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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Roundup: MobileMe, App Store Lawsuit, Patents

As usual, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was at the centre of a wide range of news stories this week. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stocks ended the week at 351.54 (as of 3/25/2011).

Weekly News Roundup: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Monday 21 March

It has been reported that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will launch MobileMe Free version soon.
According to reports from a trusted source, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is getting ready to launch a free version of its cloud based service. A revamped version of the paid one is also on the horizon.

It was also reported that the upcoming version of MobileMe will entirely be different from the current version.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) fans are waiting for an official statement from the company, because as usual, they are keeping their upcoming release very close to their chest.

Tuesday 22 March

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has sued Amazon over its App Store name.
The Mac Maker has sued Amazon for using its patented ‘App Store’ name on Amazon’s app store, claiming that Amazon has no rights to use ‘App Store.’

It was reported that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has filed suit against Amazon in the US District Court in California.

Earlier, Microsoft Corporation had petitioned the court to allow broader usage of ‘App Store’ as a generic term and not a brand.

Wednesday 23 March

The US Senators have asked Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to pull Police-evasion applications.
The Mac Maker has apps geared for everything and everyone, and some of them are not so well-received.

Recently, four U.S. senators have asked Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to remove an app from its App Store that could be used by drunk drivers to find and avoid police checkpoints set to catch drunk drivers.

The senators wrote that, “With more than 10,000 Americans dying in drunk-driving crashes every year, providing access to iPhone and iPad applications that alert users to DUI checkpoints is harmful to public safety. We know that your company shares our desire to end the scourge of drunk driving and we therefore would ask you to remove these applications from your store.”

Thursday 24 March

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has announced the departure of one of its top software engineers.
The Mac Maker said in an official statement made yesterday that Bertrand Serlet, a senior software engineer who had been a part of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) since 1997, is stepping down from the company.

Serlet said in a statement that, “I’ve worked with Steve for 22 years and have had an incredible time developing products at both NeXT and Apple, but at this point, I want to focus less on products and more on science.”

Friday 25 March

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been granted a number of new patents.
The latest patents granted to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) include the rights to an extended antenna that is expected to be used in the notebooks or iPads of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).

The Mac Maker has been stockpiling the rights for many next generation products or devices that are nonexistent at the moment, and has been battling with various rivals over existing patent issues.

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Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) Roundup: China, Honeycomb, Houdini

Googles issues with the Chinese authorities continued this week, with disruption to Gmail users’ access to their email in the Middle Kingdom. Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) company shares ended the week at 579.74 (as of 3/25/2011).

Weekly News Roundup: Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG)

Monday 21 March

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has blamed the Chinese government for its recent Gmail problems.
As The Northern Star pointed out in a recent article, many Gmail users have complained about recent hampered access to their email inboxes.

It was reported that the government intensified its internet censorship after certain elements of society attempted to spread the Middle Eastern ‘Jasmine Revolution’ in China via internet.

While commenting on ‘Access Interruption’ complaints from customers, Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) said that, “There is no technical issue on our side. We have checked extensively. This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail.”

Tuesday 22 March

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has been fined by French regulators over privacy issues.
The search engine giant was fined for privacy violations, even after admitting that it made some mistakes while collecting data for online mapping.

According to reports, the French privacy agency has imposed a fine of $142,000, saying that Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has violated many privacy rules including multiple projects including the street view cams.

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) had apologized for collecting email and other passwords from Wi-Fi networks.

Wednesday 23 March

A Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) executive has won a JFK award for courage after a show of bravery in Egypt.
Wael Ghonim, the Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) executive who became a part of the Egyptian revolution, has been selected for the annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

It was reported that Mr. Ghonim won the award for his contribution to the reform that inspired similar movements in other countries.

The award will be presented by Caroline Kennedy at the JFK Library and Museum on May 23.

Thursday 24 March

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has doodled on Magician Houdini’s birthday.
It is the 137th birthday of Houdini, the greatest of magicians, and the search engine giant paid tribute to the legend with a special Houdini doodle.

The magician is depicted handcuffed, performing his signature escape trick.

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Doodles have been celebrating various special days, paying tribute to legends and historic events in an exclusive way, a way that that helps millions across the globe to remember the rich heritage of the past.

Friday 25 March

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has closed the Android 3.0 Honeycomb source code in order to prevent its unauthorized use on smart phones.
The search engine giant said in an official statement that the latest version of Android, which was designed for tablets, is not yet ready to be used in other devices and the company does not want the outside developers to experiment with it.

The device manufacturers will not be affected by the delay in public release.

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Weekly News Roundup: Nokia Corp (NYSE:NOK)

Here are this week’s news briefs for Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK). Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) company shares ended the week at 8.65 (as of 2/25/2011).

Weekly News Roundup: Nokia Corp (NYSE:NOK)

Monday 21 February

Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) has unveiled two new internet-ready C-Series mobile phones.
Handset-maker Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) India has announced the launch of two new Nokia C-Series mobile phones.

