If tech stocks were Oscar-nominated films…

If tech stocks were Oscar-nominated films…

Summary: Here's a tongue-in-cheek look at the similarities and quirks shared by some of this year's crop of Academy Award-nominated films and a handful of top-tier tech stocks and their leaders.

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    Facebook's (Nasdaq: FB) Mark Zuckerberg and Leonardo DiCaprio, who portrays a young, brash, conscience-lacking stockbroker who experiences the highest of highs and lowest of lows in his latest role, have lots of things in common beyond the obvious (rich, famous, sort of young).

    Both of these icons are facing some new challenges at tender ages (Zuckerberg is 29 and DiCaprio, no longer the fresh-faced kid racing across the bow of Titanic, is 39) as they transition their careers (or company) to the next phase. Leo's no "Tiger Beat" cover boy anymore and Facebook's starting to lose some of its luster with the teens who were responsible for its popularity.

    Unlike the pink-sheet penny stocks that first lined the pockets of DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort, Facebook is actually a legitimate company with real revenue, profits and a future. But that future could look much different than its recent (and brief) past.

    Consider that, according to iStrategy Labs' 2014 Facebook Demographic Report, more than 3.3 million Americans between 13 and 17 have left Facebook since 2011 and another 3.4 million between 18 and 24 are no longer using the social networking site.

    Regardless, Facebook managed to earn $425 million in its latest quarter on sales of $2 billion – and mobile ads accounted for 49 percent of the company's total ad sales in the quarter. With more than 728 million daily active users, it's safe to say Facebook is still doing just fine – at least for now.

    And Leo? He's not doing too bad either. He enters his 40s as one of a handful of bankable Hollywood actors who can command $20 million (or more) per film.

  • Her

    Who loves anything more in this world than Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) does its Android operating system?

    Google doesn't just want our hearts. It wants our souls. It wasn't enough to dominate search and smartphones. No, it wants Android everywhere – in our homes, in our cars and offices, too.

    With its stock at $1,156 a share, it can afford to buy anything and everything in sight, encroaching deeper into our homes and nesting in our brains.

    And this fascination with robots, well, we see where this is all heading. In fairness, if we were engineers at Google, this is probably how we'd spend our time and the company's money, too. If we see a dead-eyed Scarlett Johansson wandering around the Google campus anytime soon, we'll know Google has officially crossed the line.

  • 12 Years a Slave

    This guy made it 13 years.

    And yet everyone's surprised it's so hard to find a replacement.

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Topics: After Hours, Tech Industry

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Larry Barrett is a freelance journalist and blogger who has covered the information technology and business sectors for more than 15 years.

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  • What the hell is wrong with ZDNet?

    Why do they get soooo many spam messages posted to their blogs. They are so easy to identify and remove. Guess they have employed only Microsoft stooges who simply have the capability to point and click and can not think at all for themselves. Sad really.
    DontUseMicrosoftAtAll
    • Well Troll, I'll tell ya...

      If you idiots didn't waste so much time "flagging" posts that you disagree with and concentrated on the spam, perhaps myself and the other volunteer moderators (that's right, troll...volunteer, we do not get paid!) would not have to wade through 115,000 flagged messages to find those that are spam!
      Think about that the next time you flag someones post that isn't spam, but is just a different point of view.
      Wizard57M
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      wizard57m-cnet
      • Fantastic.

        Best response. Keep up the good work, Wiz. Not all of us on here are rude pricks and rest assured, we appreciate your time and effort.
        (Admittedly the smart-arse in me was tempted to flag your post but I resisted haha)
        bren0
        • Thanks breno...

          don't know if it's "good work", but it can take a bit of time. The flagged message queue gets quite large at times, especially when the various factions commence to bickering. Technology is technology...use what you have and what works for YOU, not something to please some group of fans somewhere!
          As for flagging my comments, LOL...you wouldn't be the first, nor the last I wager! I'm used to it...it's sort of funny, in a twisted sort of way, to be alerted to a "spam" message that is one you posted yourself, hehe!
          wizard57m-cnet
    • I see your corporate masters sent you new trolls to post

      Why do they get soooo many spam messages posted to their blogs. They are so easy to identify and remove. Guess they have employed only stooges like DontUseMicrosoftAtAll who simply have the capability to point and click and can not think at all for themselves.

      Sad really, but not surprising.

      Desperate companies will hire desperate people like DontUseMicrosoftAtAll.
      William.Farrel