The search giant's $12.5 billion acquisition bid is a bold move that could reshape the mobile business. It's also fraught with potential pitfalls.
By Alex Konrad, contributor
FORTUNE -- Sometimes, plan B is pretty good. When Google missed out on buying Nortel Networks' patent hoard earlier this summer, few could have predicted it would make a stunning $12.5 billion cash bid for Motorola Mobility.
The move is sure to change Google's (GOOG) business, MOREAug 18, 2011 10:33 AM ET
For the second quarter in a row, reimbursements for his corporate jet were $0.00
We've been keeping an eye on Steve Jobs' private jet expenses ever since Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty recommended that her clients buy Apple (AAPL) based on how much time he was spending in the air.
The argument she made in Feb. 2008, after Jobs was reimbursed a record $550,000 for jet fuel and other expenses, was that he MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 21, 2011 7:30 AM ET
A sampling of reactions to Apple's (AAPL) profits growing 125% year over year
IDC's Al Hilwa: "Apple's growth in the third quarter was simply jaw-dropping. In 20 years of following tech I have seen very few companies in the $90 to $100 billion run-rate and none that have produced 80% organic quarterly growth. The success of the iPad truly crystallizes the point that we are living in an era of rapid MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 20, 2011 5:46 AM ET
But an amateur -- a Romanian mathematician teaching in Paris -- nailed the numbers
This story never gets old.
An army of Wall Street analysts, backed by the computing power of some of the world's richest banks and brokerage houses, have once again been out-foxed and out-analyzed by rag-tag bunch of bloggers, amateurs and independent investors.
A glance at the chart at right, which lists the 48 analysts we polled in advance of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 20, 2011 4:19 AM ET
The analysts' estimates range from 15 million to 20.25 million. Average: 16.9 million.
No product contributes more to Apple's (AAPL) bottom line than the iPhone.
In the 2nd fiscal quarter that ended in March, when the company sold a record 18.65 million units, the iPhone and related products and services generated $12.3 billion in revenue, almost exactly 50% of Apple's total sales for the quarter -- more than the Mac, iPod and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 13, 2011 5:41 AM ET
Mean analyst estimate: 7.9 million. The amateurs, as usual, are more bullish than the pros
Apple (AAPL) is scheduled to report its fiscal third quarter earnings on July 19, a week from today, and in preparation for our quarterly earnings smackdown we've been gathering estimates from the small army of analysts -- profession and amateur -- who follow the company.
The biggest mystery this quarter -- and the biggest discrepancy in unit MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 12, 2011 6:15 AM ET
An analyst expects Apple to launch both an iPhone 5 and a mid-range iPhone 4S
For much of the spring, the reporters who cover Apple (AAPL) have been arguing among themselves about what to call the new iPhone they expect the company to introduce in September.
Some call it the iPhone 5, to match the iOS 5 operating system Apple unveiled to developers three weeks ago.
Some, anticipating that the new device will MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 27, 2011 7:15 AM ET
By Peter Lauria, contributor
The big banks are back to help the Valley's tech pirates turn into titans, but this time there's a chill in the air.
FORTUNE -- They're back.
After all but abandoning Silicon Valley in the wake of the first dotcom implosion, Wall Street bankers have returned to the tech Mecca en masse, in search of -- what else? -- riches to be made taking startups public.
But the moneymen of MOREJun 24, 2011 11:47 AM ET
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
Troubling financials and an offering letter full of mixed messages should make investors wary about buying into Groupon's IPO.
FORTUNE --- Dear Potential Groupon Shareholder,
I'm writing this letter to provide some insight into the Groupon IPO that was omitted from the cheery, twee "Letter from Andrew D. Mason" that prefaced the prospectus filed by the group-buying startup.
You get the feeling that the original draft of Mason's letter was MOREJun 6, 2011 11:35 AM ET
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* The L.A. Times is reporting new details on Apple's iCloud service, which will likely be announced this Monday at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The cloud-based service, which will at the very least allow users to stream music to computer browsers and iOS devices, may MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 3, 2011 10:04 AM ET
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