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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, right, employs an acquisition policy that involves not meddling with startup culture.

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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, right, employs an acquisition policy that involves not meddling with startup culture.

Beer Friday Is Key to VMware’s Acquisition Strategy

VMware Chief Executive Officer Pat Gelsinger is not interested in taking away startups’ Friday beer parties. Preserving small companies’ cultures is a key to successful acquisitions, the former EMC executive said today on a panel at the Economist magazine’s Ideas...

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T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere introduced new pricing plans along with some vocal jabs.

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T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere introduced new pricing plans along with some vocal jabs.

‘Greedy Hedge Funds’ Won’t Stop MetroPCS Merger: T-Mobile CEO

True to T-Mobile USA’s new “uncarrier” branding, John Legere is not your average telecom chief executive officer. For one, he tends to do away with niceties. At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Legere described AT&T’s wireless network as “crap.”...

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The logo for SFR, a mobile-phone unit of Vivendi SA, sits on a giant display screen at one of the company's stores in Paris, France.

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The logo for SFR, a mobile-phone unit of Vivendi SA, sits on a giant display screen at one of the company's stores in Paris, France.

Vivendi Goes Back to Future With SFR Spinoff Plan

In its unlikely transformation from a regional water utility into Europe’s biggest telecom and media conglomerate, Vivendi has ridden a lot of corporate trends. It may be on the verge of adding another to the list: the spinoff. Vivendi is...

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Jemstep provides algorithm-driven advice on how to save for retirement.

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Jemstep provides algorithm-driven advice on how to save for retirement.

Why You Should Consider Taking Financial Advice From a Computer

Simon Roy prefers computers to professional money managers because machines don’t work on commission. The dark truth about the financial services industry is that brokers such as those found at a big bank branch or a strip mall often receive...

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AT&T and Microsoft are joining forces in the hopes of reaching more business customers.

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AT&T and Microsoft are joining forces in the hopes of reaching more business customers.

AT&T Phones a Friend in Microsoft to Target Businesses

Skype was once the great threat to AT&T’s conventional phone system, with the carrier even banning it for a time from some of its mobile phones. Now, AT&T is hoping to use Lync, a unit of Skype’s Internet calling services, as a...

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Matt Mickiewicz left 99designs to start DeveloperAuction, an online marketplace that matches engineers and employers.

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Matt Mickiewicz left 99designs to start DeveloperAuction, an online marketplace that matches engineers and employers.

How Donuts Gave Rise to Site Where Employers Can Bid on Engineers

As co-founder of web startup 99designs, Matt Mickiewicz relied on 30 recruiters to find engineering talent for his company in the hyper-competitive market of San Francisco. Results were so poor that when one finally got a prospect hired, the recruiter...

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Tiger Woods plays a bunker shot during the WGC-Cadillac Championship last week in Doral, Florida.

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Tiger Woods plays a bunker shot during the WGC-Cadillac Championship last week in Doral, Florida.

Tiger Woods Behave! Trace Sports TV Aims Its Lens at U.S. Shores

As if there weren’t enough sources of celebrity gossips, Trace Sports, whose TV shows cover the private lives of stars from golf legend Tiger Woods to hoops wizard LeBron James, has its eyes on the U.S. even as it’s working...

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At SXSW, Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, reminisced about the difficulties of building a business.

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At SXSW, Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, reminisced about the difficulties of building a business.

The Missed Airbnb Investment, Now Worth $250 Million

Airbnb Chief Executive Officer Brian Chesky still crashes on couches. The difference is that now, Chesky, the co-founder of the service that lets people rent out rooms and homes online, doesn’t have to. Before the 6-year-old company took off, Chesky...

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Venture capital firms are swiping executives away from Square, the hot mobile-payments startup.

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Venture capital firms are swiping executives away from Square, the hot mobile-payments startup.

Square Loses Another Exec to Venture Capital

For the second time in nine days, a high-ranking executive at the payments startup Square has landed in venture capital. This time, it’s Jared Fliesler, who served as a vice president of user acquisition and business operations at Square, the...

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