The standout new feature in iTunes 8 is Genius, which builds music playlists based on the listening habits of the iTunes community. Image: Apple
It took me a while to get around to it, but I've finally downloaded the iTunes 8 update, and played around a bit with the Genius song recommendation feature. After a test drive, I've decided it's the best thing Apple has (AAPL) added to its music management MOREJon Fortt - Sep 12, 2008 12:33 PM ET
Guests settle in for the Apple iPod event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Photo: Jon Fortt
Apple is expected to update its lucrative iPod line for the holiday season. Image: Apple Apple 2.0: Steve Jobs photos: then and now
The event is about to begin. We're in San Francisco waiting for Apple (AAPL) to unveil updates to its iPod lineup, an annual ritual that sets the stage MOREJon Fortt - Sep 9, 2008 11:43 AM ET
Google's new Chrome browser has distinctive features including tabs along the top, and enhanced search and performance features. Image: Google
It will go down either as the day Google proved its software chops, or as the day it finally bit off more than it could chew.
On Tuesday the search giant unveiled its Chrome Web browser, a bold move from a company better known for releasing useful if unfinished online services like MOREJon Fortt - Sep 2, 2008 6:28 PM ET
Click above for video of Intel Chairman Craig Barrett talking about Silicon Valley's opportunity to transform the mobile phone.
(DELL) (HPQ) (AAPL) (INTC) (AMD) (GOOG) (NOK) (MOT) (T) (VZ) (S)Jon Fortt - Aug 22, 2008 11:45 AM ET
It should have been an ideal time for Convio to go public: The startup, whose online service helps non-profits raise cash and communicate with donors, is not only part of the buzzy "software-as-a-service" movement, but it's also getting a piece of the action in one of the most money-flush political years on record.
But the Texas company yanked its IPO a few days ago, saying a weak economy and skittish stock MOREJon Fortt - Aug 14, 2008 2:28 PM ET
The redesigned Dell Latitude line will offer colors, a Linux mode, and other un-Dell touches. Photo: Dell
I'm at Dell's design headquarters near Round Rock, Texas, getting a first glimpse of the company's colorful new line of business laptops that go on sale Tuesday, and I mention that the pink looks a lot better in person than online. A Dell executive is quick to tell me why. What I've seen on MOREJon Fortt - Aug 12, 2008 11:08 AM ET
Investors hoped a high-flying debut from Rackspace would reignite the IPO market. No such luck.
Rackspace took the IPO plunge Friday and fell flat on its face, which will only make other startups more hesitant to follow its lead.
The web-hosting company had planned to offer 15 million shares at between $12 and $16 per share in a modified Dutch auction, but hopes ran even higher. Scott Sweet of IPO Boutique told MOREJon Fortt - Aug 8, 2008 5:13 PM ET
The Palm 800w, carried on the Sprint network, is among the smartphones getting new functions in IBM's latest mobile push. Photo: Palm
When it comes to big-business technology, you could argue it's not a party until IBM shows up. Not only is Big Blue the top seller of business software, its services division is also the biggest global provider of hands-on tech advice. So when IBM (IBM) makes big mobile announcement, MOREJon Fortt - Aug 8, 2008 1:16 PM ET
There haven't been many tech IPOs lately - only three this year, in fact. People here in Silicon Valley have certainly noticed – this place thrives on venture capital, so in financial terms, the mood has been a little like a maternity ward going without any deliveries. Yes, entrepreneurs have still gotten rich selling out to big companies like Google and Microsoft, but without the same kind of cigar-passing glee MOREJon Fortt - Aug 6, 2008 9:58 AM ET
Google vice president Marissa Mayer says Google News might not make money on its own, but it drives $100 million worth of search. Image: Google
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. - Google News is free and has zero ads. So what's it worth to Google? About $100 million.
That's the figure Google (GOOG) vice president Marissa Mayer, who heads search products and user experience, threw out during a Tuesday lunch session at Fortune's MOREJon Fortt - Jul 22, 2008 6:20 PM ET
|What stumps Warren Buffett? Minimum wage|
|Water becoming more valuable than gold|
|GM's $1.3 billion recall cost wipes out profit|
|Will 7 Apples a day keep the bears away? - The Buzz|
|Ex-Wal-Mart CEO Duke retired with $140 million|