From trash pickup to ... zombie emergency preparedness.
By Ryan Holmes
FORTUNE -- On April 20, 2007, a young U.S. senator named Barack Obama sent his first tweet. "Thinking we're only one signature away from ending the war in Iraq," the future president tweeted, a bit optimistically. Since then, governments across the world have jumped onto social media. These days, voters are as likely to see political ads MOREJun 5, 2013 8:09 AM ET
The social-media-like products being planned by Dow Jones and Bloomberg are not attempts to take on the social media giants.
FORTUNE -- What do the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg have in mind for the business-oriented social networks they are each reportedly launching? Probably something less ambitious than "taking on LinkedIn," as several accounts would have it.
Lex Fenwick, the Wall Street Journal's publisher and the CEO of Dow Jones (NWSA), didn't MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jun 5, 2013 7:09 AM ET
The reviews on Twitter were especially harsh.
FORTUNE -- It didn't take long for the critics to weigh in on Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook's performance at D:11 AllThingsD Tuesday night.
Thanks to the Internet -- and especially to Twitter -- the first reviews were posted before he left the stage. They were not very kind.
A representative sample:Adam Lashinsky, Senior editor at large, Fortune. The unbearable lightness of what Tim Cook says: The interview conducted MORE Philip Elmer-DeWitt - May 29, 2013 7:16 AM ET
The hottest trend in enterprise technology is fueling the market.
FORTUNE --- If you hadn't heard of Tableau Software before its glamorous debut on the public market last Friday, you're not alone. The Seattle-based company makes visual analytics tools for technical and non-technical employees alike but is far from a household name. And yet, it raised around $254 million in its initial public offering and closed its first day of trading at MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - May 20, 2013 10:42 AM ET
Last's week's Twitter-fueled crash erased $136 billion in value in minutes, underscoring concerns about companies' use of social media.
By Verne Kopytoff
FORTUNE -- A fraudster hacks into a company's Twitter account and posts a phony announcement about sales reaching an all-time high. Shares in the company soar and then quickly crash after investors realize the news was merely a ruse to manipulate the stock price. Companies must, of course, be vigilant MOREApr 29, 2013 6:28 AM ET
A Galaxy S4 vs. iPhone 5 "shootout" got reported with dozens of identical tweets.
FORTUNE -- Students of screen display technology look forward to the testing laboratory reports of DisplayMate's Dr. Raymond M. Soneira. The one he published Thursday was particularly interesting because it compared the screen of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 with both its predecessor, the Galaxy S3, and its main competitor, the iPhone 5.
His conclusion: The OLED screen MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 26, 2013 10:35 AM ET
Social media analytics firms such as Dataminr are trying to take on Bloomberg in the race for fast-paced business news updates.
By Omar Akhtar, reporter
FORTUNE -- Bloomberg LP has long prided itself on being the premier provider of financial data, news, and analytics, but can it deliver news faster than social media?
Millions of dollars can change hands through the rapid decisions investors make based on industry news. It's why they're MOREApr 24, 2013 6:35 AM ET
The social network might launch a music service this weekend and seek TV content deals with Viacom and others. What's the endgame?
FORTUNE -- Can a social network once entirely conceived around 140-character real-time updates transform itself into a multimedia hub? Twitter seems intent on trying.
Bloomberg reported this week that Twitter is in final negotiations with networks like Viacom (VIAB) and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal that could let the social network distribute MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 17, 2013 3:02 PM ET
Teenagers are easily bored and attracted to the new. That should be troubling to Facebook, which wants to be the center of everyone's digital life.
FORTUNE -- When Mark Zuckerberg introduced Facebook Home this month, he made it clear that he and his fellow executives seem to actually believe that people love Facebook, the brand, the same way some people love, say, Apple (AAPL) -- so much so that they want MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Apr 12, 2013 1:43 PM ET
With the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega, has Samsung reached the smartphone's limit?
FORTUNE -- At 9:36 a.m. Thursday, shortly after Samsung introduced the newest entries in its Galaxy smartphone line -- the 5.8-inch Mega and the 6.3-inch Mega -- Derek Kessler posted what may be the most viral tweet that wasn't about TV, celebrity, politics, sports, dieting, mysticism or a natural disaster.
It was a simple list of Samsung's Android screen sizes.
According to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 12, 2013 7:00 AM ET
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