4 Tech Stock Stories for a Tuesday Download

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB): Closing price $27.77

Ina Fried at AllThingsD reports that Microsoft Coporation said on Tuesday that there exists a test version of updated Facebook software for Windows Phone 8, adding that the beta software lends support for high-resolution photos, post sharing and the Facebook Timeline, as well. However, Microsoft remarked in a blog post that “Don’t like it when apps crash?” This probably isn’t the program for you.” For the present, the application is not available in the Windows Phone marketplace.

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Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN): Closing price $253.81

Amazon.com’s company Amazon Web Services announced on Tuesday the debut of the new AWS Certification Program, with the first of several exams that will made available this year. With the quickening adoption of cloud computing, and the AWS Cloud globally, organizations are more and more searching out mechanisms with which to identify candidates and consultants having demonstrated knowledge of AWS best practices. The new AWS Certification Program helps to address this need to recognize IT professionals that exhibit the skills and technical knowledge required for building and maintaining applications and services on the AWS Cloud.

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Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE:HPQ): Closing price $20.60

On Tuesday, HP announced an array of switches that support OpenFlow, which is open-source software that renders routers and switches programmable and much more flexible.  Senior Vice President and General Manager Networking, Bethany Mayer explained to Arik Hesseldahl at  AllThingsD that “The idea is that we’re trying to create more automation, less constraint, and have the network be more abstracted so that there are few manual processes in the data center. It’s meant to bring more simplification and flexibility to the data center. In all of these products we have enabled OpenFlow. We now have 40 platforms that are OpenFlow-enabled. And we have about 20 million ports out there in the marketplace today that are OpenFlow-ready.”

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Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S): Closing price $7.05

Zacks Equity Research is reporting that Sprint seems to be financing Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ:CLWR) under its buyout arrangement, adding that  Sprint will supply an additional $80 million to Cleawire in May, allowing lesser scope for DISH Network Corp.’s (NASDAQ:DISH) takeover plan to be completed even given its being a lucrative offer. In Dec 2012, Sprint reached an agreement to purchase the remaining 50 percent interest in Clearwire for $2.97 per share, aggregating to around $2.2 billion. Beyond that, the firm also offered Clearwire a financing arrangement of $800 million which  can be drawn in installments.

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