All the Top Tech Stories Investors Must Know from the Week

Here’s your Cheat Sheet to this week’s top tech industry business headlines:

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Fusion-io (NYSE:FIO)

The firm is open-sourcing its ioScale hardware design and intends to donate it to Facebook’s Open Compute Project, however, users who employ the ioScale design kit will have to use Fusion-io’s own-brand controller tech. At the Open Compute Summit which ran over the weekend in Santa Clara, Chief Executive and C0-founder David Flynn gave a presentation entitled The all-flash data centre: Hyperscale acceleration, during which he announced the open-sourcing of the ioScale product’s electro-mechanical hardware design though its donation to the OCP. Flynn commented that, “We’re open-sourcing the design. This will allow OCP members to take that design and customize it to their servers. It will facilitate third-party manufacturing [and] it uses our controller technology.”

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)

Like it or not, the firm’s decision to shell out some $13 billion (as opposed to a mere $11 billion) this new year might have been mandatory so as to remain ahead of its competitors for time to come. Wall Street is apparently where the move is not liked as shares slid almost 7 percent Friday, which was the day after Intel executives made their capital expenditures increase known. Analysts weighed in, noting that it seemed illogical for the firm to expand capacity in the face of a waning personal computer market which could cause even more idle capacity if PC sales keep falling. However, others think that Intel really must maintain its tech edge, an expensive but necessary program that might even pay off in the long run with market share gains.

EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC)

EMC Corporation, which supplies data storage products and services, has updated its EMC VMAX family, making it efficient for mission-critical applications in VMware virtualized environments for enterprises of all sizes.

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On Tuesday, Amazon launched its new In-App Purchasing service that permits developers to allow customers to use their Amazon accounts to buy virtual goods and currencies from within PC , Mac, and Web-based games. Presently, Amazon provides In-App Purchasing services for Mac, PC and Web, Android and Kindle Fire developers, empowering them to offer Amazon’s millions of customers a convenient, trusted and secure buying process.

The senior analyst at ABI Research Aapo Markkanen has calculated that for Amazon to gain a 20-percent profit margin, it needs $10 in content sales per month from each Kindle Fire, from which would come $3 after its 30-percent cut, adding that this incremental $3 revenue would be required over the life of the hardware in order to maintain that margin. Further, Markkanen says that the combination of falling hardware prices over time and an increase in content sales could help the product line even more.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)

ITG Research is predicting a solid fourth quarter for Facebook due to its accelerating trends. The firm anticipates that Facebook’s quarterly North American revenue should be between $780 million and $800 million, which is above a Street consensus of $771 million.

Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM)

The Web optimization firm Akamai is looking to create a TV tech that can detect what a person is watching and stream secondary content to a smartphone or tablet in near-real time. The firm says that the purpose is to take today’s rapidly-growing but chaotic landscape of television “companion” applications, like the ones delivering athlete statistics to those watching the Olympics, and make it easier to create and see such additional content.

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Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD)

AMD has gained two senior engineers with experience at Qualcomm and at Apple, marking its most recent high-level recruitments as it diversifies ahead of a slumping personal computer industry, according to inside sources. Charles Matar, who recently work at Qualcomm, with expertise in low-power and embedded chip design, will become Vice President of System-on-Chip Development while Wayne Meretsky, who worked at Apple in the 1990s on the Mac, was chosen as Vice President of software IP development and will lead software developments for the company’s chips.

STR Holdings (NYSE:STRI)

STR believes that its longtime customer First Solar will terminate its relationship with the firm during this year. The exact dates are uncertain, but STR expects that First Solar will begin a transition away from it in the first quarter, completely switching over to a new vendor during the next few months. The loss of First Solar would likely pose a material adverse effect on the company and its financial results. Sales to First Solar during last year were around $39 million.

