Apple Acquires Particle and 4 Tech Titans on the Move

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB): Kaspersky Lab, which develops security and threat management solutions, said that they will partner with social media behemoth Facebook, Inc. with the goal of enhancing the network’s security both online and offline. Kaspersky Lab stated that they are now supplying Facebook with up-to-the-minute data about the latest malicious software threats worldwide which will be used to protect users from inadvertently visiting malicious web pages.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): With all eyes on Apple Inc.’s October 23 iPad mini and Mac announcements, it would be easy to spend too little time pondering the company’s acquisition of the HTML5 firm, Particle. Particle is an HTML5 Web app consultancy firm. Backed by Justin Timberlake, their clients have included Google, Motorola, Sony, Zynga, and Apple. Describing their work with Apple, Particle explains it brings,”Great Apple relationships and execution experience around iAds, iTunes Extras, and Apple.com. We have participated in and piloted much of the technology which will display the next generation of advertising and deliver media content for the next decade.”

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Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): According to the Wall Street Journal, Google Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer, Larry Page, is speaking in public at Google’s annual Zeitgeist conference in Paradise Valley, AZ where the Internet company hosts their business partners. Page said that he is “hopeful” that  the company will be able to “work well” with antitrust regulators and resolve probes of their business in the European Union and the United States, adding that, “I do think over-regulation of the Internet and restriction of what people can do is a big risk for us.”

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): With the launch of their Surface Tablet computer, Microsoft Corporation is becoming a genuine “frenemy,” part friend, part enemy, to their longtime manufacturing partners. Since its founding thirty seven years ago, the Redmond, Washington state company has had a mutual understanding with makers of computer hardware — Microsoft creates software. Companies such as Dell, HP, Acer and Lenovo pay Microsoft a licensing fee to place the Windows operating system on the desktop PCs, notebooks and other gadgets they market to consumers.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC):  Analysts were out in force today dissecting Intel Corporation’s third quarter and the note was mostly cautious.  The stock recently fell 2.7%. BMO’s Ambrish Srivastava reiterated a Market Perform rating and said, “We had said that for us to change our stance on the stock, we would like to see gross margin reset to begin with, and we did get that. However, we still see plenty of cross currents that keep us on the stock sidelines. Intel is guiding for a fourth quarter gross margin to come down to 57.0% vs. our 62.6%, and down from 63.3% in the third quarter. Intel reported third quarter 2012 revenues of $13.5 billion, flat q-q, and earnings per share of $0.58 vs. our expectation for down 2% q-q to $13.2 billion and $0.50, respectively. EPS benefited from $0.05 in non-operating items. For the fourth quarter 2012, Intel guided for revenues to remain roughly flat q-q at $13.6 billion, vs. our/consensussexpectations for growth of 6%/4% q-q.”

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