Marc FerrantiExecutive News Editor, IDG News Service

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

Wall Street Beat: US Fed efforts, IPhone excitement fuel tech stock rally

Tech stocks rallied Friday as markets rode a wave of euphoria over the U.S. Federal Reserve's commitment to buy bonds to boost the economy and as excitement over...

Wall Street Beat: Tech stocks hit multiyear highs, though some retreat

The tech-heavy Nasdaq retreated a bit Friday after a rally Thursday in which the exchange touched its highest point since 2000, after the dot-com bubble burst...

Wall Street Beat: PC Makers Face Rough End of Year

While Apple started out the week claiming a stock market record, the news was much bleaker for other manufacturers, like Dell and Hewlett-Packard, which face a...

From Embassy Refuge, Assange Calls for End to WikiLeaks 'Witch Hunt'

The WikiLeaks founder speaks from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, calling on governments to stop persecution of political whistle-blowers.

U.S. Judge Rejects Settlement in Facebook Sponsored Stories Case

A U.S. District Court judge has rejected a proposed settlement in a lawsuit that alleges Facebook violated users' rights by using their names and recommendations...

Motorola Mobility Files New Patent Claim Against Apple With U.S. ITC

Google-owned Motorola Mobility has filed yet another claim against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission, this time asserting that devices including...

Wall Street Beat: Tech Earnings Help Continue Rally in IT Shares

Tech stocks have been climbing recently as key vendors such as Cisco and Lenovo report positive quarterly earnings and the U.S. economy offers glimpses of good...

Wall Street Beat: ERP, Mobile Devices Shine in Mixed Earnings

While earnings from marquee-name tech companies such as Apple and Facebook disappointed this week, sales of mobile devices and enterprise software showed signs...

US ITC Affirms Ruling Against Kodak in Patent Case With RIM, Apple

The U.S. International Trade Commission has affirmed a prior ruling that an Eastman Kodak patent asserted in a complaint against Apple and Research In Motion is...

Apple, Motorola Appeal Dismissal of Patent Infringement Case

Both Apple and Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility are appealing a U.S. federal judge ruling dismissing their patent litigation.

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...