Whither AOL and Yahoo?

September 8, 2011

About 1,000 years ago, while I was working at Reuters, I did a couple of really smart things: I bought shares in a dial-up Internet company with a mere million or so users, and a web search and catalogue service with a very funny name.

Crunch theater: blogger’s VC fund creates media spectacle

September 2, 2011

The tech blogosphere was on fire on Friday with a flood of constantly-updated news reports and a barrage of tweets dissecting every angle of the story.

Tech wrap: Apple after Jobs

August 25, 2011

So, Apple can survive without Steve Jobs as CEO after all. At least that’s the message that was sent by Apple investors today. Apple shares, which took a beating in after-hours trade on Wednesday after the company announced Jobs’s departure, stabilized on Thursday and were down about 1 percent. Investors, at least for now, appear convinced that Apple can keep churning out blockbuster products and oversized profits with new CEO Tim Cook in charge.

Tech wrap: Clash of tech titans looming?

August 11, 2011

Apple Inc’s increasingly effective patent war against rivals like Samsung Electronics may mask its real target: arch-foe Google Inc. Poornima Gupta writes: “Recent success in blocking sales of Samsung’s latest Galaxy tablet in most of Europe and Apple’s challenges to the Korean giant in Australia reflect an aggressive effort to defend its top position in the red-hot mobile market from the runaway success of Android.”

Tech wrap: A trillion-dollar Apple?

August 9, 2011

Apple Inc briefly edged past Exxon Mobil Corp to become the most valuable company in the United States. Looking ahead, Beakingviews columnist Robert Cyran asks: Could Apple be the first $1 trillion company?

Tech wrap: Netflix sees subscriber slowdown

July 25, 2011

Netflix says it’s expecting its subscriber growth in the United States to slow in the coming quarter. The warning to investors came as the popular video rental company also reported second-quarter revenue that missed Wall Street expectations. The double-shot of bad news sent the company’s shares down about 9 percent in late trading.

Defending Arianna Huffington from the shareholder value police

By Maureen Tkacik
June 10, 2011

By Maureen Tkacik

The views expressed are her own.

A few weeks ago I read an astonishing story about an army of lobbyists who had stormed Capitol Hill bent on repealing a law passed last year, thanks largely to the energies of a rival battalion of lobbyists. The dueling industries had spent tens of millions enlisting 242 former legislative officials to badger their replacements over a single vote.

Tech Summit Q&A, day 1: AOL’s Tim Armstrong, Arianna Huffington

May 17, 2011

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Editor in Chief of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington joined us Monday for the premiere of the 2011 Reuters Global Technology Summit.

Tech wrap: Facebook friends Google exec

March 14, 2011

The Facebook logo is displayed on a computer screen in Brussels April 21, 2010. REUTERS/Thierry RogeFacebook signaled an increased interest in deals, poaching a member of Google’s corporate development team to lead its fledgling merger and acquisition efforts and underscoring the rivalry between the social networking company and the search engine giant.

Fired AOL India employee talks

March 10, 2011

AOL cut more than 900 jobs around the world today — 20 percent of its staff — andĀ  India took a pretty tough cut from the axe: 400 jobs, according to several sources, and 300 contractors, according to another source. The nice thing for Reuters is that we have a bigĀ  bureau in Bangalore, not too far from AOL, and plenty of our people know other people there and were able to get important details about the job cuts.