IBM purchased high-flying software company Lotus for $3.5 billion in 1995. Its Lotus division still makes money, but it lags far behind the industry in innovation.
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Super-tiny quantum dots help make more brilliant, saturated colors in a new line of Sony TVs. It’s the first appearance of quantum dots in consumer electronics.
Guest Post The death of a prominent 26-year-old Internet pioneer and activist has an especially tragic dimension for other 20-somethings.
Coder and activist Aaron Swartz, who died last week, was one of a rare breed: Geeks who make a real difference in the world, without trying to profit from their talents.
Guest Post As cloud service matures, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are re-segmenting the market. Get ready for some silly sounding — but very lucrative — new acronyms, like BaaS (backend as a service).
Facing criticism for taking a hard line against accused academic journal downloader Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide Friday, MIT has issued a statement.
Guest Post Two once-great analog companies, Polaroid and Fujifilm, have struggled with the transition to the digital economy — but with different results.
Tablets, the quantified self movement, big data, new user interface paradigms, and the return of manufacturing jobs to the U.S. will help shape the coming year.
Aaron Swartz, the co-creator of RSS 1.0, web.py, and a prominent Internet activist, has committed suicide.
Guest Post While I’d still recommend an iPhone for my mom, the new breed of Android devices with 5-inch screens exceed the iPhone 5 in every aspect, including hardware, operating system, and apps.
Editor’s Pick CES is a pain in the ass, but don’t write it off completely. It’s still an incredibly important trade show for the electronics industry, and this year it reveals some new startup opportunities.
AMD unveiled several new system-on-a-chip processors aimed at mobile devices, plus a pair of new graphics chips.
Three times tougher than Gorilla Glass 2, the new version will show fewer scratches and be less likely to shatter than other types of glass.
Huawei’s Ascend Mate has a 6.1-inch display, making it one of the largest smartphones ever.
VentureBeat, GigaOm, and TechCrunch are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2012 Crunchies awards in 20 categories.
If you don’t like the way social networks try to own your data, but you’re not willing to sign off completely, there is a third way. Here’s how to regain control of your own stuff without giving up Twitter and Facebook.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has reportedly invalidated one of the key patents in the Apple v. Samsung dispute.
Life360, an app that helps you keep track of your family members, has reached 25 million registered users, and is rolling out new features.
A retired New Jersey pilot has put almost 12,000 miles on his range-extended electric Chevy Volt, using just 26.1 gallons over two years.
Sequoia’s latest VC fund is big, global, and aimed at later-stage growth companies.
The TaskOne combines features of a Leatherman, a bike repair tool, and an iPhone case. It’s the ultimate in nerd phone protection.
The founder of Buzzfeed found success by ignoring Google search results and focusing obsessively on getting people to share content.
WordPress 3.5 offers a new, streamlined media-upload and gallery-creation tool for WordPress.org users.
The new Google News layout for iPads and Android tablets is cleaner and more gesture-friendly.
Seesaw has raised a $1 to $1.5 million seed round and plans to use it to build an app that will help you get advice from your friends in real time.
Microsoft could give its mobile operating system a boost by subsidizing phones itself, rather than waiting for carriers to do that.
Vint Cerf, one of the cofounders of the Internet, is worried about an intergovernmental panel meeting this week that — if his fears are confirmed — might try to limit the net’s “free and open” nature.
Guest Post High-profile IPOs continue to lose money, month after month — but they still seem somehow “sexier” than cloud companies that actually make a profit. What’s up with that?
Twitter’s new calendar of upcoming API changes will help developers avoid nasty surprises.
Mary Meeker’s huge, well-researched slideshows are a treasure trove of data on the state of the Internet. Here’s her latest, with highlights called out by VentureBeat.
Sources confirm that EMC and VMWare will be putting their cloud-related businesses, including Cloud Foundry, into a new unit led by Paul Maritz. It will not be an independent company, however.
Your company’s social media strategy isn’t just for publicity or customer service — it can actually help boost your share price, a new study suggests.
HP’s failed acquisition of Autonomy is arguably even worse than the AOL-Time Warner merger in 2000. What’s more, the company ignored a long list of warning signs about Autonomy ahead of the acquisition.
VMWare is planning to spin off Cloud Foundry and a number of its other products into a separate division owned by corporate parent EMC.
Guest Post There’s a strategy to Rock, Paper, Scissors that wins more than 1/3 of the time, some experts maintain.
The latest addition to our event lineup at CloudBeat 2012 is CloudOn, a provider of an app for editing and collaborating on Microsoft Office documents from tablets and smartphones.
Guest Post Everything is turning into software, and that means humans are generating vast amounts of data. Our data centers need to become much more efficient and flexible to deal with it.
Autonomy founder Michael Lynch and HP, which acquired the company last year, are trading public statements over alleged financial improprieties at Autonomy that led HP to write off $8.8 billion recently.
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