Marc FerrantiExecutive News Editor, IDG News Service

Marc Ferranti is executive news editor of the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

Apple, Samsung Pare Down Claims in U.S. Smartphone, Tablet Patent Case

Responding to a U.S. district court judge's order, Apple and Samsung Electronics have trimmed the number of claims they will assert in a broad...

Wall Street Beat: Tech Earnings Continue to Be Mixed

As the earnings season wanes, quarterly financial reports from the tech sector continue to be mixed, though shares in IT companies are still up for the year.

Facebook Begins Organ Donor Initiative

Facebook on Tuesday announced an initiative to inspire members of the social network to post their organ donor status, offering a new Health and Wellness...

Wall Street Beat: Tech Earnings Provide Some Bright Spots

With Apple leading the revenue charge midweek and Amazon providing a kick to trading in tech shares Friday morning, bright spots appeared in what has otherwise...

Apple Revenue, Profit Jump as IPhone Sales Beat Expectations

Despite concerns about increasing competition from Android devices, Apple managed to exceed expectations for iPhone sales for its second fiscal quarter, on...

Wall Street Beat: Mixed Tech Earnings Earn Tepid Reaction

Some of the biggest names in IT reported mixed results this week for the first quarter, leading to a dip in tech stocks Friday even as some major indexes showed...

Wall Street Beat: Tech Stocks Waver Despite Strong Sales News

Concerns about the economy appeared to outweigh promising sales news from major IT players including SAP and Google, as computer stocks, along with other...

Wall Street Beat: Tech Ends Best Quarter in Markets Since Dot-com Bust

Thanks to optimism about the U.S. economy and some good signs from tech vendor financial reports, IT companies Friday ended their best quarter on the markets...

Wall Street Beat: Tech Bellwethers Offer View Into IT Trends

Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and Apple sparked some of the biggest corporate financial news of the week, highlighting sector trends as IT edges toward what could be...

HP Confirms Merger of PC, Printer Units but Analysts Question Savings

Hewlett-Packard Wednesday announced the merger of its Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) and its Personal Systems Group (PSG) in what it called an effort to drive...

HP Confirms Merger of PC, Printer Businesses

HP says the merger of its Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) and its Personal Systems Group (PSG) is an effort to drive profitable growth.

Wall Street Beat: Tech Shares Continue Their Roll in Markets

Shares of technology companies continue to ride high as confidence in the U.S. economy grows, boosting markets and stock indexes to levels not seen in years.

Wall Street Beat: Tech Rides Market Optimism

So far this year, the technology sector is off to its best start in the stock market since 2000, right before the dot-com bubble burst.

Wall Street Beat: Yelp IPO Another Sign of Hot Tech Market

Earnings season has essentially ended, but Yelp's initial public offering Friday, Apple's record high share price and a strong market for IT stocks are giving...

Wall Street Beat: Software Results Temper Bad News on PC Front

Disappointing earnings reports this week from Hewlett-Packard and Dell were offset by more encouraging results from software makers, confirming forecasts for...