Viral Oza, head activation, media and online marketing Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) India said that, “Mobile devices coupled with internet are opening millions of opportunities to people around the world. We are excited to add two new devices to our C-Series portfolio, offering powerful features like 32 GB expandable memory and enabling easy access to information, news and entertainment.”

Tuesday 22 February

Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) has launched Foursquare on their Series 40 Phones.
Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) has released a foursquare application for Symbian S60 phones year in its OVI store.

The Foursquare Java application has been released for series 40 phones inside Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK)’s beta labs. This application does not need in-built GPS because it uses the phone’s mobile signal to find nearby places.

This latest application from Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) aims to make status updating more convenient and meaningful to users.

Wednesday 23 February

Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK)’s Ovi Store has moved to rupee payments in India.
Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) and Reliance Communications has announced a novel partnership by launching the India chapter of its Ovi Store, Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK)’s mobile application store.

V Ramnath, the Director – Operator Channels at Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) India, said that, “Our partnership with Reliance Communications is a big step towards providing Indian consumers easy and simplified access to Ovi Store content through operator billing. The response from consumers in India has already exceeded our expectations, with the number of weekly downloads crossing 4.5 million. Ovi Store is focused on providing relevant and useful content to our consumers to help them get the most out of their mobile lifestyle.”

Thursday 247 February

Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) Siemens Networks has launched Single Radio Access Network.
Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) Siemens Networks has introduced Single RAN Advanced, an evolution of its Single RAN solution. The solution will enable operators to professionally build added capability in GSM, 3G and LTE networks as well as arrange them for the higher bandwidth promised by LTE-Advanced.

Thorsten Robrecht, head of network systems product management at Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) Siemens Networks said that, “While network operators’ revenue opportunities have grown over the past few years, they also face newer challenges to further enhance network efficiency and simplify their networks. It has therefore become imperative for operators to smoothly migrate to newer technologies in support of their longer-term network strategy.”

We’ll be keeping a close eye on the Nokia Corp. stock price for changes over the next couple of weeks.

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Weekly News Roundup: Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX)

Here’s this week’s run-down of Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) news briefings. Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) shares ended the week at 212.44 (as of 2/25/2011).

Weekly News Roundup: Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX)

Tuesday 22 February

Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) has inked a deal with Walt Disney Company.
Walt Disney Company has signed new deals with the Redbox and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) movie rental companies.

The new deals raise the company’s wholesale movie prices on new-release DVDs. Disney will now charge Redbox and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) as much as $17.99 for its new movies.

Then, after the DVD has been on the market for 28 days the price will drop to $10.75.

Friday 25 February

Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) has teamed up with CBS for two years.
Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) has signed a two- year agreement with CBS Corp.

The tie up will enable users to stream select catalog titles including episodes of Medium and Flashpoint.

Users will also be able to enjoy full seasons of Frasier, Family Ties and Cheers, among others.

Though financial terms of the deal are under wraps for now, reports say CBS can renew its deal for additional two years, beginning in April of this year. Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) charges $7.99 per month for its base service of unlimited streaming.

We will be monitoring the Netflix Inc. stock level for developments over the next couple of weeks.

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Weekly News Roundup: Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H)

Here’s this week’s round-up of Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) stock briefings. Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) stocks ended the week at 45.86 (as of 2/25/2011).

Weekly News Roundup: Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H)

Monday 21 February

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) has recognized Ruth Benjamin as the General Manager of the Year.
Ruth Benjamin is the General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Atlanta and was one of the fourteen general managers from Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H)’s 132 Full Service North American hotels that were nominated for this prestigious award.

The award was presented by the Chief Operating Officer Chuck Floyd on Wednesday, February 16th in the company of the hotel’s staff.

Wednesday 23 February

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) has expanded its F&B loyalty program at Dubai hotels.
The company had conducted three phases of research involving active Dine In by Hyatt members across Dubai between May and July 2010.

Area director for Hyatt Hotels (NYSE:H) in Dubai and general manager of Grand Hyatt Dubai, John Beveridge said, “Following our research we are focusing on broader redemption options including strategic alliances with extended business partners.”

We will continue checking the Hyatt Hotels Corporation share price for developments over the next few weeks.

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Weekly News Roundup: Banco Santander (NYSE:STD)

Here’s this week’s round-up of Banco Santander (NYSE:STD) stock briefings. Banco Santander (NYSE:STD) company shares ended the week at 12.27 (as of 2/25/2011).

Weekly News Roundup: Banco Santander (NYSE:STD)

Tuesday 22 February

BZ WBK announced that it has approved the takeover offer of Banco Santander (NYSE:STD).
The Poland Bank Zachodni WBK said that it supports the takeover offer of Banco Santander (NYSE:STD), Spain’s top lender, worth $5.8 billion.

The company also received the approval of Poland’s regulatory agency KNF. Banco Santander (NYSE:STD) will give a tender offer of 6.4 percent to buy a 70 percent stake in Zachodni WBK. The new owner will help the bank to grow and achieve new targets.

