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Wall Street's Pain = Tech's Gain

The Dow is down just 28 points, to 10,993, as this gets typed at midday Friday. Maybe everyone who wanted to head to the exits already has.

September 26, 2008 by Tom Steinert-Threlkeld


Amazon feeling first pinch of holiday economic slump

The uncertainty surrounding the economy is starting to impact brand names that have become synonymous with online holiday shopping - notably Amazon. Lazard Capital analyst Colin Sebastian lowered estimates for Amazon's Q3, FY 2008 and FY 2009 this morning, noting in an investor's report that, despite its gains in e-commerce market share, it is not immune to the current slowdown.

September 26, 2008 by Sam Diaz

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Analyst: Fundamentals are deteriorating at Yahoo

An analyst trimmed revenue estimates for Yahoo this morning, noting some of the factors that seems to be bringing the company down with no relief in sight. Collins Stewart analyst Sandeep Aggarwal said in a research note that he believes Yahoo has been hurt more seriously by the weak ad display market, that the Google-Yahoo ad deal has only a 50 percent probability of a positive outcome and the restructuring actions - such as the hiring of consultants Bain & Co.

September 26, 2008 by Sam Diaz


Visa to develop apps on Android, Nokia phones

Visa said Thursday that it will develop applications for Android and Nokia phones with mobile payment systems planned for the latter.First up, the company said Chase Visa cardholders could get notifications about transaction activity on Android phones (statement).

September 25, 2008 by


ISPs keep their distance from deep packet inspection

Lawmakers in Washington took a break from dealing with the economy this morning to examine one piece of controversial technology that big companies are quickly distancing themselves from - Deep Packet Inspection. The technology, which allows deep granular analysis of network traffic, grabbed the attention of privacy advocates when it was revealed that Internet Service Providers were interested in DPI as a means of delivering targeted advertising at their customers.

September 25, 2008 by Sam Diaz