Said to join Google, Intel, Ericcson and RPX in a bid for 6,000 telephony patents
This was the week we found out how valuable telecommunications patents can be.
On Tuesday, Apple (AAPL) settled its long-running patent dispute with Nokia (NOK) for what analysts estimate could be as much as $1 billion in licensing fees.
On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple had joined the crowd of companies bidding for the telephony MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 17, 2011 3:33 PM ET
Ron Johnson, who came to Apple from Target, is headed back to his retail roots
Among the senior vice presidents on whom Steve Jobs depends to run Apple (AAPL), three stand out: Tim Cook, the master of Apple's supply chain; Jony Ive, its genius designer; and Ron Johnson, the man who built the Apple Store.
Jobs is reportedly losing one of them today. According to the Wall Street Journal, J.C. Penney (JCP) MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 14, 2011 12:16 PM ET
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* Google scooped up ad optimization platform AdMeld for some $400 million according to TechCrunch. The four-year-old company had just recently raised $30 million in venture capital from the Foundry Group, Spark Capital, and Norwest Venture Partners. (TechCrunch)
* Has texting peaked? That's what a recent story in The Wall Street Journal suggests, with a MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 10, 2011 8:31 AM ET
Two weeks after a fatal explosion, it's business as usual at Foxconn's factory in Chengdu.
After an explosion in a Chinese factory that makes iPads for Apple (AAPL) killed three workers and injured 15 more, one analyst estimated that Apple's quarterly iPad production numbers might fall by as much as 2.8 million units -- speculation that helped drive the company's shares down more than 1.5% that day.
Two weeks later, it's clear MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 2, 2011 11:10 AM ET
Who's behind the weekly Max Pain phenomenon that has become the tail that wags the dog?
In our ongoing quest to understand what part the trade in weekly Apple (AAPL) options plays in keeping the company's stock price from reflecting its performance (see here, here and here), we had a chat the other day with Mark Sebastian, a former market maker at the Chicago Board Options Exchange who posts frequently on MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 27, 2011 8:53 AM ET
Big firms like HP supposedly inhabit the safe, stable sector of tech. But everything from the Japanese earthquake to an uncertain mobile future has led CEO Leo Apotheker to a moment of reckoning.
FORTUNE -- Last week, Cisco's troubles were made painfully apparent when the company announced there would be layoffs, likely in the thousands.
Then on Monday Bloomberg News got hold of a memo from Leo Apotheker, CEO of Cisco's (CSCO) MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - May 18, 2011 1:04 PM ET
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"If you take even a look at the companies that have succeeded, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, you name it, all of these companies went through times of hardship. ... And it's how tenacious you are, how irrepressible, how ultimately optimistic and tenacious you are about it that MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 16, 2011 6:30 AM ET
There's a fight ready to break out in the music-locker room. But to Michael Robertson, founder of MP3Tunes an old hand at the digital music game, it's nothing new.
FORTUNE -- After six years of waiting, the day Michael Robertson always knew would arrive finally got around to arriving. On Tuesday Robertson, the former CEO of MP3.com and general digital music gadfly, read the news that Google (GOOG) was releasing a MOREChadwick Matlin - May 13, 2011 11:16 AM ET
"Does this data indicate anything about your location or doesn't it?"
At the Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on privacy, technology and law Tuesday, Sen. Al Franken put his finger on the most glaring contradiction in the controversy that has come to be known as Locationgate:
On the one hand we have Steve Jobs telling All Things Digital's Ina Fried that the location data Apple (AAPL) gathers from iPhone users "are not telling MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 10, 2011 3:09 PM ET
Apple and Time Inc. struck a deal, and the per-issue price fell from $4.99 overnight
Here's a window into the economics of magazine publishing.
Monday's Wall Street Journal reports that Time Inc. (TWX) and Apple (AAPL) have reached an agreement to allow subscribers of Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated to get digital versions of their magazines on the iPad for free.
The deal breaks an impasse that dates back to high-level meetings Steve MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 2, 2011 7:28 AM ET
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