Like most regulation, the rules were designed to protect investors. Now they're just keeping them in the dark.
FORTUNE -- In June, Groupon chairman Eric Lefkosky defended his money-losing company by predicting that it would become "wildly profitable." His comment sparked a Wall Street brushfire, because it arguably violated "quiet period" rules that prevent private companies from discussing themselves while in registration to go public. The reaction was to be expected. MOREDan Primack - Sep 6, 2011 5:00 AM ET
Google made the week's largest M&A splash, but HP made the week's most surefire M&A move.
We've had two giant tech mergers announced this week: Google (GOOG) agreeing to buy Motorola Mobility (MMI) for $12.5 billion, and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) agreeing to buy Autonomy (AUTNF) for around $10.3 billion.
One of these deals exudes confidence. The other does not.
I know what you're probably thinking: Google is the confident one. It's making a huge MOREDan Primack - Aug 19, 2011 11:03 AM ET
The fate of Motorola Mobility's investment arm remains unclear.
There's a lot we still don't know about how Google (GOOG) will integrate Motorola Mobility (MMI), which the search giant recently agreed to buy for $12.5 billion. Not only whether or not Google will hold onto its hardware business, but even its management structure. As the Wall Street Journal's Dennis Berman tweeted:
On a smaller scale, that uncertainty also extends to Motorola Mobility's MOREDan Primack - Aug 17, 2011 3:06 PM ET
Google (GOOG) was not the only company that discussed an acquisition of Motorola Mobility Solutions (MMI), multiple sources tell Fortune. The search giant earlier today agreed to buy MMI for $12.5 billion, but declined to say whether or not it had been a competitive process.
"Motorola Mobility's bankers [Quatalyst Partners and Centerview Partners] brought some other folks in to kick the tires," one source says. "I don't know if they had MOREDan Primack - Aug 15, 2011 4:13 PM ET
Carl Icahn is finally nearing break-even on Motorola.
Count Carl Icahn as among those celebrating Google's (GOOG) agreement to buy Motorola Mobility Solutions (MMI) for $12.5 billion in cash. The 63% premium means Icahn's stake in MMI appreciated by more than $365 million since Friday's market close, for a total of $1.07 billion. Moreover, it validates Icahn's July agitation for MMI to explore alternatives to extract value from its patent portfolio.
In a brief MOREDan Primack - Aug 15, 2011 11:35 AM ET
Google's deal for Motorola Mobility is big. But how big?
Google (GOOG) this morning announced plans to buy Motorola Mobility Solutions (MMI) for $12.5 billion in cash. Not only does the $40 per share sale price represent a 63% premium (sorry MMI shorts), but also signals that Google is serious about Android taking a bigger bite out of Apple's mobile device business.
This deal is the 11th-largest M&A transaction announced so far MOREDan Primack - Aug 15, 2011 8:12 AM ET
Larry Pitkowsky and Keith Trauner sat out the first bubble. Now the value investors justify why Google is a top holding and Microsoft is more exciting now than a decade ago.
FORTUNE -- Some splits in the mutual fund world are acrimonious, some aren't. This one fell somewhere in the middle. Larry Pitkowsky and Keith Trauner were happy working with Bruce Berkowitz at the Fairholme Fund. The fund's record was enviable MOREScott Cendrowski, writer-reporter - Jul 25, 2011 8:00 AM ET
How Google Ventures is looking to differentiate itself, and help its companies succeed.
By Brad Coffey, contributor
Back in March, Brian Halligan (our CEO at HubSpot) wrote a great post around his observations on why Sequoia wins at the VC game. Brian's assessment was based on HubSpot's experience raising our Series D and was spot-on. Sequoia is agile, yet disciplined. They are aggressive yet reasonable. They've taken the classic venture capital playbook and MOREJun 22, 2011 12:14 PM ET
A venture capitalist explains why the search giant and Blackberry maker are a smart match.
By Richard Dale, contributor
Google (GOOG) should buy Research in Motion (RIMM), makers of Blackberry smart phones. Here's why:
Everyone who uses a Blackberry loves its physical form factor, especially the keyboard, because the phones are great for email. RIM's famous security adds to this, and makes enterprises and even governments happy (or unhappy, if they like eavesdropping). People also MOREJun 15, 2011 2:51 PM ET
The federal government may be shutting down later today, but not before helping to clear a path to the public markets for travel search startup Kayak.
Kayak was one of several online travel companies that banded together last October to form a lobbying group called FairSearch, in opposition to Google's (GOOG) proposed $700 million acquisition of ITA Software, which makes airline reservations software. Here's what I wrote at the time:
The main grievance MOREDan Primack - Apr 8, 2011 1:51 PM ET
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