4 Tech Stock Stories For a Thursday Update

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): Closing price $34.08

Industry sources report that Microsoft will release a 7.9-inch Surface tablet at the end of next month, featuring displays from Samsung Display, but LG Display and Taiwan-based firms have not thus far been included in the panel supplier list for the new product. However, the sources also said that panel suppliers hold ‘conservative views’ for the upcoming 7.9-inch unit in 2013, even in the face of rising popularity for similar sized tablets. Samsung and LGD have each been panel providers for Microsoft’s 10.6-inch Surface, but IDC says that Microsoft sold a mere 900,000 Surface tablets in the first quarter, comprising 1.8 percent of the tablet market. Due to the results, tablets of around 8 inches are forecast to hold a 12 percent market share this year, largely because of expected sales for Apple’s 7.85-inch iPad mini, according to the sources.

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Google (NASDAQ:GOOG): Closing price $903.87

Thursday was a big day for YouTube’s live offering, with the announcement that access to it will be available soon to several of its partners. YouTube Live was prior to now only available to a few hand-picked channels and partners, the feature will be introduced to any YouTube channel in good standing with over 1,000 subscribers. The availability of YouTube Live to more creators comes two years after it first reported the feature, but it also is being launched after YouTube ran  serious stress testing on the product, including live streaming of the 2012 London Olympics.

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SAP (NYSE:SAP): Closing price $80.75

SAP on Thursday unveiled new breakthroughs in the in-memory SAP HANA platform, among which were the most recent innovations in Service Pack 6. SAP HANA is a completely re-imagined platform that transforms analytics, transactions, predictive and text sentiment processing in order for businesses to operate in real time. And, with this service pack, SAP is launching new SAP HANA smart data access tech to assist enterprises in dynamically deriving real-time insights across heterogeneous sources like Hadoop.

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InterDigital (NASDAQ:IDCC): Closing price $47.69

On Thursday, the wireless research and development firm said that it presently expects its second quarter 2013 revenue to come to between $67.5 and $74 million. This guidance is calculated on royalty reports and a payment because of an arbitration decision received to date, and does not include the potential effect of any new patent license, tech solutions or patent sale agreements that may be reached — or any additional payments from the arbitration decision or other dispute settlements that may occur during the remainder of the second quarter.

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