Stories by Marc Ferranti

  • Fiorina's tenure: A timeline of milestone moments

    The story of Carly Fiorina's rise and fall at Hewlett-Packard centers around the company's 2002 acquisition of Compaq Computer. Along the way, HP marked milestones including the introduction of Itanium systems; the spin-off of consulting and services company Agilent Technologies and the creation of a new HP services organization; and a new focus on the consumer market. Here are some notable moments during Fiorina's tenure:

  • Apple, RealNetworks clash fuels industry debate

    The increasingly rancorous feud between Apple Computer and RealNetworks over technology that lets tunes from the RealPlayer Music Store play on the market-leading iPod is refueling controversy about Apple's business model, copyright law and the impact of incompatible technologies on the music business.

  • RealNetworks offers Harmony for music devices

    Hailing the move as one that brings choice to online music services users, RealNetworks has introduced software that lets songs downloaded from its own music store be played on a variety of devices, essentially breaking Apple's proprietary grip on its market-leading iPod music player.

  • Siebel banks on hosted, vertical apps

    Under fire from large competitors, Siebel Systems is looking to offer increasingly robust hosted CRM (customer relationship management) applications as well as hybrid implementations of on-premise and on-demand software to win market share in the business applications market, according to David Schmaier, the company's executive vice president.

  • EDS earnings drop in 'tepid' market

    With new-contract signings down in an IT services market that company officials called "tepid," beleaguered Electronic Data Systems (EDS) has reported second-quarter earnings that were less than half of what they were a year earlier.

  • Microsoft launches new TV software

    Aiming to help financially beleaguered operators make the most of on-demand programming services that use the current generation of set-top boxes, Microsoft has announced the TV Foundation Edition, its latest effort to gain a software foothold in the cable television market.

  • Developers look to expand mobile games market

    A number of technical and business hurdles need to be overcome before gamers see a wider variety of titles on mobile devices, according to developers and online games-site executives speaking at the Games and Mobile Forum conference in New York.

  • Dataquest: Economy curbs PC recovery

    Worldwide PC shipments for 2002 and 2003 will rise, but lack of compelling technologies and worries about the economy are causing users to hang on to their older computers, putting a damper on industry recovery, according to market research company Dataquest.

  • Appeals court tosses out MS antitrust ruling

    The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has sent back to a lower court US District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's decision in the government's landmark antitrust case against Microsoft.

  • digs in for dot-long-haul

    After braking international expansion and seeing the company's share price plunge to the below-$1 level, chief executive officer Greg Hawkins is banking on the company's virtual fulfillment and distribution model to pull it into profitability and survive the dot-com shakeout.

  • Corel and Inprise merge, aim for Linux

    Pointing toward opportunities in the growing market for the Linux operating system and related software, Corel and Inprise (formerly Borland) yesterday announced that they have agreed to merge.

  • Nortel ends 1999 with strong earnings

    Citing its strong carrier and service provider businesses, Nortel Networks yesterday reported operational earnings for the fourth quarter, which ended December 31, of $US755 million, or 55 cents per share.