International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM)

Back in 1995, IBM acquired the email pioneer Lotus for $3.5 billion. The company does not specify how much revenue the Lotus franchise brings, but the tech-research firm IDC estimates the software accounted for about $1.2 billion of revenue in 2011. However, that franchise is being eroded, says the Wall Street Journal, as the FAA began employing Lotus Notes as its main email program in 2001, and announced in June a $91 million contract to transfer its 60,000 FAA employees and contractors to a new Microsoft email and communications system, while over the past few years, like moves have been made by customers.

Limelight Networks (NASDAQ:LLNW)

On Tuesday, the digital presence management firm Limelight named Robert Lento as its chief executive, effective immediately. Lento had been serving as the interim chief executive since November 26th.

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Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK):

Nokia is said by The Verge to be planning to introduce a ‘proper’ Pureview Windows Phone 8 handset in 2013, codenamed the Nokia EOS. The site also has learned that the firm is developing a Windows Phone 8 handset featuring a camera sensor similar to that of the 41MP giant found on the Pureview 808 smartphone. However, it remains unclear whether the planned Lumia phone will have as impressive a sensor and whether it will be quite as large as the massive bulge on the rear of that handset.


There was a large disappointment and worry over Apple’s financial results for its fiscal first quarter. Profits edged consensus estimates, but revenues were smaller than anticipated and the March quarter guidance emerged far under Street expectations. Among the specifics were a pessimism that iPhone sales are slowing. Apple seems to have convinced analysts that this time, they should take its guidance more seriously, exactly at the wrong quarter in which to do so, and also fears that the erosions of margins will continue.

Tyler Technologies (NYSE:TYL)

Tyler Technologies has reached accords with two municipalities in Maine to supply the Tyler Munis enterprise resource planning solution. The town of Mount Desert inked a 10-year arrangement to access Munis via Tyler’s software as a service platform, and the city of Ellsworth selected a traditional, on-premise installation of Munis.

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Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE)

Sony has been penalized £250,000 by United Kingdom regulators for failing to stop a 2011 cyberattack on its PlayStation Network which placed personal information, including  birth dates, names, addresses, and account passwords of millions of users at risk. The Information Commissioner’s Office said on Thursday that security measures in place at that time “were simply not good enough,” and that the attack could have been prevented if the software had been current, while passwords were also unsecure.

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ)

Hewlett-Packard has said that Madrilena Red de Gas of Spain has signed a four-year contract for HP to manage its environment running SAP (NYSE:SAP) solutions, thus enabling it to enhance customer service while concurrently improving efficiency. Through the terms, HP will help Madrilena Red de Gas more closely line its SAP solution-based environment up with business objectives, permitting it to support priorities, customer service improvement goals and growth as it reduces complexity and costs.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)

The former Microsoft senior executive Joachim Kempin says that the current Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is not the right leader for the firm but he holds his grip on it by systematically forcing out any rising manager who challenges his authority, according to a Reuters report.

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Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE):

Almost two years sooner than was expected, the government of Japan is poised to launch the world’s first 4K TV broadcast in July of 2014, so as to ignite demand for ultra high-definition televisions, according to the Asahi on Sunday, which story explained that the service will start from communications satellites, and then will be followed by satellite broadcasting and ground digital broadcasting. 4K TVs boast four times the resolution of current high-definition TVs, and are now available through Japanese makers including Sony Corp, Panasonic and Sharp Corp.

Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ:RIMM):

The company seems ready to take advantage of the Super Bowl XLVII to draw attention to its brand new operating system, BlackBerry 10, as it hypes the commercial calling the OS “its new mobile computing platform that will power the next generation of smartphones and tablets.” This implies that the operating system will be used on new tablet hardware and not just the PlayBook. The February 3rd Super Bowl will be played only four days after RIM is set to reveal BlackBerry 10 in its entirety at a press event in New York and the company is looking to wow in excess of 100 million viewers during the precious 30 seconds it will have during the game. According to reports, the average spot in that rarified air costs somewhere around $3.8 million.

