Tuesday’s Tech Trends: Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Patent Requests, Google Inc (GOOG)’s Deal & Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) With A New Look

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

Bill Gates world’s wealthiest man again, tops Forbes list of 400 richest Americans (Bhaskar)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates has regained the title of the world’s wealthiest man, according to the Forbes’ list. As he regained his title as World’s Richest Human Bill Gates has also been named the US’s wealthiest person for the 20th consecutive year. According to Forbes’ annual survey of the 400 top members released on Monday, Gates is the richest man in the United States. Gates is worth $72 billion with Microsoft accounting for only one-fifth of his overall wealth.

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Apple’s application to trademark ‘startup’ enters indexing phase (StartupSmart)
An application filed by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to trademark the term “startup” in Australia has been approved for indexing and will be up for examination in November. Filed by Apple’s lawyers Baker & Mackenzie on August 27, trademark application 1576935 is now listed as “indexing approved”. A spokesperson for IP Australia, the government body that processes trademark and patent requests, told StartupSmart once a trademark request is indexed, it usually takes 13 weeks before it is examined and the findings published.

Google buys file transfer app Bump (LasVegasSun)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has acquired Bump, the maker of a smartphone app that allows users to share files by bumping devices together. The two companies did not release financial terms of the deal. In a blog post announcing the acquisition Monday, Bump CEO David Lieb said the company’s apps, which also include a photo sharing service, Flock, will keep working for now.

iPhone faces challenge in crowded Chinese market (LasVegasSun)
The iPhone’s magic as China’s must-have smartphone is eroding. Last year, eager buyers in Beijing waited overnight in freezing weather to buy the iPhone 4S. Pressure to get it _ and the profit to be made by reselling scarce phones _ prompted some to pelt the store with eggs when Apple, worried about the size of the crowd, postponed opening. Just 18 months later, many Chinese gadget lovers responded with a shrug this week when Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) unveiled two new versions of the iPhone 5…

Google SVP Nikesh Arora Sells 1,179 Shares (GOOG) (Zolmax)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) SVP Nikesh Arora unloaded 1,179 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated Monday, September 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $896.20, for a total value of $1,056,619.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 10,984 shares in the company. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

Finerman gives up on Apple (CNBC)

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