Facebook is no upgrade from Web 1.0. It is Web 1.0. It is time to value it as such.
If investors are getting that
déjà vu feeling from Web 2.0 giant Facebook (FB), it's because the second-generation Web is turning out to be just like the first.
Glance at any computer, tablet or smartphone with an "email" icon on it, and you'll see a perfectly apt model for the past, present and future business potential of Facebook.
Think about it. Technically speaking, the technologies behind Facebook and email are about the same. Each is deployed in roughly the same way. Instead of the decades of slowly emerging Internet Web standards, sharing protocols and server technology that enabled Mark Zuckerberg to share faces and friends on Facebook, email started as a private, text-based communication tool like, say, FidoNet and CECNet, then evolved into modern, commercial email systems in the early 1990s.
The search giant says it acquired the cell phone maker for its patents. It's early yet, but so far the deal is serving as a significant drag on earnings.
Even the most ardent Google (GOOG) bull should be questioning the wisdom of the company's acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
The $64,000 question is this: Do Motorola's patents hold enough long-term strategic and financial value to make it worth the drag on growth?
Let's look at the numbers.
Superior to other laptops and cheaper than the iPad, the device launched this week represents history in the making.
Just as Google (GOOG) was sending investors into paroxysms with the inadvertent release of its latest quarterly financial results on Oct. 18, the company was unveiling the latest Chromebook laptop computer, which will sell for $249. The device represents a technology broadside against chief rivals Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) and the rest of the PC industry. (Microsoft owns and publishes MSN Money.)
This is a very significant threat to Microsoft and Apple and is unwelcome news for Intel (INTC) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), the leading suppliers of the microprocessors and chip sets that run most personal computers.
Fortinet and Check Point Software slide on disappointing results, but the sector is in the midst of a boom.
Shares of the cybersecurity firms took a nosedive on Wednesday amid concerns about business spending. Investors, though, can now buy the shares more cheaply, given that the industry is in the midst of a growth phase, analysts say.
The software company puts the cost below what Apple charges for comparable versions of its iPad.
Microsoft (MSFT) has announced how much its Surface RT tablet will cost, and the pricing could prove that CEO Steve Ballmer was right when he said the device would be "competitive" with other tablets. (By which he meant Apple's (AAPL) iPad).
The website TechCrunch today featured a screen shot with pricing details for the ARM (ARMH) processor-based tablet. Microsoft also released pricing details today. (Microsoft publishes MSN Money.)
The 32 GB version will set you back $499. If you want one with the Touch Cover, which doubles as a keyboard, it's an additional $100. The largest Surface RT tablet (64 GB) will cost $699 with the cover. The 64 GB new iPad costs $699 as well.
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