Spending increases are forecast for software, smartphones and tablets
National intelligence director says continued litigation would reveal state secrets related to national security
Key issue is whether RSA overlooked crypto-algorithm's weaknesses to generate revenue from government contracts.
Oracle results offered some bright spots, and BlackBerry's step away from hardware cheers investors
Chip companies look for new opportunities, while the end of XP support and a leveling off of tablet sales could help PC market
Bitcoin and tech IPOs were also hot stories this year.
PCs and servers slump but software, components for mobile devices and good economic news generate optimism
With a lull in major tech earnings news this week, Intel's investor day and Salesforce.com's Dreamforce developer and partner conference gave market watchers plenty to mull over.
Smartphones, as usual, were the stars of the tech arena while Cisco disappointed Wall Street.
With its new-found focus on IP networking and fast broadband access, Alcatel-Lucent is poised to take advantage of a worldwide explosion in mobile devices and the rush of service providers and operators to the cloud, company executives said at the networking vendor's tech symposium this week.
Even a banner week like this week does not necessarily indicate a bubble.
Good news: there has been enough positive news in tech earnings to help fuel share prices for the sector.
Microsoft shares hit a six-year high, as strong earnings news from Internet and IT vendors are boosting tech stocks.
With PC sales flagging, the underlying confidence in tech is mostly due to growth in the the software arena and tablets.
The tech sector appears to be going about business as usual in the face of the U.S. federal government shutdown, but some industry insiders are nervous about a long-term stoppage or, even worse, the possibility of a debt default if a political compromise on the budget is not reached.