Latest on Tech: Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Possibilities & Google Inc (GOOG), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)’s New Interest

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Editor’s Note: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:CHL), Toyota Motor Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:TM), Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK), BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)

Apple could unveil new Apple TV at next week’s event (CNET)
While many expect Apple to introduce a new generation iPhone at a big media event next week, there is some evidence that suggests a refreshed Apple TV could be unveiled instead. That is the conclusion of Panjiva, a New York-based global trade intelligence platform that laid out its case in a company blog post Tuesday headlined “It’s not an iPhone.” Through a review of bills of lading filed with the US Department of Homeland Security for shipments Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) received recently, Panjiva found the following trio of “set top box”-related shipments.

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Google Glass could be worth $3.3B in just 4 years (VentureBeat)
Glass could be worth $3.3 billion to Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) by 2017, one analyst suggests. And that’s even if only 65,000 people end up actually wearing the face-mounted augmented reality glasses. Which seems very, very low. Given the amount of interest in Google Glass and the average consumers’ increasing interest in wearable technology — in a recent survey, 20 percent of Americans wanted an Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iWatch, sight unseen — I’d have to guess that first-year sales could easily exceed that number.

Microsoft is ‘keeping an eye’ on BlackBerry, apparently has interest in a potential acquisition (
The news of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) swooping up Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK)’s Devices & Services division for $7.2 billion ripped through the web last night. Many analysts were quick to assume that BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) – who’s also seeking a sale or partnership – has lost its place in the mobile space and a potential buyer. However, a report in Bloomberg just might keep the rumours going. According to unknown people ‘familiar with the matter,’ Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) “is keeping an eye on BlackBerry” and that the main reason for possibly considering acquiring the Waterloo-based company is for its strong presence in the enterprise market.

Apple event raises hopes of China Mobile deal (Financial Times)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) plans to hold near-simultaneous product launch events in California and Beijing for the first time next week, sparking hopes among investors for a long-awaited iPhone partnership with China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:CHL). An invitation sent to Chinese media on Wednesday revealed an event on September 11, hours after the latest iPhone is expected to make its debut at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters. The event follows a barrage of negative publicity for Apple in China earlier this year, after it was accused by state media of offering poor customer service, prompting an apology from Tim Cook, chief executive.

Google’s Map Features Find Their Way Into More Cars (Forbes)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s vast troves of data make our lives easier almost anywhere — whether it’s searching a restaurant menu on a tablet or locating the closest dry cleaner on a smart phone. Behind the wheel, however, access to really useful information like that is fairly limited. Google is trying to change that. A growing number of automakers are now incorporating Google’s map-related technologies into their cars’ navigation systems, adding data-rich features like real-time traffic, street view images, local search and other relevant information. Toyota Motor Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:TM) is the latest to bring Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s familiar features to its cars, announcing today that it will add Street View imagery and Google’s Panoramio photo-sharing service in its Toyota and Lexus models (although only in Europe for now).

Apple’s big China mobile opportunity? (

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