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A Few Stories To Watch This Morning: Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s e-Commerce, Google Inc (GOOG)’s Competition & Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

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Editor’s Note: Related tickers: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE), BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)

Jony Ive, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)Sony Gets Top Japan Billing as DoCoMo Shuns Apple’s IPhone (BusinessWeek)
NTT DoCoMo Inc. (9437) will order more Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) smartphones as Japan’s largest wireless carrier keeps Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone off its shelves because the iTunes Store competes with its own e-commerce business. Sales of Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)’s Xperia A handset could reach 2 million by Sept. 30 after going on sale in May as DoCoMo focuses on a smaller range of devices, Chief Financial Officer Kazuto Tsubouchi said in an interview at company headquarters in Tokyo yesterday. …“To win against the iPhone, we have to offer a model which is generally easy to use,” Tsubouchi said. “Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)’s brand and Xperia’s image are just as good as the iPhone.”

Google’s New Phone a Roadmap to Economic Recovery? (SmallCapNetwork)
As we all know, the economic recovery in the U.S. has been lackluster. Job creation has remained very slow considering the number of years since the bottom of the recession. The question many people are asking themselves is: what will it take for the economic recovery to accelerate and job creation to begin increasing at a fast pace? …One company that is offering a unique level of personalization for their products and is helping the U.S. economic recovery by increasing job creation is Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG). Through its Motorola Mobility division, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is actually assembling the new “Moto X” phone in Texas, employing approximately 2,000 people.

Make your own apps with Microsoft’s Windows Phone App Studio (DNAIndia)
Imagine you have an idea for an app, but you don’t have the relevant coding skills to make the app. Well, now you can give birth to your idea in the form of a Windows Phone app, because Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has come up with an ingenious web-based tool called the Windows Phone App Studio that strives to do exactly that. Of course, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is doing this in part to propel the Windows Phone app ecosystem that lags behind Android and iOS, nevertheless, this is a nice and simple way of promoting more development. The App Studio has been designed in such a way that one can create an app by applying text, web content, imagery, and design concepts to any one of a rich set of customizable templates.

Ashton Kutcher on Steve Jobs, the person (CNBC)

Apple Lawsuit Claims Bag Checks at Apple Stores Allegedly Cost Employees Overtime Wages (Virtual-Strategy)
On July 25, 2013, a class action was filed against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) alleging the largest global technology company instituted a mandatory security check program that required employees to wait for and submit to bag checks before they left the store for meal breaks and at the end of their shifts. The lawsuit claims that these “bag checks” at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stores cost employees allegedly $1,500 a year In unpaid overtime. The case entitled Frlekin and Pelle, et al. v. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Case No. CV-13-3451 is currently pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Google’s Android Seizes Smartphone Market (WSJ)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s -0.66% Android software continues to steamroll the competition in smartphones, posing bigger problems for companies like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) -0.06% and BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) -3.33% New data Wednesday from research firm IDC found that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s share of the global market slid to 13.2% in the second quarter from 16.6% in the year-earlier period. Handsets running Android, meanwhile, jumped to 79.3% from 69.1%. The signs are particularly ominous for one-time market leader BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), despite some high-profile product announcements recently. Devices running its software accounted for just 2.9% of global smartphone shipments in the three months ended in June, compared with 4.9% for the same period in 2012.

Microsoft billionaire donates to gorilla research (LasvegasSun)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) co-founder Paul Allen is giving $1 million to the Jane Goodall Institute to study and protect gorillas in Africa, and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation says wildlife conservation projects in Africa will be a major initiative. The Goodall grant will help researchers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo survey a gorilla subspecies that might be on the verge of extinction. Ocean science will be another priority area in the future, foundation science officer Kathy Richmond told The Seattle Times for a story published Monday (http://bit.ly/18YK0Ci). Allen became enchanted with Africa through his travels there. “It’s one of the most special places in the world for him,” Richmond said.

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