Failure is a funny thing in the tech world. For startups, failure sometimes seems like a rite of passage - the painful second act of a three-act story with a happy ending. But it's different when a big company stumbles.
Facebook is steamrolling forward, but its plans may be hampered by a new backlash against the company's efforts to get its users to share more of their lives online.
Groupon went public at $20 a share Friday and surged as high as 40%, briefly valuing the company at $20 billion. It may not be the hottest tech IPO so far this year -- that distinction belongs to LinkedIn, which doubled its value on its first day -- but it is the most discussed and divisive deal.
Success in Silicon Valley has never been measured purely in terms of dollars. It's also about having a positive impact on the world. Which is why it seems hypocritical for these tech giants to withhold money from an economy that, if that money is judiciously spent, could benefit it considerably.
The iPad was the culmination of one man's lifelong vision of what dealing with a computer should be.