Consumer Technology


  • Imagining a Swap Meet for E-Books and Music Friday, 8 Mar 2013 | 11:37 AM ET

    There has been the distinction between physical and electronic works--books, songs, movies--since digital goods became widely available a decade ago, but it is now under attack, both in the courts and the marketplace, reports The New York Times.

  • Carl Icahn

    Carl Icahn demanded Dell pay out $15.7 billion in special dividends, joining a growing chorus of opposition to founder Michael Dell's plan to take the world's No. 3 personal computer maker private.

  • Nokia CEO's Pay Package Halved in 2012 Friday, 8 Mar 2013 | 4:28 AM ET

    Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop took a 45 percent cut in his pay package last year, according to a U.S. regulatory filing, as the company continued losing market share in smartphones to Samsung and Apple.

  • Google to Cut 1,200 Jobs at Motorola Mobility Friday, 8 Mar 2013 | 1:46 AM ET

    Google's Motorola Mobility unit is to shed another 1,200 jobs as the smartphone maker tries to return to profitability, Google said on Friday.

  • All Work and No Play? Mobile Wipes Out 8-Hour Workday Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 12:04 PM ET

    Technological advance in the mobile space have produced a paradigm shift in business practices and etiquette. The skyrocketing use of mobile devices is upending much of what we know and experience in our work lives. Gone is the eight-hour workday, reports USA Today.

  • Apple has held talks with Beats Electronics on a potential partnership involving Beats' planned music-streaming service, three people familiar with the situation told Reuters.

  • Big Changes in Tech Since Last Dow Record Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 9:45 AM ET

    For all but one of the tech stocks in the Dow Jones, it's been tough sledding since October 2007, when the index last hit 14,198.

  • Top Outside Shareholder Demands Dell Open Its Books Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 9:26 AM ET

    A large Dell shareholder is demanding the PC maker open its books, signaling that it could become more active in opposing its founder's proposal to take the company private.

  • Sell Apple, Buy Google—The Next Great Rotation? Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 5:34 AM ET

    Shares in Google hit an all-time high in intraday trading on Monday as Apple shares continued to fall. Some say this signals Google is taking Apple's place.

  • Where Apps Meet Work, Secret Data Is at Risk Monday, 4 Mar 2013 | 11:03 AM ET

    Chinese hackers are one problem. But so are employees who put company information online with their smartphones and tablets.

  • US intelligence officials are trying to figure out the motive behind recent corporate hack attacks -- and where the biggest threats lie.

  • What Is Yahoo? New 10-K, New Twist Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 2:22 PM ET

    Yahoo has changed its description in its 10-K, and its is an interesting twist on the "What is Yahoo?" question that has tripped up many recent CEOs. Its also further evidence that current CEO Marissa Mayer is intent on remaking the company.

  • With CEO Mason Out, What's Next for Groupon? Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 2:05 PM ET

    With a severance of $378.36, Andrew Mason could probably score several vouchers for half-priced Thai dinners or Swedish massages, but the ex-CEO of Groupon might be soured on daily deals for a while.

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook.

    The last six times that Cook has put himself out there, Apple's stock declined afterwards. It's a streak that dates back to October 2012.

  • Yahoo billboard in San Francisco, CA

    Yahoo's new posture toward working from home may turn out to be a boon to would-be telecommuters, some of whom are getting offers from smaller tech firms.

  • "Spearphishing" is an approach that tricks a targeted individual to reveal information that can be used to infiltrate the company or government agency that person works for.

  • Pursche: Apple $800? What Was I Thinking? Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 1:14 PM ET

    An open letter to Apple from Oliver Pursche, shareholder.

  • Best Buy Takeover Attempt by Founder in Jeopardy Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 6:21 AM ET

    Best Buy founder Richard Schulze's effort to take the company private is in trouble after attempts to secure financing faltered, while an alternative strategy to line up minority investors may not pan out either, Reuters reported.

  • Is Telecommuting Dead? Don't Count on It Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 11:12 AM ET
    Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo

    Telecommuting has been a growing trend over the past few years. But does Yahoo's decision to ban telecommuting signal a change, NBC reports.

  • One Perk Gone: Yahoo Says No to Telecommuting Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 2:22 PM ET

    Disgruntled Yahoo! employees leaked an internal memo from human resources in which CEO Marissa Mayer bans telecommuting, saying "speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home," NBC reports.