Kara Swisher

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Uh-Oh: Tech Trouble, Part 1?

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Even with Abu Dhabi buying up shares of tech firms like Advanced Micro Devices and the bubbly euphoria in Silicon Valley’s Web 2.0 sector, the tech picture is getting less pretty, according to a report by Barron’s Eric Savitz on the downgrading of software stocks by Goldman Sachs.

Noting a softening in capital spending, Savitz quotes Goldman’s report that said, “with software a typically back-end loaded sale, if there is any concern on budgets in the early part of 2008, we would expect CIOs to hold off their purchases until later in the year.”

So Goldman cut estimates slightly on Adobe, Autodesk, BEA, BMC, CA, Check Point, Citrix, Cognos, CommVault, Informatica, Macrovision, McAfee, Oracle, Quest Software, Red Hat, RightNow, SAP, Secure Computing, Symantec and Tibco.

Could ad-supported or commerce-driven Web sites be next? To say nothing of the spate of pre-revenue–our kind way of saying none to speak of–Web 2.0 start-ups.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work