• Flickr: The ghost that haunts Yahoo

    Recent upgrades to the once-innovative service notwithstanding, the photo-sharing site is a lesson in what not to do.

    By Verne Kopytoff

    FORTUNE -- Flickr, the online photo sharing service, seemed to be heading for the big-time when Yahoo acquired it eight years ago. The site already had a lot going for it: legions of devoted users, a team of respected founders, and a headstart on the social media phenomenon. But Yahoo MORE

    May 21, 2013 7:47 AM ET
  • Why Mayer chose Tumblr

    The reaction to Yahoo's acquisition of Tumblr is way out of proportion to its importance. It could be a relatively small mistake or a marginal gain.

    FORTUNE -- It is only recently that Tumblr started asking itself, "So, how should we make money from this thing?" As of today, that's a question that Yahoo and its still-new CEO, Marissa Mayer, will have to address. And yet it's not necessarily the most MORE

    - May 20, 2013 2:34 PM ET
  • All Yahoo's spending can't make it cool again

    It's time for the Web 1.0 icon to put down its credit card and get back to work.

    By Cyrus Sanati

    FORTUNE -- Yahoo's $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr looks like an expensive and misguided attempt by chief executive Marissa Mayer to somehow make the Web 1.0 company "cool" again. Instead of innovating her way out of the mediocre corner of the Internet in which Yahoo currently resides, the former Google MORE

    May 20, 2013 12:15 PM ET
  • Hulu's latest hit: Its own soap opera

    Just what is Hulu supposed to be? Its squabbling, wishy-washy, half-in-half-out owners keep it from making the kinds of bold moves it needs to thrive.

    By Kevin Kelleher, contributor

    FORTUNE – These days, it's not enough to host digital TV programs. Companies that stream programs like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu are moving into producing original content to win new subscribers. Lately, Hulu has been doing its rivals one better by living out a MORE

    Apr 22, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • Marissa Mayer breaks her silence on Yahoo's telecommuting policy

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer speaks about ending the work-from-home policy, saying it was "wrongly perceived as industry narrative."

    By Christopher Tkaczyk, senior editor

    FORTUNE -- In the closing keynote at the Great Place to Work conference at the Hyatt Regency Century City in Los Angeles Thursday, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer defended her decision to kill the company's popular work-from-home policy.

    Until now, she had refused to comment on the switch, previously saying MORE

    Apr 19, 2013 11:26 AM ET
  • Today in Tech: Your e-textbooks are watching you

    Also: Pandora reports some stellar user numbers; why Marissa Mayer really paid $30 million for a startup. 

    Teacher knows if you've done the e-reading [THE NEW YORK TIMES]

    They know when students are skipping pages, failing to highlight significant passages, not bothering to take notes — or simply not opening the book at all.

    "It's Big Brother, sort of, but with a good intent," said Tracy Hurley, the dean of the school of business.

    Microsoft MORE

    - Apr 10, 2013 3:00 AM ET
  • Today in Tech: When Microsoft will unveil the next-gen Xbox

    Also: JC Penney ousts former Apple store chief Ron Johnson. 

    Microsoft planning Xbox event for May [THE VERGE]

    Sources familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans have revealed that the event will be at a small venue with a focus on providing the very first details on the next Xbox, codenamed Durango, and Microsoft's plans for Xbox in 2013. Recent rumors have focused on reports that Microsoft's next Xbox may require an always-on internet connection. Comments MORE

    - Apr 9, 2013 3:00 AM ET
  • The problem with Yahoo's potential Dailymotion deal

    The site Yahoo may be buying is no dog. Users love Dailymotion. What about advertisers? It's complicated.

    FORTUNE -- Even if you've heard of Yahoo's video portal, Screen, you probably rarely, if ever, have knowingly used it. That is one major reason Yahoo is reportedly in talks to purchase Dailymotion, the European video platform.

    Eventually, Dailymotion could end up being a major profit center for Yahoo (YHOO). But in the short-term, Yahoo MORE

    - Mar 28, 2013 1:08 PM ET
  • How Cisco learned to love software

    Networking giant Cisco wants to double its revenues from software, as its so-called collaboration business continues to change.

    FORTUNE -- Cisco Systems' "transformation" into a more software- and services-centric company is far from complete. Over the next five years, the San Jose-based networking equipment giant plans to double the amount of revenues that come from software from $6 billion to $12 billion. To that end, it's announced a string of software-related MORE

    - Mar 28, 2013 7:06 AM ET
  • Today in Tech: HTC's bolder approach to, well, everything

    Also: Yahoo's $30 million acquisition; BlackBerry's mysterious million-smartphone partner. 

    HTC's marketing chief takes bolder approach [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]

    "We have a lot of innovations but we haven't been loud enough," said Mr. Ho, a Singaporean who is HTC's third marketing chief in less than two years.  The new approach, he says, will be bolder.

    Customers were treated to a sneak peek of the new strategy when HTC fielded teams to demo the One outside the MORE

    - Mar 26, 2013 3:00 AM ET
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