Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) finally released the highly anticipated software update known as iTunes 11, but it also quietly launched an iTunes promotion designed to benefit the global fight against AIDS. Apple has teamed up with Starbucks to offer a charity gift card called the (RED) eGift basket. The special iTunes offer was launched along with Project (RED), a campaign created in 2006 by rock star Bono of the band U2 and politician Bobby Shriver, to use the influence of celebrities and major consumer brands to raise funds for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Starting this week, iTunes customers can buy a special combination Starbucks/Apple gift card for $30 with $15 of that card applied toward iTunes purchases and $15 toward Starbucks in-store and online items. When customers purchase the combination (RED) eGift basket, the two companies will automatically donate 5% of the combined amount to the Global Fund.
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has pushed a few much-needed features to Google Drive including a solution of how to send extremely large files. Gmail users who’ve opted into the latest compose message style may now put files directly from Google Drive into the company’s free online storage service. For files you’ve already stored online through Google Drive, this is basically a shortcut for sharing them with other people. The new tool also allows you to upload files directly to Google Drive from within Gmail before attaching them.
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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): According to Bloomberg, Microsoft corporation will release their latest Xbox console in time for the 2013 holiday season. Microsoft hasn’t decided when to announce their next gaming console, the sources say, but they may reveal it during the E3 trade show in June or at a separate launch event.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC): For twenty consecutive years, Intel Corporation has managed to maintain their superiority in the semiconductor industry. The company holds a record market share of 16.5%, once again beating competitors Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA).
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