Facebook CEO PLEDGES Not to Sell and 4 Tech Titans on the Move

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB):  Following a disclosure that their Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg won’t sell stock in the company for at least a year, Facebook, Inc.’s stock jumped 4.6% Wednesday. That more than wiped out the losses of a day earlier when the stock hit a record intra-day low of $17.55.  Their shares traded up $0.83 (4.69)%, they were recently at $18.56.

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Apple Inc.  (NASDAQ:AAPL): The FBI on Tuesday denied that the 1 million unique device identifiers for Apple devices (UDIDs), posted publicly by hacker group AntiSec, had come from their computers. In a brief statement, the FBI’s national press office said the agency was aware of reports that an FBI laptop had been compromised and that private data regarding Apple’s UDIDs had been exposed. “At this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data,” the agency said. Their shares traded down $2.22 (0.33%) recently at $672.75.

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG):  As Google touted Chrome’s fourth launch anniversary on Tuesday, a pair of web measurement firms continued to argue about whether or not the browser is still gaining ground or has stalled. According to California based Net Applications, Chrome’s share of all browsers grew by a quarter of a percentage point to 19.1% in August. This returned Chrome to the mark that was set in December 2011, however, they are  still off their peak of 19.6% that was reached in May of  2012. Their shares traded up $1.60 (0.23%), they were recently at $682.64.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT):  For Microsoft Corporation and VMware, the high-stakes effort to supply management software for the virtualized data center continues, as both companies are now using some of the same terminology.  However, the two competitors have very distinct points of view about how to build the enterprise private cloud. At a virtual event Tuesday, Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft’s server and tools business, released Windows Server 2012 as an operating system “built from the cloud up.” Nadella said Windows Server 2012 can be used to power both Microsoft’s public Azure Cloud and Microsoft customers’ private clouds. Their shares traded down $0.02 (0.05%), they were recently at $30.37.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC):  Power consumption has long been identified as a major obstacle to boosting the performance of a computer. A federal agency in Colorado is trying to address the problem, and are looking at both old and new techniques to accomplish this. Therefore, The United States Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has selected Hewlett Packard and Intel Corporation to provide a massive system for use in renewable energy research and related topics.  Their $10 million machine with performance ranked at a petaflop, one quadrillion scientific calculations per second, will join an elite class and may attract even more attention for its claimed energy efficiency. Their shares traded up $0.12 (0.48%), they were recently at $24.53.

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