High-Tech Caught in Insider Trading Scandal

Nearly all of the 14 people charged so far with insider trading in a US government sting operation on expert network firms have pleaded guilty or been convicted. But the investigation is far from over. With the mountain of evidence the government has collected, more technology industry executives and mid-level managers could be charged in…

Can Nokia’s App Contest Boost Sales?

With surprising speed, {complink 3847|Nokia Corp.} has come out of the gate with a worldwide marketing campaign for its new mobile phone. Nokia's Create for Millions contest, launched June 28, is targeted at uniting global consumers and developers around the Nokia Series 40. The company is offering cash and prizes for submissions of Java or…

The Myth vs. Reality of Worker Productivity

I am disturbed by how many of my friends are unprepared for retirement. I shouldn't be surprised, however — walk through Wal-Mart or stay at any North American hotel, and you see too many older people, who should be enjoying their golden years, working. I'm also disturbed by the high levels of unemployment; skilled people…

Wishbone vs. Backbone

Greek rioters and protesters in Spain have humbled European political and economic leaders. They know both countries are sunk in a financial cesspool, but they also do not want their governments to implement far-reaching austerity measures that would require greater concessions from the citizens and result in severe cuts to social services. Last week, Europe's…

Reverse in Motion

{complink 4644|Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)} is in serious trouble, and unless something is done soon to stem the ongoing slide, the company that revolutionized corporate messaging with its Blackberry device may become a minor player, even in the markets it still dominates. How bad is the company's current situation? Let's first review market reaction…

Nokia Plans for Growth Despite Dropping Sales

Does {complink 3847|Nokia Corp.} need another manufacturing facility, considering the embattled company is embarking on a major restructure that will involve big headcount cuts? Should Nokia even seek to expand its manufacturing footprint in an environment where industry observers expect shipment of its mobile handset devices to continue dropping ahead of the launch of Microsoft's…

Acer’s Blunder Sends Up Warning Flares

{complink 38|Acer Inc.}, once a high-flying PC vendor, is licking its wounds — again. After what seems to be a serious misreading of market demand and equally disconcerting missteps in supply chain planning, the company is slashing its full-year tablet shipment target by 60 percent, dumping three million laptops into the European market to clear…

WIMM Announces Partnership With Foxconn

LOS ALTOS, Calif. — WIMM Labs, creators of an innovative platform to enable a new class of personal connected micro devices that deliver information at a glance in a wearable form factor, today announced a second round of financing from Hon Hai Precision Industries, the world’s largest electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company. “As digital information…

The Nokia Era Is Over

“Problems Deepen at Nokia.” That was the headline I first thought of when I started writing this blog. Then it struck me that the current market situation is reflecting more than just problems at the world's (still) biggest wireless handset manufacturer. A major upheaval is occurring right in front of us, and it features a…

HP at a Crossroads

Heads are rolling at {complink 2376|Hewlett-Packard Co.}, as new CEO Leo Apotheker moves to streamline the company and drive it deeper into enterprise software, cloud computing, and services. Apotheker took over in September, following the ouster of Mark Hurd amid a sexual harassment scandal. He hasn't had much of a honeymoon period, spending his initial…