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Techie Favs: Apple Inc. (AAPL), Google Inc (GOOG)’s Inventiveness & Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)’s Planned Transformation

US judge wants external monitor for Apple in e-books case (ZeeNews)
A US judge weighing remedies to assure that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) does not fix prices again in the e-books market said on Tuesday that she plans to require it to hire an external monitor, something the company considers unnecessary. But U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan suggested a final injunction would be narrower than what the U.S. Department of Justice has been seeking, and would not restrict Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s agreements with suppliers of other types of content such as movies, music and TV shows.

Facebook and Google to speak at WTM (TravelMole)
Senior executives from Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) will speak at this year’s World Travel Market. Facebook head of travel Lee McCabe will deliver a session on November 5 entitled Facebook and Targeting: Finding the People that Matter to You – will explore how powerful Facebook is as an advertising platform. “Travel is in Facebook’s DNA,” he said. “More people share their travel milestones on Facebook, such as departing for a holiday or sharing a photo from their travels, than any other important events.

Microsoft Seen Boosting Dividend as CEO Exits Amid Push for Cash (BusinessWeek)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), within weeks of announcing plans by Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer to retire, will probably boost its dividend amid calls by an activist shareholder to return more cash to investors. ValueAct Holdings LP, which in April disclosed a stake of about $1.9 billion in the world’s largest software maker, has been seeking a return of more money, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. Microsoft is poised to increase the quarterly dividend by 13 percent to 26 cents a share, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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