First Solar Beats on Revenue, Profit But Margins Slump

First Solar (s fslr) posted stronger than expected revenue and profit in the final quarter of 2010, defying some of the bearishness that had hounded the stock in recent months and suggesting that the company is managing its way through a time of rising competition from more efficient solar modules. But weaker margins and unchanged guidance are giving some investors pause.…

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Google the 21st Century Conglomerate? Bad Idea

Google's obsessive desire to organize information and our access to it is turning the company into a 21st century conglomerate. And whether you consider that a good thing or a bad thing for web users, it’s going to be a big problem for Google.…

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Why Is PayPal Still So Hard to Find on Mobile Devices?

Seven months isn’t a long time for most companies, but it’s practically an era in itself on the hyperkinetic mobile web. One thing that hasn’t changed in the last seven month is PayPal’s visibility on smartphones -- it's there, but it's hard to find.…

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Admit It, Microsoft: You Suck at the Web

Microsoft is many things, but it’s not a successful web company. For 15 years, Microsoft has tried time and again to become a major player online. Yet despite having the most popular browser, it's never really monetized the web in a significant way.…

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Will Amazon Be the New Wal-Mart?

As analysts scratch their heads try to explain why Amazon's stock defies gravity, they’re coming up with theories that are of interest even to non-investors. A Cowen & Co. analyst argues that Amazon “can eventually achieve a Wal-Mart-like share of the U.S. retail market.”…

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eBay's Turnaround Is in Jeopardy — What Now?

What happens when your turnaround takes an about-face? Although eBay CEO John Donahoe has implemented changes to drive new business in the company’s core marketplace division, it’s looking like he needs to come up with some additional new ways to bring consumers back to the site.…

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Why Tech May Rebound in 2010

While the economy’s longer-term health remains as uncertain as ever, the outlook for tech is - for the next several months, at least - getting brighter. Companies feel more comfortable spending on new technology as well as online ads. And consumers are spending more.…

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