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While Facebook's stock languishes, shares of the world's most popular social network for professionals, LinkedIn, have been treated far more kindly. With a forward price-to-earnings ratio of approximately 75, investors are betting that LinkedIn's future is bright.
But the company may be in for a rough patch as word broke today that some 6.5m passwords have been stolen from the social network.
Despite all of the well-documented challenges facing organizations that are trying to take advantage of the rapid rise of mobile, mobile presents what may be one of the greatest business opportunities for many companies.
It's not hard to understand why: there are estimated to be more than 5.5bn handsets in use globally today, making the mobile phone one of the most ubiquitous devices ever.
In developed and emerging nations, a growing number of those phones are smartphones that offer always-on access to the web.
Mobile represents one of Facebook's biggest challenges, but the company that just went public in what is sure to be remembered as one of the most infamous IPOs ever, that challenge is also a huge opportunity.
In an effort to exploit that opportunity, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was willing to pay $1bn for a revenue-less startup (Instagram) and the company's own engineers have been working on their own mobile apps (Facebook Camera).
But are mobile apps enough, or does Facebook need something more?
App findability is a major problem for new app releases. The Holy Grail is to get into the top 25 list on the app store.
Unfortunately, to get into that listing, you need to be downloaded 40,000 times a day! It's time for a new approach.
According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Windows 8 represents a "rebirth" of Windows and it's the "deepest, broadest and most impactful" version of the operating system his company has yet created.
Those are strong words from a man whose legacy may hinge upon Windows 8's success. But Ballmer apparently isn't afraid to use them, or to offer up bold predictions about how fast Windows 8 will find its way onto consumer devices.
Chances are if you're an owner of a Mac, you don't worry too much about malware and viruses. At least you didn't before the Flashback trojan was found to have infected some 600,000 Macs that were part of a botnet.
The Flashback botnet made headlines, but many were quick to point out that the infected machines became vulnerable through Java, not Apple's OS, suggesting that Apple wasn't to blame.
Apple and Google may be arch rivals thanks to their competing mobile operating systems, iOS and Android, but the relationship between the two tech giants hasn't always been so rocky.
Case in point: since the iPhone's launch, Apple has used Google Maps to provide mapping in iOS.
Facebook has built a multi-billion dollar ecosystem with its application platform, but much of the growth of that platform has been driven by social games created by companies like Zynga.
In an effort to help the 900m-plus Facebook users discover apps of all shapes and sizes, and create new monetization opportunities for app developers, Facebook yesterday announced the launch of its own app store, the App Center.
Windows 8 is coming, and Microsoft isn't the only company hoping that its newest operating system is a hit with consumers.
Chip giant Intel is betting big on ultrabooks -- thin, lightweight laptops similar to the MacBook Air -- and is investing big bucks to ensure that a slew of them hit store shelves as soon as Windows 8 is released later this year. The good news for consumers on a budget: some of those ultrabooks could cost as little as $699 if manufacturers have their way.
For consumers, the cloud's appeal is hard-to-resist.
From music to documents to applications, and everything in between, the ability to access our 'stuff' anywhere we go on any device is an extremely attractive proposition.
Until it isn't.