Marc FerrantiExecutive News Editor, IDG News Service

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

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Wall Street Beat: Forecasts call for tech to trend upward this year

Spending increases are forecast for software, smartphones and tablets

U.S. government moves to block further litigation in NSA surveillance cases

National intelligence director says continued litigation would reveal state secrets related to national security

Report on NSA 'secret' payments to RSA fuels encryption controversy

Key issue is whether RSA overlooked crypto-algorithm's weaknesses to generate revenue from government contracts.

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Wall Street Beat: Economic growth, software news and BlackBerry deal boost tech stocks

Oracle results offered some bright spots, and BlackBerry's step away from hardware cheers investors

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Wall Street Beat: Tech stocks stay aloft, but signals are mixed for 2014

Chip companies look for new opportunities, while the end of XP support and a leveling off of tablet sales could help PC market

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Top tech stories of 2013: Big Brother, wearables, and the struggles of aging tech giants

Bitcoin and tech IPOs were also hot stories this year.

Wall Street Beat: Tech stocks hit 13-year high

PCs and servers slump but software, components for mobile devices and good economic news generate optimism

Wall Street Beat: Intel disappoints, Salesforce excites at analyst, partner events

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.

Wall Street Beat: Smartphone reports brighten up mixed results for tech

Smartphones, as usual, were the stars of the tech arena while Cisco disappointed Wall Street.

Alcatel-Lucent says focus on fast broadband, IP is key to comeback

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.

Wall Street Beat: Does Twitter IPO signal a tech bubble?

Even a banner week like this week does not necessarily indicate a bubble.

Wall Street Beat: Despite goverment cuts, tech spending overall shows signs of life

Good news: there has been enough positive news in tech earnings to help fuel share prices for the sector.

Wall Street Beat: Positive earnings news lifts tech shares

Microsoft shares hit a six-year high, as strong earnings news from Internet and IT vendors are boosting tech stocks.

Wall Street

Wall Street Beat: Talk of U.S. budget compromise boosts tech stocks

With PC sales flagging, the underlying confidence in tech is mostly due to growth in the the software arena and tablets.

Wall Street Beat: Business as usual for tech, but gov't crisis casts shadows

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.