Corporate venture capital is one of the corners of the VC world that runs extremely hot and cold. When the startup world is gathering interest and money, practically every large company - even some small outfits - trots out its own venture investment group. But just as fast as they pile in with their corporate cash, the suits also run for the exits when times get dicey.
Take the previous tech MOREMichael V. Copeland, Senior Writer - Nov 24, 2009 7:18 AM ET
Add media and marketing executives to the long list of constituents who wish North American mobile systems were more like those in Asia.
Though the entertainment and advertising rarely are on the cutting edge when it comes to embracing new technologies, a group of muckety mucks at the Paley Center for Media International Council meeting in New York last week made it clear that the future of media consumption is the mobile MOREStephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Nov 23, 2009 6:00 AM ET
Two sources say Apple is building a hybrid "worldmode" phone that Verizon could use
Judging from reader comments in this space, there are a lot of cellphone owners in America locked into Verizon (VZ) contracts who would buy an iPhone in a minute if they didn't have to switch carriers to get it.
Verizon has made it pretty clear that it would cut a deal with Apple (AAPL), were it not for MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 12, 2009 6:04 AM ET
A new tech wizard is fighting to return the ailing cellphone maker to relevance with a slate of new phones–and help from Google.
It's been more than a year Sanjay Jha left wireless chip maker Qualcomm (QCOM) to come to Motorola (MOT). As co-CEO of Motorola (along with Greg Brown), he took on a task even the private equity firms had passed on: saving the iconic handset division. Just as he MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Sep 29, 2009 11:55 AM ET
Car TV service CruiseCast is promising -- if only it didn't make us carsick.
I started regretting the Chef Boyardee mini pasta and meatballs I ate for lunch around the time we were making our third turn in midtown Manhattan. I tried not to reveal my discomfort, instead nodding studiously as Winston Guillory Jr., the president of RaySat Broadcasting Corp, showed me yet another feature of CruiseCast, and in-car television service MOREKim Thai, contributor - Jul 28, 2009 8:00 AM ET
It's 9:30 A.M. on a Friday in Cambridge, England, and ARM CEO Warren East looks annoyed. Bloomberg has just reported that UBS has downgraded his company's stock to a sell. The news is plausible, since ARM (which used to stand for Advanced RISC Machine) depends on the troubled cellphone market. But it turns out that Bloomberg simply got the wrong ARM. "They confused us with a South African mining company" MOREJon Fortt - Jul 16, 2009 11:00 AM ET
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 MOREsmoritz - Nov 25, 2008 4:04 PM ET
By Scott Moritz
Qualcomm (QCOM) joined tech's growing crowd of downward revisionists as the slumping global economy forced the company to slash its financial targets.
While the San Diego wireless chipmaker turned in a strong fiscal fourth quarter Thursday, Qualcomm like several tech giants - including Cisco (CSCO), Intel (INTC) and Apple (AAPL) - have lowered financial projections as business took a nose dive this fall.
Qualcomm posted adjusted earnings of $1.06 billion or MOREsmoritz - Nov 6, 2008 5:15 PM ET
By Scott Moritz
Motorola on Thursday said its plan to break up into two companies is on hold, leading the head of its mobile phone business to outline a new plan for reviving the company's ailing handset business.
Part of the restructuring plan includes the loss of 3,000 jobs, most from the mobile phone division, a company representative confirmed.
Motorola (MOT), which reported third quarter earnings that beat profit estimates but missed sales targets, said the split up called for MOREsmoritz - Oct 30, 2008 11:30 AM ET
By Scott Moritz
With touchscreen phones all the rage, and U.S. telcos following AT&T's (T) lead of cutting the price of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone, it would seem Nokia (NOK) will be left out of the smartphone party this year.
The Finnish phone giant won't have its closely-watched 5800 phone - Nokia's music-loaded take on the iPhone - available here until sometime in the first half of next year, according to people familiar with the phone. MOREsmoritz - Oct 16, 2008 4:28 PM ET
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