Apple Approaches TomTom and 3 Tech Titans on the Move

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL):  According to a Bloomberg report, Senior Vice President Eddy Cue is prodding digital maps provider TomTom to fix landmark and navigation data they share with Apple Inc.

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): Google Inc.’s Street View now includes more than ninety ski resorts in the United States, Canada and Europe.

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) tried to quiet reports that Windows 8 is off to a slow start  by saying that they have sold about 40 million licenses for the OS since the  launch. Microsoft stated that they are on track with the debut of the highly successful Windows version, however, without additional context which Redmond refuses to provide, the numbers mean nothing. The most important fact that cannot be assumed from Microsoft’s “disclosure” is the extent to which Windows 8, available to consumers since Oct. 26 and to businesses since mid-August, is driving new hardware sales. Microsoft may have sold millions of Windows 8 licenses to PC makers, but if their touch-tablets, convertibles and all-in-ones are remaining on store shelves or in warehouses, that doesn’t work well for the operating system’s future.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) and Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) have been offered shares in the Japanese electronics company Sharp Corporation (PINK:SHCAY). Sharp’s future has been in doubt recently due to management issues and the company is now seeking investors so that they can remain afloat. Sharp, which makes display monitors, is reportedly having discussions with the semiconductor maker Intel Corporation  and technology corporation Dell. Sharp Corporation (PINK:SHCAY) is said to be seeking investments of $480 million.

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