Tech Winners and Losers

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Published on: December 10, 2012

Winner: Amazon

Amazon has consolidated its power in the last ten years becoming the e-commerce destination on the web. Now they’re in the ecosystem business with their lineup of Kindle tablets, streaming media and cloud based services.

Source: AP/Ben Margot


Loser: Groupon

Groupon was at one point the rockstar of tech’s second great bubble and one of the fastest growing companies ever. The company also showed us just how quickly things can turn sour. A shaky business model has seen the company lose 80 percent of its value since its IPO.

Source: AP

Winner: Apple

Apple almost went the way of the dinosaur in the 90s. Its Steve Jobs led comeback is now legendary and is now one of the world’s largest companies.

Source: AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Loser: Microsoft

The Xbox and Windows 7 are legitimate success stories but the company has missed the mobile boat. Windows Phone and the Surface tablet have a lot of catching up to do. Can Windows 8 save the day?

Winner: Google

Between Search and Adwords and Android and Nexus, Google has truly taken over the world. They also want to write the future developing new technologies like wearable computers and self-driving cars.

Source: AP/Paul Sakuma

Winner: Facebook

Sure the IPO was a disaster but Facebook is still a star with its 1 billion users worldwide. Its stock is also recovering. Not only that, they own Instagram, the second hottest social network around.

Source: AP/Dapd, Joerg Koch

Loser: Vonage

The voice-over-IP broadband telephony company has seen better days with increasing competition from products like Apple’s FaceTime, Google Hangouts and Skype.

Source: vonage

Winner: Instagram

It’s crazy to think the free photo-sharing (and sepia filtering) app was launched just two years ago. Earlier this spring it was sold to Facebook for about $1 billion in cash and stock.

Source: AP

Loser: LivingSocial

Daily deal sites are struggling, LivingSocial included. The company just slashed 400 from its workforce as part of cost-cutting measures.

Source: LivingSocia

Winner: ARM

With its focus on energy consumption, ARM has taken over the mobile processor market.

Source: ARM

Winner: LinkedIn

The Facebook for working professionals is expanding, making money and also turning itself into a publishing behemoth.

Source: AP

Loser: Intel

Like Microsoft, that other old-school giant, Intel has made little headway into mobile.

Source: AP

Loser: MySpace

MySpace used to be a big deal, before Facebook that is. Will a Justin Timberlake sponsored revamp inspire a comeback?

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