Banco Santander (NYSE:STD) won the opportunity to buy control of the Bank Zachodni WBK last September by signing an agreement that beat out many European rivals. It has announced a 100 percentage tender offer in the last week.

Friday 25 February

Banco Santander (NYSE:STD) has succeeded in extending its reach to all corners of the world.
Amidst the ever-dawdling and presently unnerving Spanish economy, Banco Santander (NYSE:STD) is establishing its presence globally with an aggressive acquisition strategy.

It had succeeded in defeating its European rivals like BNP Paribas and PKO BP to win Polish regulatory approval for its takeover of Bank Zachodni WBK.

Furthermore, it is holding strong footing in the fast-growing Brazil and Britain markets through its present acquisition strategy.

We will be monitoring the Banco Santander stock price for developments over the next couple of weeks.

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Weekly News Roundup: AMD Inc (NYSE:AMD)

Here’s this week’s round-up of Allstate (NYSE:AMD) news briefings. Allstate (NYSE:AMD) shares ended the week at 9.29 (as of 2/25/2011).

Weekly News Roundup: AMD Inc (NYSE:AMD)

Wednesday 23 February

AMD Inc. (NYSE:AMD)’s General Exam Camera has been rated as the best patient exam camera.
AMD Inc. (NYSE:AMD) Global Telemedicine Inc.’s General Exam Camera was acknowledged as the top performing camera in an assessment made by an independent evaluation team from the Telehealth Technology Assessment Center (TTAC).  AMD Inc. (NYSE:AMD)’s just half a pound weighing General Exam Camera includes the facilities to integrate auto focus, freeze frame capture, power zoom , and electronic image polarization into a single diagnostic device.

According to the TTAC’s study, the AMD Inc. (NYSE:AMD)’s General Exam Camera has “the additional benefit of a polarizing filter that could eliminate the glare of light on moist or reflective surfaces.”

Thursday 247 February

AMD Inc. (NYSE:AMD) has unveiled a game design portal for teachers.
AMD Inc. (NYSE:AMD) is planning to provide an online teaching tool and game design portal for students, joining several others in this area.

The online teaching tool includes curricula for middle and high school educators working to improve science, technology, engineering, math and language arts skills.

The new program that contains beginner and intermediate levels is said to be a part of AMD Inc. (NYSE:AMD)’s “Changing the Game” initiative and it also provides an opportunity for students to design video games.

We will be monitoring the Allstate share price for developments over the next few weeks.

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Weekly News Roundup: Dupont (NUSE:DD)

Here’s a round-up of Dupont (NYSE:DD) stock briefings from this week. Dupont (NYSE:DD) shares ended the week at 54.07 (as of 2/25/2011).

Weekly News Roundup: Dupont (NUSE:DD)

Monday 21 February

DuPont (NYSE:DD) has decided to recruit 800 scientists in India within two years.
DuPont (NYSE:DD) had declared that it will recruit more 800 scientists in India within two years in agriculture, engineering, automotive and other fields.

This decision was as a part of the company’s strategy to become a $1 billion company in India. The focus will be on pure science and engineering. The company is trying to increase its women workforce by 50 percent.

DuPont (NYSE:DD) Asia pacific human resources director STT said, “The company revenues are now about $700 million and we want to be a $1 billion company in about two years. We will recruit more than 400 people a year on an average.”

Tuesday 22 February

DuPont (NYSE:DD) has announced the extension of its tender offer for Danisco.
The science based products and service company DuPont (NYSE:DD) announced that it is extending the tender offer period for the acquisition of Dansico shares to April 1st.

This will allow more time for the necessary approval and clearance from the European Union and Chinese authorities.

It will also give more time for investors to respond to the offer. DuPont (NYSE:DD) reached a $6.3 billion deal with Danisco on January 9.

DuPont (NYSE:DD) chairman and CEO Ellen Kullman said, “We are pleased with our progress at this stage in the tender offer period. We continue to move forward with regulatory approvals and remain confident that Danisco shareholders will continue to tender their shares as this process progresses.”

Wednesday 23 February

DuPont (NYSE:DD) has displayed engineering polymers at Medtec Europe to meet medical equipment requirements.
The science based material supplier DuPont (NYSE:DD) recently displayed engineering polymers at Medtec Europe 2011.

These polymers can meet demanding medical equipment requirements and can widen the choice of high performance polymers.

The ChondroMimetec device includes a white outer casing and a translucent polycarbonate delivery tube at its top. This device can be implanted for the treatment of small osteochondral defects.

Suhaib Hassan, the product manager at TiGenix at DuPont (NYSE:DD) said, “We specified a Special Control grade of Zytel nylon based on the advice that the material comes with the required level of manufacturing control, testing and regulatory support for use in our delivery defect.”

We will be monitoring the Dupont stock level for developments over the next few weeks.

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