Patent Patent Patent, its war time among the Tech biggies over the patents. Yahoo! sued Facebook just before the IPO over patent infringement. Google acquired Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion largely for its patent portfolio. Microsoft paid AOL $1 billion for patents. Google bought 1,023 IBM Patents To Bolster Defense Of Android. If these lines interest you, have a look at this amazing Infographic by Visual.ly
Angels invest a total of about $21 billion a year in around 60,000 businesses. Venture Capitalist invest about $30 billion a year in about 4,000 businesses.Source: http://fundersandfounders.com/angels-vs-venture-capitalists-in-number/
With Web 2.0, there is a tremendous growth in user generated data in the forms of blogs, user comments, pictures, videos etc. Corporations are challenged to skim through this unstructured data and generate meaningful insight on user behavior and trends that help them to differentiate their services. Big Data Applications seem to be the silver bullet to that challenge.
Aggregate cash, short- and long-term investments of the top 25 technology companies, 1Q10 through 1Q12. Ernst & Young estimates that the top 25 tech companies in the world have $668 billion in cash between them, up from $571 billion the year before.