WASHINGTON, Dec 6- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to rule on the divisive issue of what kinds of software are eligible for patent protection in a case being closely watched by the technology industry. The court took no action on another case raising the same issue involving a patent dispute between WildTangent Inc and Ultramercial Inc..» Read More
IBM on Thursday forecast 2008 earnings well ahead of Wall Street expectations after results showing a strong international performance, and its shares jumped 5 percent.
I heard a new term the other day. You're probably familiar with it, but it was new to me: Hot Money. It's a reflection of the new kind of market dynamics we're all seeing lately, and the best, fresh example of "hot money" is Advanced Micro Devices.
Oracle Wednesday won a three-month-long campaign to buy BEA Systems by raising its bid for the business software maker by 14 percent to $8.5 billion.
Seems I struck a nerve with some Intel investors reading this morning's post on the company's steep decline following yesterday's earnings. Here's a taste: Bill Jameson writes, "Felt the same way. Nice report."
Ouch. There's really no other way to summarize Intel's earnings, and there's little question that Intel's softness took Wall Street by surprise. Just look at the shellacking these shares are taking today. But is the selloff warranted, or -- like so many other moves to the downside in recent weeks among the top names in tech -- is the Intel drubbing overdone?
What a crazy day for Apple Inc., Macworld attendees, and me. Still trying to get the feeling back in my thumbs after live-blogging, via Blackberry, during the keynote. I really hope you found that useful.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs downplayed investor disappointment with iPhone sales, telling CNBC that consumers love the smart phones and that "we feel great" about sales so far.
This is the text of my live blog from the Steve Jobs speech at Macworld. It was fun to do and I hope you enjoy reading it for the first time, or re-reading it again.
It's either an incredibly elaborate hoax or Apple Inc.'s CEO Steve Jobs is one unhappy camper this morning: It appears notes for his highly anticipated Macworld keynote address may have been leaked onto the internet last night, posting on the popular online encyclopedia web site Wikipedia.
When it comes to Apple Inc. and Wall Street, I don't get it. These last few weeks have seen a precipitous decline in Apple shares, from a high right near $203 to a low of $171. The fall in Apple shares follows a general downdraft in all kinds of tech, yet many experts both in and outside the company I'm talking to have continued to harp on the "fundamentals" that got Apple to those lofty heights to begin with.
You knew it was coming simply because we all know that stocks, particularly tech stocks, don't move in only one direction despite what we've seen since Jan. 1. It took a stunning IBM pre-announcement to get the ball rolling, and that ball is rolling, fast.
It's the Friday before Macworld and once again, tongues are wagging about what Steve Jobs will pull out of his jeans pocket; what he might have lurking up his trademarked black sleeve; whether he can offer up something to pump some life back into this sagging stock.
Some electronics retailers had huge success in 2007, but the year left others bruised. A CES retail panel featured executives from both kinds of companies.
Ford Motor has signed up some tech heavyweights to help with "Sync," its in-car satellite communications system, With help from Microsoft, Sirius and others, Ford's car of the very near future is something like a GPS, digital music player, cell phone and voice recognition system on wheels.
Every year at the Consumer Electronics Show, something jumps out at you as truly extraordinary. And the electronic paper from LG Philips LCD, which I was able to show exclusively this morning on CNBC and MSNBC jumps into that category.
Intel will get in touch with it's "mid" tonight -- as in mobile internet device -- a key initiative that CEO Paul Otellini talked to me about exclusively earlier today.
David Bishop, worldwide president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, won't say outright that his company has won the high-definition DVD war over archrival Toshiba, but he sure talks like someone who thinks he has now that Warner Brothers has opted to go exclusively with its Blu-ray gear
Here's my TV interview today with Microsoft's Robbie Bach. Bach who is Entertainment & Devices Division president, talks exclusively about Xbox, Zune, iPod, HD DVD vs. Blu-ray and the economy. Take a look as I think you'll find it very interesting. For one thing, he says Xbox is recession proof.
It's been a raucous 24 hours at the Consumer Electronics Show and the show floor hasn't even opened yet. I touched down in Vegas Sunday at 10:45 a.m. after being up all night because of the Northern California storms, and headed straight for the Las Vegas Convention Center so I could put the finishing touches on our story NBC Nightly News.
There are two stories I'm looking forward to investigating as the crowds hit the floor Monday. First, there's the state of the struggle between Toshiba, with its HD DVD high-def disc format, and Sony's rival Blu-ray format. Secondly, there's a new batch of electronics that incorporate motion-based controllers similar to Nintendo's Wii.
Cadie Thompson is a tech reporter for the Enterprise Team for CNBC.com.
Working from Los Angeles, Boorstin is CNBC's media and entertainment reporter and editor of CNBC.com's Media Money section.
Jon Fortt is an on-air editor. He covers the companies, start-ups, and trends that are driving innovation in the industry.