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Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Plan, Google Inc (GOOG) & Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)’s Publishing Partners

Editor’s Note: Related tickers: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P)

Apple Inc. (AAPL) to be Added to Several WisdomTree ETFsWhy a move by Apple could result in a boom for a company with Louisville connections (BizJournals)
A possible move by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) could mean a big increase in business for a company who recently announced it was moving part of its operation to the Louisville area. The Boston Business Journal reports that rumors abound that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is preparing to accept iPhone trade-ins at its stores, and Boston-based Gazelle is hoping Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) goes through with its rumored plan. Gazelle’s CEO and co-founder, Israel Ganot, acknowledged that although a move to accept trade-ins by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) would mean increased competition, it also would increase awareness of re-commerce as a result.

HC asks Google, FB to inform about complaints redressal system (IndoLink)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) were today asked by the Delhi High Court to spell out their mechanism to deal with complaints including misuse of social networking sites by children below 13 years of age. “You inform us about the procedure you follow to deal with such complaints,” a bench of Acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Vibhu Bakhru said while hearing a PIL alleging that the websites have no mechanism for protection of children from on line abuse. “Let us see how do they deal with the complaints,” the bench said and asked the petitioner to hand over at least one complaint with regard to minors having accounts on such websites and posted the matter for hearing on August 23.

Was Microsoft’s 180 a mistake for the Xbox One? (AttackOfTheFanboy)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s reveal of the Xbox One has been a rocky road to say the least. The company came out with an all-new plan for the future of the Xbox brand, one that made the console and online network into a Steam-like service. We’ve already seen the fallout and consumer backlash from this initial reveal, and it got so bad that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was forced by consumers to completely change their policies for the Xbox One. But was that a bad thing? According to consumers, no, it wasn’t. But some believe that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was bullied into making these changes, changes that might be bad for them as a business and their publishing partners who make games. This weekend we’ve had a couple of public figures in the gaming world come out and speak freely about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s 180.

Apple takes on rivals in dashboard battle (WindsorStar)
While Steve Jobs regretted not making an iCar, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) for years was ambivalent about the auto industry. Now it’s vying for dashboard space held by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) and Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P). By year’s end, car buyers will be able to choose from several vehicles that incorporate Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone functions, using Siri voice controls for navigation, texting, email and music. Displacing competitors in the car may be more difficult than in desktop computing or mobile phones, as the technology giant grapples with challenges including extreme temperatures, noisy cabins and long product cycles.

Google floats idea to get Internet to underserved areas (BizJournals)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is attempting to bring Internet service to remote parts of Africa, Asia and other underserved regions through a series of balloon-like contraptions that carry wireless transponders and other gear, The San Jose Mercury News reported. It seems far-fetched, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) acknowledges in the project name: Project Loon. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) gave the balloons a trial run in New Zealand earlier this year and now is testing it in California’s Central Valley, the newspaper reported. Project Loon was born out of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s X division, responsible for Google Glass.

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