors, including former Nokia MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Dec 17, 2013 5:00 AM ET
In four years, Kabam went from San Francisco startup to major global player. (Must have been something in the dumplings.)
FORTUNE -- Kabam, the San Francisco mobile gaming company, has all the wrong things going for it.
Its 33-year-old founder and CEO, Kevin Chou, is neither an arrogant new college graduate nor a high-profile former big-company executive. The company's core customers are gamers, not housewives, giving Kabam a certain dog-bites-man quality about MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Dec 12, 2013 6:20 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
Viral hit app QuizUp wasn't always flying so high. Two years ago, its founder was nearly bankrupt.
By Eli Epstein
FORTUNE -- For Icelandic game studio Plain Vanilla, the last few months have been anything but boring.
The studio launched its smash iPhone trivia hit QuizUp on November 7, and quickly attracted 3.5 million registered users. Since that launch, QuizUp has bobbed in and out of the No. 1 spot in the MOREDec 11, 2013 9:15 AM ET
Samsung and LG have announced phones with curved displays. Apple has not. So what?
FORTUNE -- Only with Apple could a single-sourced article about something that might happen 10 months from now be news.
Bloomberg published a story Monday that said that, according to a "person familiar with the plans," Apple (AAPL) is developing larger-screened phones that use curved and flexible materials. Samsung and LG either already have such phones in the MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Nov 12, 2013 5:34 PM ET
But is the BlackBerry challenge impossible?
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE -- Evel Knievel may be remembered today for his kitschy outfits or his ambitious but failed jump across Idaho's Snake River Canyon, yet few can claim to have attempted bolder challenges. A good corporate turnaround artist knows that adrenaline-seeking instinct. The business suit may be much more conservative than a star-spangled white jumpsuit, but the heart beating inside knows what it's like MORENov 11, 2013 12:13 PM ET
Zaad mobile wallet powers economic development and job creation in Somaliland.
By Erik Heinrich
FORTUNE -- Somaliland is an African region balancing on a knife's edge. Separated from Somalia, it's a stronghold for terrorist groups like Al-Shabaab and for high-seas pirates. With so much crime and political instability to contend with, Somaliland is perhaps the last place on earth you would expect to find the bleeding edge of the world's mobile money MORENov 1, 2013 12:51 PM ET
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