4 Tech Stock Stories For a Thursday Download

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG): Current price $786.36

On Wednesday afternoon Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, jointly reported plans to create an investment syndicate to provide seed money to startups that are developing products around Google’s Glass and what it described as the “Glass ecosystem.” General partner at Andreessen Horowitz Marc Andreessen, described the “thesis” represented by Google Glass as truly transformational, and commented that ”instead of having a phone in your pocket or a tablet in your briefcase, why not have the Internet in your field of vision when you want it — and why not feed the Internet with live video and audio that matches what you see and hear at any time?”

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BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY): Current price $13.88

Analyst Kulbinder Garcha at Credit Suisse reiterated an Underperform on the shares of BlackBerry and a $10 price target, writing that the firm’s 10-K filing implies lower gross margin on the recently released Z10 handset than the Street imagines, according to Barron’s. BlackBerry’s fiscal fourth quarter report featured lower-than-anticipated revenue but higher-than-expected profit per share, which some analysts credited to higher average selling prices for the Z10 and thus a higher gross margin. Garcia thinks that the improvement from third to fourth quarter in gross margin was partly a result of a lowering in amortization by BlackBerry thanks to a change in accounting.

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): Current price $28.81

If it is accurate, a supposed roadmap for Microsoft’s coming ‘Gemini’ wave of Office updates indicates that Microsoft’s Office for iOS and Android, as well as Outlook for Windows RT, could be farther away than many had expected. A source to Zdnet seems what appears to be a real roadmap for Gemini, which starts off with “Gemini wave 1.0,” which includes the “Blue” Metro-Style/Windows Store complements to the core set of Office products, namely, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Zdnet also says that these four apps will be more touch-centric and will work on Windows 8 and Windows RT, and will supplement, not replace, the desktop/Win32 versions of these apps that already exist. These applications will be available to customers by October, according to the purported roadmap.

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AT&T (NYSE:T): Current price $38.64

Six additional AT&T markets now have access to its 4-gigabyte LTE network, bringing its aggregate to 182, said the carrier, according to CNET. At the same time, seven current AT&T markets have secured expanded LTE coverage. The firm also revealed plans to bring the super-fast wireless connection to 77 additional markets by the end of summer. AT&T is hurrying to catch up to the market leader Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ), which offers LTE in almost 500 markets and intends to finalize up its deployment by the middle of this year.

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