Commentary

Last week the highest-profile scandal reached a long-awaited denouement. The trial of former Enron top honchos Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling concluded with Lay convicted of all 10 criminal counts and Skilling 19 of 28. Was Enron an anomaly or a manifestation of a deeper...

While you're thinking about your summer plans, I'll be looking at the beta software from dozens of companies. As you step up to bat for your softball league team, I'll be catching a pitch of a different sort. Sounds like my kind of summer as...

Suppose you’re a venture capitalist in San Francisco or Boston, and you’re on the verge of investing big bucks in a promising high-tech firm in Wisconsin. Everything looks right: The management team is in place, the business plan is tight, and the technology is novel....

A couple weeks ago, I asked, "Just what is this Web 2.0?" I'm not the only one who ponders the wide use of a phrase to label everything from start-ups ("Oh, that's a Web 2.0 company") to services ("Here's another Web 2.0 site") to...

In the interest of its own efficiency, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is proposing rule changes that would restrict the ability of patent applicants to file and prosecute multiple related applications — and would alter your approach to claiming your invention....