Marc FerrantiEditor in Chief , IDG News Service

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

Wall Street Beat: Tech Results Mixed, but Show Areas of Strength

Quarterly earnings from some of the biggest tech companies in the world this week were decidedly mixed, but showed some signs of strength, particularly in...

Wall Street Beat: Hardware Hits Headwinds, Software Picture Clears up

While hardware and components makers face economic hurdles, the picture for software is getting brighter, according to earnings reports from major vendors and...

Wall Street Beat: Mobile Devices, Components Face Economic Hurdles

Consumer electronics and related components are facing some serious economic headwinds, according to industry analysts and financial results from some companies...

Wall Street Beat: Software, Progress in Euro Zone Plan Help Boost Tech

Tech stocks are ending the first half of the year on an upbeat note with news that enterprise spending on software lately has been relatively strong.

Microsoft to Acquire Yammer for $1.2 Billion

Microsoft Monday confirmed that it would acquire enterprise social network company Yammer for $1.2 billion in cash. Yammer will be absorbed into the Microsoft...

Wall Street Beat: Software Vendors Offer Some Good News on Sales Front

Tech finally got a dose of good news this week from enterprise vendors including Oracle and Red Hat, which offered up some solid financial reports even as...

Wall Street Beat: Bad News Rolls in for Tech

With market forecasts looking dour and companies including Nokia and Texas Instruments trimming expectations this week, concerns for the tech sector are...

Wall Street Beat: Economic Uncertainty Continues to Plague Tech

Is tech heading into another downturn? Market watchers see signs of hope for the end of the year but they are hedging their bets.

Wall Street Beat: June Starts Slow but Hope for Tech in 2012 Remains

June is off to a rocky beginning in the markets for technology companies as shares slump in the wake of troubling economic reports, though cooler heads appear to have...

Report: Facebook Bolsters Efforts to Build Smartphone

Facebook is revitalizing its effort to create a smartphone, recruiting engineers who have experience with mobile devices, according to a story in the New York...

Wall Street Beat: After Facebook Fiasco, Don't Write off Tech IPOs

The Facebook IPO may have been a fiasco, but don't put the nail in the coffin just yet for other tech offerings this year.

China Approves Google Acquisition of Motorola Mobility

Chinese regulatory authorities have approved Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility, paving the way for the deal to close within the week.

Apple Files for Preliminary Injunction Against Galaxy Tab 10.1

In the latest move in a complex series of patent-related cases, Apple filed a motion in a U.S. district court late Friday to ban Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab.

Wall Street Beat: Vendors Stress Caution on Financials

A range of tech vendors including Cisco Systems, Silicon Graphics International, BMC Software and CA Technologies this week reported quarterly earnings that had...

Cisco Hits Record Quarterly Revenue

Crediting a strategy that exploits users' move to cloud computing, Cisco Systems on Thursday reported record net sales of US$11.6 billion for the quarter ending...