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Tech Stock Trends: Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Big Deal, Google Inc (GOOG)’s Act Violation & Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)’s Perceived Notion

Editor’s Note: Related tickers: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), NTT Docomo Inc (ADR) (NYSE:DCM), SINA Corp (NASDAQ:SINA)

Apple Plans To Offer IPhone Through NTT DoCoMo : Reports (RTTNews)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is nearing a final deal to offer its iPhone through NTT Docomo Inc (ADR) (NYSE:DCM), Japan’s largest mobile carrier, according to several reports. NTT DoCoMo may begin offering the iPhone later this year. This marks an about-face for NTT DoCoMo, which has more than 60 million subscribers in Japan. It will become the last of Japan’s three major carriers to offer the iPhone. In addition, Apple will reportedly hold an event on September 10 where it is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhones.

Jony Ive, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Google’s Former China President Lee Says on Blog He Has Cancer (BusinessWeek)
Lee Kai-Fu, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s former China head, said on his microblog he has cancer, sparking widespread concern among his more than 51 million followers. “Although lymphoma doesn’t sound optimistic and has made my family and friends concerned, this is life — it comes as a surprise but I should face it calmly,” Lee, 51, said on his SINA Corp (NASDAQ:SINA) Weibo account at about 8:07 a.m. Beijing time today. “Sickness is part of life; I will choose to face the ups and downs of life with a more positive attitude.”

Microsoft doesn’t need to copy anyone. It needs to be Microsoft (LiveSide)
Earlier today, Paul Thurrott let off some steam (granted, he’s never been very shy about that), ranting about the perceived notion that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has taken to copying Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) when it should be, in Thurrott’s estimation, copying Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) instead. In making his points in a blog post titled Microsoft is Copying the Wrong Company, Thurrott lets slip a number of factual errors in coming to his conclusions (although of course we respect his opinion and his right to express it!). We’ll deal with the errors first, and then let on some of our own interpretations about the future of Microsoft as it enters the post-Ballmer era.

Apple Said to Near Deal With Japan’s DoCoMo to Sell iPhone (TheJakartaGlobe)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), the world’s most-valuable company, is near a final agreement to offer its iPhone through the largest mobile carrier in Japan, NTT DoCoMo, according to people familiar with the situation. DoCoMo may begin offering the iPhone later this year, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. Apple will debut new iPhones at a Sept. 10 event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California, a person familiar with the matter has said.

Holiday home owner loses fight with Google (SMH)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Australia appears to be untouchable when it comes to defamatory material posted on its search engine after a court agreed it was not the publisher but merely a local arm of its American parent. The decision follows similar cases around the world, including in Britain, Ireland and New Zealand, where courts have found that the subsidiaries of American giant Google Inc are unable to remove URL links and information from the Google Search index and are therefore not responsible.

Apple labor standards in the spotlight (CNBC)

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