Saturday, December 17, 2011

Week in review: Zynga goes public

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Zynga’s success in social network games on Facebook is attracting competition, including Electronic Arts. Zynga became a publicly traded company today. (Dec. 16, 2011)

Adobe Systems beats Wall Street views in Q4, but faces headwinds ahead in digital media and digital marketing sectors. (Dec. 15, 2011)

Adobe Systems is in “perpetual fix it” mode, one analyst says. (Dec. 15, 2011)

Lam Research to buy rival Novellus Systems in an all-stock deal worth $3.3 billion that will create a major rival for No. 1 chip gear maker Applied Materials. (Dec. 14, 2011)

Best Buy missed Q3 forecasts because it had to price aggressively to compete with Amazon, Costco and Wal-Mart this holiday shopping season. (Dec. 13, 2011)

Best Buy shares fall 12% after the consumer electronics retailer misses Q3 profit and revenue estimates. (Dec. 13, 2011)

Intel lowers its Q4 sales outlook on hard-disk drive supply, but does seem to have some trends in its favor. (Dec. 12, 2011)

Days after Texas Instruments and Altera cut their revenue outlook for the current quarter, chip giant Intel followed suit with its own sales warning, blaming the global shortage of hard disk drives. (Dec. 12, 2011)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Week in review: Tablet holiday season

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Analysts have cut their Apple iPad 2 sales forecasts for the holiday shopping season. Reasons: Diminished expectations, saturated market for early adopters, competition from Amazon’s Kindle Fire and consumers waiting for iPad 3 in early 2012. (Dec. 9, 2011)

The success of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet is boosting the fortunes of Monotype Imaging. (Dec. 7, 2011)

Wireless router maker Netgear is benefiting from the popularity of tablets, especially Apple’s iPad. (Dec. 5, 2011)

Worldwide semiconductor sales are forecast to accelerate over the next two years. (Dec. 5, 2011)

Photo: Apple’s iPad 2.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Week in review: Segway turns 10

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Remember the crazy speculation 10 years ago over a mysterious invention called Ginger, or IT, that was going to change the world? Apple’s Steve Jobs and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos raved about it. The Segway didn’t change the world, but it did help the tourism industry. (Dec. 1, 2011)

Microsoft is predicted to buy Netflix and LinkedIn in 2012. Research firm IDC says those deals will be part of a flurry of tech M&A next year. (Dec. 1, 2011)

For those keeping tabs, Samsung won a legal round against Apple to sell its Galaxy Tab tablet in Australia. (Nov. 30, 2011)

Dell is gaining ground in servers while Hewlett-Packard slips. (Nov. 29, 2011)

Photo: Woman rides a Segway i2 personal transporter. Photo from Segway Inc.