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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB):

In a switch, Facebook’s mobile unit is more and more regarded as possessing the potential to deliver impresscve strength for the company, as was evident when the analyst Aaron Kessler at Raymond James elevated his rating on Monday for shares to Outperform from Market Perform, citing “expectation for increasing monetization driven by mobile, new ad formats, and international.” Meanwhile, analyst Arvind Bhatia at Sterne Agee reaffirmed a Buy.

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Powerwave Technologies (NASDAQ:PWAV):

The manufacturer of antennas and amplifiers for wireless communications, filed for bankruptcy protection following the loss of revenue in four of the past five years. The firm listed a debt of $396 million and assets of $213 million in a Chapter 11 petition filed Monday in Wilmington, Delaware, in which the board said that bankruptcy is “in the best interest of the company, its creditors and other parties.” (NYSE:YOKU):

Share coverage of Youku are begun at Deutsche Bank with a Buy, and a price target of $29.56. The company’s response was, in part, “We expect pricing disparity between online video and offline TV stations, along with multiple other drivers, will drive top-line to grow 50 percent CAGR from 2012-2015 with consistent margin improvement. Given the current cost structure and market dynamic, we expect 43ppt margin improvement over the next three years with GM to reach 53 percent and non-GAAP OM to hit 22 percent in 2015.”


On Tuesday, Apple announced a 128-gigabyte version of the fourth generation iPad with Retina display. This  iPad, featuring Wi-Fi and iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular models, allow twice the storage capacity of the 64-gigabyte models so as to hold even more valuable content including photos, presentations, documents, projects, books, movies, TV shows, music and applications.

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Trina Solar Limited (NYSE:TSL):

The firm reported Tuesday that it will provide 30 megawatts of photovoltaic modules to Gestamp Solar for two projects in South Africa, where large-scale solar systems will be installed in the Northern Cape Province, in the towns of Prieska and De Aar, having the capacity to generate 20 and 10 megawatts respectively. Through the terms, deliveries will be made in the third quarter.


YouTube is poised to introduce paid subscriptions for individual channels on its video platform in a new endeavor through which to coax content producers, viewers, and advertiser dollars away from traditional television, report multiple people familiar with the plans. YouTube is going after a small group of channel producers, requesting that they submit applications to create channels that users would need to pay to access. Presently, it seems that the first paid channels will cost in a ballpark figure between $1 and $5 per month.


eBay announced on Tuesday that its head of local, Jack Abraham, is exiting, but he will keep an advisory role on areas like shopping innovation, according to the company. Abraham joined eBay more than two years ago, when it purchased his startup Milo at a price of $75 million.

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International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM):

On Tuesday, IBM announced new software and cloud-based services through which to assist business leaders like chief marketing officers and chief human resource officers promote their organization’s transformation with the adoption of social business tech. The new offerings will help business leaders integrate IBM’s social networking and analytics technologies into their business processes to empower the 21st Century workforce and transform client experiences.

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Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO):

The security software maker Rapid7 says that glitches in widely used networking tech expose millions of personal computers, printers and storage drives to attack by hackers over the regular Internet. The devices include products from makers such as D-Link, Belkin, Cisco Systems’ Linksys division and Netgear (NASDAQ:NTGR), according to Reuters.

Pandora Media (NYSE:P):

Pandora shares were downgraded at Wedbush from Outperform to Neutral, but at the same time, its price target was raised from $10 to $11.50 on valuation. The analyst commented that, “While we have concerns about valuation, competition, and royalty rates, we are raising our 12- month price target to $11.50 from $10 to reflect high expectations for the fourth quarter, an improving advertising landscape for Pandora, and continued Internet and mobile growth.”


In Yahoo’s first financial outlook since Chief Executive Mayer took over in July, the firm described a plan to ignite a “chain reaction of growth” by revamping a dozen of its online services so as to increase the amount of time users spent on its websites. Additionally, the report cited strength in its search advertising division and progress made in improving its internal operations.

