Robert Hof

Robert Hof is editor in chief of SiliconANGLE.

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Cloud lifts Amazon profits again, but investors wanted faster growth

Once again, the cloud kept Amazon.com Inc.’s profits flying high during the holidays, but its shares fell on lower-than-expected revenues. The Seattle-based online retailer and cloud computing giant said it earned a fourth-quarter profit of $749 million, or $1.54 a share. That was 54 percent higher than a year ago and considerably over the $1.36 […]

Facebook posts strong mobile and video ad growth but higher costs loom

So much for that cautious outlook last quarter. Facebook Inc. today beat back its own executives’ muted forecasts with a 51 percent jump in fourth-quarter revenues. The social network said revenues hit $8.8 billion, easily beating Wall Street analysts’ estimates of $8.5 billion. Profits more than doubled from a year ago, to $3.6 billion, or […]

Big holiday for iPhones and apps helps Apple beat earnings forecast

In a big turnaround, heavy holiday sales of Apple Inc.’s high-end new iPhones and a boost in app and content revenues helped the tech giant post higher revenues year over year for the first time since early 2016. Apple reported a first-fiscal quarter profit of $17.89 billion, or $3.36 a share before certain costs such […]

In conversation with John Markoff: Can Silicon Valley keep the innovation flywheel spinning?

With decades of nearly uninterrupted innovation flying out of Silicon Valley, it often seems as if the tech industry’s well-oiled machine will keep running for decades to come. But that’s far from certain, according to longtime New York Times technology writer John Markoff (pictured). Markoff, who recently retired from the Times after 28 years, sees a […]

Google parent Alphabet’s profit shortfall disappoints investors

Despite more than a year of cutting back on farflung projects, Alphabet Inc. today reported fourth-quarter profits that fell below forecasts even as revenue growth outpaced expectations. The parent company of Google Inc. said it earned a profit before certain costs such as stock compensation of $9.36 a share. Revenues rose 22 percent, or 24 […]

Facebook hires former Xiaomi/Google exec Hugo Barra to head its VR operations

Just a few days after Xiaomi Inc. executive Hugo Barra announced he was leaving the struggling Chinese smartphone maker, Facebook Inc. said on Wednesday that he will head all virtual reality operations for the social network. Barra, a rising star who had left Google in 2013 to head Xiaomi’s efforts to expand globally, will be […]

Amid legal quarrels, Qualcomm shares fall on mixed earnings results

In a week Qualcomm Inc. might prefer to forget, the wireless chip giant today reported a first-fiscal quarter profit that beat analysts’ expectations, but revenues fell short of estimates. As a result, the maker of chips used in many smartphones and other mobile devices saw its shares, which had risen 3.45 percent in trading Wednesday, […]

Spying an opening in enterprise collaboration, Box revamps its Notes tool

Despite a seeming glut of online collaboration services from Slack to Facebook Inc.’s Workplace and document sharing services such as Google Docs and Microsoft Corp.’s Office 365, Box Inc. thinks there’s still a gap among them waiting to be filled. Three years after introducing its Notes real-time document creation and sharing tool, the enterprise file […]

VC Greg Sands: Cloud disruption, venture turmoil and Trump spell tumultuous 2017 for entrepreneurs

Like many other people in Silicon Valley on Inauguration Day Friday, Greg Sands found himself wondering with no small amount of trepidation about what kind of economy we’ll see under President Trump. And it wasn’t just because Sands, founder and managing partner of the early-stage venture capital firm Costanoa Ventures in Palo Alto, California, was […]

Dialpad reveals new momentum behind its drive to kill the desk phone

San Francisco-based startup Dialpad Inc. today is revealing new evidence that its mission to kill the traditional desk phone with a cloud-based phone and communications system is taking off. The company said it has added some 10,000 new customers in the past six months, bringing the total to 35,000. Among those added to the roster […]