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Tech News: Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone Guesswork, Google Inc (GOOG) & Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)’s Partner

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Editor’s Note: Related tickers: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Apple IPad’s China Market Share Slumps as Samsung Tablets Gain (BusinessWeek)
The iPad’s share of China’s tablet-computer market plunged by more than 20 percentage points in the second quarter as Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) built on its lead in smartphones to cut into Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s sales. Apple’s iPad accounted for 28 percent of tablet shipments in China during the period, down from 49 percent a year earlier, Dickie Chang, a Hong Kong-based analyst with researcher IDC, said in an e-mail today. Samsung was second as its share surged to 11 percent from 6 percent a year earlier, he said.

Apple Inc. (AAPL), Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS)

Google Map update brings real-time incident reports (MySinchew)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has tapped into the technology it acquired when it purchased Waze in June to bring users of Google Maps real-time traffic updates. Waze is an interactive system that uses reports from its community of users to provide real-time information on the traffic and road situation. The company was acquired by Google back in June and has now been put to use into Google Maps in an update to the app. Following a beta test Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has rolled out an update to Google Maps that will let mobile users benefit from traffic reports covering everything from road accidents to closures and delays caused by construction, among many other things.

CA Sri Lanka signs MoU with Microsoft (IBT)
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) in its continuing efforts to partner with the world’s best, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Sri Lanka with the aim of providing world class IT education for the benefit of its members and students. In its capacity as one of the country’s largest professional organizations and tertiary education providers, CA Sri Lanka conducts regular programmes aimed at developing the IT skills of its primary stakeholders.

3 Reasons Why Carl Icahn Is Good For Apple Inc. Shareholders (Fool)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)s shares rose 5% last week when Carl Icahn revealed on Twitter that he held a “large position” (believed to be around $1bn) and thought the company was “extremely undervalued”. He had a “nice conversation” with CEO Tim Cook about his desire for a bigger share buyback. Mr Icahn has a reputation as a short-term investor and arbitrageur, which doesn’t always sit nicely with long-term investors. But there are three good reasons why his intervention should prove remunerative for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shareholders: financial engineering, shareholder sentiment and management discipline.

Google, YouTube partner programme goes live in Nigeria (NGRGuardianNews)
IN sync with the determination to improve local content development of the Internet in Nigeria, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has launched its YouTube programme in Nigeria. The programme, which is aimed at giving Nigerians opportunities to explore the benefits of the Internet, is also expected to place the country on higher pedestal among emerging markets and others. Indeed, when the local YouTube domain was launched in Nigeria in 2011, no one could have guessed the amount of impact it would make. From Musical videos, to “how-to” DIY clips, comedy skits, short movies Nigerians have been generating some of the most creatively diverse content on YouTube.

Not so fast on Apple (CNBC)

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