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Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD):

The company Vice President and Embedded Solution General Manager Arun Iyengar says that AMD will concentrate upon expanding its embedded solutions so as to create more business opportunities, and to raise its embedded business’ revenues contribution to 20 percent this year from the 5 percent currently generated. Iyengar noted that although it takes 36 to 60 months of development time for his firm to obtain orders for embedded solutions from a new client, shipments usually last for 5 to 7 years, allowing a stable income stream.

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Angie’s List (NASDAQ:ANGI):

The national consumer review service Angie’s list is collaborating with the payment innovator Square to enable mobile payments in the field as part of its services offered through the former’s Business Center mobile application. This allows firms to seamlessly accept payments in the field, create invoices, track e-commerce purchases, and respond to member reviews once they appear online.

Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX):

The Netflix original series House of Cards will be the first of many original productions debuting on the service in 2013, and it seems that he firm is just beginning. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos hopes the firm will generate a minimum of five original programs each year from now on. He presently has $300 million in his budget for original programming, permitting Netflix to bring projects such Cards, Eli Roth’s Hemlock Grove, and a new season of the cult classic Arrested Development to its viewers.

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ):

The Founders League, which is a new platform through which to strengthen Rhode Island’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, says that Verizon has become a top sponsor of the effort for this year. The carrier’s sponsorship of $10,000 will be crucal in the platform’s initial year of operations.

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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB):

Fresh from Wednesday’s unpleasantness, on Thursday Facebook launched gift cards that consumers can use at Target Corporation and a few other businesses, in its latest foray into the retail market. One card can hold multiple gift balances, with each dedicated to a specific retailer. American consumers may purchase the cards for their Facebook friends and choose from four different businesses, according to the firm.

Vodafone Group (NASDAQ:VOD):

Vodafone India wants new 2-gigabyte spectrum auction guidelines taken back, as it thinks that they are “illegal, discriminatory, and benefiting one set of players,” according to The Times of India. More to the point, the operator complained that the guidelines fixed the reserve price of 900 megahertz at three times the price of 800, although the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India had recommended placing similar prices for both bands. Further, Vodafone wrote to the Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar, commenting that “Fixing reserve price of 800MHz band at comparatively low levels benefits a certain set of telecom operators.”

Life Technologies (NASDAQ:LIFE):

The firm will provide a complete laboratory solution through which to identify an estimated 20,000 human remains found in various mass graves in Libya, after the uprising of 2011 and also to address missing persons cases from the 42-year regime of Muammar Gaddafi. This identification work is expected to take a number years, and the firm will supply the infrastructure, including the expertise, training, and the forensic instruments and materials to validate the workflow and process DNA samples through its Dubai-based distributor Integrated Gulf Biosystems.

Take-Two Interactive Software (NASDAQ:TTWO):

On Thursday, Take-Two’s publishing label Rockstar Games said that that Grand Theft Auto V should launch worldwide for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft Corporation and PlayStation3 computer entertainment system. However, the scheduled date for the release is not until September 17th.

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Google has submitted a proposal in regards to what it was willing to settle earlier Friday, after negotiations in Brussels went to the wire. But analysts and observers wonder whether the European Commission will get more concessions out of Google than will the United States. A knowledgeable source said that the proposal is very much like what Google already agreed to in a case with the Federal Trade Commission, concerning scraping information for it to include in search results, and sharing it through advertising APIs.

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Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC):

All Haswell-platform ultrabooks must feature touch panels, says Intel. Digitimes quoted the Taiwan-based supply chain makers, for the story, and added that they said the strategy could help boost the penetration of touchscreen notebooks.

Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE):

Sony will present its next-generation home videogame console during a special PlayStation-themed event set for February 20th, showcasing the successor to its current PlayStation 3 system. Inside sources say that the new device will make its debut there, scooping Microsoft Corporation in announcing its own next-generation game machine.

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